Katie HurleyAuthor

Katie Hurley

Katie Hurley, LCSW is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and writer in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her BA in Psychology and Women's Studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She divides her time between her family, her private practice and her writing. Passionate about helping parents enjoy the ride, she provides parent education and simple strategies to take the guesswork out of difficult parenting situations. You can find her at Practical Parenting and allParenting. She lives in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her rock & roll husband and her two children, Riley and Liam. She believes in lattes, family time and the power of play.

scaryspider

I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. I love little kids dressed up in cute costumes standing at my door with smiles and gratitude in exchange for oohs and ahs and tasty treats. I love princesses, pirates, minions, tigers, and all other forms of tiny cuteness. I really do. But I hate creepy. Like really [&hellip
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holdhands

For days, I knew that something was amiss. She whispered her worries, as she does every night, while we snuggled up in her bed and waited for sleep to set in. She told me the best parts of her days and she told me the worst. I listened, empathized, and hugged her worries away. I [&hellip
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using adhd medication for toddlers

I once worked with a preschool boy who was positively full of energy. He had a lot to say, loved to move, and rarely sat perfectly still. He also had trouble making friends, but that didn’t have much to do with his energy level. He ended up in my office to work on social skills, [&hellip
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faithstone

The nice thing about the early elementary years is that kids tend to make friends easily during this time. They see a jump rope or a soccer ball and they all run for it, and that ignites a friendship. Play is the language of young children, and friendships are often forged simply through the act [&hellip
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fidgethelpforkids

I once worked with a kid who never stopped moving. He was funny, bright, animated, and kind, but he truly never stopped moving. He couldn’t. He had his best ideas when jumping up and down or kicking a ball or throwing something against my office wall. Movement, although distracting to his classmates, helped him focus. [&hellip
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transitionalobject

My daughter wants nothing to do with sleepovers. She likes her routine. She likes her bed. And she likes the overflowing pile of stuffed animals that line the foot of her bed. Truth be told, she likes predictability. In her own room, with her own stuff, with her brother in the next room, and with [&hellip
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homework help

I can’t speak for the rest of you, but I know that homework causes a lump in my throat. When my daughter was in kindergarten, I thought it was cute. She came home with very age-appropriate packets of “homework” that were fun and involved a fair amount of coloring. But then she entered first grade, [&hellip
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schoolblues

After nine weeks of riding bikes, swimming, and collecting sea glass, I expected a rocky transition. I prepared myself for the tears. I coached myself to smile, even when the confidence that finally emerged during the summer months came to a crashing halt. I readied myself with responses and strategies to reduce the inevitable back-to-school [&hellip
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peaceful sleep for parents

Sleep deprivation is a common topic of conversation among parents. We think of it as a problem for new parents dealing with night feedings and explosive diapers at all hours, but the truth is that modern parenthood runs on sleep deprivation. It’s true. Listen to a group of parents compare sleep habits and you’ll find [&hellip
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photo-242

Despite her quiet nature, my daughter wears her feelings on her sleeve. So when a big transition has her anxious (say, for example, every new classroom she enters), I know the signs of worry. She holds me close, she clams up, and silent tears stream down her face. But my son? Totally different story. My [&hellip
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