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.

noyelling

Little kids are adorable. They’re sweet, full of love, and very silly. They love to hug, they give the best kisses, and when they learn to write, they write the best love notes. The research is in, and it is clear that yelling is not a good thing. Neither is hitting of any kind. Or [&hellip
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worklifebalance

If you dare to mention your quest to find the ultimate work/family balance to your working mom friends, they will probably giggle in return.  Balance?  What’s that? Being a working mom can lead to feelings of guilt and stress.  Divided attention between work and family can make it difficult to simply be in one place [&hellip
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babydoll

Nothing shakes up a family like the arrival of a new baby! Sleep becomes elusive, tired parents lose their patience, and jealous older siblings like to make their feelings known. Bringing home a new baby can cause some upheaval, that’s for sure.  While babies are cute, cuddly, and sweet, they are also loud, unpredictable, and [&hellip
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petvet2

A fear of animals is a very common childhood fear.  Sometimes a bad experience triggers a fear.  Witnessing a dog bite or being scratched by a cat can cause a child to fear animals that were once loved.  Other times, the fear develops gradually as kids grow. Many children outgrow their childhood fears as they [&hellip
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perfectrose

Many young children go through a phase where they want to get everything just right.  They don’t like to be corrected.  They don’t like to make mistakes.  And none of their pencils have erasers on them after a few months of use.  These kids want to be perfect (if only in their own minds) and [&hellip
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happyheart

Autism statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that 1 in 68 American children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Studies show that autism is more prevalent in boys than girls, with 1 out of 42 boys and 1 out of 189 girls diagnosed.  While every child develops differently, symptoms of autism do tend [&hellip
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mommyliam2

It’s no big secret that playtime has decreased in recent years.  Beginning as early as infancy, children are enrolled in structured classes.  Some of these classes can be very beneficial.  Children work on gross motor skills in gym classes and parents learn about child development in many parent and me classes.  As children spend increased [&hellip
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Rileytracing

If we really want to raise independent kids, and I’m fairly certain that we do, we need to teach them life skills along with math, reading, and technology. We teach kids a lot of things when it comes to academics. We also teach them how to tie their shoes, navigate an iPad, and kick a [&hellip
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piggybank2

Many young children like to collect coins and save dollars.  That does not, however, mean that they understand the concept of saving versus spending.  Often they don’t even know how much money they actually have. Kids love to save coins in a piggy bank beginning at a very young age.  Loose change on a countertop [&hellip
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toyguns

Decades ago, kids played with very fake looking “cowboy” guns without even a second glance from a neighbor.  Kids engaged in imaginary play and worked through a natural curiosity as they played. These days, the toys guns often look very real (machine gun squirt guns?) and the nature of the play has changed.  Kids are [&hellip
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