Katie HurleyAuthor

Katie Hurley

Katie Hurley, LCSW is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and writer in Los Angeles, CA. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Joyful World". 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.


“Get me with that big pillow, Mommy!” Out of context, this frequent request from my preschooler might paint the picture of the permissive mommy. You know the kind — the one who doesn’t set limits and lets her children play in an aggressive manner. That wouldn’t be an accurate description of the situation, though. You [&hellip
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I once worked with a little boy who could talk himself out of almost anything. It wasn’t so much that he was full of negative energy, but at age six he was sure that every failed effort at every little thing was indicative of his ability to do that thing, so he didn’t want to [&hellip
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Sleep is one the most discussed issues in parenting, and for good reason. Instilling good sleep habits can feel like a full-time job, and obstacles seem to crop up on a regular basis. Teething and growth spurts can wake little ones, while stress, nightmares, and more growth spurts can impact older children. And getting them [&hellip
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Free Play

It’s that time of year again: While some parents are planning 1970s-inspired summers of long days outside and campouts with friends, others are carefully planning each moment with fun camps and other activities to fill the workdays. And some parents are cruising the racks of their local bookstore in search of the perfect summer-learning workbooks. [&hellip
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Divorce is hard on the whole family. Emotions run high, and change can be difficult at any age. But a marriage that isn’t working isn’t any better for a family, and sometimes, parents need to separate. I’ve worked with kids coping with all kinds of family dynamics, and more often than not, kids being shuffled [&hellip
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I have a confession: I don’t watch the news very often. I scan the headlines on my CNN app and read a few stories here and there, but I avoid a lot of it. I read everything I can about education. I read endless studies about child development, mental health, and parenting. I try to [&hellip
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quiet kids

I was a quiet kid – a very, very quiet kid. I wasn’t a fan of crowds, speaking up in class wasn’t my thing during the early elementary years, and I didn’t care if I was invited to the party or not. I had a best friend, and a few other friends, and I was [&hellip
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My daughter recently shared a conversation she had with a friend. Her friend wanted to know how often my daughter is in “time out” or is “grounded.” She admitted that she was confused by the question, as it’s not a topic that comes up in her peer group often. I asked her how she responded. [&hellip
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You know those days that feel like there will never be enough time to get everything done? You need groceries, the kids are overdue for the dentist and need appointments, you’re behind on work and the day is packed with after-school activities (ok, maybe that’s just my day today) … and you just don’t know [&hellip
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You know that feeling you get when you try and you try, but you still feel like you come up short with your kids? Perhaps you feel like one child takes up more of your time than another, or maybe work pulls you away more than you would like. That feeling gets to of all [&hellip
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