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.


You might say that my daughter has her own special way of keeping her things organized. It’s not that her room is a complete mess. You can always see the floor and you’re not likely to trip over anything (or step on a Lego) in the dark. It’s just that her method of organization seems [&hellip
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When kids confront feelings of anger and frustration, which is all in a day’s work when it comes to the under-five crowd, they handle those feelings in a variety of ways. Some yell. Some go boneless and scream on the floor, no matter where in the world they are. Some collapse into a sobbing heap [&hellip
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I was well on my way to young adulthood before I felt anything even remotely close to self-confidence. Old friends will read that line and think, “No way, not her, she was always full of confidence. She always knew what she wanted, and she didn’t let anything stand in her way.” They saw the outer [&hellip
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Letting go is always the hardest part. No one tells you that when you’re gliding through life in a sleep-deprived state of partial amnesia with multiple babies in tow. They tell you to enjoy every moment, and you do your best to take that advice. They tell you hold them close while you can, so [&hellip
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At five years old, my son already stands out. That’s not to say that he’s better or worse, above or below, he just stands out. He always has. He keeps his hair long and curly, because that’s how he likes it. For two years, he has taken the pails and shovels in the preschool sandbox [&hellip
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“Stay with me five more minutes, Mommy”, she whispers, as I brush her long, salty, chestnut locks from her cheek. “I just need to hold your hand.” “I’m here, sweet pea. I’m always here.” Please don’t hate me for what I’m about to say, although I won’t blame you one bit if you do (I [&hellip
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When you don’t have to race out the door super early every morning with lunches made and backpacks packed, you can take time to observe your family’s habits and figure out where you might need to make some changes. It never fails when you’re running short on time and patience–your child seems to find hundreds [&hellip
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anger management tips for parents

Sometimes it seems like kids are hardwired to push buttons. They test limits, push boundaries, and often rely on selective listening. The good news is that pushing back and testing limits is a function of increasing independence. The bad news is these behaviors can be very frustrating for parents. We are all exposed to stress [&hellip
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While pessimistic thinking is often brushed off as a personality trait, it is actually a learned behavior. Sometimes it is even used to mask anxiety. When kids approach most situations with “I can’t” or very low expectations, they are lost in a cycle of negativity. Kids can, in fact, get stuck in a pattern of [&hellip
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books for summer

It seems as if the moment the school year comes to an end, it’s time to think about summer reading. The fear of the infamous “summer slide” (or loss of academic gains during the summer months) causes many parents to stock up on summer reading tools to ensure that kids stay on track for the [&hellip
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