Katie Hurley

Katie Hurley, LCSW is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and writer in Los Angeles, CA. She is the author of "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" and "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful 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. She lives in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her rock & roll husband and her two children, Riley and Liam.

Katie Hurley, LCSW is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and writer in Los Angeles, CA. She is the author of "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" and "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful 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. She lives in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her rock & roll husband and her two children, Riley and Liam.

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. ...

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“No” is one of the most commonly used words in parenting.

Some of you are nodding your heads in agreement while some of you are shaking your heads. Does “no” really get used that often?

The truth is that the minute babies become toddlers and begin to move around, “no” becomes part of the parenting vocabulary. ...

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It never fails at large gatherings of children and adults - at least one child is clinging to a parent, reticent to jump in and join the fun. You know what else never fails? Some version of the following statement made by the parent: “She’s just so shy.”

It makes me cringe just to type it.

Some kids are slow to warm ...

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Preschoolers spend a fair amount of time each day engaged in fantasy play. They get lost in a world of princesses, superheroes, construction sites, and even monsters. And they truly enjoy every second of it. Fantasy play gives preschoolers a chance to try on new roles and gain mastery over new, and sometimes scary, information.

But ...

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When you’re in a rush, chances ...

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