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.

My kids have disliked “creepy” Halloween decorations since I can remember. Truth be told, I don’t like them either. I go through the same thing each year. First, I try to remember what Halloween looked like in the 1980’s. I remember the store bought “costumes” that were more like glorified trash bags with plastic masks that left no ...

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"She's the perfect angel at school, but she never listens at home." This is a common complaint among parents these days. In fact, I field a lot of phone calls from frustrated parents. How can it be that kids can follow instructions at school, on the playing field, and just about everywhere else, but completely turn their ears off at home? It's ...

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I get a lot of requests for help from parents of 2 to 3-year-old children. Whether the request comes in email or phone call form, it always starts the same way: "My toddler was the best sleeper ever, so mellow, and so easy ... but now everything is a nightmare!" Sound familiar? You're not alone, weary parents. ...

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When Night Terrors Strike

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 by from Baby Steps

One of the cruel ironies of parenthood is that sleeping through the night doesn’t actually happen the moment your child no longer requires frequent feedings. It’s the carrot people dangle in front of you to help you cope with sleep deprivation, but the truth is that childhood is full of ups and downs, and with ups and downs comes sleep ...

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When my son was a toddler, he decided that all of his tags had to go. Tags were itchy and bothersome, and he had no time for itchy and bothersome. But even when I cut the tags out of shirts, he would come to me, pointing to the tiny little bit of tag left behind ...

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I work with a lot of kids, and they come to me for a variety of reasons. I enjoy each and every one of them, but if I'm being completely honest, I really enjoy working with the kids who come tagged with the description "strong-willed." ...

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Developing a consistent routine for children can be a challenge even under the best circumstances. When you account for age, various activities, homework, and maybe even a baby – it’s hard to get the stars to align each day and night.

But add on a hard working mama with a busy work schedule and keeping the family on a consistent ...

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Have you ever had to stand back, feeling completely helpless, while your child struggled with something very difficult that didn't result in success? I have. My daughter is a dancer. She's determined, competitive, graceful, and talented. She works hard -- harder than a child her age should be motivated to work, I sometimes think. And more often ...

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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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Parents say a lot of things to their kids. We chit chat, we ask questions, we make jokes, and we try to sneak in a few life lessons here and there ... but we never do know what will stick until it comes back to us at a later date. ...

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