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.

We all want to raise kids with a strong sense of gratitude, but teaching gratitude can actually be a bit tricky.  Young children are egocentric by nature, and gratitude doesn’t always come easily.  It takes time, practice, and patience. ...

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Parenting is hard work and life can get stressful at times.  It can be very difficult to manage finances, family, work schedules, childcare, and marriage.  The normal ups and downs of life that sometimes feel huge and other times feel insignificant can result in arguments. ...

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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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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. ...

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From the morning rush to the after school activity rush to the homework and dinnertime rush to the bedtime rush, it seems like a lot of parents, and their kids, spend a lot of time in a rush. And while some people claim to perform better under stress, rushing around can be a dangerous habit for kids.

When you’re in a rush, chances ...

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I'm a sensitive person. I was the kind of kid who cried over things that probably seemed minor to others. I was in tune with emotions — both my own and those of the people around me. Words hurt. A lot. I remember retreating to the safety of my bedroom after a harsh comment left ...

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“He gives up too easily. He can’t deal with setbacks. He’s just not resilient.” You wouldn’t believe how often I hear some version of these words in my office. Years ago, parents shared these concerns about teens and older adolescents. What would happen if they got all the way through high school without learning to cope with setbacks? ...

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January typically marks a time of new beginnings for families. After enjoying the holiday break, many families start thinking about resolutions. Often, those resolutions tend to be lofty—new exercise plans, diet overhauls, and money saving tend to top the list. But many of those resolutions fade into the background of daily living by the time ...

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Have you ever caught yourself saying something that you hated hearing as a kid? It’s no big secret that parenting can be stressful, and sometimes we repeat the things we meant to avoid without realizing it. Other times, words escape us in tense moments that we might later regret. ...

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