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.

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Many parents reach out to me with concerns about preschool at the beginning of a new school year. They list off the things their child can do – count, name colors, identify shapes, spell her name, and more. The concern most often cited by worried parents, however, has nothing to do with counting, colors, or shapes. It has to do with whether or ...

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If you have a toddler on your hands, chances are you are well acquainted with the word “no.” Some days it might even feel like “no” is all you ever hear. Are you hungry? NO! Do you want to go to the park? NO! Do you want to play with your toys? NO! Sometimes toddlers give a loud and forceful “NO!” right before they do what they just ...

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“Do it myself!” “No!” “Go away!” Sound familiar? If these phrases are on repeat in your house, it can only mean one thing: Toddlerhood. And with toddlerhood comes toddler independence. The toddler years mark a period of immense growth and development, both physically and emotionally. And toddlers are often known for their desire for ...

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A young child confided in me that she doesn’t actually like the summer months. I was surprised when she said it. I’ve been working with kids of all ages for nearly two decades and one thing I hear over and over again is that summer is the best time of the year. No homework. No busy schedules. Lower stress all around. With one exception. “My ...

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In the early years, parents often engineer friendships for kids simply by spending time with their friends who also have kids around the same age. This can actually be a great first step toward learning how to make friends. Through these group play experiences, young children learn how to play with other kids, how to handle early conflict (ex: ...

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