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Katie Hurley
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Katie is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert by day and writer by night in Los Angeles, CA. She divides her time between her family, her private practice and her laptop. You can find her at Practical Parenting, moonfrye, Clomid and Cabernet and allParenting. She also spends time on Facebook and Twitter. She lives by the beach with her rock & roll husband and her two children. She believes in lattes, family time and the power of play.

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Stressed Out in America: 5 Reasons to Let Your Kids Play

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 2:57 PM

It's no big secret that children are currently on the fast track to success. What kind of success they might find at the end of this high-pressure race remains to be seen, but they are being pushed to succeed everywhere they turn.

Children, it seems, are losing childhood.

I...

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4 propósitos de Año Nuevo que cambiarán la vida de tus hijos

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 12:01 AM

Nunca he sido muy fan de los propósitos de Año Nuevo. Prefiero proponerme objetivos que sé que puedo ir cumpliendo poco a poco (como me enseñaron en la universidad) y valorar cada paso que voy dando y cada etapa que cumplo, para así llegar al fin que me he propuesto....

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4 New Year's Resolutions That Will Change Your Child's Life

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 10:13 AM

I've never been a big fan of resolutions. I set goals with measurable benchmarks (I know, I can't help it, they trained me in graduate school), I reevaluate when benchmarks are met, and I generally meet my goals at some point. I might not meet them by December 31st each...

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Retraining My Mommy Brain in 5 Easy Steps

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 12:57 PM

You hear a lot about "mommy brain" when you have infants. Forgetfulness, clumsiness, falling behind on just about everything... mommy brain is a common occurrence among moms with new babies. It makes perfect sense. Infants are tiring, sleep is elusive, and some days eating a bowl of cereal feels like...

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5 Reasons the Common Core Is Ruining Childhood

(121) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 4:43 PM

My daughter has four tests this week. Week after week she has at least four tests, one of them a high-pressure timed math factor test. If she gets more than one answer wrong, she repeats the same test the following week (which, by the way, is a great way to...

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When Parents Fail

(21) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 10:14 AM

No one wants to judge another parent. Or a group of other parents, for that matter. No, the call to end judgment among parents has been loud and clear for quite some time now. You can lose days of your life reading posts and articles on this very topic, if...

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I AM Supermom

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 10:53 AM

Yesterday, I went to the grocery store under dicey circumstances. My preschooler was exhausted, still adjusting to his sister's first grade schedule that sometimes steals his nap. And that big sister of his? She was hopped up on Albuterol following two asthma attacks in two days. Did I mention that...

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7 secretos de niños muy felices

(7) Comments | Posted August 18, 2013 | 2:29 AM

Cuando se trata de niños, hoy en día la gente no piensa lo suficiente en la felicidad. Piensa en el éxito. Piensa en las comparaciones. Piensa en etapas, graduaciones y trofeos brillantes. (Los que ganaron, por supuesto. Porque, ya sabes, no todo el mundo se merece un trofeo hoy en...

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7 Secrets of Highly Happy Children

(387) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 11:33 AM

When it comes to kids, people just don't think about happiness enough these days. They think about success. They think in comparisons. They think about milestones, graduations and shiny trophies. (The ones they earned, of course. Because, you know, not everyone deserves a trophy these days).

They think about...

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Help! My Mom Bullied Me Back!

(5) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 1:59 PM

A Utah stepmother made headlines this week due to her unconventional disciplinary actions when she found out that her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Kaylee, bullied a classmate. Upon receiving an email from the school that Kaylee harassed a fellow student for nearly three weeks, with a particular emphasis on the...

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High Stress Momming

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 12:05 PM

There's no doubt about it, parenting has reached a new level of stress. Some point to external factors as the cause of stress among moms. Others view increased stress levels as self-imposed. Whatever the reason behind this trend, we can be sure of one thing: Moms are stressed out.

A...

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Lean Together

(15) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 10:45 AM

If I'm being honest, most days, I'm probably leaning sideways.

I'm a full-time mom with two part-time jobs. Two days a week, I throw on my psychotherapist hat and do my best to help ease the worried minds of the children and families that come through my office. When...

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Big Picture Parenting

(4) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 12:35 PM

Thirteen million children will be bullied this year. A woman is sexually assaulted every two minutes. A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.

We live in a culture of violence. Despite awareness campaigns, advocacy groups, and information overload, we continue to accept violence as the norm in...

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Facebook Perfect Parenting

(25) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 4:07 PM

I've noticed a trend among moms on Facebook in the past few weeks. In blogs, in status updates, and even out in the real world, moms are fighting back against what people now refer to as "Fakebooking."

If you check in with Urban Dictionary, Fakebooking has several different...

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Parenting Under a Microscope

(5) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 10:45 AM

Once upon a time, in a land that no longer seems to exist, parenting was just parenting. Diapers were changed (cloth because disposables weren't available), babies were given solid foods at (gasp!) three months and people just went about their business.

Parenting was just parenting.

Parents today are under a...

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The Elective C-Section that Saved My Soul

(142) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 12:37 PM

"You have plenty of time to think about it. Whatever you decide, you will be just fine." His words were kind and gentle, but I hardly heard them. Sitting on the edge of the cold examination table, struggling to cover my body with the paper robe that seemed to fall...

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