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Katie is a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist/Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She has a five year old daughter, three year old son, and a rock and roll husband who makes her life complete. Katie has a parenting advice blog, Practical Parenting and can be found on Twitter. Author of The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World.


Sometimes there aren’t enough words to get through something so awful, something so treacherous, that you can’t even begin to wrap your head around it.   Sometimes life is unpredictable, scary, and really, really unfair.   Sometimes innocence is cut short, even though it shouldn’t be.   Sometimes moving forward seems like an impossible task.  …

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A Little Bit Me First

I have a confession to make:  I don’t like going to the dentist.   I know, I know, no one likes going to the dentist.  But I really don’t like it.  I avoid it at all costs.  I think about it often.  I know that the more I put it off, the worse it will …

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Savoring the Magic

The holidays and stress always seem to go hand in hand.  Which is a shame, really, because the holiday season should be about family, togetherness, and giving.  It should be about peace and goodwill toward others.   And yet, year after year, the complaints of holiday stress start rolling in right around the end of …

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Get Down and Play

Parents are busy these days.  There are jobs, kids, errands, relationships, and friendships to care for.  Not to mention the PTA meetings to attend.   Some parents seem to move from task to task flawlessly.  They have it down, you think, as they buy holiday gifts from Amazon while running on the treadmill.   But …

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Tech Free Holiday

What’s the best tablet for toddlers?   It’s a question I see over and over again on Facebook and in my Twitter stream.   And it’s always followed by…   I want my phone/tablet back!   I won’t pretend that my kids are tech free.  They’re not.  And I don’t think they should be.  They …

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