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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.

In Pursuit of Passion

For years, parents have been coached to focus on the well-rounded child.  A little bit of everything is the key to Harvard, Yale, or Princeton…or so the story goes.   Children should read a lot, play several sports, try a few instruments, write, sing, dance, and the list goes on.  Are you exhausted yet?  I …

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Small Moments of Me Time

Parenting is fun.  Parenting is exciting.  Parenting is full of wonder.  Parenting is the greatest adventure of all…   But parenting is tiring.  It’s busy.  There is always something to do, always someone to see, and always somewhere to be.  The to-do list seems to grow by the minute.  The more items I check off …

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The Great Candy Debate

I have to be honest, it has never occurred to me to put candy in my daughter’s lunchbox.   I didn’t need to hear the teacher’s discussion about healthy choices and please no sugary treats during orientation.  I don’t need the repeated mentions in the weekly newsletter…   Please give your child protein in the …

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The Soccer Mom

I’m starting to feel like a broken record.  It seems as if I just can’t get beyond that one annoying scratch.  The one that inevitably leaves you repeating the same lyric over and over and over again.   I would like to move on.  I would like to believe that parents could step back and …

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Searching for Balance

Parenting is a balancing act.   Sometimes finding balance comes easily, like on the lowest balance beam of the toddler gym class.  We hit an obstacle but the answer seems to appear right before us, as if we knew it all along.  We can solve almost any problem with that powerful combination of adrenaline and …

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