The Happy Kid Handbook – How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World {Book Review}

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Cynthia received a copy of The Happy Kid Handbook in exchange for this post.  Any opinions expressed here are honest and her own.

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“A clear and thoughtful approach to parenting your individual child.  In a world full of stresses on parents and children, what a relief to read parenting strategies that focus on my unique child.  A book I would highly recommend.”  – Idina Menzel, Tony Award – winning actress and singer

I know there are so many parenting books out there on the shelves and which one do I invest my time in; which one is going to be “the cure all” to all my childrens’ problems.  Well, needless to say, none of them will be “the cure all”, BUT this book is worth its weight in gold to help you along the way to finding happiness for your children.

In The Happy Kid Handbook, author, Katie Hurley, LCSW really shares a lot of experiences about her child and adolescent clients and also her experience regarding her own children. She digs into parents really knowing their children along with their emotions and the necessity of letting children be children and just play. She also stresses the importance of forgiveness and how empathy plays a large roll in a child’s life.

One important concept I took away from this book is that….we as parents need to realize our children are different and accepting them as they are and that parenting isn’t a “one-size fits all” occupation.  Parenting has gotten too complicated and we need to step back and take a look at each child and their individualism.  Simply KNOWING your child and accessing his or her individual needs goes a long way.

Katie also shares tried and true strategies to try with your children regarding:

  • Understand their child’s personality and temperament
  • Discover how to best engage and empathize with each child
  • Help each personality type build social skills, understand emotions, and empathize with others
  • Know when and how to praise their child
  • Decide what or how many activities to schedule, and when to let their child quit

The Happy Kid Handbook- How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and anywhere books are sold.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist and parenting expert in Los Angeles, California. Hurley earned her bachelor of arts in psychology and women’s studies from Boston College and her master of social work from the University of Pennsylvania. Hurley also has extensive training in play therapy from the University of California, San Diego. For seven years, Hurley worked for The Help Group, a large nonprofit dedicated to children with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and emotional disturbances. She now has a private practice counseling children, adolescents, and families and writes for her blog, Practical Parenting, in addition to contributing to The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Inc., Moonfrye, and All Parenting. Above all, Hurley is very proud to be called Mommy by Riley, age seven, and Liam, age five.



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