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The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World by [Hurley, Katie]
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“This practical and highly workable handbook details a broad selection of delightfully creative strategies for helping kids learn from play, manage strong emotions constructively, learn to forgive and empathize, build assertiveness, and accept difference in themselves and others. . . . Highly recommended for people who seek a parenting orientation rather than a method but still want a substantial toolbox of specific activities to use in understanding and connecting with their children.”
Publishers Weekly

“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 about parenting strategies that focus on my unique child, and on raising an empathetic, happy, and confident person. I would highly recommend this book for all the individual parents and their one-of-a-kind kids!”
—Idina Menzel, Tony Award-winning actress and singer
The Happy Kid Handbook is a must-read for parents who want joyful households without all the stress of ‘perfect’ parenting."
—Soleil Moon Frye, author of Happy Chaos and Let’s Get This Party Started
Any mother of big kids will tell you that the exhausting days of infancy were a breeze! I love Katie's real-life approach to surviving our children's childhood, and being the best parents we can for them. Here's to happy kids. . . and sane parents!
—Jill Smokler, New York Times-bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy
"We’ve all heard the popular saying, 'To know you is to love you,' but these words have never come to life quite the way they do in The Happy Kid Handbook. Katie Hurley has a profound understanding of how to tap into children’s individual strengths, personality traits, and interests to better connect, communicate, and empower them. Katie shows parents how to guide their children to their fullest potential without sacrificing their inner peace and inherent joy." 
—Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times-bestselling author of Hands Free Mama

"In a fun-to-read, conversational style, Katie Hurley brings her experience as a child psychotherapist and parent to bear in helping parents think clearly and calmly about their relationship with their child. The focus is right where it should be—on happiness.  Children differ greatly from one to another; the parent's task is to get to know the child and help the child be happy as the person that he or she is."
—Peter Gray, Research Professor of Psychology at Boston College and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life

“Compassionate, smart, and practical advice for raising your unique child. Big ideas—backed by clinical wisdom and research—and step-by-step guidance on how to apply them.”
—Heather Turgeon, co-author of The Happy Sleeper
"With an emphasis on taking back childhood and reducing stress for the whole family, The Happy Kid Handbook helps parents empower their kids to take control of their own happiness. Katie provides parents with easy, actionable steps to help them understand what makes their kids tick and how to help them carve their own paths and cope with obstacles along the way." 
—Amy McCready, Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and author of The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World
“Looking at parenting from the child’s point-of-view changes the game and helps parents to become learning partners with their children rather than engineers of their future. Katie Hurley is a professional who knows and understands children, parents, families. . . and generally what it means to be human.”
—Rick Ackerly, author of The Genius In Every Child: Encouraging Character, Curiosity and Creativity in Children

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With all the parenting information out there and the constant pressure to be the perfect parent, it seems as if many parents have lost track of one very important piece of the parenting puzzle: raising happy kids.


Parenting today has gotten far too complicated. It’s never been the easiest job in the world, but with all the “parenting advice” parents are met with at every corner, it’s hard not to become bewildered. It seems that in the past it was a good deal simpler. You made sure there was dinner on the table and the kids got to school on time and no one set anything on fire, and you called it a success. But today everybody has a different method for dealing with the madness--attachment parenting, free-range parenting, mindful parenting. And who is to say one is more right or better than another? How do you choose?  
The truth is that whatever drumbeat you march to, all parents would agree that we just want our kids to be happy. It seems like a no-brainer, right? But in the face of all the many parenting theories out there, happiness feels like it has become incidental. That’s where The Happy Kid Handbook by child and adolescent psychotherapist and parenting expert Katie Hurley comes in. She shows parents how happiness is the key to raising confident, capable children. It’s not about giving in every time your child wants something so they won’t feel bad when you say no, or making sure that they’re taking that art class, and the ballet class, and the soccer class (to help with their creativity and their coordination and all that excess energy). Happiness is about parenting the individual, because not every child is the same, and not every child will respond to parenting the same way. By exploring the differences among introverts, extroverts, and everything in between, this definitive guide to parenting offers parents the specific strategies they need to meet their child exactly where he or she needs to be met from a social-emotional perspective. A back-to-basics guide to parenting, The Happy Kid Handbook is a must-have for any parent hoping to be the best parent they can be.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (Oct. 20 2015)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SI0B8TG
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa51f8b04) out of 5 stars A practical guide to raising happy kids that will work for all families Oct. 21 2015
By Shell R - Published on
Format: Paperback
Parenting books usually make me a little nervous and cause more than a few eye rolls, since most tend to tout that they have the answer, the magical ONE WAY to parent that will lead to a happy home.

I can't even do the exact same thing for all of my own children and have it work for them, so I'm skeptical of any author who claims their way is the magical solution.

That's what's different about The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World by Katie Hurley. She won me early on by saying "One-size-fits-all parenting simply doesn't exist in this world" and that you have to adapt for each child, that you can't parent every child the same. So instead of laying out some formula that wouldn't work across the board, The Happy Kid Handbook says that if we do want to raise happy kids, we have to parent the kids we have.

Katie talks about the different needs of our kids, whether they are introverted or extroverted or somewhere in between, along with ideas to help each. Being an introvert and having one introverted child, reading her suggestions for introverted kids was a reaffirmation of what I'm doing, while reading her points about the extroverted child (which I also have) helped me to see the easy things I could do to meet his needs as well.

The Happy Kid Handbook covers topics like helping your children understand emotion, embracing differences, and the importance of unstructured, child-directed play. There are suggestions for activities you can do with your child throughout, and there's a variety of them: some will work better with kids who are more verbally expressive, some for artistic, some for the physically inclined. Again, it's not one-size-fits-all, instead it's practical suggestions that you can easily tailor to fit your own family.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa51f8b58) out of 5 stars Save your money and read magazine articles -very superficial Nov. 25 2015
By Mom of Two - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was a very basic prescriptive book written by someone who is primarily addressing pre-K children. The book is written from the perspective of a person with a psychologist background. If I had known it was written by a therapist I would not have purchased it. ( I know a social worker is not a therapist but the perspective here is the same). Basically, each chapter is here is a problem and here is how I fixed it. It says nothing about setting up a good basis for conversations with your child, about building bridges and trust or any of the things which make good kids great. This is a great books for someone who lives in California and thinks that you can prescribe everything (even raising your kids). Although well written, I would have returned it if it were a digital book. Save your money and read articles online ( the book is that kind of wrting-skimming the surface but not reaching deeper).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa51f8e34) out of 5 stars A terrific parenting resource! Oct. 20 2015
By Kara Corwin - Published on
Format: Paperback
There's no shortage of parenting books, but THE HAPPY KID HANDBOOK combines all of the essentials: well-researched advice that's actually translated into actual, real-life scenarios and suggestions, presented in easily digestible segments (and bullet points!) that make you really think and inspire you to find your own inner kid. Childhood is all too short. The HANDBOOK is a good reminder and inspiration to put down your phone and to-do lists and really have fun with your kids while recognizing them as individuals. What really comes through in every page is how much Katie truly loves kids and how clear her mission is to help all of us build better and happier families, one day at a time. This is a book you'll go back to over and over again. So buy one for you-but don't give it away to a friend, because you're going to want it nearby to reread it! This is a must-have for parents of kids of all ages.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa520736c) out of 5 stars she brings us home with perfect simplicity: we can raise happy kids Oct. 20 2015
By Galit Breen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Katie Hurley has always been a breath of fresh air in the parenting advice world. When we're all pulled in so many different directions in what we want for our kids, she brings us home with perfect simplicity: we can raise happy kids. Her book is the how-to answer for busy families living full lives who want to put a happy childhood at the center of their goals. Her expertise as a therapist and a mother of two ground what shines through every single word in the book: she practices exactly what she preaches and, importantly, she leaves the reader feeling like someone is holding their hand and making the decision to raise happy kids together. Highly recommend.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5207384) out of 5 stars Wise and Practical Oct. 20 2015
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read a review copy of this wonderful book by Katie Hurley and was so impressed by its value to parents and also the quality of writing. As a developmental psychologist, I try to keep up with books to recommend to parents who often struggle to find balance and to raise happy, well-adjusted kids. Katie's insights are practical and proven--great advice for parents in today's increasingly complex and stressful world.

Emotional regulation is an important psychological concept covered in this book. Often difficult for parents to understand, Katie explains it in a wise, uncomplicated, and practical way. In addition, she provides many useful ideas for teaching kids how to identify and understand their emotions, including games, check-in boards, and feeling charts.

There are so many good things to say about this book that a short review could never communicate. I recommend you order it for your parenting bookshelf now. You won't be disappointed!