Summer Downtime and Family Routines


I know what you’e thinking…where the heck have I been?  Ok, you probably weren’t thinking that at all.  I’m here to tell you anyway, though, because that’s how I roll.

I’ve been traveling.  With two kids.  And my husband.  High-fives to the kids for positively amazing airplane etiquette.  Wow, that cross country flight is long.  Have I mentioned that I don’t like to fly?  They do.  So that makes it a little easier.

Also?  Did you know that old people can just do whatever they want?  Seriously…pilot puts on the seatbelt light – no thanks, I’m old, I’ll just stand here and ignore that.  Flight attendant gives 17 verbal reminders – nope, I’m good right here.  Sometimes I can’t wait to be old.

Anyway, none of this has anything to with anything except that my travels put me a little behind when it comes to sharing my latest articles with you.

On Everyday Family last week:

The Importance of Summer Downtime (so very important).


6 Tips for Establishing Family Routines (also important – for different reasons).

I hope you enjoy those…and I’m back to enjoying some downtime.

Happy summer!

About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)