Joining Forces with Scary Mommy


It might take a village to raise a child, but it takes a tribe to kickstart a writing career.  I’ve been very fortunate along the way.  I’ve met some incredible people along this journey, and Jill Smokler was one of the first bloggers to help me get started (or take pity on my obvious lack of blogging skills – either way, I’ll take it).

Jill gave me a place to share a different voice early on in her guest blogging forum, and that experience was eye-opening.  I made countless amazing connections in the blogging world.  They helped me find my way, and I turned around and paid it forward to other newcomers.  The world of mom bloggers sometimes gets a reputation for being super competitive (that’s the nice adjective there), but I have found many friends along the way who are kind, helpful, hilarious, and just all-around good people.  They stand by me and I stand by them.  And we all continue to do our thing.

So when Jill asked me to join her team of experts at Scary Mommy…I jumped at the chance.  You’d have to be living under a rock to be hearing her name for the first time, but in addition to her fabulous writing, both online and in print (seriously, read her books now), she also launched a non-profit, Scary Mommy Nation, to help feed families in need.  Jill is one of the good ones, and I am beyond proud to join her team.

Head over there and check out my first article about picky eaters, but stick around a while.  She’ll make you laugh, she’ll make you cry, and she’ll inspire you to take a chance and do something new.

See you there!


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)