Katie Hurley: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident and Compassionate Kids

Once upon a time, mean kids primarily existed in high school, while elementary school-aged girls spent hours at play and enjoyed friendships without much drama. But in this fast-paced world in which young children are exposed to negative behaviors on TV and social media from the moment they enter school, they are also becoming caught up in social hierarchies much earlier. This lecture will give you practical advice on how to help your children navigate tricky territories such as friendship building, creating an authentic self, standing up for themselves and others, and expressing themselves in a healthy way.

The need to be liked by others certainly isn’t new, but this generation of children are growing up in an age when the “like” button shows the world just how well-liked they are. When they acknowledge that they possess positive traits that make them interesting, strong, and likeable, however, the focus shifts and their self-confidence soars; “likes” lose their importance. Katie will go over actionable steps to help you empower your children to be kind, confident leaders who work together and build each other up.

Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting expert and writer. 

She is the founder of ‘Girls Can!’ Empowerment groups for girls aged 5-11 and is also the author of The Happy Kid Handbook.

Katie’s work can be found in The Washington Post, PBS Parents and US News and World Report, among other places. 

She practices psychotherapy in the South Bay Area of Los Angeles and earned her BA in psychology and women’s studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. 

The first 25 WMF members to attend the lecture will receive a copy of Katie’s book. 

**At the October 16th Lecture, and for the two weeks following, the Charitable Givings Committee will be collecting items for Dignity Matters. Dignity Matters is a non-profit organization in Framingham that collects and supplies feminine hygiene products and underwear to women and girls who are homeless or otherwise in need, in order to help them stay healthy, regain self-confidence, attend work and school, and live with basic dignity. 

The lack of access to feminine hygiene products and underwear is a huge issue for over 22,000 homeless women in MA. There are women in almost every community who cannot afford these necessities, and unlike many other necessities, pads and tampons are not covered by Food Stamps (SNAP Benefits) and not provided by most homeless shelters or public schools.  The women and girls Dignity Matters assists are commonly low-income or homeless, single mothers, or domestic violence survivors who cannot safely return home. Well over 40% of the homeless women Dignity Matters encounters in shelters are employed, but still cannot afford a permanent roof over their heads or feminine hygiene products each month. 

In 2017, in Massachusetts alone, with the help of many organizations including the Wellesley Mothers Forum, Dignity Matters collected over 265,000 pads, tampons, bras, and underpants. These items were donate to over 50 homeless shelters, public schools and after-school programs in impoverished areas, and domestic violence programs. This is a great start, however, over 5 million feminine hygiene products are needed to support the homeless population in MA each year!

Dignity Matters is in urgent need of the following items: 
1. Feminine Hygiene Products: pads and tampons. Opened pad or tampon boxes are also welcome as long as individual products are sealed.

2. Female Underpants: new and with tags. Any brand, size or color.

3. Bras: both new and gently used. All sizes and styles are needed, including underwire bras, sports bras, nursing bras, maternity bras, shapewear, crop top style etc..

To learn more about Dignity Matters please visit their website: www.dignity-matters.org

If you have any questions about the collection, or would like to get involved with Dignity Matters, please contact Andrea Schneider at andreaparoskie@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!

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