About Katie

Hi! I’m Katie. I am a clinical psychologist, mother of two, wife to one, and self-proclaimed fun lady. I do all sorts of fun things, but mostly I create and write copy for big blogs and websites! I am totally impassioned by the idea of connecting parents and children through play. So, I design projects and write articles that integrate my expertise with picture books and crafts! It is a super life-giving profession. I think of what I so as a kind of preventative psychology that helps parents (and teachers) love their children well through connection, understanding, and play.

I also believe that this journey is better with you here, and I hope you stay. Sign up for my newsletter or follow me on Instagram @afriendlyaffair to join the conversation! Lets walk this walk together.

Mardi Gras came and went but this passion for the beauty and art of Mexico remains! Check my biolink for a DIY for this headband + my favorite Frida-celebrating #picturebooks.
Amazing Babes - The beautifully illustrated book originally created as a gift from one mother to her son - is published by Scribe and written on my heart. It is almost painfully simple, and since being published a SLEW of incredible lady-centric bio-complications have been published. But this is the book with that awesome Frida illustration featured a few posts ago. For a peak at the DIY Frida Headdresses upclose + a full list of this radical ladybooks >> check the blog! (Link in bio)
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How's the #lookupchallenge going for everyone? I hope that you're all getting plenty of smooches. How’s this for love?! ❤️
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Did you know that 80% of your child's brain growth happens in the first 3 years of their life? And did you know that that brain growth happens primarily in the context of loving, face-to-face interactions with a primary caregiver? // North Americans look at their phone every six minutes. Infants look at their mothers face 70% of their alert time. // Your children are looking at you because they NEED your face to grow. Don't be looking at your phone. Let me help you lookup and return their gaze in ways that meets their deepest needs without neglecting yours. Motherhood is lonely and social media matters. Childhood is critical and your gaze is a necessity. Let me help you find balance. // This Lent, if you practice, practice the #lookupchallenge
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Happy Mardi Gras! Look at this precious illustration (featuring a parade committee) from my new favorite seek and find.....Oh man. I love it so much. Would you guys like to know best practices with seek and find to grow attachment and lay the foundations for empathy development?
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QUOTE ALERT: //from Gertrud Mueller Nelson, To Dance with God// Both law + order and creative tumult are valid complementary aspects of life that need recognition and balance. "Neither side must win over the other. Rather both sides enrich each other when brought into conscious balance. Carnival is connected with opposites. The figures and costumes and untamed shapes that walk the streets during Carnival show that: women dress up as men and men as women. Those who feel inferior tease and goad those who elevate themselves. Bigger than life political leaders are depicted for what the people see beneath their facades. The rich are made poor, authority is dethroned and fools rule. Anarchy and rebellion hide in all our hearts and can only be honored safely in ritual."
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My love of #MardiGras runs deep
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Mardi Gras is here! The kids and I had the BEST time studying, preparing, and crafting our costumes this year! We went with a Mexican/Dios de los Muertas theme, which morphed into a  Frida Kahlo obsession (naturally) as we found ways to creatively express and play with our shadow self // There is no way I could ever explain it to my kids (or would even want to), but they definitely, intrinsically KNOW and GROW from engaging the symbolic language of costume (with their most trusted and loved adults, btw). We all work hard at play during carnival, eschewing the debauchery and diving head-long into the  language-less, PLAYFUL theology of dress. // Mardi Gras and the way my kids get to bear witness to adults at play might be one of the most important things I do for them. Ya'dig? Check my story highlights to see more.
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