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Why I Don’t Share Much About My Kids

July 28, 2022

Look…parenting is my thing.  And by that, I mean not only do I do it every day in my personal life (of course), but also because of my job I kind of live and breathe parenting. Working as a parent coach and educator means I’m always thinking about, studying, and considering how to best support…

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The Power of Messaging

July 21, 2022

What face do you show your kids when they walk in the room?  As they enter, are you busy looking to see if their shoes are on the right feet, noticing the spot on their shirt, or wondering whether they completed the chore you asked? Or do your eyes light up with their presence? Do…

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The Day My Daughter Went Missing

July 14, 2022

One day not long after our younger daughter was born, my husband and I were home on leave. It was one of those classic Seattle fall days where, with the days getting shorter, it felt dark and dreary.  In the late afternoon, the day’s steady drizzle turned to a downpour. At the time, our older…

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The Power of A Pause

July 7, 2022

Anyone who lives with a tween or teen knows that sometimes the days can be bumpy and a bit unpredictable—like toddlers, they can go from happy to angry to sad in what feels like a matter of seconds sometimes.  One recent afternoon, this was the exact scene in my home—my tween daughter said something I…

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The #1 Thing You Can Do To Protect Your Kids

June 30, 2022

In my work promoting and speaking about child sexual abuse prevention strategies, I often get asked what the key things are that parents can do to keep their children safer. When I turn the question around in response to see what parents think, I hear all sorts of answers from “never let them out of…

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Three Things We Can ALL Do to Accept and Celebrate LGBTQ+ Kids and Families

June 23, 2022

Happy Pride Month!  June has long been a time to celebrate our LGBTQ+ family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and began originally as a tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots. It’s become a time of rainbow flags, glitter, and parades all with the purpose of bringing awareness to the difficulties still faced by…

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WHY I GAVE MY 4-YEAR OLD A KNIFE

June 16, 2022

On an evening not unlike this one not too long ago, dinner preparation was somewhat frantically under way in the Keating household when I looked across the kitchen island and heard a little voice say, “Can I help, Mama?” My husband and I both looked at one another, took a deep breath, sighed and smiled…

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Do Not Have This Conversation the Night Before You Send your Kid to Camp

June 9, 2022

This is a guest post by my colleagues at The KidSafe Foundation in Florida, and continues the conversation from June 9, 2022. If you need any help or guidance having these conversations, reach out!  I’m here to help.  Hurray! You have made the decision to send your child to overnight camp. First year or even…

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How Safe is Your Child’s Summer Camp?

June 2, 2022

This is a guest post by my colleagues at The KidSafe Foundation in Florida. I wrote a similar article a couple years ago and thought this was a nice reminder.  If you could go back to any age what would it be? The first thing that comes to my mind is my amazing summers at…

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The Right Fit Matters: 5 Things To Know Before Hiring a Counselor for Your Kid

May 12, 2022

So many families over the last 2.5 years (and earlier) have found themselves in need of mental health support—for them as parents, or for their children.   My family is no exception.  Middle school is BRUTAL and starting middle school at a new school away from elementary friends in the middle of a pandemic takes that…

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Christy Keating is a certified parent coach,  positive discipline educator, and motivational speaker. She is the founder and CEO of The Heartful Parent Collective, which includes Heartful Parent Coaching, Savvy Parents Safe Kids, and Heartful Parent Academy.

The mother of two amazing daughters, Christy strives to build a happier, healthier world - one child, one parent, and one family at a time.