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Punishment Doesn’t Work — Here’s What To Do Instead (Part 2 of 2)

September 29, 2022

When I first suggest to parents that they stop using traditional punishments (time-outs, taking things away, bribes, yelling, shaming, etc.) to manage and guide behavior, they often look at me like I’m nuts. Many of us can’t imagine parenting without the fear-dynamic that punishment provides: we get scary or mean, our kids do what we…

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Punishment Doesn’t Work — Here’s Why (Part 1 of 2)

September 22, 2022

Newsflash: my children do not always do what I want them to do. They have been known to ignore me, give me an emphatic “no,” or simply “forget” to follow through on assigned tasks. This never happens to you, right? 😉 Well, on the off chance that it has, on the off chance that you…

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Is Your Child’s Teacher Savvy and Safe?

September 15, 2022

I didn’t recognize the email address.  I didn’t know the name of the person who sent it.  But the subject line sent chills down my spine. It read: Sex offender list for Deene Juncker. You see, I know Mr. Juncker.  Or at least I know the dark side of him. I prosecuted Mr. Juncker about…

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Cell Phones – Top 5 Tips for Success

September 8, 2022

The new school year is a time when many parents consider their child’s communication needs and make the decision to get them a cell phone. And for most parents, that decision involves some fear and trepidation—and rightly so. Now, I love technology and I’m more attached to my phone than I sometimes would like to…

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Back to School Success – 5 Ideas for Starting Out Right

September 1, 2022

It’s back-to-school season!  In some parts of the country, you’re weeks into the year, and in others, you’re just getting started. My kids don’t start until September 6 and 9 respectively…pretty late in the game, but we don’t mind—we are soaking up every last minute of summer that we can! That said, that first day…

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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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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.