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The #1 Thing You Can Do To Protect Your Kids

May 19, 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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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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Stranger Snatching: Rare or Regular?

May 5, 2022

Is the world really as scary as we think it is?  In some ways, probably yes.  I mean, all one has to do is to look at what’s happening in Ukraine and think about Putin with his finger on the nuclear button, all on top of a virus that seems hell-bent on killing a certain…

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Dear Heartful, how can I communicate with my teens who already know everything? 

April 28, 2022

A while ago, I issued the invitation to you to share with me what was keeping you up at night and creating stress in your lives.  Many of you shared your thoughts, and opened up with vulnerability, and I am so grateful.  I’m going to attempt to answer as many of the questions as I…

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How “What If” Can Keep Your Child Safer

April 21, 2022

In the safety presentations I give for parents of elementary students and younger, I always advise asking a bunch of “what if” questions regularly to help our children hone their safety skills.  I encourage parents to make it into a game and keep it playful.  I share a few examples.  But I’ve never created a…

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Is connection one of your values? It’s one of mine!

April 13, 2022

What do you know about The Heartful Parent, really?  You graciously let me into your inbox nearly every week—a privilege I do not take lightly—and listen to my thoughts on both parenting and safety issues.   You may know me personally, you may be a client or former client, you may have heard me speak, or…

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Are You Trapping Your Child in a Lie?

March 31, 2022

Scene: You are picking up your child from a playdate or sleepover. You go to the front door, ring the doorbell, and the other child’s parent comes to the door.  You greet them, wait as your child arrives, and then you enthusiastically say to your child “Hey kiddo!  How are you?  Did you have fun?” …

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The Power of Books and Ideas for Celebrating Them

March 2, 2022

One of my new year’s goals this year was to increase the number of books I read. I’ve always loved reading, and have two daughters who are also avid readers and story-lovers. But that didn’t happen by accident. My husband and I have been reading to them since they were born, and even as my…

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Baby It’s Cold Outside: About Consent

December 16, 2021

Consent—what it means, how to give it, and most importantly, how to talk about it with our kids and teens—is a key focus of the work I do. I present on this subject to middle and high school parents, and feel so strongly that we could avoid many incidents of sexual assault, particularly at the…

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How to T.A.L.K. S.C.A.R.E.D with your Kid

December 7, 2021

I’d really rather NOT be writing about this right now. Especially in the middle of so many winter holidays when we all so desperately need joy in our lives. But I got a phone call yesterday morning from a client that really hit home. This parent was calling because there was an active shooter threat…

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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.