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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


The Values-Manners Link

December 3, 2021

Guest Post by Lara Lockwood, Founder of Savvy Sosh, LLC I’m a mom of three boys—a tween, a teen, and a college grad—and the struggle to get them prepared to enter the world chewing with their mouths closed, automatically saying please and thank you, sitting with their butts in a chair (and sometimes even remembering…


“What’s Your Plan for That?”: How to Empower Your Kids

November 15, 2021

Does language matter? Does the way you talk to your children make a difference? If you’re like most parents, you suspect that it does, but you’re not sure exactly how.  You know that there are times your children are more cooperative than others, but you can’t really put your finger on why. It turns out…


Whose Problem Is It?

November 10, 2021

Yesterday was a particularly hard day in parenting for me. I was tired, I was feeling vulnerable, and I was a bit emotionally raw from a couple challenging weeks. It left me feeling frustrated, and I know I didn’t show up as the parent I strive to be. As things calmed down last night, I…


How Children Can Travel the World Through Books

March 10, 2021

This week I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend and colleague Bunmi Emenanjo. Like me, Bunmi is a lawyer who has dived into entrepreneurship with the hope of making a big impact in the world. Her professional work to date has had her moving fluidly between the legal and biotechnology world over the…


Leading by the Power of Our Example

January 26, 2021

When President Biden gave his victory speech on November 7, 2020 and again when he addressed the nation at his Inauguration last week, he said “We will lead not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.” The power of our example. Wow. It’s a powerful statement for the…


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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.