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When Your Child’s Friend Needs Help: What Next (Part 2 of 2)

November 17, 2022

Last week, I shared how the parental controls and monitoring we use alerted us to a serious issue affecting a child my daughter knows. The messages I read as they described what they were dealing with were heartbreaking. But this is not a child I know, or at least not well. I don’t know their…

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When Your Child’s Friend Needs Help: Score One for Monitoring (Part 1 of 2)

November 10, 2022

Truth: My husband and I use both parental controls and monitoring for our daughter’s cell phone.  Yup, we’re the mean parents. 😉 It’s her first internet-connected phone, so using parental controls, we restrict the number of hours she can be on it, prohibit access to certain websites, apps, and content, and shut it off entirely…

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Saving Our Kids From Disappointment: Good Idea?

November 3, 2022

When my daughter was little, I remember hanging out with other mamas, and hearing people say things like: “Thanks for the invitation.  I won’t tell little Molly that we’re coming until we’re knocking on the front door, because if it can’t happen for some reason, she’ll be so disappointed.” Can anyone relate? Found yourself in…

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Fentanyl Part 2: Halloween Worry?

October 28, 2022

A number of weeks ago, I shared with you information about the dangers of fentanyl, a drug that is rapidly increasing in sales and prevalence and responsible for numerous deaths.  In King County alone, where I live, we are on track to set a new record in terms of the number of people who have…

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Psycho Killers and Other Halloween “Dangers”

October 27, 2022

How does the Talking Heads song go? “Psycho Killer, qu’est-ce que c’est…Run, run, run, run, run, run, run away….”? It’s a catchy tune, and the song that comes to mind every time Halloween comes around and I hear people reminding others to check their children’s candy, apparently worried about all the “psychos” out there ready…

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Sex Trafficking Myths Run Rampant-and Aren’t Keeping Us Safer

October 20, 2022

Human trafficking is a serious issue that affects millions worldwide—it should be taken seriously, and the organizations that are working to prevent it should be supported both privately and through governmental spending.  It’s no joke. But apparently some people think it is, as it is frequently the focus of urban legends that are spread through…

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Parenting: A Journey of Acceptance and Letting Go

October 13, 2022

During office hours in The Heartful Parent Academy a few weeks ago, we were discussing a number of different parenting issues, from extroverted parents with seemingly introverted kids, to a teen’s desire to attend a specialized high school and forego the “normal” high school experiences, to cell phone usage and management, crushes, and bullying. As…

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What Your Kids Don’t Know Could Kill Them

October 6, 2022

I do not like to be alarmist, but where I’m concerned, one child/teen death that could have be prevented is one too many. And the reality is that we are living in a time when some pretty awful people have a vested financial interest in getting our kids to use—and get addicted to—drugs. The most…

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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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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.