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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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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 #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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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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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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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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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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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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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.