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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…


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?” …


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…


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…


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…


Would You Take Your Child to a Strip Club?

November 16, 2021

We’re a year+ into a worldwide pandemic, and both us and our children have been forced online in expanding ways—for work, for school, for meetings, for family visits, for socializing, and more… How have you thought about the internet during that time? If you’re anything like my family, you’ve seen it largely as a blessing—a…


Will You Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Online?

November 16, 2021

I often say to groups I speak to that if we can’t talk about difficult things like child sexual abuse we can’t prevent them. Child sexual exploitation online is no different. It’s difficult to think about let alone talk about, but unfortunately, it is rampant and increasing. In 2020 alone, due largely to the pandemic,…


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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.