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Three Things We Can ALL Do to Accept and Celebrate LGBTQ+ Kids and Families

June 23, 2022

Happy Pride Month!  June has long been a time to celebrate our LGBTQ+ family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and began originally as a tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots. It’s become a time of rainbow flags, glitter, and parades all with the purpose of bringing awareness to the difficulties still faced by…

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WHY I GAVE MY 4-YEAR OLD A KNIFE

June 16, 2022

On an evening not unlike this one not too long ago, dinner preparation was somewhat frantically under way in the Keating household when I looked across the kitchen island and heard a little voice say, “Can I help, Mama?” My husband and I both looked at one another, took a deep breath, sighed and smiled…

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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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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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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.