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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…

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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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Where Do Babies Come From? Using Questions From Our Kids To Have Important Conversations

November 16, 2021

An article recently published in Parent Map, a parenting magazine local to the Seattle area suggested that when your child asks questions about sex, babies, or bodies, the best response is “Well, what do YOU think?” The article then went on to suggest that this gives parents time to figure out what their children are…

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Updating Your Safety Tools: Making “Stranger Danger” a Phrase of the Past

November 16, 2021

Every time I give a safety presentation or speak to a group of parents, I ask how many of them were taught the term “stranger danger” as kids and, with very few exceptions, they all raise their hands. I then ask how many of them have used that same vocabulary with their own children and…

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Uber Driver Sentenced; What Can We Do To Stay Safe?

November 16, 2021

On Friday, September 27, King County Superior Court Judge John Ruhl sentenced Israel Ramos Islas in two separate counts of rape to nearly 12 years in prison. Mr. Ramos Islas was working as an Uber driver when he provided a ride to one of the victims; in the other, he lured a woman into his…

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Time to Talk About Sex!

November 16, 2021

Can you commit to taking just 10 minutes to talk to your kids about sex, relationships, and/or consent today? Whether they’re 4, 14, or beyond, it’s a great day to get some sex-talking done. I know, it may not be your favorite conversation subject with your kids, but there is no time like the present…

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The Question You’re Probably Not Asking, But Should Be: Keeping Our Kids Safe From Guns

November 16, 2021

My daughter has made a new friend at school this year and was just invited to her home for a movie night. She is thrilled and excited, but there are a number of questions I need to be answered before I can tell my daughter “yes.” You may have questions like this as well: who’s…

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Teen Dating Violence: Are You Talking to your Teen?

November 15, 2021

February is a big month—in addition to Black History Month, which we discussed last week, it is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Do you have a teen or soon-to-be teen in your life? Have you talked to them about healthy relationships? If you have, good on ya’! Keep it up—believe it or not, your…

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Teachers Who Prey On Children: Stopping It Before It Starts

November 15, 2021

When I was a prosecutor in the Special Assault Unit of the King County Prosecutor’s Office, I handled a high-profile case involving a teacher at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart—a private, Catholic, all-girls middle and high school in the greater Seattle area. The teacher, 48-year-old Deene Juncker, had used his position of influence…

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Summer Camp Safety: What To Ask Before Dropping Off Your Child

November 15, 2021

Ready or not, summer in the Pacific Northwest is *almost* upon us! For many parents, summer creates new challenges in terms of childcare and the juggling act of where our kids will be and who will be caring for them on any given day. Day camps have become a summer-time staple for many families, and…

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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.