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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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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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.