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Why I Don’t Share Much About My Kids

July 28, 2022

Look…parenting is my thing.  And by that, I mean not only do I do it every day in my personal life (of course), but also because of my job I kind of live and breathe parenting. Working as a parent coach and educator means I’m always thinking about, studying, and considering how to best support…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.