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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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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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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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I’m peddling WHAT to kids? Let’s get real…

November 15, 2021

When Washington State’s comprehensive sex education bill (SB 5395) was passed by the state legislature, I wrote about how important this legislation was in raising a generation of informed, empowered, consent-driven, and healthy young people. Not everyone agreed. I had one subscriber reach out to me (before unsubscribing) to accuse me of peddling pornography to…

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Dear Carolyn, You Got It Wrong

November 15, 2021

I don’t know that I’ve ever sent a letter to a columnist before, but today’s “Dear Carolyn” advice column really got under my skin and I couldn’t stay silent. Here’s my response: Dear Carolyn, I enjoy reading your column every day—it’s usually a breath of fresh air in a newspaper filled with terrible news. That…

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Nanny Arrested for Child Porn: Tips and Take-Aways

November 15, 2021

An 18-year old woman who was offering babysitting and nanny services via Care.com in Pierce County, Washington was arrested on child pornography charges. The investigation revealed that the woman was in possession of child pornography and may have also shared the via a website for individuals sexually interested in those images. Investigators are concerned about…

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When a child is involved, it’s not porn – it’s a crime

November 2, 2021

At Savvy Parents Safe Kids and The Heartful Parent Collective, we believe that language matters—and that language can be a powerful force for shaping how we view something. The way we talk about and address the sexual abuse of children is one such place where the words we use impact our perspective. You have likely…

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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.