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Is Your Child’s Teacher Savvy and Safe?

September 15, 2022

I didn’t recognize the email address.  I didn’t know the name of the person who sent it.  But the subject line sent chills down my spine. It read: Sex offender list for Deene Juncker. You see, I know Mr. Juncker.  Or at least I know the dark side of him. I prosecuted Mr. Juncker about…

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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 #1 Thing You Can Do To Protect Your Kids

June 30, 2022

In my work promoting and speaking about child sexual abuse prevention strategies, I often get asked what the key things are that parents can do to keep their children safer. When I turn the question around in response to see what parents think, I hear all sorts of answers from “never let them out of…

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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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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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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.