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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…


O.M.E.G.A.S.: The Elements of Consent

November 15, 2021

Do the tweens or teens in your life know what consent means? Do you? In a world where 1.3 forcible rapes occurs each minute in the United States, 1 in 5 college-age women report having been sexually assaulted, and 13% of all students (men and women, graduate and undergraduate level)—are raped or assaulted using force,…


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…


“Don’t Hug Doug” and Other Books on Consent for Kids

November 15, 2021

Last week we talked about consent, and I shared with you the OMEGAS of consent—a useful tool for talking to your tween or teen and helping them understand exactly what consent means. But what if you have younger kiddos? There are some fantastic new(er) resources out there you might find useful! Below are three books…


What’s Love Got To Do With It? Talking About Consent With Our Kids

February 12, 2020

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air! But Valentine’s Day is not just for adults. In fact, many adults I know loathe it as a “Hallmark Holiday,” whereas kids await with eager anticipation the cheesy little Valentine’s cards to be delivered to whatever card-carrying contraption their teacher guided them in…


Consent Is Not The Gold Standard: The Most Important Conversation You May Not Be Having With Your Teens

August 1, 2019

Brock Turner. Austin Wilkerson. Jacob Anderson. Jordan Johnson. William Beebe. All the names are too many to list here, but they all share one thing: they were “good boys” from “good families” who committed (and in most cases were convicted of) rape on their college campuses.  As parents of boys, we read these names and…


It’s Okay Not To Hug: Tips for Teens and Tweens During the Holidays

December 17, 2018

The holidays are, for many, a wonderful time to be with family and friends, share meals and celebrations, and to pause and be thankful. But for children and teens, the holidays can also be fraught with discomfort as they face family members and friends who want to hug, kiss, or snuggle them as a way…


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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.