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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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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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Trick or Treat! 5 Savvy Safety Tips for Halloween

October 25, 2021

Happy Halloween! The holiday, for those who celebrate, is almost here, and it’s looking like it will be a more “normal” year than last. My kids are gearing up, ready to don their costumes, and are excited for some good old regular fun. And I’m excited to see all the littles come to our door…

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You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry: Positive Discipline and the Elf on the Shelf

December 1, 2020

The Christmas season is upon us (gasp!) and [for those who celebrate], with it comes a whole host of family traditions. And despite the fact that its 2020, this year, like every year, we used the day after Thanksgiving to crank up the Christmas tunes while my girls decorated the gingerbread houses that my mom…

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Make December Heartful!

December 1, 2020

For many, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, something else, or nothing else, December is a mixture of fun and and stress , joy and obligations, magic and overwhelm. And although much of what to do in December we do for our children, it can become so easy to get annoyed or lose sight of the…

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The Gift of Gratitude

November 24, 2020

Only days away from American Thanksgiving, the idea of gratitude is front and center for many of us right now. In a year that feels like it just keeps taking at every turn, many of us are looking keenly at the things and people we can still be grateful for.  My Facebook feed for November…

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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…

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Teaching Children The Art of Gratitude

November 24, 2019

Research in the field of positive discipline has established that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness, more positive emotions, better physical health, higher levels of resilience, and stronger more connected relationships. What are you doing to model and cultivate this important emotion in your children? See below for the thoughts I shared…

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Rethinking Fortnite

June 8, 2019

With Christmas only two days away, should you rethink any of the gifts you’ve decided to give? Game consoles and Fortnite are sure to be under the tree for many a child this season, but is that a good idea? Are you comfortable with the dynamics and potential issues a game like that could be…

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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.