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Questions to Ask *Before* a Playdate

January 15, 2023

As we have learned to live through and with Covid as a seemingly permanent part of our lives, playdates and gatherings are back in full force among kids and teens. But many of us are a *bit* out of practice. I’ve previously written about what to ask your child after a playdate, but there are…


Your Whole Life Audit – Are you a 10?

January 5, 2023

It’s hard to believe it’s 2023.  While there has been joy, there has also been a lot of tough stuff we’ve all made it through. So, if you’re reading this, frankly I think you deserve a “participation award” for making it through the last three years.  It’s high time the grown-ups get a blue ribbon…


When Your Child’s Friend Needs Help: What Next (Part 2 of 2)

November 17, 2022

Last week, I shared how the parental controls and monitoring we use alerted us to a serious issue affecting a child my daughter knows. The messages I read as they described what they were dealing with were heartbreaking. But this is not a child I know, or at least not well. I don’t know their…


When Your Child’s Friend Needs Help: Score One for Monitoring (Part 1 of 2)

November 10, 2022

Truth: My husband and I use both parental controls and monitoring for our daughter’s cell phone.  Yup, we’re the mean parents. 😉 It’s her first internet-connected phone, so using parental controls, we restrict the number of hours she can be on it, prohibit access to certain websites, apps, and content, and shut it off entirely…


Saving Our Kids From Disappointment: Good Idea?

November 3, 2022

When my daughter was little, I remember hanging out with other mamas, and hearing people say things like: “Thanks for the invitation.  I won’t tell little Molly that we’re coming until we’re knocking on the front door, because if it can’t happen for some reason, she’ll be so disappointed.” Can anyone relate? Found yourself in…


Fentanyl Part 2: Halloween Worry?

October 28, 2022

A number of weeks ago, I shared with you information about the dangers of fentanyl, a drug that is rapidly increasing in sales and prevalence and responsible for numerous deaths.  In King County alone, where I live, we are on track to set a new record in terms of the number of people who have…


Psycho Killers and Other Halloween “Dangers”

October 27, 2022

How does the Talking Heads song go? “Psycho Killer, qu’est-ce que c’est…Run, run, run, run, run, run, run away….”? It’s a catchy tune, and the song that comes to mind every time Halloween comes around and I hear people reminding others to check their children’s candy, apparently worried about all the “psychos” out there ready…


Sex Trafficking Myths Run Rampant-and Aren’t Keeping Us Safer

October 20, 2022

Human trafficking is a serious issue that affects millions worldwide—it should be taken seriously, and the organizations that are working to prevent it should be supported both privately and through governmental spending.  It’s no joke. But apparently some people think it is, as it is frequently the focus of urban legends that are spread through…


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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.