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The Power of Routines During Chaos and Confusion

September 18, 2020

We are in the midst of a school year unlike any of us have seen before, and whether your school-age child(ren) are attending school virtually, in-person, or in some combination of the two, we’re all learning as we go. And my guess is that whether it is going well or you are struggling, or somewhere…


Dear Heartful, I’m Worried I Don’t Understand My Baby’s Needs!

June 15, 2020

Many of you may be able to relate to this sweet mama’s predicament—we’ve probably all had different times throughout our parenting when we wonder if we can do it—if we can understand and respond to our baby’s/child’s/teens needs. It’s a hard place to be, and we all need a little grace and support. In reading…


Dear Heartful, My 5-Year-Old is Talking Back and Mocking Me. What Do I Do?

June 9, 2020

Dear Heartful, My challenge right now is having my 5-year old son listen and take direction. He is consistently talking back and mocking me. I’m not sure what I can do because I can waste my whole day telling him what to do, and he won’t do it! I have exhausted myself. Thanks, K.M. Dear…


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…


From The Moment I Could Talk…

January 15, 2020

While I was working today, I was listening to a little Cat Stevens in a throwback to my college days (he was very popular in the early-90s and still ages well). As I paused a moment to watch the snow start to fall again, I was struck by these lyrics from the song “Father and…


Cultivating Gratitude

November 25, 2019

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, GRATITUDE is on many people’s minds. But as much as we may focus on it on Thanksgiving itself, we often find that focus disappears at midnight as we, as a culture, get caught up in the frenzy of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the steady (and rapid) march toward…


What Is Positive Discipline Anyway?

November 24, 2019

In 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics revised its policy statement on discipline for the first time since 1989, taking a firm stand against the use of any corporal punishment or harsh verbal discipline. So what do we use instead? Positive Discipline, the parenting approach developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen, provides some answers, and can…


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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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.