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“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 Your Plan for That?”: How to Empower Your Kids

November 15, 2021

Does language matter? Does the way you talk to your children make a difference? If you’re like most parents, you suspect that it does, but you’re not sure exactly how.  You know that there are times your children are more cooperative than others, but you can’t really put your finger on why. It turns out…


Whose Problem Is It?

November 10, 2021

Yesterday was a particularly hard day in parenting for me. I was tired, I was feeling vulnerable, and I was a bit emotionally raw from a couple challenging weeks. It left me feeling frustrated, and I know I didn’t show up as the parent I strive to be. As things calmed down last night, I…


When a child is involved, it’s not porn – it’s a crime

November 2, 2021

At Savvy Parents Safe Kids and The Heartful Parent Collective, we believe that language matters—and that language can be a powerful force for shaping how we view something. The way we talk about and address the sexual abuse of children is one such place where the words we use impact our perspective. You have likely…


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…


10 Seconds is All They Need

October 12, 2021

Did you know that 13 million students will be bullied in the US this year? That means that 1 in 4 students will be bullied, and that 1 in 3 will be cyberbullied.  Those are not great statistics. But there’s good news! In over half of bullying situations, when someone intervenes, the bullying stops within…


Self-Care: An Essential Element to Survival

September 28, 2021

In honor of September, Self-Care Awareness Month  What do you think about when you hear the phrase “self-care?” If you’re like many parents, your first response might be, “Self-care? Who has time for that?”  If pressed, you might respond that it consists of indulgences like a massage, a glass of wine, a pedicure, or maybe…


This is Freakin’ Hard: Three Simple Things You Can Do to Make it Easier

September 23, 2021

This is a hard season in parenting. It just is. For all of us. I’m no exception. No point in sugarcoating it. The Atlantic article “Parents Are Not Okay” really resonated with me…I’m seeing it in my clients, with my friends, and in my very own home. The stress we are all feeling right now,…


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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.