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3 Reasons to Rethink the First Day of School Photos

September 1, 2021

Dear Savvy, I recently posted photos of my kiddos on their first day of school on Facebook—I enjoy sharing their big days with friends and family! I have my privacy settings pretty locked down, so was alarmed when a family member reached out and suggested that I edit the photos so as not to include…


5 Reasons Rewards Don’t Work

March 22, 2021

Dear Heartful, What are your thoughts about using rewards to motivate kids? I would love your wisdom on trying to get kids to stay at the table, brush their teeth, or do other simple tasks. Thanks, N.K. Rewards don’t work. Great question, N.K. Here are five reasons why rewarding your child doesn’t work, and what…


How Children Can Travel the World Through Books

March 10, 2021

This week I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend and colleague Bunmi Emenanjo. Like me, Bunmi is a lawyer who has dived into entrepreneurship with the hope of making a big impact in the world. Her professional work to date has had her moving fluidly between the legal and biotechnology world over the…


Bringing it Home: Celebrating Black History Month with Intention

February 11, 2021

February is Black History Month! Some schools do a phenomenal job of celebrating—and learning from—important holidays and honoring months like Veteran’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Women’s History Month, and Black History Month. And yet this year, with so many kids learning from home, I fear that some of the learning that might otherwise…


Leading by the Power of Our Example

January 26, 2021

When President Biden gave his victory speech on November 7, 2020 and again when he addressed the nation at his Inauguration last week, he said “We will lead not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.” The power of our example. Wow. It’s a powerful statement for the…


Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

December 18, 2020

We’re almost there!  Can you believe it?  What a wild ride 2020 has been. Along the way, I have cried tears of frustration, sadness, anger, and overwhelm.  Perhaps you can relate? The stress of parenting, homeschooling/virtual learning, working, partnering, self-care, and managing the collective grief and fear brought on by the pandemic, the election, the…


How Judy Blume Nearly Ruined Christmas

December 9, 2020

When I was in the third grade, Judy Blume nearly ruined Christmas for me. Perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but after having enjoyed books like Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Freckle Juice, and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, I never could have guessed that Superfudge would lead to my holiday undoing.…


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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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.