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Punishment Doesn’t Work — Here’s What To Do Instead (Part 2 of 2)

September 29, 2022

When I first suggest to parents that they stop using traditional punishments (time-outs, taking things away, bribes, yelling, shaming, etc.) to manage and guide behavior, they often look at me like I’m nuts. Many of us can’t imagine parenting without the fear-dynamic that punishment provides: we get scary or mean, our kids do what we…

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Punishment Doesn’t Work — Here’s Why (Part 1 of 2)

September 22, 2022

Newsflash: my children do not always do what I want them to do. They have been known to ignore me, give me an emphatic “no,” or simply “forget” to follow through on assigned tasks. This never happens to you, right? 😉 Well, on the off chance that it has, on the off chance that you…

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Cell Phones – Top 5 Tips for Success

September 8, 2022

The new school year is a time when many parents consider their child’s communication needs and make the decision to get them a cell phone. And for most parents, that decision involves some fear and trepidation—and rightly so. Now, I love technology and I’m more attached to my phone than I sometimes would like to…

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Back to School Success – 5 Ideas for Starting Out Right

September 1, 2022

It’s back-to-school season!  In some parts of the country, you’re weeks into the year, and in others, you’re just getting started. My kids don’t start until September 6 and 9 respectively…pretty late in the game, but we don’t mind—we are soaking up every last minute of summer that we can! That said, that first day…

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The Power of Messaging

July 21, 2022

What face do you show your kids when they walk in the room?  As they enter, are you busy looking to see if their shoes are on the right feet, noticing the spot on their shirt, or wondering whether they completed the chore you asked? Or do your eyes light up with their presence? Do…

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The Power of A Pause

July 7, 2022

Anyone who lives with a tween or teen knows that sometimes the days can be bumpy and a bit unpredictable—like toddlers, they can go from happy to angry to sad in what feels like a matter of seconds sometimes.  One recent afternoon, this was the exact scene in my home—my tween daughter said something I…

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WHY I GAVE MY 4-YEAR OLD A KNIFE

June 16, 2022

On an evening not unlike this one not too long ago, dinner preparation was somewhat frantically under way in the Keating household when I looked across the kitchen island and heard a little voice say, “Can I help, Mama?” My husband and I both looked at one another, took a deep breath, sighed and smiled…

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Dear Heartful, how can I communicate with my teens who already know everything? 

April 28, 2022

A while ago, I issued the invitation to you to share with me what was keeping you up at night and creating stress in your lives.  Many of you shared your thoughts, and opened up with vulnerability, and I am so grateful.  I’m going to attempt to answer as many of the questions as I…

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Teen Dating Violence: Are You Talking to your Teen?

November 15, 2021

February is a big month—in addition to Black History Month, which we discussed last week, it is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Do you have a teen or soon-to-be teen in your life? Have you talked to them about healthy relationships? If you have, good on ya’! Keep it up—believe it or not, your…

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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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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.