Parenting Tips, Info, & Advice
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…READ MORE
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…READ MORE
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…READ MORE
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…READ MORE
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…READ MORE
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…READ MORE
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…READ MORE
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…READ MORE
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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.