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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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Baby It’s Cold Outside: About Consent

December 16, 2021

Consent—what it means, how to give it, and most importantly, how to talk about it with our kids and teens—is a key focus of the work I do. I present on this subject to middle and high school parents, and feel so strongly that we could avoid many incidents of sexual assault, particularly at the…

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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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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…

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It’s Okay Not To Hug: Tips for Teens and Tweens During the Holidays

December 17, 2018

The holidays are, for many, a wonderful time to be with family and friends, share meals and celebrations, and to pause and be thankful. But for children and teens, the holidays can also be fraught with discomfort as they face family members and friends who want to hug, kiss, or snuggle them as a way…

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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.