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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…


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…


The Power of Books and Ideas for Celebrating Them

March 2, 2022

One of my new year’s goals this year was to increase the number of books I read. I’ve always loved reading, and have two daughters who are also avid readers and story-lovers. But that didn’t happen by accident. My husband and I have been reading to them since they were born, and even as my…


Time to Talk About Sex!

November 16, 2021

Can you commit to taking just 10 minutes to talk to your kids about sex, relationships, and/or consent today? Whether they’re 4, 14, or beyond, it’s a great day to get some sex-talking done. I know, it may not be your favorite conversation subject with your kids, but there is no time like the present…


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…


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…


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.…


Make December Heartful!

December 1, 2020

For many, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, something else, or nothing else, December is a mixture of fun and and stress , joy and obligations, magic and overwhelm. And although much of what to do in December we do for our children, it can become so easy to get annoyed or lose sight of the…


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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.