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“I’ll Talk To You After I Help You Calm Down”

October 20, 2020

Last week, I shared a story about the day I found myself yelling at my sobbing, tantruming child and told her to “use her words.” Not my finest parenting moment, I’ll admit, but we all screw up sometimes.  Some of us (me) on a pretty regular basis. Since that time I’ve learned a thing or…


“I’ll Talk To You When You Use Your Words”

October 13, 2020

“Calm down! Use your words!” I remember the day I yelled those words at my toddler-aged daughter as she writhed around on the floor of her bedroom, upset at some seemingly small transgression on my part, but utterly unwilling—or so I thought—to tell me what was going on. My blood started to boil as I…


Are You Transitioning with Intention and Thought?

September 29, 2020

Two weeks ago, we discussed the power of routines in helping our children—and ourselves—manage the increased emotional labor that has inevitably accompanied whatever school looks like in your house right now. Finding routines that support predictability while remaining flexible can be a game-changer. But if you’re anything like me, you need more than one tool…


What You Can Do is All You Can Do

September 22, 2020

Does the weight of the world feel heavy to you right now?  I’m not going to lie…it does to me. 2020 has been hard—so, so hard. I started the year with a cancer diagnosis (I’m fine, thankfully), and no sooner than that was behind me, COVID took over our lives.  From there, we have collectively…


The Power of Routines During Chaos and Confusion

September 18, 2020

We are in the midst of a school year unlike any of us have seen before, and whether your school-age child(ren) are attending school virtually, in-person, or in some combination of the two, we’re all learning as we go. And my guess is that whether it is going well or you are struggling, or somewhere…


Dear Heartful, I’m Worried I Don’t Understand My Baby’s Needs!

June 15, 2020

Many of you may be able to relate to this sweet mama’s predicament—we’ve probably all had different times throughout our parenting when we wonder if we can do it—if we can understand and respond to our baby’s/child’s/teens needs. It’s a hard place to be, and we all need a little grace and support. In reading…


Dear Heartful, My 5-Year-Old is Talking Back and Mocking Me. What Do I Do?

June 9, 2020

Dear Heartful, My challenge right now is having my 5-year old son listen and take direction. He is consistently talking back and mocking me. I’m not sure what I can do because I can waste my whole day telling him what to do, and he won’t do it! I have exhausted myself. Thanks, K.M. Dear…


What’s Love Got To Do With It? Talking About Consent With Our Kids

February 12, 2020

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air! But Valentine’s Day is not just for adults. In fact, many adults I know loathe it as a “Hallmark Holiday,” whereas kids await with eager anticipation the cheesy little Valentine’s cards to be delivered to whatever card-carrying contraption their teacher guided them in…


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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.