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Parenting: A Journey of Acceptance and Letting Go

October 13, 2022

During office hours in The Heartful Parent Academy a few weeks ago, we were discussing a number of different parenting issues, from extroverted parents with seemingly introverted kids, to a teen’s desire to attend a specialized high school and forego the “normal” high school experiences, to cell phone usage and management, crushes, and bullying. As…

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What Your Kids Don’t Know Could Kill Them

October 6, 2022

I do not like to be alarmist, but where I’m concerned, one child/teen death that could have be prevented is one too many. And the reality is that we are living in a time when some pretty awful people have a vested financial interest in getting our kids to use—and get addicted to—drugs. The most…

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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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Is Your Child’s Teacher Savvy and Safe?

September 15, 2022

I didn’t recognize the email address.  I didn’t know the name of the person who sent it.  But the subject line sent chills down my spine. It read: Sex offender list for Deene Juncker. You see, I know Mr. Juncker.  Or at least I know the dark side of him. I prosecuted Mr. Juncker about…

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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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Why I Don’t Share Much About My Kids

July 28, 2022

Look…parenting is my thing.  And by that, I mean not only do I do it every day in my personal life (of course), but also because of my job I kind of live and breathe parenting. Working as a parent coach and educator means I’m always thinking about, studying, and considering how to best support…

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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.