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The #1 Thing You Can Do To Protect Your Kids

June 30, 2022

In my work promoting and speaking about child sexual abuse prevention strategies, I often get asked what the key things are that parents can do to keep their children safer. When I turn the question around in response to see what parents think, I hear all sorts of answers from “never let them out of…

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How Safe is Your Child’s Summer Camp?

June 2, 2022

This is a guest post by my colleagues at The KidSafe Foundation in Florida. I wrote a similar article a couple years ago and thought this was a nice reminder.  If you could go back to any age what would it be? The first thing that comes to my mind is my amazing summers at…

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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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Uber Driver Sentenced; What Can We Do To Stay Safe?

November 16, 2021

On Friday, September 27, King County Superior Court Judge John Ruhl sentenced Israel Ramos Islas in two separate counts of rape to nearly 12 years in prison. Mr. Ramos Islas was working as an Uber driver when he provided a ride to one of the victims; in the other, he lured a woman into his…

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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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O.M.E.G.A.S.: The Elements of Consent

November 15, 2021

Do the tweens or teens in your life know what consent means? Do you? In a world where 1.3 forcible rapes occurs each minute in the United States, 1 in 5 college-age women report having been sexually assaulted, and 13% of all students (men and women, graduate and undergraduate level)—are raped or assaulted using force,…

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“Don’t Hug Doug” and Other Books on Consent for Kids

November 15, 2021

Last week we talked about consent, and I shared with you the OMEGAS of consent—a useful tool for talking to your tween or teen and helping them understand exactly what consent means. But what if you have younger kiddos? There are some fantastic new(er) resources out there you might find useful! Below are three books…

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Consent Is Not The Gold Standard: The Most Important Conversation You May Not Be Having With Your Teens

August 1, 2019

Brock Turner. Austin Wilkerson. Jacob Anderson. Jordan Johnson. William Beebe. All the names are too many to list here, but they all share one thing: they were “good boys” from “good families” who committed (and in most cases were convicted of) rape on their college campuses.  As parents of boys, we read these names and…

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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.