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Three Things We Can ALL Do to Accept and Celebrate LGBTQ+ Kids and Families

June 23, 2022

Happy Pride Month!  June has long been a time to celebrate our LGBTQ+ family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and began originally as a tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots. It’s become a time of rainbow flags, glitter, and parades all with the purpose of bringing awareness to the difficulties still faced by…

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WHY I GAVE MY 4-YEAR OLD A KNIFE

June 16, 2022

On an evening not unlike this one not too long ago, dinner preparation was somewhat frantically under way in the Keating household when I looked across the kitchen island and heard a little voice say, “Can I help, Mama?” My husband and I both looked at one another, took a deep breath, sighed and smiled…

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The Right Fit Matters: 5 Things To Know Before Hiring a Counselor for Your Kid

May 12, 2022

So many families over the last 2.5 years (and earlier) have found themselves in need of mental health support—for them as parents, or for their children.   My family is no exception.  Middle school is BRUTAL and starting middle school at a new school away from elementary friends in the middle of a pandemic takes that…

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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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Is connection one of your values? It’s one of mine!

April 13, 2022

What do you know about The Heartful Parent, really?  You graciously let me into your inbox nearly every week—a privilege I do not take lightly—and listen to my thoughts on both parenting and safety issues.   You may know me personally, you may be a client or former client, you may have heard me speak, or…

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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.