Eps 317: Teen Relationships with Christy Keating

Episode 317

My guest this week is Christy Keating. She is the owner of the Heartful Parent Collective, which includes Savvy Parents Safe Kids, The Heartful Parent, and The Heartful Parent Academy.

As a licensed attorney, Christy spent nearly 20 years as a felony prosecutor in the King County prosecutor’s office in Seattle, where she spent the latter part of her career specializing in rhe prosecution of sexually violent predators.

Immersed in the world of sexual assult and child sex abuse, Christy developed a deep understanding and expertise in the predatory tactics and abuse/assult prevention strategies.

She now enjoys educating parents, caregivers, educators, and other professionals so as to help stop these problems before they happen, rather than addressing them after the fact.

In addition to being a licensed attorney, Christy is a Certified Parent Coach, a Certified Positive Discipline Instructor, a Certified Gottman Educator, and has completed the Professionals Intensive through Hand in Hand Parenting. She is also a long-time leader and speaker at the Program for Early Parent Support in Seattle, and a public speaker and group facilitator with more than 20 years of experience. Christy is energized by helping parents find more love, joy, and connection in their families and with their children by helping them discover newfound energy in their parenting, develop an appreciation for what they have and who they are, and create sustainable ways to achieve their vision or dream for their family.

Christy lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband of almost 15 years, their two amazing daughters, and a small bevy of animals.


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Takeaways from the show

  • Stages of teen dating
  • Normalizing teenage social interactions
  • Brain and body development
  • What happens in teen brain when liking someone
  • Conversations about sex love and relationships
  • Imperfectly dive in to educating your teens
  • Healthy relationship tips
  • Reg flags to look out for
  • Connecting before correcting
  • Working on neutral curiosity
  • Preparing for heartbreak


I’m at a place in my own parenting where I think parenting is one of the most courageous acts that we do as humans. It’s natural and biological and all that, but it’s also really freaking hard. It takes an incredible amount of courage to do it. That messaging that it’s hard is pretty common in our culture, but what’s not common is that we can do it courageously and joyfully. I think doing the courageous things we need to do, having these hard conversations, and doing it with joy is the perfect act of defiance against the cultural messaging we get.


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