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  • Janis B. Meredith

    Special to SWFL Parent & Child

    My kids’ sports taught me a lot about myself

    Parents always say how much they learn about themselves when they have kids. So true. But when my kids started playing sports, the learning progressed to a whole new level. Read more

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    How to deal with mean kids

    It’s a tough world out there. When a child has been the target of unkind words or behavior, it’s easy for parents to jump straight into protective mode. This is actually the last thing we should be doing. Read more

  • Pamela Hayford

    Brian Tietz

    Go on, give in

    Sometimes peer pressure can be a good thing — when that thing you’re being pressured to do is good. Maybe it’s eating healthy because all your friends are doing it or getting organized because everyone is obsessed with Marie Kondo’s "Tidying Up." Read more

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    Special to SW FL Parent & Child

    A Father's View: College madness

    If you have more than one child, you don’t need me to tell you how different one is from the other. Whatever the reasons for it, there is no denying this, and it provides us challenges as we parents move through the stages of their lives. Read more

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    What you need to know about vaping

    Often advertised for their function “to help people get off cigarettes,” these high-tech and easily hidden devices can have a special appeal for teens. Read more

  • Janis B. Meredith

    Special to SWFL Parent & Child

    How to communicate with your child's coach

    These simple guidelines will help you build a good relationship with your child’s coach. Read more

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    Amanda Inscore

    Beginning again

    We were only together for a short time before getting married. Then two years later, we planned my lovely daughter. When she was born, we felt she would solidify our bond, and for a while, she did. Read more

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    Little rituals mean a lot

    The repetition and routine of small family traditions brings a certain kind of comfort and reinforces a sense of family and belonging. Read more

  • Pamela Hayford

    Brian Tietz

    Parents, give yourself permission to hit reset

    Every new year brings a sense of starting anew, an opportunity to hit the reset button on how we eat, how we play, how we manage our money, how we live our lives. It brings hope and new ideas, promises to ourselves that we’ll do better. Read more

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    Special to SW FL Parent & Child

    A Father's View: Today's music ain't got the same soul

    I will admit freely that I can’t stand the music my kids listen to. I have said those same words my dad said to me, to no avail. Read more

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