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    Amanda Inscore

    The secret to life with kids and pets

    Tips to help families navigate the spectrum of pet ownership, from choosing your new family member to preparing for the inevitable. Read more

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    Brian Tietz

    Puppy love

    We were walking in downtown Fort Myers during some event when I knew we would end up adopting our first dog as a family. Read more

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    Is your child the bully or the bullied?

    Middle school can be tough: switching classes, learning locker combinations, more challenging coursework. It’s also where the most bullying begins. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 49 percent of children in grad... Read more

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    Are your children safe?

    Some 70,000 children will ride school buses this year in Lee and Collier counties. The deaths of two students, in two separate incidents, have put the spotlight on bus stop safety. Read more

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    Bullying prevention starts before kindergarten

    Helping our youngest children learn to make connections with others and reinforcing positive behaviors helps prevent bullying later in a child’s life. Read more

  • Pamela Hayford

    Brian Tietz

    First day of school! First day of school!

    Sending your child off to their first day of school can be exciting, but it’s also a bit nerve-racking. Do they have all their supplies? How will they find their way through the school? Will they be safe? Read more

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    RISE Weekend in Fort Myers: Rachel Hollis to be at Hertz Arena

    Writer and motivational speaker Rachel Hollis plans to lead women through a three-day personal growth conference when her popular RISE Weekend comes to Southwest Florida. The conference visits Hertz Arena Jan. 9-11. Read more

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    Study says too many babies referred for tongue-tie surgeries

    Researchers say babies could be getting tongue-tie surgery more often than needed so they can successfully breastfeed. Read more

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    10 tips for boating with kids

    Sea Tow Foundation provides tips to keep youngsters safe and happy on the water. Read more

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    Where to find loaner life jackets in SW FL

    Need a life jacket? You can borrow an extra life jacket from the Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Program, which now boasts over 550 life jacket loaner stations across the country. Southwest Florida locations are listed below. Read more

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