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    Beware the button battery

    The small and mighty button battery can be very dangerous for babies, toddlers and children. Here are some tips to keep kids safe. Read more

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    Special to SW FL Parent & Child

    How to talk with your kids about sex trafficking and exploitation

    Christy Ivie of Christy’s Cause in Estero shares tips and resources to help help keep kids safe from sex trafficking and exploitation. Read more

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    Brian Tietz

    Making memories

    The things we do for our kids’ birthdays. My husband nearly passed out at one particular birthday party involving a very realistic-looking Batman costume. Read more

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    How to make your home the teen hangout

    When teenagers are at your home, you know where they are, you know they are safe and what they are doing. Yet making a home teen-friendly can be a balancing act of supervision, things to do and sometimes just plain luck of where teens want to grav... Read more

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    Brian Tietz

    A little inspiration

    As SW FL Parent & Child magazine celebrates it's 20th anniversary, Pamela Hayford looks back on nearly 15 years as editor. Read more

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    Brian Tietz

    Happy holidays

    Gratitude makes the world better. When I’m stressed or otherwise in a bad mood, listing things to be grateful about turns my mood around. Read more

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    Thank you

    Gratitude makes the world better. When I’m stressed or otherwise in a bad mood, listing things to be grateful about turns my mood around. Read more

  • Pamela Hayford

    Brian Tietz

    Spooky & sweet

    Autumn is my favorite time of year. Even here in Southwest Florida. The leaves might not change colors, but this region has its own magic. Read more

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    Disney's bedtime hotline returns

    The Disney Bedtime Hotline is back with your kids' favorite characters to lull them off into a deep slumber, including Anna, Elsa and Yoda. Read more

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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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    Soak in Ginnie Springs

    The crystal clear water of Ginnie Springs gets families to unplug and dive into nature with tubing and snorkeling the freshwater flows. Read more

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    Amanda Inscore

    Summer Camp: What are you getting for your money?

    Every summer, parents scramble to sign up kids for programs that keep them busy, enhance their learning or teach them new skills. But what do you get for the cost? Read more

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    Special to SW FL Parent & Child

    Run 4 The Cause 5K fundraiser becomes virtual race

    Due to the impact of the novel coronavirus, the fifth annual Run 4 The Cause to support Christy's Cause will now be a virtual race. Participants can run the 5K on their own, submit results and claim prizes. Read more

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