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February 2019

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SW FL Parent & Child

Valentines don’t need sugar. Print out these cute cards from our website and attach to one of these inexpensive finds for loads of fun. Read more

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Srijita Chattopadhyay

Generosity can be contagious. If giving to a charity in lieu of gifts is something your child might enjoy, here are some tips for following through. Read more

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Generosity is taking Southwest Florida kids by storm. Instead of presents for the birthday child, many children are asking party guests to bring donations for a favorite charity. Read more

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When you work from home, the balance of work and life can be in a fray. Here are some tips I’ve come up with to help myself get my work done on time but have the balance I need for family time. Read more

Wellness

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Logan Newell

Amanda Sterk helps parents, counselors and high school seniors unravel the academic maze to career and college readiness. Read more

Education

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Amanda Inscore

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Grandparents today are taking a larger role in the lives of their grandchildren, sharing their worries and joys, giving them love and support, and helping out harried and exhausted parents. Read more

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Randy Kambic

The Americana treasures of Arcadia captivate kids' imaginations, too. Read more

Things To Do

Eating healthy and being active now can help your kids live a longer, higher quality life later. Read more

Wellness

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Teen use of e-cigarettes is on fire here in Southwest Florida, and kids are finding clever ways to hide it from parents. Read more

Parenting

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Andrea Stetson

Kids gain hand-eye coordination, patience and other skills through the Lee County Sheriff's Youth Activities League archery program. Read more

Things To Do

Janis B. Meredith

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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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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

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Underminer’s Dirt Cake is as simple as preparing individual-sized Oreo dirt cups for your party guests, which could also double as prehistoric dirt at a dinosaur-themed party. Read more

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The staff at Aquatica Orlando recently completed autism sensitivity and awareness training to help the park become the first water park in the world to be a Certified Autism Center. Read more

Things To Do

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Prepare for little girl squeals. “Frozen” is coming to the Hertz Arena in Estero. Read more

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SW FL Parent & Child

Are you as hooked as we are? We’ve been riveted to “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix (our beds are teeming with clothes). Here are a few great finds to help you be like Marie. Read more

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Brian Tietz

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

Parenting

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    Srijita Chattopadhyay

    Amyah Casiano, 5, was featured on the cover of SW FL Parent & Child's birthday issue, February 2019.

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    Selena Thier, 10, of Cape Coral, opted to forego birthday presents this year. Instead, she asked for donations to raise money to benefit the Fort Myers Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial Foundation. She raised $3,077.08.

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    For her fifth birthday, Joy Youngblood collected craft and school supplies for children at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in south Fort Myers.

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    Logan Williams collected donations for the Guadalupe Center for his birthday.

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    Maeve Wasmer collected for Humane Society Naples in lieu of gifts at her birthday party.

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    Coralynn Carlson, a second-grader at Seacrest Country Day School, worked with the Salvation Army Toys for Tots program to celebrate her birthday. With her is Lincoln Carlson, a kindergartner, and U.S. Marines, from left, station commander Staff Sgt. Steven Maya, Private First Class Gerardo Reyes, Staff Sgt. Brian Tunks, Sgt. Russell Gleber and Staff Sgt. Jose Estevez.