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January 2019

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Charlie McDonald Photography/special to SW FL Parent & Child

Photos from the January issue of SW FL Parent & Child Read more

Snapshots

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Courtesy of St. Andrew Catholic School

Snapshots

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Andrew West

The "American Ninja Warrior" competitor and P.E. teacher Morgan Wright, 44, imbues an atmosphere of motivation into his Kids Ninja Fitness program, a kid-friendly version of the popular extreme obstacle course show. Read more

Education

The Collier County Lacrosse Association — a nonprofit league for boys ages 5-14 — hired former professional lacrosse player Brett Queener to be its director of player development. Read more

Features

Get ready for Easter with the new Lexi Lop book. Read more

Features

No muss, no fuss

Special to SW FL Parent & Child

Keep that New Year's fitness resolution fun and fashionable with these great finds. Read more

Wellness

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Special to SW FL Parent & Child

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

Parenting

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

Parenting

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Andrea Stetson

Teens embrace ‘American Ninja’-like Defy trampoline park in Fort Myers. Read more

Things To Do

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The trolleys are more than quaint vehicles that get visitors from Point A to Point B. They're also a fun outing for kids. Read more

Things To Do

Janis B. Meredith

Special to SWFL Parent & Child

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

Parenting

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Andrea Stetson

The menu at Alpine Restaurant in Naples features classic German, Slovak, Czech, Polish and Hungarian meals. All are made from scratch, so there’s a bit of a wait, but it is worth it. Read more

Restaurants

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The Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo near Lake Okeechobee rustles up many genuine experience activities. Read more

Things To Do

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One trick to keeping your salad fresh and healthy is making your own salad dressing. Read more

Food

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This is perhaps the most versatile salad dressing in my repertoire. I like it best drizzled over salads with fruit (strawberries, blueberries and apples) and even as a marinade for chicken or shrimp. It’s tangy, bright and super simple. Read more

Recipes

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This is my go-to dressing for a Tex-Mex-inspired salad topped with corn, black beans, chopped tomatoes and slices of avocado. It’s also great on a Greek salad with feta and black olives. Read more

Recipes

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There’s a hint of sweetness and a light viscosity that I really enjoy. It’s become my new balsamic. I suggest making this dressing ahead to time so that shallot flavors break down in the vinegar. Read more

Recipes

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Amanda Inscore

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

Parenting

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Amanda Inscore

For those who vow 2019 will finally be the year to get that family photo taken, we asked Southwest Florida photographers for their best tips. Their advice is priceless. Read more

Features

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This method of assigning students to schools can be stressful. But there are ways to ensure your sanity — and that of your student. Read more

Education

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    Courtesy of 'Ding' Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge

    The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge awarded $11,000 in grants to conservation education-related projects at nine schools in Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties for the 2018-2019 school year. The receipients are, from front, Lee County environmental education specialist Susie Hassett; Cassandra Duke and Megan Hull, Gulf Middle; Lori Shaw, Cape High; Julie Stephens, Royal Palm Exceptional School; Jill Whitewood, Cypress Lake Middle; Michelle Start, Lehigh Acres Middle; Linda Grant, Alejandra Matos and Laine Holt from Patriot Elementary. Refuge Conservation Educator Sara Hallas and DDWS Education Committee chair Wendy Kindig are at the back. Not pictured: Barbara Lisson, Neil Armstrong Elementary, and Joanne Pavese, Edison Park Creative & Expressive Arts School.

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    Charlie McDonald Photography/special to SW FL Parent & Child

    The Immokalee Foundation unveiled its new career model during the Charity Classic Celebration gala and Pro-Am this month, garnering strong support from philanthropists and community business leaders who donated $2.5 million to support the foundation’s groundbreaking programs that serve the youth of Immokalee. Here, Joyce Hagen, The Immokalee Foundation board of directors chair, poses with students at the Charity Classic Celebration.

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    Courtesy of Southwest Florida Symphony

    The Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra performs holiday favorites celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, on December 2, 2018, at Temple Shalom in Punta Gorda.

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  • Swell swig of water

    Special to SW FL Parent & Child

    Swell swig of water

    A lot of thought went into this water bottle to make hydrating easier — and stylish. The S’well Echo has a drink-through cap and comfortable grip. $40 at swellbottle.com.

  • Keep it real

    Special to SW FL Parent & Child

    Keep it real

    We know the real reason you’re at the gym is to be able to consume more tacos and other fine foods. And Ban.do knows it, too. That’s why they’ve created the Work It Out gym bag — equal parts foodie and fitness. It also features comfy straps and a place to thread your earbuds through. $35 at bando.com