March 12, 2020

HOW YOUR FAMILY CAN WIN THE WAR AGAINST NATURE-DEFICIT DISORDER

Playing in the great outdoors is something kids are doing less and less of these days, and it seems their well-being is suffering as a result. […]
March 2, 2020

PARENTAL CONTROLS: KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE WHEN WATCHING TV

While you may or may not disagree about whether television has taken things too far in recent years given the slow erosion of content restrictions, you […]
February 13, 2020

ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITY ONE CHILD AT A TIME…

WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick The Community Engagement team at the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County (ELC) is a newly-formed branch of the Child Development […]
February 13, 2020

ASHLEY THE ARTIST

WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton When Ashley Santana-Morales was only eight, her art teacher knew she had a gift. “She was very artistic,” said Alex […]
February 13, 2020

SCF’S FIRST GENTLEMAN

LIKE HIS WIFE, BILL MURPHY IS ON A MISSION TO ENHANCE EDUCATION IN MANATEE COUNTY WORDS: Amy Bell PICTURES: Whitney Patton As the husband of State […]
February 12, 2020

A LANDMARK PIER RESTAURANT

WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton Greg Campbell was 12 and home – supposedly sick – from school, when he cooked on his own for the […]
February 12, 2020

HAPPY AMONGST HER CUBS…

ANNETTE LARKIN REFLECTS ON DECADES IN CHILD CARE AND HELPING HER COMMUNITY WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton When life swells uncomfortably out of proportion […]
February 12, 2020

MEET MAVERICK

THE RADIO HOST WITH A BIG HEART WORDS: Amy Bell PICTURES: Whitney Patton As the radio host of 92.1 CTQ’s “Maverick & Lulu in the Morning,” […]
January 8, 2020

A COMPETITIVE EDGE

A COMPETITIVE EDGE… WORDS: Kara ChalmersPICTURES: Whitney Patton When Sophie Potillo dances, she is graceful, precise, and expressive. All things that make her a winner. Sophie, […]
January 8, 2020

THE MOSAIC BACKYARD UNIVERSE AT THE BISHOP – PLAY WITH A PURPOSE

THE MOSAIC BACKYARD UNIVERSE AT THE BISHOP – PLAY WITH A PURPOSE Southwest Florida has a new early learning resource. The Mosaic Backyard Universe at The […]
January 8, 2020

TOP APPS AND TOOLS FOR GETTING ORGANIZED AS A FIRST-TIME PARENT

TOP APPS AND TOOLS FOR GETTING ORGANIZED AS A FIRST-TIME PARENT First-time parents must quickly learn to adjust to a new schedule and daily routine. Luckily, […]
January 8, 2020

THE BEST PAL ANYONE COULD HAVE

THE BEST PAL ANYONE COULD HAVE… WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton With a towering frame over six-feet tall, Deputy Ralph Bryant exudes a bigger-than-life, […]
January 8, 2020

THE PATH TO PERFECT VISION

THE PATH TO PERFECT VISION… WORDS: Dr. Paige Laudicina, Eye Center, Inc Much like the fact that we are not born with the innate ability to […]
October 8, 2019

ON THE BOOK SHELF

ON THE BOOK SHELF REVIEWS: ANA RODRIGUEZ Amazing Me! Dressing Up! By Carol Thompson (Birth to 3) “Dressing Up!” is one of the books of the […]
October 8, 2019

KEEP RESPONSIBILITY ON YOUR KIDS

KEEP RESPONSIBILITY ON YOUR KIDS! My seven year old child is good at school but bad at home.  What am I doing wrong? (Denise, Bradenton) Erma […]
October 8, 2019

LORD OF THE STRINGS

LORD OF THE STRINGS… WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton In summer, the Pops Orchestra in Bradenton runs “Camping with the Pops,” an intensive program that […]
October 7, 2019

THE ART OF RAISING A WELL-ROUNDED CHILD

THE ART OF RAISING A WELL-ROUNDED CHILD… WORDS: Jim Knapp, Triumph Martial Arts The Physical Child As children grow ever bigger and stronger it becomes increasingly […]
October 7, 2019

ALL ABOARD THE DENTAL EXPRESS

ALL ABOARD THE DENTAL EXPRESS! MCR Health bus is providing an amazing service to the community. WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton With the clock […]
October 7, 2019

PALM VIEW SOARS INTO THE FUTURE

PALM VIEW SOARS INTO THE FUTURE…. WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick Palm View Elementary began the new school year on an exciting note after receiving excellent […]
August 30, 2019

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN CUCUMBER COOLER INGREDIENTS • 2 granny smith apples • 5 stocks of celery • ⅓ of a cucumber • 5 splashes of […]
August 30, 2019

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SUPERSTARS

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SUPERSTARS! Transitioning from summer into a new school year can be tough for kids. Establishing a different routine can be difficult, and […]
August 30, 2019

DIVE INTO SUMMER READING SUCCESS

Diving Into Summer Reading Success! WORDS: Jessica Schubick John and Amanda Horne, owners of Anna Maria Oyster Bar, launched the Dive Into Reading program in the […]
August 30, 2019

NO CHILD SHOULD GRIEVE ALONE

No Child Should Grieve Alone… The sights and smells of summer on the Suncoast are in full effect. But for some children and families, bronzing sunshine, […]
August 30, 2019

A VISION FOR ALL OF MANATEE’S CHILDREN

A VISION FOR ALL OF MANATEE’S CHILDREN… WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton The bustle of Dr. Michael Mackie’s morning had already roared into full […]
August 13, 2019

ON THE BOOK SHELF

ON THE BOOK SHELF REVIEWS: ANA RODRIGUEZ Goodnight Moon By Margaret Wise Brown (Birth to 3) This unique bedtime story takes place Bunny’s room where he […]
August 13, 2019

THE BENEFITS OF READING WITH YOUR CHILD

THE BENEFITS OF READING WITH YOUR CHILD…. WORDS:  Manatee County School Social Workers and Psychologists Many of us have memories of the enjoyment of reading with […]
August 13, 2019

HOW TO BABY-PROOF YOUR HOME

HOW TO BABY-PROOF YOUR HOME… WORDS: www.consumersafety.org Your baby will spend many hours in their nursery, so it’s important to make this space as safe as […]
August 13, 2019

RACING TO THE WORLD STAGE

RACING TO THE WORLD STAGE WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick Nine local students are heading to the prestigious World Finals of the F1 in Schools competition, […]
July 26, 2019

WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE

WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE… WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Wendy Dewhurst With hearts fluttering to a drumbeat of exciting new beginnings and every item they owned, […]
July 26, 2019

SETTING THE PACE…

Setting the Pace for a SUCCESSFUL and More CONFIDENT School Year! The new school year will bring many challenges for children as they get used to […]
June 4, 2019

BUILDING ON OUR SUCCESS

BUILDING ON OUR SUCCESS…. Words: Cynthia Saunders (Manatee Schools Superintendent) The 2018-2019 school year in Manatee County was one of transition, challenges, and hard work at […]
June 4, 2019

EARLY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL!

EARLY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL! WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick When families have questions or concerns about their child’s development or behavior, they may not know […]
June 4, 2019

KIDS EAT FREE THIS SUMMER!

KIDS EAT FREE THIS SUMMER! WORDS: Jessica Anderson With summer upon us, Manatee County Schools Food and Nutrition Services is again preparing to feed students across […]
June 4, 2019

A REAL TASTE OF EUROPE

A REAL TASTE OF EUROPE WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton Château 13 Restaurant & Wine Bar, a hip, new European-style restaurant and wine bar in […]
June 4, 2019

CHILL OUT, NOT TIME OUT!

CHILL OUT, NOT TIME OUT! WORDS: Merab-Michal Favorite Imagine if being sent to the corner, or to time out, was less of a punishment and more […]
June 4, 2019

THE POWER OF CREATION

THE POWER OF CREATION WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton Bold hues of orange, blue, red, and yellow sweep through McKenzie Ware’s coveted sketchbook, filling […]
May 15, 2019

GET YOUR PREVENTION ON

GET YOUR PREVENTION ON… WORDS: ALISON BERGMANN, M.S., C.P.P. – PROJECT DIRECTOR OF DRUG FREE MANATEE As parents, we talk to our kids about health and […]
May 15, 2019

STRONGER TOGETHER

STRONGER TOGETHER… WRC of Manatee and Sarasota join forces to empower local women. WORDS: Amy Bell PICTURES: Whitney Patton The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has been […]
May 15, 2019

HUNGRY FOR A CHANGE

HUNGRY FOR CHANGE… Feeding Tampa Bay is changing lives one meal at a time. WORDS: Amy Bell Across the Tampa Bay area, hundreds of thousands of […]
May 15, 2019

THE DEDICATED DOCTOR

THE DEDICATED DOCTOR… How Sharon Otis has helped children and families for over 50 years. WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick Dr. Sharon Otis has devoted her […]
May 15, 2019

DON’T LET MATH SLIDE THIS SUMMER

DON’T LET MATH SLIDE THIS SUMMER… With summer right around the corner, students are getting ready to ditch books and tests for beaches and travel. Most […]
May 15, 2019

FUTURE FOUNDATIONS…

FUTURE FOUNDATIONS… Manatee County School District get ready to open three new schools. WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick The Manatee County School District is growing! Jane […]
April 25, 2019

LET LOVE BLOOM THIS MOTHER’S DAY!

LET LOVE BLOOM THIS MOTHER’S DAY! I appreciate handmade presents for Mother’s Day – and I especially love the expression on my kids’ faces as I […]
April 25, 2019

ORANGE GUMMY BEAR POPSICLES

ORANGE GUMMY BEAR POPSICLES https://laurenconrad.com/blog/2014/08/edible-obsession-gummy-bear-popsicles/ INGREDIENTS     Popsicle molds     Popsicle sticks    Orange juice    Gummy bears PREPARATION 1. Drop a few gummy bears into your Popsicle mold. We […]
April 24, 2019

REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT!

REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT! WORDS: Niki Richards When your child struggles meeting developmental milestones, having a support system and a team of highly skilled therapists on […]
April 24, 2019

ON A ROLL…

ON A ROLL… WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton As usual, JPAN Sushi & Grill was bustling on a recent weekend night. Couples on dates, groups […]
April 24, 2019

THE WRITING WARRIOR…

THE WRITING WARRIOR… WORDS: Kara Chalmers PICTURES: Whitney Patton E’yannie Gomez loves to write – she always has. In fourth grade at Samoset Elementary School in […]
April 24, 2019

CROSSING THE EXTRA MILE!

CROSSING THE EXTRA MILE! WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock PICTURES: Whitney Patton As the morning school bell threatened to ring at Stewart Elementary recently, Dwayne Riedel peered […]
March 20, 2019

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN Heart-Shaped Egg-in-the-Nest INGREDIENTS Favorite type of bread Eggs A heart-shaped cookie cutter PREPARATION Use the cookie cutter to cut a heart out […]
March 20, 2019

KIDS & ANXIETY…

KIDS & ANXIETY… WORDS:  Manatee County School Social Workers and Psychologists Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S affecting nearly one third […]