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Growing up can be challenging, especially in a modern world which is constantly changing. Sometimes your children have issues or problems which they, and you, struggle to solve. It can be anything from friendship issues, bullying, low self-esteem or confidence, trouble with adapting to family changes, issues with siblings, anger and frustration. It might be that there are important life skills you know they need, yet you are not sure where to start or they are being resistant.


The Irish Midwife offers various services on the Costa del Sol for the preparation of childbirth and early stages of being a mum. It is run by two very experienced Irish midwives - Anne Halpenny who is from Dublin and has lived on the Costa del Sol since 1996. She is a mum of twins who were born in Marbella in 2009. Anne qualified as a midwife in 1985 and has worked in Australia, Iraq, Saudia Arabia, the UK and Ireland thereby exposing her to different cultures and ways of practising as a midwife.


Kids Parties Spain supplies children's entertainment and party planning on the Costa del Sol and Gibraltar. Headed by Laura Oldfield and Cristino they provide bilingual entertainment for all ages. They bring fun, enthusiasm and plenty of energy to every party. Their qualified team of professional dancers, singers, magicians, face painters and children's entertainers will wow your little ones and give them a party to remember.

A 6-year-old walked away from his Minnesota home with his dog as the sun was setting and, after hours of temperatures dropping, the worried Sheriff’s Department needed help—and hundreds of citizens in Sherburne County heeded the call, including a man with an expensive piece of hardware.

Steve Fines was scrolling through Twitter and saw the official tweet announcing that a boy was missing. Fines lived nearby and knew that the neighborhood was filled with “cornfields and swampy woods with ankle-deep water”, not ideal conditions for finding a child in the dark.

His company, Fines Imaging, owns a heat-seeking drone, so he headed to the scene where 600 volunteers had turned out to search for Ethan and his dog.

A little before 11:00, Fines posted on Facebook, saying his $30,000 thermal camera “lets me cover lots of wet ground that people can’t walk easily,” but admitted that he’d had “no luck yet.”

The Washington Post says he uses the drone to help farmers find runaway livestock by pinpointing their body heat.

It was about 30 degrees in Palmer Township, but skies were clear.

While Fines was running the camera in the dark, he took an astonishing photo that showed a long line of bright spots, showing all the people out in a field getting ready to walk across in a search pattern—literally hundreds of people in wet, muddy ground, in freezing temperatures at 1:00 a.m. because they wanted to help.

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“I only knew in which direction to look because volunteers on the ground had found a footprint that pointed me in the right direction. I knew which areas had already been searched because of the excellent coordination of the Sherburne County Sheriff.”

At about 1:50 a.m., a little more than a mile to the east of his home, Ethan Haus and Remington were found lying down shivering in the field when the drone spotted their heat signatures. Fines knew it was a dog, because of his career experience spotting deer and other animals.

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Ethan was cold but was otherwise in good health, according to the Sheriff Joel Brott.

“This truly was the epitome of a community caring for its own,” Brott said. “To see the outpouring of support in such a short time period to come out and help find this boy and his dog is heartwarming.”

The Sheriff posted the drone photo from Fines Imaging depicting the endless line of volunteers, which elicited heartwarming praise and gratitude.

One volunteer who was in the cornfield commented on how the drone was able to expand the limited line of sight available to those on the ground: “You brought your talent and equipment to do something for the greater good. A state patrol helicopter spent 6 hours on site, but you made it happen.”

Steve Fines / Facebook

Brenda Haus, Ethan’s aunt, wanted to personally thank Steve for his part in helping find her nephew.

“I wish I could hug and personally thank every single person that was there because it truly was amazing! No one ever gave a up hope including you… You will forever be in our hearts as we are so grateful that you could be such a big part of helping us get him home! Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!”

CAB is the established English language advisory office located on the Costa del Sol. Their experienced bilingual team provides an extensive range of services and are dedicated to supporting the expatriate communities who live, work, invest or are relocating to the Costa del Sol and the Canary Islands.