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[Ask Lina] How can I be sure my partner really loves me?

“Ask Lina” is a special editorial series where we invite you to send us your parenting questions in the comments below and our teen & tween emotional expert, Lina Acosta Sandaal, gives you tips that will help you navigate these crucial “in-between years.” Article originally published in Stop Parenting Alone’s blog. Toddlers learn about love […]

[Ask Lina] Is my child’s socializing behavior normal?

Article originally published in Lina’s blog. Many parents have questions about how their kids can learn to socialize. The following questions come up frequently at our center: Q: MY CHILD IS TOO FRIENDLY -WHY DOES MY CHILD NOT FEEL OR DEMONSTRATE THE SAME ANXIETY OR FEAR WHEN THEY MEET A PERSON FOR THE FIRST TIME? […]

[Ask Lina] What’s the best method to discpline my child?

“Ask Lina” is a special editorial series where we invite you to send us your parenting questions in the comments below and our teen & tween emotional expert, Lina Acosta Sandaal, gives you tips that will help you navigate these crucial “in-between years.” 1. What is the best method for disciplining our kids? Always focus […]

[Ask Lina] How can I raise a happy child?

Time and again when I ask parents what they wish for their children they respond with “I just want them to be happy”.  But how exactly does one do that? What exactly is happiness? The truth is that happiness is a way of being but not a constant.  To be happy you must also experience […]

South Florida Parents of Tweens and Teens Are Invited to ‘How To Get Middle School & High School Right’ Event on Sept 8th

We are happy to announce our collaboration with the Miami-based parenting & therapy center, The Nest: Stop Parenting Alone, for our second co-produced parenting event set for Thursday, September 8th in Miami. The transitions from Elementary to Middle School and Middle School to High School can be jarring. This event aims to help parents manage the changes and […]

[Español] [Ask Lina] ¿Qué debo hacer cuando hay rivalidad entre hermanos?

“Ask Lina” is a special editorial series where we invite you to send us your parenting questions in the comments below and our teen & tween emotional expert, Lina Acosta Sandaal, gives you tips that will help you navigate these crucial “in-between years.” Post originalmente incluido en el blog de Lina. Tengo la dicha de […]

[Ask Lina] [Video] A 5th Grader Asks: Is it possible to have a bad feeling everyday?

“Ask Lina” is a special editorial series where we invite you to send us your parenting questions in the comments below and our teen & tween emotional expert, Lina Acosta Sandaal, gives you tips that will help you navigate these crucial “in-between years.” The reality is that we, adults, are not the only ones who have […]

[Ask Lina] [Video] These Are the Most Popular Questions Teens Ask About Sex

In this special post, Lina interviews Gabriela, Board Certified Sex Therapist in Miami, who performs sex talks for local high schools. Over lunch one day, she shared with Lina the top questions she repeately gets from teens in these talks and Lina thought it would be great if YOU, the parent or mentor, knew what […]

[Ask Lina] [Video] Am I messing up my children? (Hint: Michelle Obama Had the Same Worry)

As a parenting expert I hear that worry every day:  “Lina, am I messing up my children?” Last month, I sat in a room with 5000 individuals dedicated to advocating for others in their community and effecting change at The United States of Women Summit. At the end of the day, the crowd broke into an […]

[Ask Lina] [Video] My teen was caught shoplifting…HELP!

“Ask Lina” is a special editorial series where we invite you to send us your parenting questions in the comments below and our teen & tween emotional expert, Lina Acosta Sandaal, gives you tips that will help you navigate these crucial “in-between years.” Last week, I received a call from a department store alerting me […]

[Ask Lina] Sometimes I want to just be alone, does this makes me a bad mom?

“Ask Lina” is a special editorial series where we invite you to send us your parenting questions in the comments below and our teen & tween emotional expert, Lina Acosta Sandaal, gives you tips that will help you navigate these crucial “in-between years.” The wind is blowing my hat towards my cheek, and I can […]

[Ask Lina] [Video] How I deal with my picky eater?

“Ask Lina” is a special editorial series where we invite you to send us your parenting questions in the comments below and our teen & tween emotional expert, Lina Acosta Sandaal, gives you tips that will help you navigate these crucial “in-between years.” One of the most popular questions is “how do I deal with […]

[Ask Lina] [Video] How old is too old to believe in Santa?

To believe in Santa, that is. I’ve debated telling my soon-to-be 13 year old the truth about Santa for two years now. “He’s too old for that nonsense, he’s going to get teased at school,” my husband says. “Why are you going to ruin the magic of Christmas so soon?” from my sisters and parents. […]