parenting advice

Are you Too Pushy with your Kids? It May Hurt their Self-Confidence, Study Says

Parents may have high expectations of their children’s academic performance and some may demonstrate this by urging the child to achieve good grades, while others may over-react when the child makes mistakes. However, parents should be mindful of their behaviour and not push their children too far, as their actions may lead to unintended consequences. […]

[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] 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. […]

Earth Day #45 – Make it About Change!

PARENT AND INFLUENCER ALERT!!  Our tweens and teens are watching us- make an impact! Earth Day is a chance to show you care, as Tweens & Teens should- about our environment DO YOU KNOW THAT IN 2015 THE EARTH DAY CELEBRATION TURNS 45? Most of us assume it’s a much more modern concept but conservation […]

A Mom’s Personal Journey with Autism

We asked an amazing middle school teacher and friend to share with Los Tween’s readers her very personal story regarding her son’s Autism diagnosis in the hopes that it will help parents know that they are not alone.  There are many moms and dads who struggle but the important thing is to continue to fight for […]

How to help your daughter get into sports

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with JCPenney and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I joke that my tween daughter was born an athlete.  She is naturally competitive, has the desire to work hard and she enjoys sports.  I never had to encourage her to play sports.  She wanted […]

[Review] Lunching Awesome with Applegate’s New HALF TIME

Try explaining to a 7 year old why he can’t have a pre-packaged lunch. Somewhere along the way, “It’s full with dye, hormones and preservatives that are very bad for you,” goes right over their heads to translate into, “My mother is a mean person.” If that’s what it takes to make sure that my […]

[Review] Focus – No, Fiesta! The Ford Fiesta for Your Teen

Disclaimer: Los Tweens and Teens has a partnership with Ford Motor Company however all opinions expressed are our own.  My husband cranks up the radio while driving on the Turnpike and I say to him, “Hey, FOCUS!” To which he replies, “No, FIESTA!” And I break out laughing hysterically. Why was it so funny?  We […]

Empowering Children to Prevent Child Deaths in Hot Cars

News of a child dying in a hot car is absolutely heartbreaking.  Even worse is the thought that these deaths could of been prevented if someone had taken action.  Much discussion around preventing child deaths in hot cars has involved which action adults should take.   But what about the children themselves.  A conversation with […]

[Ask Lina] Any tips for moving with tweens and teens?

“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.” Planning a move is tasking; when it comes to those in the […]

Slow and Steady Wins the Race to a Driver’s License

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for Latina Mom Bloggers on behalf of the Allstate Foundation and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. As those magic teenage years linger on the horizon, I find myself most […]

Do Not Disturb – Tween Now Has Cell Phone

  When I thought of giving my tween a cell phone, all kinds of concerns raced through my mind – digital bullying, sexting, easy access to information and the list went on.  Three months into her having her own phone, the biggest problem I have found is not what my tween or even her friends […]

Encourage Creative Play vs. Screen Time #MiMashup

This is part of a product review campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Hasbro; complimentary products were provided.  However, all opinions expressed are my own. The tween years are marked by a movement away from creative play.  Dolls and action figures are no longer “cool” and anything with a screen becomes an instant hit.  They […]

Tips for Preventing Tween Depression

By Catherine Vega, Los Tweens Contributor Your tween meets with her friends at the mall every weekend but all of sudden she is disengaged and uninterested. The volleyball practice that she loved just became boring to her and she would rather spend the day in bed sleeping. Sure, she could be dealing with a bout […]