“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 that my teen daughter had been caught shoplifting pieces of clothing with a friend. Not only was this her first time doing this, but I learned that she had also skipped school to go to the store in the middle of the day. My teen has plenty of clothes and has no need to do this. How should I handle this occurence so she learns her lesson and I can uncover WHY she did it? Thank you!
Watch Lina’s response below and while you are here, check out these [Ask Lina] posts:
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Have a tween/teen parenting question for Lina? Great! You can add your question in the comments below and Lina will be happy to answer in a future post.
Lina Acosta Sandaal, MA, LMFT is a psychotherapist, child development expert and founder of Stop Parenting Alone, a parenting and therapy center in Miami, FL. She is the parenting expert on Telemundo’s national morning show Un Nuevo Dia, a co-chair from the Florida Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and a consultant for MomsRising, a national organization advocating for children and family rights