Author: Lina Acosta Sandaal, MA

[Ask Lina] Why does my child hide and show fear when adults enter her classroom?

“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 Lina’s blog. Many parents have questions about how their […]

[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 […]

[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] 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 […]

Fun with my Family at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

From the tram to the monorail, a sea of adults and children dressed like Peter Pan, Luke Skywalker, Ursula, and Alice from Wonderland, join you in entering Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It is so fun to see all the families, friends and groups bring all the Disney characters to life with their imagination.  My family […]

[Ask Lina] Any tips for parents answering sex-related questions from TEENS (ages 12-17)?

“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.” To read the letter sent to Lina about this topic and for tips […]

[Ask Lina] Any tips to help parents answer sex-related questions from TWEENS (ages 8-11)?

“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.” For many parents, raising the ‘sex’ topic with their growing children is […]

Hispanic Heritage, Bicultural Parenting, and Me

Living in Miami causes me to think daily about what my Hispanic heritage means to me, to my parenting, to my children, and to the work that I do.  I have come to realize that I have had three different experiences being Hispanic in the United States. The first is as a Colombian immigrant. My […]

[Ask Lina] What’s the best way to handle sibling conflict?

“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.” —————————————————————————————————————————————– As a parent of siblings, I am lucky that my daughter […]

[Ask Lina] How can I teach resilience to my tween girl?

“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.” I watched my daughter’s eyes swell up with tears and thought, “here […]

[Ask Lina] How should I deal with my teen’s anger?

“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.” “Whatever mom!” “You don’t understand.” “Get out of my room!”  If you […]