Lina Acosta-Sandaal

The Psychology Behind Fidget Toys

The Psychology Behind Fidget Toys

Fidget Toys are all the rage right now. But Why? How do they help your child? Is it a distraction or a benefit for the classroom?  Watch this video and get your answers from Lina Acosta Sandaal - psychotherapist & child development expert and founder of Stop Parenting Alone and Nicole Santamaria, Occupational Therapist & owner of Miami Handwriting.

When Having a Baby Hurts: My Truth About My Postpartum Depression

When Having a Baby Hurts: My Truth About My Postpartum Depression

It was summer and I sat on the floor leaning on the edge of my newborn daughter’s crib in tears.  From the outside I had everything a new mom could wish for, a loving husband, a cooperative extended family, and presents from near and far welcoming our daughter into our world.  On the floor of her bedroom none of that mattered, I was in pain and I wanted to die.  I cried as I planned...

Ways To Raise Happy Children

Ways To Raise Happy Children

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?  The truth is that happiness is a way of being but not a constant.  To be happy you must also experience sadness and sometimes as parents we have a hard time tolerating that fact.  In any case lets take some time and see what the research tell us about how to be happy.

Helping Grandparents Help "You" Parent

Helping Grandparents Help "You" Parent

Granny, Abuelo, Pop Pop- these are magic labels in our imagination when we think about our children and their relationship with their grandparents.  But what if their presence creates more chaos than help? We want them to be a part of our children's lives and sometimes we need them to help us with the care-giving.  Watch this interview I hosted with mommy blogger LadydeeLG and get some answers around this topic.