Walking in a sea of people towards the ballroom, I felt the weight of a long-sought goal coming to fruition. My brain spun on the fact that nine months later, I would be able to vote. It was February of 2012. I had lived in this country since 1979 when I came from Colombia as a seven-year-old girl. In my 40th year I was finally becoming a US citizen, and in that moment as a mother, as a mental health professional, and as a parenting educator, I understood that I was finally going to be given the right, the privilege, and the responsibility of voting. I have never taken for granted the gift I was given.
As a mental health professional, I am alarmed that our government is dividing families. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently separating migrant children from their parents at the border and reneging on their past promises of safety to DACA recipients. These are unnecessary policies that will cause more trauma to already traumatized children and families seeking refuge in the U.S. We need this to change.
I have lost track of how many times I have cried and simultaneously been inspired due to the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, FL. The school is close to home. I live in Miami. That morning I knew that many parents would be reaching out to me wondering how to best help their children.
Most parents fear their children could fall in the trap of misusing drugs and alcohol. This video helps you find answers to avoiding this fate.
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Learn how to help your child transition into kindergarten with child development expert Lina Acosta Sandaal, M.A., LMFT and occupational therapist Nicole Santamaria, OTR/L.
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 video of our founder and mommy blogger LadydeeLG and get some answers around this topic.
Parents are everywhere, but a lot of them are on social media speaking about their strengths, concerns, insights, and funny anecdotes. As a child development and parenting expert I always enjoy reading the tweets and blogs these parents share. So this year I had the opportunity to meet a large group of them at Hispanicize 2016 (#Hispz16). Hispanicize is the largest annual event for influencers, journalists, and digital content creators to connect with brands and their public. It was an amazing event full of information and wonderful giveaways. I enjoyed watching the sense of community among the attendants. I was excited to attend and meet in person so many of the wonderful parent bloggers who so candidly share about their lives. I was especially excited to meet up with Diana Limongi also known as LadyDeeLG.
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
Here is a quick list of ways to improve your parenting to enjoy success with those whom mean most to you, your children.
Understand your past and how it affects your present.
Every December at my center parents ask me how to not spoil their children and how to manage the gift giving frenzy of the holidays. The follow are the answers to the most popular parent questions during the holiday: