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How can I encourage a picky eater to try new foods?

Getting a picky eater to try new foods has a lot to do with exposure; trying new foods more often and having lots of options is helpful. In this video, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, shares some helpful tips for picky eaters. Healthy Eating For Children & Teens Nutrition is important for healthy child [...]

How can I set priorities if I am a perfectionist?

If you are a perfectionist, setting priorities can be challenging because you can get stuck in the moment, and not be able to determine what really matters. In this video, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, shares tips for setting priorities. Personality When we have a sense of self that allows us to interact appropriate [...]

When does an odd food quirk become a health concern?

An odd food quirk becomes a health concern when it's the only way you can eat a food, or when it becomes a totally distracting focus. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explain how to tell a quirk from a possible disordered eating behavior. Eating Habits and Nutrition Three meals a day or five? [...]

How can I manage stress?

Stress is unavoidable, but it doesn't have to get the best of you. In this video, psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein shares a simple approach to successfully managing stress. Stress It is not uncommon for people to experience stress and anxiety during select periods in their lives. Having a positive attitude, taking a balanced [...]

What harm can sexualization of young girls cause?

The sexualization of young girls in the media has increased the incidence of eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-injury and other negative consequences. Watch as psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, discusses how damaging this trend is. Teens Emotional Health Learn More

What is self-injury?

Self-injury is a form of emotion regulation that provides relief when emotions are too intense to deal with. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explain this unhealthy behavior and describes the most common ways people self-injure. Mental Health How well you cope with life - your mental health - is just as important as [...]

What can I do to stop picking my scabs?

People use scab picking as a stress response because it provides a sense of relief that is reinforced; to change the behavior, you need to recognize it and find healthier responses. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, discuss this behavior. Skin Injury Not all skin injuries are cuts and scrapes. Heat, friction and pressure [...]

How can I change my response to stress?

We all experience stress and anxiety, and how we deal with it can be positive or negative/risky. Watch as psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, discusses the importance of recognizing negative stress responses and how to make healthier choices. Stress It is not uncommon for people to experience stress and anxiety during select periods in [...]

Why do I keep having the same dream over and over again?

Recurring dreams are very common; they can be positive or negative, often related to stress and anxiety. In this video, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explains how recurring dreams may signal unrecognized stress and what you can do. Dreams and Nightmares Learn More

Why should I avoid going to the grocery store when I am hungry?

You should avoid going to the grocery store when you're hungry because you will buy more food, and you will also make poor food choices. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explain why you should have a snack before buying groceries. Meal Planning and Weight Loss Meal planning can seem like one of the [...]

How can I avoid compulsive shopping?

Compulsive shopping is generally a sign of another emotional issue; we use shopping to regulate our emotions when we are feeling out of control. Watch psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, explain some practical tips to avoid compulsive shopping. Substance Abuse and Addiction Substance abuse peaks in late adolescence and early adulthood and can lead [...]

To tell or not to tell: Discussing the Connecticut Shootings

It’s the story we are all discussing. A 20-year-old man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School dressed in black and open fired on classrooms of innocent children. The tragedy is almost too much to fathom. School is supposed to be a safe place where parents entrust their children. A situation like this shatters that in so [...]

Moms Lie: Surprised?

We all lie. Even the most truthful of us have told a fib at one time or another. Ever have a telemarketer call the house and you pretend you aren't you? Or when your mother calls, you tell your spouse to tell her you're busy?  We tend to think of these as unimportant mistruths, that [...]

Media and Tween Girls: Creating a Positive Influence

11 year-olds are getting bikini waxes.  9 year-olds are weight conscious (and some, by this age, have already dieted).  According to a recent survey on Yahoo! Shine, 25% of tweens and teens consider plastic surgery based on what they see on television.  The Girl Scout Research Institute, in talking with tween and teen girls about [...]

Parents vs. Grandparents: How to find balance

Grandparents are important in children’s lives, but the relationship between grandparents and the parents can sometimes be difficult. The best grandchild/grandparent relationships are those that are encouraged by the parent, who then steps back and lets them unfold. Of course, this is not always easy, especially if you don’t always agree with the things YOUR [...]

Combating “Princess Syndrome”

You may not find it in a medical textbook, but many young girls suffer from Princess Syndrome daily.  What is Princess Syndrome, you ask?  A girl who suffers from PS lives life as a fairy-tale: focusing only on the pretty things, putting herself as the center of the universe, and obsessing about her looks (even [...]

You Got My Child That?

The holidays are filled with so many wonderful things: family, friends, parties, religious endeavors, and, of course,  gifts. All of these things can bring us joy (along with the requisite stress), but it is the gifts that often create the greatest source of concern, especially if you have to worry about what people around you [...]