Media Archives2018-05-24T13:31:50-04:00

Media Appearances

‘Is It Normal’ to keep secrets from your spouse?

In the latest edition of TODAY’s “Is It Normal?” series, family psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein answers relationship questions you might never admit wondering about, including whether it’s normal to sometimes wish you were single instead of married, or to withhold information from your partner.

‘Open dialogue’ is key in preventing teen suicide

Jennifer Hartstein tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer that “open dialogue with your kids” is key in the wake of rising suicide rates among teenagers: “Don’t be afraid to ask them any questions.” She says that if you’re afraid that your teen’s smartphone could be contributing to a problem, take it away from them.

Is it normal to have a favorite child (or dislike your spouse)?

As TODAY’s new “Is It Normal?” series continues, family psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein answers relationship questions you might never admit wondering about, including whether it’s OK to have a favorite child (it’s normal, but you shouldn’t play favorites) or even dislike your spouse sometimes (it’s only natural, as long as you still love them).

Screen time and your child’s development: What you need to know

Today’s kids are the first generation to grow up in the age of digital media: What effect is it having on them? Psychologist Jennifer Hartstein tells TODAY’s Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager that the news isn’t all bad: Using apps on smartphones and tablets is more active than just watching television.

How to talk to your kids about the election

Dr. Jennifer Hartstein tells TODAY that whether you’re happy or sad about the victory of Donald Trump, children are absorbing the energy and reactions of the adults around them. She shares tips on how to help your kids make sense of the election.

How to deal with pushy parents

Some parents (you know who you are) get a little too competitive on the sidelines of their kids’ sporting events. How can you encourage your children to do their best on the playing field [...]

The Plan to Resolve Any Family Conflict

Virtually every family has experienced some sort of conflict between its members. Maybe it’s a fight between siblings over who gets their mother’s china, or an argument between spouses about parenting or a disagreement with [...]