Teaching children self-control

Clinical Psychologist Lee Hausner, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best methods for teaching and building self-control in your child
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Teaching children self-control

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In order to raise a child that is not self-indulgent, you have got to permit the child to function independently. It's the whole key; are you going to be a good parent or a responsible parent? I think that parents are often confused, because they think that they have to answer every need and every whim of a child upon demand. They have to service a child in a variety of ways, when a child can really function independently. That starts from even a young child. That young child should be permitted to dress and clothe and feed themselves as soon as they are physically able to do it. As a child gets older, the child has to be able to make their own decisions. A child has to be able to delay gratification, so they are able to be accomplished. Children that are self-indulged, have adults around them that are attending to their every need and every whim, so naturally, the child starts to think that they are the center of the universe.

Clinical Psychologist Lee Hausner, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best methods for teaching and building self-control in your child

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Lee Hausner, PhD

Clinical Psychologist & Author

Dr. Lee Hausner is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, business consultant and family wealth advisor. She served as the senior psychologist for the Beverly Hills Unified School District for 19 years. She is currently the Senior Managing Director for First Foundation Advisors. An acknowledged expert on psychological issues involving wealth and wealth transfer, she was a presenter at the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, and is a frequent participant at the high wealth/private client conferences for major financial institutions. She is a frequent guest on national radio and television and a quoted expert in national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Times, Forbes, Fortune, Privilege, Town and Country and Worth Magazine.

Dr. Hausner is the co-author with Doug Freeman of A Founder's Guide to the Family Foundation, published by the Council on Foundations and is the author of the seminal work regarding wealth and the family; Children of Paradise: Successful Parenting for Prosperous Families. In addition, Dr. Hausner incorporated her unique six-step transition model for succession in family business in the critically acclaimed family business resource book Hats Off to You 2: Balancing Roles and Creating Success in Family Business, of which she was a co-author.

Dr. Hausner is a graduate of Northwestern University (BA, Psychology), San Francisco State University (MA, Psychology), and Kensington University (PhD, Psychology).

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