How to get your child to open up and talk to you

Lee Hausner, PhD Psychologist & Author, shares advice for parents on the best methods for getting your child to open up, communicate, and share with you
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How to get your child to open up and talk to you

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Children talk and share with their parents when there's an environment that supports that. If the parent overreacts to anything that a child says, any kind of sharing, there will be no sharing, there will be no conversation. If parents interrupt, if parents don't listen well, what will happen is the child will stop talking and will look to talk to friends where it is a more pleasant interaction. I always felt that a very important parenting technique that I picked up is private sharing time, which I practiced on my own children. And private sharing time occurred every single day with each child where I went one-on-one with the child and listened. During that period the child could say whatever he or she wanted to say without being angry, without getting advice, without getting upset. So you create an environment so the child can talk whatever they need to talk about. And if, in fact, parents do that, they will find a communicative child.

Lee Hausner, PhD Psychologist & Author, shares advice for parents on the best methods for getting your child to open up, communicate, and share with you

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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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