The role of grandparents

Lee Hausner, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Author, shares advice for parents and grandparents on the proper role grandparents should play and how important it is for them to be supportive of their children's parenting
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The role of grandparents

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The role of a grandparent is really very delicious. I am a grandparent now of five grandchildren. I really understand why everyone loves grandparenting. There are some important things that I think grandparents need to understand. The most critical is that grandchildren are, what I call OPC, other people's children. They are not your children. You had your chance. The most effective grandparenting is supporting the parenting directions of your son or your daughter and the in-law. If you do not, you will find there is going to be a lot of stress in that relationship with that extended family. To the degree, you may have different ideas of parenting, but there are new, modern ideas that your children will want to incorporate for your grandchildren. I think that you have to be respectful. The nice thing about grandparenting is that you generally have a lot of time and energy. You are not busy in your careers. You are not busy in a lot of other activities. Grandparents have the opportunity to give absolute quality time to their grandchildren. You are the one that can convey the legacy. You are the one with all the stories. You are the individual that can help transmit family values. I think that is one of the more important roles that grandparents play.
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Lee Hausner, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Author, shares advice for parents and grandparents on the proper role grandparents should play and how important it is for them to be supportive of their children's parenting

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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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