Why children need nurturing from both parents

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Why children need nurturing from both parents

Dads will very often face a greater challenge connecting emotionally because there's a big difference in our society in terms of how girls are raised and how boys are raised. From the time a little boy is very young, there's a message that society says, "Be tough." You know, a little boy falls down and scrapes his knee and is crying and crying, any man around will say, "It's not a big deal." "Shake it off. Be a little man." That same individual would be much more sympathetic if it were a little girl. They don't say to a little girl, "Shake it off. Be a little woman." Those are not the kind of comments. It is much more difficult for me to be comfortable at that emotional connection, particularly with young children. That is not necessarily what their background has been. I think if dads recognize that it's really okay to be emotional, to hug, to kiss, to laugh, to be silly; that's how you build that emotional connection. I think it becomes that much easier. I think the first step is recognizing that their whole parenting background was probably somewhat different. It's easier for moms because moms have been set up to be the nurturers. It is equally important to be nurturing. Little boys and little girls need nurturing from that dads as well as their moms.

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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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