Teaching kids to appreciate what they have

Lee Hausner, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Author, shares advice for parents on why it is necessary for children to have experiences in the real world in order to be appreciative
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Teaching kids to appreciate what they have

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In order to get a child to appreciate the privileges that they have, they really have to see their life in comparison to something else. If a child is being raised in a bubble, it is very difficult for them to appreciate what they have because they don't realize that everybody doesn't have this. One of the things that becomes so important with the charitable work of a family is you can physically let a child move out of the bubble in which he or she may live and actually see what the real world is like. And so I think it's very important for family's to give children real life experiences about what happens in the world around them. Every time that is ever happened with any of the client's that I've ever worked with, the young members come back and say, "Wow. We are so lucky. We are so fortunate to have what we have." I once heard a comedian say something that is really applicable to this situation. The comedian said, "I grew up in a hone I never knew I had heartburn until I started eating at the home of my friends." Because that was a natural state for that individual. So if our children don't get out and have experiences in the real world, it is very difficult for them to be appreciative.

Lee Hausner, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Author, shares advice for parents on why it is necessary for children to have experiences in the real world in order to be appreciative

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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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