Consequences and effective discipline

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Consequences and effective discipline

Effective discipline is practiced through the use of consequences. It is not about physical punishment. It is not about shaming. It is not about name calling. Obviously those would not create a sense that the child is okay and competent. However, discipline becomes very important and the world operates on consequences. Consequences means if you do behavior A, there will be a consequence. If you do not eat, you will be hungry and you will not have anything to eat until the next time food is being served. If you violate the curfew, you will lose the privilege of going to the parties the next weekend. So the most effective method of discipline is for parents to set the rules. Let the child know what the consequences are and then, when the rules get broken, the child has to accept responsibility for the behavior. It’s not that mom was in a bad mood or dad was in a bad mood, but by using consequences you do not only create the sense of, “I have to be in control and I have to be responsible,” but you define the limits of acceptable behavior in the most productive manner.

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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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