How parents can raise a happy child

Clinical Psychologist & Author Lee Hausner, PhD, shares advice for parents on what it means to raise a happy child with a strong self-esteem
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How parents can raise a happy child

"How do I raise a happy child?" is a question that has often been posed. My comment about happiness, really relates more to the parent. I often say that, in life, you will often be as happy as your least happy child. That's a big responsibility as a parent, but creating happiness as a parenting goal is not appropriate. If a child is confident, productive, and feels that they are loved unconditionally, they, in fact, will be happy. But if you are going to parent with happiness as a goal, you will not discipline. There will not be consequences and the result will probably be a spoiled, non-productive, disappointing adult.

Clinical Psychologist & Author Lee Hausner, PhD, shares advice for parents on what it means to raise a happy child with a strong self-esteem


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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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