How can I get my child to be more responsible?

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How can I get my child to be more responsible?

Developing responsibility on the part of the child really falls on the role of a parent; are you a good parent or are you a responsible parent? The good parent is always running, interceding, bailing out and directing a child and then the child is going to become very dependent and not able to accept responsibilities independently. However, if you want the child to be an independently functioning unit, then from the time the child is small, you let the child operate for him or her self; that means self-help skills, they dress themselves, they take care of their personal hygiene. That means as they get older, they make decisions, they are able to make their own choices. If they have difficulties or if there are problems or challenges, you ask them what they have thought of first in terms of how they handle the solution, so you start empowering a child to be independently responsible. Responsibility comes because you let the individual handle situations by him or her self. That's how we develop a responsible child.

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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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