The four reasonable academic expectations

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The four reasonable academic expectations

Reasonable school expectations are not related to a grade, but really to a process by a which a child is a responsible student. Every child is not going to be a straight A student or even a straight B student, and if that is the focus; and you happen to have a highly gifted student in your family, the other children are going to feel inferior if the emphasis is just on the end product. There are four things that I think is reasonable for parents to have expectations. The first is that the child will go to school everyday, unless there is a thermometer in the child's mouth and they have a temperature. The second is that they do their homework, and they turn it in; it's not on the floor, it's not in the backpack. The third is they honor designated study time; which is a period every day that is assigned to do something related to school. If a child comes home and says, "I have no homework," then during designated study time, they will be reading or they can do journal writing. The fourth is that the child reviews for examinations. If the child does all four, then they will make the best possible grades, given the academic environment. Parents should be very positive in terms of the child's performance.

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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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