Improving the school experience

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How can I make the school environment satisfactory for my child is a challenge many people are facing. And In order to really answer that question fairly, there's several parts to it. The first is, is the child in the right learning environment? 'Cause we know that various children have different learning styles, and so the child maybe in a learning environment that does not suit his or her learning needs. The child maybe in a environment that is to academically pressuring, the child maybe in a environment that doesn't permit the freedom and the creativity the child has. So the first thing is the academic environment meeting the learning needs of my child. So that you got to ascertain. The next is one of the messages that I'm giving my child about learning. Am I making expectations they're unrealistic. Do I have the belief that my child should be the straight A student? Do I give messages like you know, your brother or your sister are all accomplished why can't you be like Johnny or Mary or your brother or your cousin. If you try a little harder you can bring the grade up. I think if parents monitored the messages that they gave about learning and on the chart said was that a positive message? Would that somewhat a critical message? They may have a sense also why a child doesn't like school. The child may not like school because the child is struggling socially. The child might need some work in terms of developing some better kind of social skills. So it needs more thorough analysis, when we are really trying to determine what is going on the school environment. But initially I would ask parents to think about what kind of messages are you giving your child about learning and about your confidence in that child as a learner.

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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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