Helping children become independent learners

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Helping children become independent learners

Creating independence around homework is a very important responsibility for a parent unless you want to go to the second grade and the fourth grade and the seventh grade all over again. Children will naturally try to suck you in partly because maybe they do not have confidence in the assignment and also because they may want to spend time with you. But this is a dangerous thing to do. Homework should be the independent functioning of your child and what you do is encourage the child that they can do it independently. If a child comes to you and says I haven´t the vaguest idea what I should write my report about. Instead of jumping in and giving him three great suggestions, your task to be a responsible parent is to say I bet you could think of something all by yourself. Why don´t you go to your room, come up with two or three ideas and then let´s share it with me? So what you really want to do is every time a child tries to involve you is disengage and encourage the child to be able to function independently.

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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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