How to build self-esteem

Lee Hausner, PhD Clinical Psychologist and Author, shares advice for parents on the keys to building up their child's self-esteem
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How to build self-esteem

All parents are concerned about self-esteem since it is a topic that is so often discussed. It is the critical issue of effective parenting. You don't need to be overwhelmed with this concept because, basically, self-esteem boils down to two very important ingredients. The first is, does my child feel loved unconditionally? Not that I have to be a great student or social director or athlete, but that I'm loved just because of who I am. The second is, am I competent? Are you giving messages to the child that tells them they are competent? Those two ingredients; I'm loved unconditionally and I have a sense of competence, will create a sense of self-esteem. You can judge ever interaction with your child with these two criteria. When you leave your child, would that child have felt they are loved unconditionally and they felt that they are competent. If the answer is, yes, you are well on the road to create self-esteem.

Lee Hausner, PhD Clinical Psychologist and Author, shares advice for parents on the keys to building up their child's 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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