Book subtitle: Advice From the Child-Care Expert --
From the Terrible Twos to the Tortuous Teens , an Expert's Guide
to Weathering the Storms of Parenting
Eda LeShan wrote this book after a 35-year career as a
family counselor, nursery school teacher and director, a social
welfare worker, and a therapist in a child guidance clinic. She
has also been a regular columnist for Woman's Day magazine,
for years had a talk show on the CBS radio network, and hosted a
series on PBS TV series called 'How Do Your Children Grow?' She is
a member of the American Psychological Association.
The book consists of 57 articles organized as shown in the
table of contents (see below). Many of them were originally
articles written for Parents' Magazine, Woman's Day,
and The Journal of the National Education Association.
This book received enthusiastic endorsements from Dr. Lee
Salk and Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
It became a super-bestseller after it came out as a
hardcover in 1985. This collection of valuable lessons is now an
Every parent will recognize the scenarios described by Eda LeShan - the small
child who won't be separated from a blanket, or the teenager who
won't get off the telephone. LeShan's advice may seem like common
sense after you read it, but you're likely to say, "Why
didn't I think of that?"
Many readers have remarked that the seven page section on how to
prevent a child from being molested would by itself be worth the
price of the book.