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When Your Child Drives You Crazy, , by Eda LeShan

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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 inexpensive paperback.

            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.

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Table of Contents

  Table of contents for
  When Your Child Drives You Crazy , by Eda LeShan
  From the 1986 edition by St. Martin's Paperbacks

  PART I -- SETTING THE STAGE

      Why I Wrote This Book			      1
      When Your Child Drives You Crazy		      18
      Why Every Child Needs a Fortune-Teller	      25
      What Do the Experts Know About Your Child?      30

  PART II -- BASIC PHILOSOPHY OF PARENTING

      When Parent Love Goes Too Far		      41
      Some Don't Want to Be Hugged                    46
      The Need for Privacy			      50
      A Four-Letter Word for Parents: Wait!	      56
      Secrets: How Much to Tell a Child 	      64
      Do Kids Whose Mothers Work Get Shortchanged?    75

  PART III -- THE CRUCIAL YEARS

      Stuffed Animals and Special Blankets are
	      No Laughing Matter		      81
      Why Children Must Pretend 		      87
      The Integrity of Saying 'No!'                   94
      A Child Needs Tears as Well as Laughter	      98
      The Ten Most Important Things a Parent
	      can Teach a Little Child		      104
      The Importance of Learning to Say Goodbye       114
      How to Live With Three Under Three	      122
      Children Who Won't Eat                          130

  PART IV -- READING BEHAVIOR

      An Exhaustion Unto Madness		      141
      When a Child Lies 			      146
      I'm Scared, Mommy                               154
      If Your Child Threatens to Run Away	      158
      When a Child Nags All the Time		      161
      When a Child is Rude			      166
      Accident Proneness in Children		      173

  PART V -- THERE ARE NO GOOD AND BAD HABITS

      Sense and Nonsense About Habits		      181
      It Does No Good Biting the Hand That Needs You  188
      To Sleep, Perchance to Dream		      192

  PART VI -- DISCIPLINE

      Consistency in Childraising is Ridiculous!      201
      The Pros and Cons of Spanking		      206
      Healthy and Irritating Signs of Independence    209
      Making the Punishment Fit the Need	      215
      Saying "No!" to Children Loudly and Clearly     223
      If You Want Your Child to Be Responsible	      229

  PART VII -- SIBLINGS AND SOCIABILITY

      Are You Fair With Your Children?		      241
      Love and Hate: The Sibling Connection	      245
      Getting Mad is Quite Okay 		      253
      The Shy Ones				      261

  PART VIII -- CREATING GOOD CITIZENS

      Nobody Likes a Tattletale 		      271
      Teaching Children About Evil		      277
      How to Teach Your Children to Be Generous       280
      Do You Worry About Your Child's
	      Choice of Friends?		      284
      Children, Chores, and Work		      293

  PART IX -- SPECIAL PEOPLE, SPECIAL TIMES

      The Teenager and the Telephone		      305
      Stepmothers Aren't Wicked Anymore               312
      Helping Children Cope With Disappointment       320
      The Trouble With Santa Claus		      331
      Baby-Sitters Are Not Substitute Parents	      338
      Six Signs of a Good Teacher		      341
      How to Prevent a Child From Being
	      Sexually Molested 		      346

  PART X -- SUMMERTIME

      A Time to Loaf				      355
      Sending a Child to Camp			      360
      Visitors' Weekend at Summer Camp                367

  CONCLUSIONS

      Not Guilty!  The Important Difference Between
	      Guilt and Regret			      373
      The Family is Not Dead			      379
      The Importance of Finishing Unfinished
	      Business				      382
      The Real Mother's Day                           389

  About the Author				      395
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