Eda LeShan was an educator and family counselor for more than 40 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Teachers’ College, Columbia University, in Early Childhood Education, and her masters Degree from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts in Child Psychology. She worked as a nursery school teacher and director, a therapist in a child guidance clinic, and a social worker.
Ms. LeShan was known for the motherly warmth she brought to books like “The Conspiracy Against Childhood” – her best-known work on raising children; her radio commentaries on CBS; and her show on PBS, “How Do Your Children Grow?” Her message to harried parents was to ease off on the pressure, and sometimes allow children to just daydream.
She authored 24 books, which have been translated into ten languages. Her books for adults include “The Wonder Crisis of Middle Age: Some Personal Reflections,” “When Your Child Drives You Crazy,” and “Oh, to Be Fifty Again!” and for children *What’s Going to Happen to Me: When Parents Separate and Divorce” and “When Grown-Ups Drive you Crazy.”