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Key insights from Emily Oster’s
Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool
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With Expecting Better, award-winning economist Emily Oster spotted a need in the pregnancy market for advice that gave women the information they needed to make the best decision for their own pregnancies. By digging into the data, Oster found that much of the conventional pregnancy wisdom was wrong. In Cribsheet, she now tackles an even greater challenge: decision-making in the early years of parenting.
“The book is jampacked with information, but it’s also a delightful read because Oster is such a good writer.”
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As any new parent knows, there is an abundance of often-conflicting advice hurled at you from doctors, family, friends, and strangers on the internet. From the earliest days, parents get the message that they must make certain choices around feeding, sleep, and schedule or all will be lost. There’s a rule—or three—for everything. But the benefits of these choices can be overstated, and the trade-offs can be profound. How do you make your own best decision?
Armed with the data, Oster finds that the conventional wisdom doesn’t always hold up. She debunks myths around breastfeeding (not a panacea), sleep training (not so bad!), potty training (wait until they’re ready or possibly bribe with M&Ms), language acquisition (early talkers aren’t necessarily geniuses), and many other topics. She also shows parents how to think through freighted questions like if and how to go back to work, how to think about toddler discipline, and how to have a relationship and parent at the same time.
Economics is the science of decision-making, and Cribsheet is a thinking parent’s guide to the chaos and frequent misinformation of the early years. Emily Oster is a trained expert—and mom of two—who can empower us to make better, less fraught decisions—and stay sane in the years before preschool.
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When I became a new father, I knew that I wanted to be the best parent that I could possibly be, but I didn't know exactly what I should do. Talking to the other parents, I found that I wasn't the only one with an unread pile of parenting books.
We should read them all, but there has to be an easier way to learn how to be a great parent. This was the inspiration for #dadsclub, a private book club for dads. An easy way for dads to "finish" 100 books in a year, without flipping a single page.
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It'd be great to have all the info without reading through all the bs in the books.
This is a great idea. Let’s be honest, nobody has time for parenting books nowadays.
I’ve definitely lamented the lack of Dad-specific parenting books, advice, etc.
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