Cribsheet--A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool

Cribsheet--A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool

The ParentData Series Series, Book 2

eBook - 2019
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The instant New York Times bestseller • An NPR Book of the Year
From the author of Expecting Better, an economist's guide to the early years of parenting.
“Both refreshing and useful. With so many parenting theories driving us all a bit batty, this is the type of book that we need to help calm things down.” —LA Times

“The book is jampacked with information, but it’s also a delightful read because Oster is such a good writer.” —NPR
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. 
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.
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group


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debwalker Dec 31, 2019

Data-based advice on parenting. And don't forget to take care of yourself.

kristina_rad Dec 09, 2019

This book delivers a fascinating look at the statistics on parenting decisions from birth to preschool aged kids. The writer is a professor of Economics and a mother of two. Her conclusions are data- driven and often surprising considering how conflicting some opinions can be (even professional opinions)! It looks like conventional wisdom does not always hold up and here is the data to prove it. This book can certainly empower parents who are often overwhelmed with information and advice to make an informed choice about what is best for their family unit. Can be read cover to cover or pick out the topics you are most curious about.

Aug 26, 2019

Loved her first book about pregnancy and find this book on par with the first! Very useful information, written in a way that is clear and concise. Very well researched and well written. Recommend!!

Jun 19, 2019

Spouts the same old pro-mutilation garbage that they all do. She fluffs up the text with language designed to make it sound like she's giving a balanced opinion while she heavily favors cutting off a healthy functional part of a newborn boy's penis, ignoring the inherent damage done by all "successful" circumcisions with "no complications" (circumcision itself is a damage, a complication) and ignoring his rights. She says it comes down to your "personal preference" (no it doesn't), saying that "a desire to have your son's penis look a particular way" is a "valid reason" (no it isn't). Hey let's ignore all males' right to bodily autonomy, to determine for themselves what their penises will look like, and irreversibly surgically damage their penises while they're only hours old!


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