Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better， More Relaxed Parenting， from Birth to Preschool 精装 – 2019年4月22日
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.
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This is why we needed Emily Oster’s book. Her pregnancy book Expecting Better was like a guidebook for me during pregnancy, and although I had to wait 2 years for this parenting book, it was definitely worth the wait. Oster simply outlines the research behind many of the big parenting decisions, including how and what to feed our children, vaccinations, discipline, education, screen time and potty training. Just like in Expecting Better, she doesn’t give advice but simply outlines the research, allowing the reader to use that information to guide their own decision making.
As a mom, I’ve loved reading about which decisions don’t really seem to matter much in the long run, and which I should take a little more seriously. This book helps me feel like an informed parent, which allows me to feel more confident as a mother.
But my favorite part of this book is that in almost every chapter, Oster doesn’t just discuss how parenting decisions affect the children, but the parents as well. Almost all parenting advice that you read only talks about the children, but what about us? We are also impacted by our parenting choices, and we should consider our own well- being when making any decisions about our family. I hope that this sparks a new trend in parenting advice, where parents are allowed to think about themselves also.