This episode of Policy@McCombs featured Brown University professor Emily Oster discussing her most recent book, “Cribsheet”, which presents a data driven analysis of common parenting challenges. A fitting description of the book comes from “Cribsheet’s” Amazon page:
“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.”
Dr. Oster is an economics professor at Brown University, and a writer of books on pregnancy and parenting. Her goal is to create a world of more relaxed pregnant women and parents.
Watch the full video from the event here: