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87. Cribsheet with Emily Oster

Dr. Emily Oster joins Yael to discuss her new book, a-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool. Emily discusses how data and decision-making strategies can guide better and more relaxed parenting during the early years of parenthood. Join us to discover reassuring ideas and practices to address the biggest and most anxiety-provoking questions you have about parenting.

Listen to hear more about:

  • A two-step approach to making good parenting choices (hint—scientific findings and your personal preferences both matter!)
  • Whether breast is really best (or whether we should give it a rest)
  • What science (versus your judgy neighbor) says about sleep training, location, and position
  • Does working outside the home negatively impact your children?
  • How to make good choices for childcare without losing your mind
  • The best parenting advice Emily ever received
Dr. Emily Oster

About Dr. Emily Oster:

Emily is an award-winning economist, professor at Brown University, Ted speaker, author, and mother of two. Emily’s just-released book, Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool is a follow-up to her bestselling book, Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong—and What You Really Need to Know).

Cribsheet provides the hard science behind so many parenting questions we all have using both research data and decision-making strategies drawn from economics. In our interview, Emily walks us through some of the biggest minefields in parenting, including sleep training, breast-feeding, and working versus stay-at-home parenting. Her humor and warmth in bringing the data to parents will provide helpful direction and reassurance as you travel the journey of the early years of parenting.


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Episode 87