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

Emily Oster


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. 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.

A Parent's Comment About the Book

Finally a parenting book that recognizes that each parent’s individual experience and situation is different and allows for a degree of choice. I return to it frequently and it is empowering to have some research knowledge to help rationalize my choices, in a climate where parenting advice is often black-and-white and often leads to shaming whatever choice you make.

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