The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years (The ParentData Series #3) (Hardcover)
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This is book number 3 in the The ParentData Series series.
From the bestselling author of CRIBSHEET and EXPECTING BETTER, the next step in data driven parenting from economist Emily Oster
In The Family Firm, Brown professor of economics and mom of two Emily Oster offers a classic business school framework for data-driven parents to think more deliberately about the key issues of the elementary years: school, health, extracurricular activities, and more.
Unlike the hourly challenges of infant parenting, the big questions in this age come up less frequently. But we live with the consequences of our decisions for much longer. What's the right kind of school and at what age should a particular kid start? How do you encourage a healthy diet? Should kids play a sport and how seriously? How do you think smartly about encouraging children's independence? Along with these bigger questions, Oster investigates how to navigate the complexity of day-to-day family logistics.
Making these decisions is less about finding the specific answer and more about taking the right approach. Parents of this age are often still working in baby mode, which is to say, under stress and on the fly. That is a classic management problem, and Oster takes a page from her time as a business school professor at the University of Chicago to show us that thoughtful business process can help smooth out tough family decisions.
The Family Firm is a smart and winning guide to how to think clearly--and with less ambient stress--about the key decisions of the elementary school years.
We all know parenting is a full-time job, so maybe it's time we start treating it like one.
About the Author
Emily Oster is a professor of economics at Brown University and the author of Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool and Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know. She writes the newsletter ParentData and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg. She has two children.
"Merging a business approach with her trademark empowering voice, Emily dispenses the stress-less advice you actually want." —Audrey Goodson Kingo, Working Mother
Praise for CRIBSHEET and EXPECTING BETTER:
"A revelation for curious mothers-to-be." —The New York Times
"Emily Oster is the non-judgmental girlfriend holding our hand and guiding us through pregnancy and motherhood. She has done the work to get us the hard facts in a soft, understandable way" —Amy Schumer
"Gives moms-to-be a big helping of peace of mind!" —Harvey Karp M.D., bestselling author of The Happiest Baby on the Block
"It took someone as smart as Emily Oster to make it all this simple. She cuts through the thicket of anxiety and received wisdom, and gives us the facts. Expecting Better is both enlightening and calming. It almost makes me want to get pregnant." —Pamela Druckerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Up Bébé and Bébé Day by Day
"Parenting can be fraught. Cribsheet aims to help parents do better." —The Economist
"Both refreshing and useful." —LA Times
"The book is jampacked with information, but it's also a delightful read because Oster is such a good writer." —NPR
"A huge relief...freeing." —The Washington Post
"In my household, [Emily Oster] is the all-knowing Aunt we have never met. Parenting would be a lot more stressful without these books." —Adam Ozimek, Forbes