Raising kids involves a lot of decisions. While this is true for the baby years, it can be even trickier as kids get older, because they are so different. A theoretically great school might not be a good match for your kid. Qualifying for a prestigious sports team or arts group might be an honor, but also might not fit with other components of the family schedule. And how much screen time should kids get anyway?
Emily Oster is the author of several books on data and childrearing, including Expecting Better and Crib Sheet. Sarah and I were delighted to welcome her back to Best of Both Worlds to talk about her new book (out next week!) called The Family Firm. In this book, she talks about a framework for making decisions that are best for your family.
For anyone who’s been through an MBA program, some of the language will sound similar! We look at how we’re framing the question. We look at alternatives. We look at data. We think through values, and we make sure to revisit decisions a little while later. There may be no best answer for everyone, but there often is a way to make sure most people are relatively happy.
Emily has become known to a much bigger audience this year through her work on Covid and the data surrounding the pandemic and kids. She and Sarah talk a lot about that as well, so please give this fascinating interview a listen!