Your Personal Questions on Career

Emily Oster

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Emily Oster

Your Personal Questions on Career

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Emily Oster

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All right, thank you so much for joining me. Today we’re going to do another personal deep dive Q&A with your questions for me from Instagram. And I have asked Alex to help me out and ask me the questions which I have not seen in advance. So let’s have a little fun.

Alex:

All right, welcome back everyone. Super excited to do this again. So as Emily said, as a reminder, these are all questions from all of you from Instagram and like last time we’re going to start with a little warmup of questions that are sort of short and fun. And then we’ll dive into a series of questions today about your career, Emily, and how you manage it all. So what are some of the strategies or supports that you have in place to make everything work? I’m sure you have some very-

Emily:

Deep insights, yes. I’m totally ready to share my deep secret insights with you and everyone else listening.

Alex:

Yeah, magic tricks that we can all just use. Okay, great. So warmup, what time do you go to bed and wake up?

Emily:

I go to bed at 10:00 and I wake up sometime between 4:45 and 6:00 depending on the day.

Alex:

What’s your favorite thing to make for dinner in under 15 minutes?

Emily:

I don’t think any dinners can be made in under 15 minutes. No, that’s not true, quesadillas, quesadillas.

Alex:

What’s something that you like to splurge on?

Emily:

Running shoes. I have so many running shoes. It’s so many.

Alex:

Are you willing to share how many you have?

Emily:

No, but it’s more than one. I’m going to say more than two. It’s a lot.

Alex:

What’s the last book you read and what’s the next book you’re planning to read?

Emily:

So the last book I read was Prince Harry’s Spare, which I think is an unoriginal answer because it is what everybody is reading right now. And the next one on my list is a book about Magellan’s journey. I’ve forgotten the title but it’s about Magellan, but went around the world, I guess, that’s like a spoiler.

Alex:

How have you made friends in adulthood?

Emily:

When we moved to Providence, we had to make a bunch of new friends and the main source was the parents of children that my kids were friends with. And I find that’s often a good way into friendship. But I will say I really retained a lot of the friends that I had from college and that’s kind of still really my core.

Alex:

Nice. All right, your last warmup is what’s your go-to karaoke song?

Emily:

Anything by Taylor Swift.

Alex:

Yes. For those that know Emily that’s not surprising.

Emily:

Not surprising.

Alex:

All right, well, that seems to be a good transition to talking about your career. Just to start off, how do you describe what you do to people?

Emily:

It varies quite a lot. So I think typically what I would say is I’m a professor of economics. That’s often what I would open with and it used to be I would stop there. Now I will often say I’m a professor of economics and I write books on pregnancy and parenting and I write a newsletter for parents about data. And that shift sort of reflects the fact that much more of my time in the last year or two years has been spent on the Parent Data universe relative to in my more traditional economic pursuits.

Alex:

So what is your job exactly? Where do you work and what do you do every day?

Emily:

So my title is the JJE Goldman Sachs University Professor of Economics at Brown University. And so I come in every day and I work on research and teaching and writing at Brown University. That is my official job.

Alex:

Okay, so that’s what you do now. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Emily:

A scientist. I had a lot of aspirations around, I don’t know, hard sciences. And I like doing research. I mean, I think I’ve always been quite interested in research from a very young age, but I thought I would do science research.

Alex:

Do you feel now you went into the right career field?

Emily:

Definitely, of course. There’s always sort of hindsight is 2020 and I’m really happy with where I am professionally. And so I think that it’s hard to then say, “Oh, that was the wrong choice.” But I think economics has really allowed me to develop a lot of tools that have been useful in all of the spaces that I’m interested in. And I think that was why I got into it in some ways in the first place. And it has delivered on that.

Alex:

Do you remember when that change happened, switching from wanting to be a scientist to becoming an economist?

Emily:

Absolutely. It was the summer after my freshman year in college. And so to give you some background, when I entered college, I took both economics and some hard sciences. My parents are economists, something that I had done some in high school. And so I thought, “Okay, I’ll take the intermediate economics or whatever.” And then I was also taking various science classes. I took organic chemistry, I took this very ill faded class in genetics, which I took with my best friend and it met quite early in the morning and we would sort of switch off who was awake, you stay [inaudible] and then we try to share notes, which as it turns out is not a super effective note-taking system, even though her notes were very good. At any rate, so I had sort of taken that and then I was working in the summer and this summer I had two jobs.

I had one job working as a research assistant for an economist named Chris Avery. And then I had another job working in a fruit fly lab. And my fruit fly lab job was a very traditional lab job. I had to dissect the fruit fly larval brains into pieces. That was the most interesting component of my job. And then there was this other component where I had to incinerate the fruit flies when you transfer them between tubes, then you have to put the old tubes in this incinerator. And then I would have to take them on this cart across campus. And at the end of the summer I was like, “This is not for me.” And I really liked the research job I was doing with Chris Avery, which was about education economics. And then I sort of pivoted from there.

Alex:

So fruit flies were really the make or break point for you?

Emily:

Yeah, I mean, when I think about it seems like I’m being so negative about fruit flies, which are a very important organism from which we learned a lot. But I think what I got that summer was that it was going to be a very, very long distance in the hard sciences between the kind of work on the ground I was doing and the sort of big questions that I thought were exciting. And economics is a little bit closer to being able to say, “I have a big policy question or something that’s on the ground happening now that I can speak to.” And I think that’s part of what I found appealing about that direction. Also, I’m actually terrible at dissecting fruit flies. It’s a skill. You’re looking at me funny, but it’s a skill to dissect the fruit flies and I was not good at it.

Alex:

I’m just thinking of how small fruit flies are. I mean, I’m an English major, so I never did anything like that, but-

Emily:

You have them under the microscope and you’re like… But I mean, it’s a skill.

Alex:

It sounds like a really amazing skill.

Emily:

It’s not widely generalizable, I will say.

Alex:

Okay, next question is how long of maternity leave did you take for each of your kids?

Emily:

Academia is a very complicated place for maternity leave because you are effectively self-employed. So there’s many things you do at an academic job. One of them is teach. So a simple answer to that question is when is the first time you’ve taught after you had your kids? And for that, my daughter, my first kid was born in April and I was back to teaching in September. So that was a reasonable distance. For my son, I had just moved jobs. And so actually I was teaching in the semester he was born, although only graduate students. So I had them at my house for class when he was 10 days old. So that’s sort of one answer to that, but there’s a different answer, which is when was the first time you thought about re-engaging with research or went back to the office? And that was a pretty short time, in a few weeks with both kids, partly because just like your work doesn’t really stop and it is hard to totally disconnect from things when you are the person who is pushing everything forward.

What is very nice about the life of an academic is that it is relatively straightforward to adjust your work hours on what we’d call the intensive margin. So I could come back and work a little bit. So there is productive value in saying I’m going to take two hours today to work. And that has been very nice for me. And it’s sort of been nice the whole time my kids were little because it’s enabled me to work a little bit more at so times and a little bit less at other times to try to adjust the amount of time I want to spend with them. But I did not take very much concentrated maternity leave like you would sort of typically think of it.

Alex:

Once you were back at work after maternity leave and you started to do all this writing related to parenting and pregnancy, did people not take you as seriously as an academic because you deal with mom stuff?

Emily:

People thought it was extremely weird to be doing public writing in this space, yes, and I think there’s two pieces of that. So one is particularly when I had my first child, I did not have tenure and the currency for academic tenure is academic papers published in journals. And so doing something with your professional time, which is not that is a bit perceived as a bit weird. I mean, it’s like a sort of counterproductive choice in terms of your professional development to some extent.

I think it also is the case that, yes, it’s a very male dominated field. So turning your attention to these gender topics, especially outside of the realm of academia, was an unusual choice and one that not everybody maybe saw the merit of or maybe understood as better. I think not everybody understood why I had made the choices to do that. By the time my second kid came along, I was already pretty established in this space. So I think by then people had either just decided I was a crazy nutter and was just doing this or they had seen some value in it or they didn’t think about it.

Alex:

What’s a piece of advice you’d give to a junior or pre-tenure female academic?

Emily:

I find this very difficult because in some sense the advice I actually give people is focus on getting tenure and focus on writing papers. And often people will come to me, I’m interested in writing a book, I’m interested in being in this different space. I will generally tell them that’s probably a mistake, which is a funny thing to say because for me it’s worked out great. This is sort of exactly what I should be doing. I think it has been opened up doors that would not have been open otherwise, but it came at a professional cost in terms of tenure.

And I think that I don’t want people to pay that cost, especially since the chance that you turn it into some new thing is probably relatively small. So I tend to tell people before tenure, keep your face to the publication grindstone. And then I have a lot of really specific pieces of advice like when your paper gets rejected, send it out again immediately. Don’t just sit on it and feel sad about it. You can’t publish papers if you don’t submit them to journals. There’s some more specific advice like that.

Alex:

Yeah. So future vagina economists, which you describe yourself as sometimes. Someone interested in the kind of work you do, is there a path there that you could see for people?

Emily:

I think there’s a lot of really interesting questions that someone who is interested in gender, in the labor market and child-rearing and motherhood and its impacts on things that someone with those interests could answer in the space of economics using the tools of economics. So that I think is a very rich area and partly because economics has tended to be more male dominated, there may be more space in those areas for people and for people to come into. And I do think you can publish papers on those topics if they’re grounded in the traditional, you’re writing a paper with data and theory and models and results and all the stuff that we put in our paper. So I think there is a lot of space for vagina economics. Yes.

Alex:

Okay. Next question is, do you have any sabbaticals planned and what are you going to work on?

Emily:

So pending approval from my department chair, I am planning to take a sabbatical next year, which will mean that I am not teaching for the year or doing university service, which is a reasonable part of my job. And I think I’m going to spend a lot of time on Parent Data and trying to figure out the next steps and how we can grow and give more data to parents. And so I’m really, really excited about that possibility.

Alex:

Awesome. So we’re going to transition a little bit into the last few questions, which like I said at the beginning are basically about how you manage work life balance essentially and get things done that you want to get done. And some of these are kind of specific.

Emily:

But your life lives in the specifics. So I mean, I like the specifics as questions.

Alex:

Exactly. So the first question is, can you share examples of how you organize your schedule?

Emily:

Yeah. So one is I do a fair amount of writing and although I am fast and generally able to write with some distractions, for some kinds of writing, it is really important to have blocks in which you are focused on things. And so I try at the beginning of the week to look at what my calendar looks like, which is full of meetings and whatever, but then actually schedule in blocks that I will be working on different things on different writing projects. And so I have some more concentrated time to do that. And that’s something versions of which I have tried to do in organizing my schedule for many years is just sort of taking blocks of time, which can be used in some of the stuff that requires a little bit more brain power.

Alex:

I’m going to follow up with some specifics. Is this on Google Calendar or something along those lines?

Emily:

Yes, it is on Google Calendar. I have a nice Google Calendar where I put all my little stuff in.

Alex:

And do you use that purely for work or are there personal things on there too?

Emily:

No, there’s personal things. My Google Calendar is a total disaster because I can see my schedule, my husband’s schedule, both my kids’ schedules and our babysitter schedule all on there at the same time. And so I can read it, but it’s a little… You have to get used to it. It’s like practice.

Alex:

Yeah. Wow. So you mentioned babysitter. One question was what paid supports do you have?

Emily:

So the most important paid support is we have a nanny who is some combination of nanny and house manager who is really, really, really important. And I think that that’s very important to say because sometimes people will say, “Oh, how are you doing all of these things?” And the answer is, “I have a lot of help.” And she does the grocery shopping and manages stuff around the house and picks up the kids and is a really, really important partner. So that’s been really a gift and I’m well aware that it is also a privilege, but it is more or less what makes it possible to do the stuff that I do.

Alex:

How did you find her?

Emily:

Care.com. It’s a totally random thing where our old nanny had left in the middle of the pandemic, and so we needed to hire somebody in the winter of 2021. And she had posted that she was looking for a job on care.com and she had been working in a bakery. She’s actually a trained pastry chef, which is just a very… Don’t steal my babysitter.

Alex:

Everyone wants her contact info.

Emily:

She’s amazing. And we just reached out and it was a sort of particular episode where my husband was like, I think the universe knew that we needed a break because he’s the first person we talked to and it’s great. But care.com usually is pretty good.

Alex:

Yeah, you can go where you want with this, but it’s what is your best productivity or work-life balance tip?

Emily:

So my best work-life balance tip is that you shouldn’t really expect balance except in a kind of broad aggregate sense. So I think people are often looking for balance like I want every day to be balanced and I would like every day to be balanced too, but balance is hard. And so even when I think about time with my kids, as my schedule gets busier, rather than thinking about, “Well, today I didn’t have enough time with them,” trying to think about, “Okay, well, there wasn’t that much time today, but let me put in some time later in the week or let me plan for more time on the weekends.” And so just thinking about balance is a little bit more of a kind of balance over some larger timescale rather than every moment or every day has to be balanced in some way.

Alex:

All right. Let’s end with a little conversation about stress.

Emily:

Okay.

Alex:

Have you ever felt burned out? And how in general do you manage your stress so that it doesn’t get to that point?

Emily:

I feel burned out a pretty large amount of the time. I mean, not all the time, but with cyclically like everyone else. The main way that I manage stress is with running. That is my primary source of stress release, which is great in some ways because I really like it and it does typically relieve a fair amount of stress. It’s not so great because as my therapist has pointed out, it’s not good to have only one outlet. You should have a toolbox of outlets. But I don’t have a toolbox of outlets. I have just the one outlet.

So I’ve been trying over time to develop other tools. I have also been trying hard in the last year probably to not overcommit. And I want to say yes to all of the things. I want to be able to do everything. And that is when I get into a situation in which I’m super burned out or I’m like, “Okay, I can only get my life done if I get up at 4:00 in the morning or 3:45 or whatever.” And that’s not a good idea. And so thinking in advance about how can I avoid that situation is important.

Alex:

That’s all the questions we have for today. Is there anything else you want to add on about your career?

Emily:

I don’t know. I mean, I guess sort of thinking about this, I will say I feel very lucky that I get to do the stuff that I do, and it feels like a tremendous privilege and a place where if you had told me 11 years ago, my daughter was born, this is what you would be doing now, I would’ve been like, “You’re crazy nut job.” And that’s a crazy thing to say. But yeah, it’s great. I’m very happy with it.

Alex:

Well, thank you for doing what you do and for answering these questions. I think we have even more great questions about other topics like parenting, which we haven’t gotten to yet.

Emily:

Oh, parenting. It is the Parent Data Podcast. All right. We have to do parenting.

Alex:

Feels like we should do parenting. Yeah. So we’ll talk again soon.

Emily:

Awesome. Thanks Alex.

Alex:

Thanks.

Emily:

Thanks for listening. If you like what you heard, subscribe to Parent Data in your favorite podcast app and rate and review the show in Apple Podcasts. You can subscribe to the whole newsletter for free at www.parentdata.org. Talk to you soon.

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This is why the new medication Xolair is very exciting. It promises a second possible treatment avenue and one that works for other allergens. A new trail analyzed data from 177 children with severe food allergies. Two-thirds of the treatment group were able to tolerate the specified endpoint, versus just 7% of the placebo group. This is a very large treatment effect, and the authors found similarly large impacts on other allergens. 

There are some caveats: This treatment won’t work for everyone. (One-third of participants did not respond to it.) Additionally, this treatment is an injection given every two to four weeks, indefinitely. This may make it less palatable to children. 

Overall, even with caveats, this is life-changing news for many families!

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For children or adults with severe food allergies, they can be incredibly scary and restrictive. We may imagine that it’s easy to deal with a peanut allergy by, say, not eating peanut butter sandwiches. But for someone with a severe version of this allergy, they may never be able to go to a restaurant, for fear of a severe reaction to something in the air. Right now, there’s only one approved treatment for severe allergies like this and it’s limited to peanuts.

This is why the new medication Xolair is very exciting. It promises a second possible treatment avenue and one that works for other allergens. A new trail analyzed data from 177 children with severe food allergies. Two-thirds of the treatment group were able to tolerate the specified endpoint, versus just 7% of the placebo group. This is a very large treatment effect, and the authors found similarly large impacts on other allergens.

There are some caveats: This treatment won’t work for everyone. (One-third of participants did not respond to it.) Additionally, this treatment is an injection given every two to four weeks, indefinitely. This may make it less palatable to children.

Overall, even with caveats, this is life-changing news for many families!

#xolair #foodallergies #allergies #peanutallergy #emilyoster #parentdata
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The evidence that suggests risks to Tylenol focuses largely on more extensive exposure — say, taking it for more than 28 days during pregnancy. There is no credible evidence, even correlational, to suggest that taking it occasionally for a fever or headache would be an issue.

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If you have a fever during pregnancy, you should take Tylenol, both because it will make you feel better and because of concerns about fever in pregnancy (although these are also overstated).

The evidence that suggests risks to Tylenol focuses largely on more extensive exposure — say, taking it for more than 28 days during pregnancy. There is no credible evidence, even correlational, to suggest that taking it occasionally for a fever or headache would be an issue.

People take Tylenol for a reason. For many people, the choice may be between debilitating weekly migraines and regular Tylenol usage. The impacts studies suggest are very small. In making this decision, we should weigh the real, known benefit against the suggestion of this possible risk. Perhaps not everyone will come out at the same place on this, but it is crucial we give people the tools to make the choice for themselves.

#emilyoster #parentdata #tylenol #pregnancy #pregnancytips
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In the future, before hopping onto the latest trend, check the data first. Unlike Cabbage Patch Kids, parenting trends can add a lot of unnecessary stress and challenges to your plate. What’s a recent trend that you’ve been wondering about?

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Thank you again for being the best community of readers and internet-friends on the planet. I am so lucky to have you all here.

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As of this week, 1 million copies of my books have been sold. This feels humbling and, frankly, unbelievable. I’m so thankful to those of you who’ve read and passed along your recommendations of the books.

When I wrote Expecting Better, I had no plan for all of this — I wrote that book because I felt compelled to write it, because it was the book I wanted to read. As I’ve come out with more books, and now ParentData, I am closer to seeing what I hope we can all create. That is: a world where everyone has access to reliable data, based on causal evidence, to make informed, confident decisions that work for their families.

I’m so grateful you’re all here as a part of this, and I want to thank you! If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to sign up for full access to ParentData, this is it. ⭐️ Comment “Link” for a DM with a discount code for 20% off of a new monthly or annual subscription to ParentData!

Thank you again for being the best community of readers and internet-friends on the planet. I am so lucky to have you all here.

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Just eat your Cheerios and move on.

Just eat your Cheerios and move on. ...

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With this in mind, it’s worth asking why this recommendation continues at all — or at least why the AAP doesn’t push it back to four months. They say decreased arousals from sleep are linked to SIDS, which could mean that babies sleeping in their own room is risky. But this link is extremely indirect, and they do not show direct evidence to support it.

According to the data we have, parents should sleep in the same room as a baby for as long as it works for them! Sharing a room with a child may have negative impacts on both child and adult sleep. We should give families more help in navigating these trade-offs and making the decisions that work best for them.

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The AAP’s guidelines recommend sleeping in the same room as your baby “ideally for the first six months.” However, the risk of SIDS is dramatically lower after four months, and the evidence in favor of the protective effect of room sharing is quite weak (both overall and even more so after four months). There is also growing evidence that infants who sleep in their own room by four months sleep better at four months, better at nine months, and even better at 30 months.

With this in mind, it’s worth asking why this recommendation continues at all — or at least why the AAP doesn’t push it back to four months. They say decreased arousals from sleep are linked to SIDS, which could mean that babies sleeping in their own room is risky. But this link is extremely indirect, and they do not show direct evidence to support it.

According to the data we have, parents should sleep in the same room as a baby for as long as it works for them! Sharing a room with a child may have negative impacts on both child and adult sleep. We should give families more help in navigating these trade-offs and making the decisions that work best for them.

#emilyoster #parentdata #roomsharing #sids #parentingguide
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Watch the full segment at the link in my bio 🔗

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It was an absolute pleasure to be featured on the @tamronhallshow! We talked about all things data-driven parenting and, in this clip, what I call the plague of secret parenting. To balance having a career and having a family, we can’t hide the fact that we’re parents. If mothers and fathers at the top can speak more openly about child-care obligations, it will help us all set a new precedent.

Watch the full segment at the link in my bio 🔗

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My guest on this episode, @everodsky, has come up with a solution here, or at least a way for us to recognize the problem and make our own solutions. I’ve wanted to speak with Eve for ages, since I read her book Fair Play. We had a great conversation about the division of household labor, one I think you’ll get a lot out of!

Listen and subscribe to ParentData with Emily Oster in your favorite podcast app 🎧

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Invisible labor. It’s the work — in our households especially — that has to happen but that no one sees. It’s making the doctor’s appointment, ensuring birthday cards are purchased, remembering the milk.

My guest on this episode, @everodsky, has come up with a solution here, or at least a way for us to recognize the problem and make our own solutions. I’ve wanted to speak with Eve for ages, since I read her book Fair Play. We had a great conversation about the division of household labor, one I think you’ll get a lot out of!

Listen and subscribe to ParentData with Emily Oster in your favorite podcast app 🎧

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Prenatal vitamins 💊 If there is any product that seems designed to prey on our fears, it’s this one. You’re newly pregnant and you want to do it right. Everyone agrees you need prenatal vitamins, so you get them. But do you want to be that person who just… buys the generic prenatal vitamins?

Good news: fancier vitamins are not better.  Folic acid is the most important prenatal ingredient. Iron (with vitamin C) and DHA are also nice to have. Other included ingredients have only weak or no evidence to support their use. (If you do not consume animal products, add B12, plus a few others depending on your diet.)

Vitamins are just vitamins. Any prenatal vitamin that contains these is enough. 

Comment “Link” for a DM to an article with everything you need to know about prenatal vitamins.

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Prenatal vitamins 💊 If there is any product that seems designed to prey on our fears, it’s this one. You’re newly pregnant and you want to do it right. Everyone agrees you need prenatal vitamins, so you get them. But do you want to be that person who just… buys the generic prenatal vitamins?

Good news: fancier vitamins are not better. Folic acid is the most important prenatal ingredient. Iron (with vitamin C) and DHA are also nice to have. Other included ingredients have only weak or no evidence to support their use. (If you do not consume animal products, add B12, plus a few others depending on your diet.)

Vitamins are just vitamins. Any prenatal vitamin that contains these is enough.

Comment “Link” for a DM to an article with everything you need to know about prenatal vitamins.

#emilyoster #parentdata #prenatalvitamins #pregnancydiet #pregnancytips
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When it comes to introducing your newborn to the world, timing matters. It’s a good idea to minimize germ exposure in the first 6-8 weeks; after that, it’s inevitable and, very likely, a good idea! This doesn’t mean you need to be trapped inside. The most significant exposure risks are from seeing other people at home — family, etc. These interactions are not infinitely risky, but they do pose more risk than a walk or a trip to the grocery store, since they involve closer interaction. Think simple and make sure everyone is washing their hands before holding the baby. 💛

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When it comes to introducing your newborn to the world, timing matters. It’s a good idea to minimize germ exposure in the first 6-8 weeks; after that, it’s inevitable and, very likely, a good idea! This doesn’t mean you need to be trapped inside. The most significant exposure risks are from seeing other people at home — family, etc. These interactions are not infinitely risky, but they do pose more risk than a walk or a trip to the grocery store, since they involve closer interaction. Think simple and make sure everyone is washing their hands before holding the baby. 💛

#parentdata #emilyoster #newborncare #parentingadvice #parentingtips
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The first edition of Hot Flash is out now! Comment “Link” for a DM to learn more about the late-reproductive stage.

There are times when we expect hormonal shifts. Our reproductive lives are bookended by puberty and menopause. We discuss those changes often because they are definitive and dramatic — a first period is something many of us remember clearly. But between ages 13 and 53, our hormones are changing in more subtle ways. During the late-reproductive stage (in your 40s), you can expect a lot of changes in your menstrual cycle, including the length and symptoms you experience throughout. It’s an important time in our lives that is often overlooked!

🔥 Hot Flash from ParentData is a weekly newsletter on navigating your health and hormones in the post-reproductive years. Written by Dr. Gillian Goddard, Hot Flash provides all of the information you need to have a productive, evidence-based conversation about hormonal health with your doctor.

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The first edition of Hot Flash is out now! Comment “Link” for a DM to learn more about the late-reproductive stage.

There are times when we expect hormonal shifts. Our reproductive lives are bookended by puberty and menopause. We discuss those changes often because they are definitive and dramatic — a first period is something many of us remember clearly. But between ages 13 and 53, our hormones are changing in more subtle ways. During the late-reproductive stage (in your 40s), you can expect a lot of changes in your menstrual cycle, including the length and symptoms you experience throughout. It’s an important time in our lives that is often overlooked!

🔥 Hot Flash from ParentData is a weekly newsletter on navigating your health and hormones in the post-reproductive years. Written by Dr. Gillian Goddard, Hot Flash provides all of the information you need to have a productive, evidence-based conversation about hormonal health with your doctor.

#emilyoster #parentdata #hotflash #perimenopause #womenshealth
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There are plenty of reels telling you how to parent. Plenty of panic headlines saying that “studies show” what’s best for your kid. Even good data, from a trusted source, can send us into a spiral of comparison. But I want you to remember that no one knows your kid better than you. It’s important to absorb the research, but only you will know the approach that works best for you and your child. 💙

Now tell me in the comments: what’s a parenting move you’ve made recently that feels right to you?

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There are plenty of reels telling you how to parent. Plenty of panic headlines saying that “studies show” what’s best for your kid. Even good data, from a trusted source, can send us into a spiral of comparison. But I want you to remember that no one knows your kid better than you. It’s important to absorb the research, but only you will know the approach that works best for you and your child. 💙

Now tell me in the comments: what’s a parenting move you’ve made recently that feels right to you?

#parentingcommunity #parentingsupport #parentingquotes #emilyoster #parentdata
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Let’s talk about sex (after) baby! Today on the podcast, I was lucky enough to speak with @enagoski about her new book on sexual connection in long-term relationships. Especially after having kids, this is something many people struggle with. Emily tells us to stop worrying about what’s “normal” and focus on pleasure in its many forms.

Listen and subscribe to ParentData with Emily Oster in your favorite podcast app 🎧

#parentdata #parentdatapodcast #emilyoster #emilynagoski #comeasyouare #cometogether #longtermrelationship #intimacy #relationships

Let’s talk about sex (after) baby! Today on the podcast, I was lucky enough to speak with @enagoski about her new book on sexual connection in long-term relationships. Especially after having kids, this is something many people struggle with. Emily tells us to stop worrying about what’s “normal” and focus on pleasure in its many forms.

Listen and subscribe to ParentData with Emily Oster in your favorite podcast app 🎧

#parentdata #parentdatapodcast #emilyoster #emilynagoski #comeasyouare #cometogether #longtermrelationship #intimacy #relationships
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Ever wondered if you can safely use leftover baby formula? 🍼 The CDC says to throw out unused formula immediately because of the risk of bacterial growth. However, research suggests that bacterial concentrations do not appreciably increase after 3, 12, or even 24 hours at refrigerator temperatures. Good news! This means there’s not a strong data-based reason to throw out formula right away if you store it in the fridge.

Comment “Link” for a DM to an article on another common formula question: should you throw away old formula powder?

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Ever wondered if you can safely use leftover baby formula? 🍼 The CDC says to throw out unused formula immediately because of the risk of bacterial growth. However, research suggests that bacterial concentrations do not appreciably increase after 3, 12, or even 24 hours at refrigerator temperatures. Good news! This means there’s not a strong data-based reason to throw out formula right away if you store it in the fridge.

Comment “Link” for a DM to an article on another common formula question: should you throw away old formula powder?

#emilyoster #parentdata #babyformula #babyfeeding #parentingstruggles
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What’s the most important piece of advice for new parents? Here’s one answer, but I want to hear from you! Share your suggestions in the comments ⬇️

#emilyoster #parentdata #parentingtips #parentingadvice #newparents #parentingcommunity

What’s the most important piece of advice for new parents? Here’s one answer, but I want to hear from you! Share your suggestions in the comments ⬇️

#emilyoster #parentdata #parentingtips #parentingadvice #newparents #parentingcommunity
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What's in the bag of a Vagina Economist? 👀 Someone please tell me this looks familiar to you.

What`s in the bag of a Vagina Economist? 👀 Someone please tell me this looks familiar to you. ...