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A helpful guide to approaching family decisions, and organizing your life
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2021
This book is divided into three parts, with a total of eleven chapters and about 260 pages, not including the appendix, workbook, and notes.
In the Introduction, Oster explains that her experience as an economics professor at the University of Chicago allowed her to see similarities between the advice she gave her students about running a business, and the framework needed to make family decisions and run her household. With two school age children of her own, she began to find it useful to approach family decisions in a similar manner to the decisions you make when running a business.
Part One – The Family Toolbox, starts to create a basic framework for deciding how you want to run your family. The first step is establishing The Big Picture, and deciding what things are most important to you and your family. Oster then identifies a process of decision making she calls “The Four F's”: Frame the Question, Fact-Find, Final Decision, Follow-Up. This section wraps up with some basic workplace tools to help keep things organized.
Part Two – Big Data, focuses on general data that is helpful to consider when making your Big Picture family plan. This section has chapters on sleep, childcare, nutrition and different parenting styles.
Part Three – The Data Studies, deals with data that is more specific, dealing with individual choices that you will have to make. There are chapters on school choices, extracurricular activities, feelings, and entertainment. The end of the book also has some notes, and a handy Workbook, which has great blueprints for identifying the important priorities, and charts for scheduling your week.
Overall I found this book to be an informative, helpful guide for making important decisions. I really like the inclusion of the Workbook at the end, as it helps to organize your priorities and create a routine. I think that anything that helps parents make better, more informed decisions is a valuable tool; so this book is probably worth reading if you have children.