Each month, our staff shares their favorite “picks” of the month, whether they be TV shows, movies, books, podcasts, recent events, recipes they’ve tried, dishes from restaurants, places they’ve visited or a mix of a few.
Book: “Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool” by Emily Oster
If you’re an anxious first-time parent like me, you need to pick up “Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool” by Emily Oster. A follow-up to her book “Expecting Better” (which I recommend for all soon-to-be parents), Oster uses her background as an economist to dig into the data behind all the conflicting advice given to new parents and debunks myths around breastfeeding, sleep training and everything else you possibly could feel guilty about. It’s cut down on my panic Googling and helped me separate mommy-blog anecdotes from actual, solid evidence-based facts.
Book: “Clean: The New Science of Skin” by James Hamblin
This book gave me a whole new outlook on our skin. As a skin care-obsessed lady who tends to try every new trend in the skin care world, I’ve yet to see the promised amazing results, hence the need to keep trying new things. This book covers the dark side of soaps and skin care products. It was interesting to learn about how our skin acts naturally without continuously stripping it of natural oils. I highly recommend this for anyone struggling with skin woes.
Activity: Writing poems
Longfellow, Whitman and Poe
Are poets most people know.
They reminded me of rhyme,
So in the pandemic I took time,
But, obviously, I’ve got a long way to go.