The economist’s guide to weaning yourself off parental guilt

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The economist’s guide to weaning yourself off parental guilt

The economist offers up data-driven answers to everything from weaning to potty training to vaccines

Emily Oster

A confession: I frequently waste large amounts of time looking for my iPad, because I’ve found a rather-too-ingenious place to hide it from my two-year-old.

When she was eight months old and her first teeth bore a small but agonising wound in my breast, I endured eye-watering pain for weeks every time she fed, rather than dare switch to formula milk.

And I often wonder why I, and so many other educated, sensible people I know, can behave so bizarrely – so irrationally – when it comes to raising children...

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