1. Take the time to read David Brook’s fascinating and dismaying column on the “parenting investment” gap between affluent and working class parents. One tidbit: “In 1972, kids from the bottom quartile of earners participated in roughly the same number of activities as kids from the top quartile. Today, it’s a chasm.”
3. Young women who are sure they don’t want kids often face significant barriers to getting permanently sterilized. Should they, asks Slate?
4. Summer reading for education geeks (or interested parents): Edutopia has a good primer on the “flipped classroom” approach, including why it works, why it doesn’t, myths about it (e.g., The Khan Academy isn’t really a flipped classroom strategy), and why it matters.
6. Most of us know that CPR guidelines have changed in recent years. If you don’t know the specifics, or need a refresher (as we all really do), Seattle Mama Doc has a good 101 video.
7. Intriguing: California is considering a bill that will allow children to legally have more than two parents, which would allow more recognition of nontraditional households and relationships.
8. TIME’s Healthland blog reports on a study indicating that kids who grow up with pets are less likely to get sick.