By Elisa Murray
Editor's note: This is a weekly digest of stories we’re following — trends, news you can use and provocative parenting reads. Got a good read for us? Write email@example.com.
1. A good NPR Fresh Air piece on habits — how they form, and how to make and break them. The good news: They're malleable throughout your entire life.
2. Is money the most important factor in good parenting? And, if so, what does that say about the programs that would most help low-income kids?
3. Two helpful posts from Seattle Mama Doc's blog on toddler sleep issues.
4. New York Times' Motherlode blog asks: Are women enemies of their own free time?
5. Almost 30 years after the first edition, with 17 million copies in print, What to Expect When You're Expecting is now a full-fledged cottage industry. Alison Benedikt gives her two cents on what’s really wrong about that.
6. Lisa Belkin takes the mother's perspective on the Rush Limbaugh flap.
And a bonus: If you missed the photos of European Parliament member Licia Ronzulli taking her toddler to work (yes, to Parliament to vote), check them out now. They're inspiring and a bit revolutionary.