Friendship, Overparenting and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include getting older with confidence, keeping emotions in perspective, changing how students and teachers interact, evolving as friends over time, parenting with less hypervigilance, keeping communities strong when jobs leave and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.


1. Now and Then

“I’m comfortable with who I am. I mean, there are days when I think, Where did my 20s go? or Where did my 30s go? But there are other days where I feel like, wow, I like the person I’ve become. I also feel like I have an intellectual confidence [that] you can’t really have – or you shouldn’t necessarily have – when you’re younger, because you haven’t really experienced enough.”

– Molly Ringwald, on growing up (Parade magazine)


2. We’re Not Alone

“When a person is truthful…and if they say what they feel, they’re going to put it out in the world and [find] they’re not the only person that feels that specific thing…We are sometimes egocentric in thinking that we are the only person on the planet that feels a particular way.”

– Jessica Williams, on developing new ideas in her comedy (Huffington Post)


3. Learning Curve

“As the students work, the software logs everything from which questions they get right and wrong to the amount of time they spend on each one. When [teacher Sheela] Whelan’s online dashboard tells her that several are struggling with the same concept, she’ll assemble those students and work through some problems as a small group. It’s teaching as triage.?The result is a classroom experience starkly different from the model that has dominated American education for the past 100 years.”

– Will Oremus, “No More Pencils, No More Books” (Slate)


4. You’ve Got a Friend

“Perhaps friends are more willing to forgive long lapses in communication because they’re feeling life’s velocity acutely, too. It’s sad, sure, that we stop relying on our friends as much when we grow up, but it allows for a different kind of relationship, based on a mutual understanding of each other’s human limitations.”

– Julie Beck, “How Friendships Change in Adulthood” (The Atlantic)


5. Too Much of a Good Thing

“I’m interested in humans thriving, and it turns out that overparenting is getting in the way of that.”

– Julie Lythcott-Haims, “Former Stanford Dean Explains Helicopter Parenting” (The Washington Post)


6. Dysfunction Junction

“Everyone knew each other, and participated in local events, especially ones sponsored by the town’s biggest employer. Employees had time to socialize because they worked normal business hours, and got to take off holidays to spend time with their families. Now, the town empties out during the day because people leave for work in other counties, and that social fabric seems less tightly knit.”

– Alana Semuels, “Ghost Towns of the 21st Century” (CityLab)


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