Parents uneasy with daughter’s ‘different’ choices

Parents worry she isn't developing social skills, but her 'community' could be supportive in its own way.



February 25, 2020 - 9:34 AM

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Dear Carolyn: I’m afraid my -16-year-old daughter is missing out on the best parts of her youth. She’s a good kid, gets good grades, but doesn’t seem to have any friends, doesn’t date, doesn’t go to parties, football games or dances — nothing. Her entire life is focused on a blog she runs and the fan fiction she posts on another site.

I’ve checked her blog; it’s OK, but nothing most girls would be interested in.

These are the years to have fun, learn social skills and build a good résumé for college. My daughter will have absolutely no extracurricular activities unless she writes about her Superman and Batman fan fiction. My husband and I have told her about all the fun she’s missing — he played football and ran track, I was a cheerleader, in the theater club and never missed a dance — but she’s just not interested. In anything.

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