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.