I think my teenage daughter is reading too much

Koala - posted on 04/25/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I think my daughter is reading too much. All she really enjoys doing is reading her books. Last year she read close to 250 books. She reads for at least 4 hours a day, even after she's done with homework. She usually rushes through her homework to get to pleasure books. She usually falls asleep with her Kindle in her hands. She spends most of Saturday laying on the sofa in a t-shirt and panties reading books. She usually reads for 5 or 6 hours each on Saturday and Sunday. She never leaves her Kindle at home, she reads during car rides and during her free periods at school. She only has two friends (both girls) and they usually just talk about books together and sit together and read during free periods. When her friends come over all they do is sit around eating pastries, drinking tea and talking about books like a group of old ladies. Those three girls are her only friends, I've never seen her associate with a boy or even go to a party even though she's 16. I've asked her and she told me that she isn't depressed or using books for escape, she just loves reading. This doesn't seem normal to me, though. She likes to do nothing else. We've tried making her go outside when it's nice out, but she usually just sneaks her Kindle out with her and sits under a tree, reading and drinking lemonade. She plays no sports and doesn't exercise, she says she hates exercise. I'm worried about her health (she's a healthy weight, but she needs to exercise) as well as the fact that she does nothing but read books. What do I do about her?

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Ev - posted on 01/20/2017

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Koala--Reading compared to being having her face stuck to a phone....which would you chose. At least she is reading on her kindle and she has friends that have the same interest and they are doing something way more healthy than just being non-social. She is socializing in a way most kids today do not. Also, reading broadens the mind. It has also been proven to help with dementia in older adults. Why put down this interest of hers. She could be going out to parties where they have booze, drugs, and having sex!

Ev - posted on 01/20/2017

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Michelle--Your daughter is an adult and it is time to get her to agree to a contract or to move out.

Mhardin1234 - posted on 01/19/2017

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My daughter is the exact same about books but i believe worse and getting out of control. She started when she was around 11 or 12. Did not think much of it. Stayed up late reading anything. She is now almost 19. Reading is laterally all she does. She is finishing high school online since she only needed 2 credits to graduate. Instead of focusing on that she is up all night long reading laying on the couch. She will go to bed some time after i leave for work around 8 or 9 am. She is to the point where reading is the only thing she does and eat fast-food. I argue with her why she does it and i just get yelled at that its not affecting me. She even called into work because she was too tired to get up. She just woke up a few minutes ago and was headed out for fast food instead of cooking. She is now getting over weight but i still can't get her to do anything. Shes not a bad kid. Does not drink party or sexually active. I am getting very concerned but don't really know what to do without her biting my head off. I just don't think what she is doing is healthy. I understand reading is food but when its taken over your life there must be underlining issues. Anyone have any suggestions? I am desperate to help figure this out.

Jodi - posted on 04/25/2015

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Leave her alone. She seems to be happy.

I'll be the first one to tell you I couldn't be seen without a book in my hand when I was a teenager. I was a prolific reader. I just loved to read! I don't read so much these days - not enough time. But it never really did any harm....

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