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I agree with you, Joelle! I thought youth group was a great time to experience a bit of real life. Kids don't not actually have to LIVE inside the mess, but they visit enough so you can have great conversations about what to do in the future.
I agree. There are other ways to practice functioning in the world outside your four walls. One is interaction with a variety of people - sooner or later the child will learn how to handle conflict. Another is though literature. We just got done with _Jane Eyre_ and I must say it's nice to be able to discuss behavior and situations without being right smack dab in the middle of them. I wish I'd read that book before [insert unpleasant memory here]. Youth group is a great chance for teens to hear about the real world too, and to encourage and pray for their peers.