I didn’t join the church until I was 18, so I never got to attend YW. My kids are teenagers now and unfortunately, they’re a lot like their parents—total misfits. My daughter’s always made an effort to go to her meetings and be involved. But she has very few friends at church, most of the kids don’t seem to be very friendly to her. My sons tend to avoid a lot of the activities because it’s just not stuff they’re interested in.
I used to try to force them to go but now I just kind of shrug and say whatever. Part of the problem is that most of the kids in our area have all grown up together, they live really close to each other, they see each other outside of church all the time. My kids are the outsiders. We don’t live near the other kids. They haven’t all been in classes together since nursery. Etc. And I think another part of the problem is just that kids are cliquey and snobby, it’s part of being a teenager. Which is really sad, because life after high school is nothing like that. I try to tell my kids all the time that high school is not like real life. Kind of hard to convince them, though, when it’s the only life they know!
So my kids all have non-LDS friends and I’m ok with that. I’m just wondering what others’ experiences have been like, being teenagers in the church.
(And sorry if this brings up a lot of bad memories!)