"Combining informative information with scriptural principles, Shannon Perry offers parents practical, yet timeless advice on how to raise teens and tweens in an ever-evolving culture.” – Josh D. McDowell, author/speaker
New Book about Teens and Tweens Tackles Tough Issues
For Immediate Release – In her new book, The Overlooked Generation: Parenting Teens and Tweens in a Complicated Culture (Carpenter’s Son Publishing/STL), author, speaker, radio and TV host Shannon Perry tackles the tougher issues of raising teens and tweens. With her background as a public school teacher and counselor, a Master’s degree in Education and Counseling and as a Certified Instructor for Crisis Counseling and Parenting Classes, Perry draws on nearly 20 years of experience working with teenagers and their parents. The book covers topics such as dating, social media, eating disorders, drug use, as well as bullying, a subject that is especially important to Perry. Included in the book’s appendices is an interview with a mother whose daughter, Tara, committed suicide after being bullied. Perry’s personal relationship with Tara and her family made this a difficult, but necessary, addition to the book.
“I wanted to include Tara’s story in this book because bullying is becoming a serious epidemic,” says Perry, who created an anti-bullying program for one of the largest public school systems in the U.S. “I was bullied as a child and I understand, first-hand, the impact it can have on a child’s self-esteem. But bullying has been expanded to a whole new level with the use of social media, and parents need to know how to combat it before it gets out of hand. They also need to know how to deal with the school systems so that bullies are dealt with swiftly and permanently.”
The Overlooked Generation stems from Perry’s teaching segments in her mother/daughter conferences entitled “In Her Shoes.” The book is heavily researched and includes up-to-date statistics as well as real-life stories from Perry’s educational background, along with practical tips for parents on virtually every subject. Perry also included a chapter on tough questions that she gets frequently from parents who attend her conferences. Perry chose the word “overlooked” after discovering there was a recurring theme with most teen problems.
“One of the things I hear most often from teens is that they feel ignored or overlooked,” says Perry. “It is why so many of them do things like sexting or dabble in drugs – they want to be noticed by their peers and accepted on some level. Unfortunately, they often try to get the attention they crave using negative behavior that often destroys their lives. As parents, we need to understand our role in raising this generation of kids that is so affected by cultural pressures.”
Although some of the topics are complex, Perry felt they needed addressing. “I didn’t shy away from questions about homosexuality or pregnancy prior to marriage, because these are issues that are affecting kids even in Christian homes. I believe the Bible is relevant on every subject that we face in life, and I pray that parents will find guidance in this book that will, ultimately, drive them to their knees in search of God’s perfect wisdom on whatever they are facing.”
To coincide with the book, Perry released a new music video of a song she co-wrote with Lifeway’s Songwriter of the Year, Paul Marino. The video for “Overlooked” was produced and directed by Telly Award-winning director Jeffrey Kubach whose resume’ includes the hit television shows “Survivor” and “Burn Notice” along with a Best Pop Music Video nomination from Gospel Music Channel.
Perry hosts a bi-weekly television show called “Grace in High Heels” which currently broadcasts into over 60 million homes via the NRB Network and GEB America. Shannon also hosts a talk radio show on Salem Communication’s KKHT Radio in Houston, Texas. Shannon’s first book entitled Grace in High Heels: Real-life reflections of Humor, Hope and Healing was based on one of Shannon’s most popular women’s conferences, “If The Shoe Fits. As a recording artist, Perry has performed at Carnegie Hall, with the Houston Symphony, and sang for over 70,000 fans at a NFL football game. Perry is a contributing writer for Believe.com as well as Crosswalk.com, one of the most visited Christian sites on the web with over 24 million page views per month. She has contributed articles to magazines and ezines such as Charisma, Christian Voice, Christian Women of Today, Everyday Christian, among others.