SOURCE: Sue Scheff (R)
August 04, 2008 09:45 ET
New Book Recounts Parent's Harrowing Ordeal With Struggling Teen
WESTON, FL--(Marketwire - August 4, 2008) - With peer pressure and social influences at
all-time highs, many good teens are making bad choices, placing intense
emotional and financial strain on parents and families. Lack of motivation,
substance abuse, negative peers and gang affiliation are just some of the
common challenges facing kids today.
To help address these and other issues, parent advocate Sue Scheff has
announced the release of her new book, "Wit's End: Advice and Resources for
Saving Your Out-of-Control Teen."
Scheff's book chronicles her painful journey with a struggling teenage
daughter and also offers advice, resources and help to mothers and fathers
forced to make tough choices regarding their children.
"In the MySpace generation, kids are under more pressure than ever before,"
says Scheff, author and founder of Parents' Universal Resource Experts
(P.U.R.E.), an organization that assists families with at-risk children.
"This book will be an invaluable resource and allow parents to learn from
my past mistakes," she adds.
As a single mother in the '90s, Scheff struggled to raise her teen
daughter, who embraced disturbing friends, beliefs and behaviors.
Ultimately, Scheff was forced to utilize a residential treatment facility
as a way to instill discipline and structure.
What happened next was chilling -- stories of beatings, sexual abuse,
forced starvation and neglect all surfaced from the very facility that was
supposed to be protecting and rehabilitating Scheff's daughter.
In the years following her ordeal, Scheff championed for safe alternatives
for at-risk teens and began helping other parents who were facing similar
challenges as she once did.
Published by Health Communications, Inc., "Wit's End" is an extension of
the assistance Scheff has been able to provide to families over the years.
"Parents need to know that they're not alone," says Scheff. "This book is a
much-needed guide to avoid the pitfalls and will ultimately help expedite
the healing process."
For more information, visit http://www.witsendbook.com.
About the Author
Sue Scheff is the founder of Parents' Universal Resource Experts
(http://www.helpyourteens.com) and is a highly sought-after interviewee and
speaker on topics such as Internet abuse, struggling teens, cyberbullying
and defamation. She has been featured on 20/20, CNN Headline News, ABC
News, Fox News, The Rachael Ray Show, Lifetime Television, NPR, BBC Talk
Radio and has appeared in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington
Post, Miami Herald and San Francisco Chronicle.