How can we avoid both overprotection and underprotection as we parent and lead Gen Z?

Are the parents of Gen Z more overprotective or underprotective? Studies say…both. In our recent study with Barna, we found that the parents of Gen Z are often simultaneously overinvolved and too detached. So how do we find the middle ground for providing support for Gen Z that is both engaged and appropriately connected?

This week on the podcast Jonathan sits down with Dr. Stephanie Shackelford, author of the chapter “Gen Z’s Overprotective, Unprotective Parents” in the brand new book Know. Be. Live. : a 360˚ Approach to Discipleship in a Post-Christian Era. Join us this week as we talk about traits of overprotective and underprotective parents, the influence of media and technology and the importance of a parent’s presence in it, and the way forward from double-mindedness to a single focus.

Through her work as a writer, researcher, and coach, Dr. Stephanie Shackelford helps people identify and take hold of their purpose. She is the author of You on Purpose: Discover Your Calling and Create the Life You Were Meant to Live, a contributing author for Christians at Work: Examining the Intersection of Calling and Career and Know, Be, Live: A 360 Degree Approach to Discipleship in a Post-Christian Era, and a Senior Fellow at Barna Group, primarily studying vocation and calling.

In 2012, she founded a career coaching company and has since helped hundreds of students, recent graduates, and working professionals live into their purpose. Stephanie received her Ed.D. from Northeastern University and her M.Ed. and B.S. from Vanderbilt University, where she is also an Adjunct Instructor. She lives with her husband and two children in Georgia. You can connect with Dr. Shackelford at

This episode of the podcast is part of a companion series with our new book, Know. Be. Live. : a 360˚ Approach to Discipleship in a Post-Christian Era. The book is out now wherever books are sold. Order today!