The Balance of Care and Challenge: Why All Kids Need it, and How All Adults Can Provide It

All kids need developmental relationships to grow up healthy, caring, responsible, and productive. So, what’s the problem? Only a minority of kids have developmental relationships, both in the home and outside of the home. Join us for this webinar on the importance of developmental relationships in the lives of kids and what you can do to foster these relationships.

In this webinar you will...

  • Hear from Search Institute’s senior researcher on the importance of Developmental Relationships in the lives of children and teens
  • Learn how you can support your child’s developmental relationships by providing a balance of care and challenge at home
  • Learn how you can advocate for your child’s developmental relationships at school and in other areas of his or her life
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    About the Expert

    Dr. Peter C. Scales is a developmental psychologist, researcher, author, speaker, and internationally recognized authority on positive youth development. With the late Dr. Peter L. Benson, he became the world’s leading researcher on the role of Developmental Assets in the lives of children and youth. His expertise is child and adolescent development, and the development of healthy families, schools, and communities where children and youth can thrive. He currently resides as Search Institute's Senior Fellow, frequently leading in the creation and development of various research and survey projects. Dr. Scales is the author of 10 books, more than 75 peer-reviewed articles, and more than 200 other publications. He has been a consultant and keynote speech-maker for more than 250 organizations and agencies, including: the U.S. Office of Safe & Drug-Free Schools, the National Governors’ Association, the Association for Middle Level Education, American School Health Association, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Association of Child Advocates, Public/Private Ventures, Children’s Television Workshop, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Council on Family Relations, National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting, Ounce of Prevention Fund, American Camping Association, U. S. Catholic Conference, YMCA of the USA, and the Carter Presidential Center. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in child development and family relations from Syracuse University. Dr. Scales has also received print, radio, and television coverage in more than 200 U.S cities, national coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Glamour, Seventeen, Sports Illustrated, and numerous other national publications, as well as appearances on Good Morning America, and international coverage on the Voice of America and BBC Radio. He currently resides in suburban St. Louis, Missouri with his wife, a retired high school health teacher. Their son is an attorney, and they have two granddaughters, ages 4 and 1.