Jeni D Davenport is a health and wellness professional with over 20 years of experience working with young people of all ages in all seasons of life through a multitude of tough marathon moments. Jeni studied at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville receiving her Master’s degree in Health Science, Community Health Education and holds National Board Certification in Health and Wellness Coaching, National Certification in Health Education, Personal Training, and Exercise Instruction.
She is an accomplished Cadet Squadron Commander for the United States Air Force Auxiliary in Civil Air Patrol providing new and improved opportunities for young people to develop their leadership, emergency services, and aerospace education skills. She is a former foster mom and a mother of three beautiful children. Jeni has influenced thousands of children and families over the past two decades.
Kind Words: The Glue That Helps Keep Us Together is her first children’s picture book debut. Jeni has a heart for others and supporting positive change in our world, one conversation at time, one person at a time, and one book at a time. When not engaged in her work, Jeni can be found out in nature backpacking and discovering the outdoors with her children.
1) Tell us who should read this book.
“Although it is a children’s picture book designed for the Kinder through 3rd grader, EVERYONE should read this book. We all need to hear, especially during these times in our world, that kindness is everywhere when you really look around. However, if you are experiencing unkind and mean language in your life that is directed at you: you are not alone, it is not your fault, and it is okay to ask for help.”
2) Why did you write this book?
“I wrote this book to give families and teachers and counselors a tool to open up conversations with young people about unkind and mean language that may be happening at home. After being a foster parent and then later going through a difficult divorce, I found it necessary to explain to my children that tough stuff happens and sometimes mean things are said to them and to remember that they are not at fault and they are not alone and sometimes grown-ups need help.”
3) Do you plan to write more books?
“Yes, I am finishing up several similar books both for Elementary and High School ages that will help facilitate discussion around family and peer relationships and how to process tough topics, be prepared to face these events or help their friends face them, and how to handle situations that may be difficult in a positive and empowering way.”
4) What are some of the tough topics that young people face now a days?
“Depending on the ages, we are still seeing the usual challenges of young people, but what I want to focus on in my books and workshops are compassion for others and for yourself; interpersonal relationship skills; healthy boundaries both at school and at home; and life skills that will navigate them into healthy, strong, and respectful relationships both at home, at school, and
into their dating life.”
5) What is the most request topic that parents want you to help their children or teens with?
“For the younger children it is about SCREEN TIME. How do I get them off their phones and stop asking for more apps or more money to put on apps. For the older children, parents want to know how to CONNECT with their kid. She or he won’t talk to me, what do I do?”
6) What is your solution to Screen Time and Connecting with your child or teen?
“I told a parent the other day that to pull your child off the phone, they (both parent and child) need to learn COMPASSION for others. Screen time is about self. When we move away from ourselves and focus on helping others, then our focus is off us and on the greater community. Go into your community and help someone. And then do it again. Soon you will be too busy to be in front of a screen. Same advice to the parents of teens. Do things together and serve others. Accomplishing things together brings great connection.”
08/22/2019 - 08/25/2019
|2019 Beijing International Book Fair|
Jeni is part of the Speaker's Bureau for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator and can schedule a book reading, signing, and educational community conversation with an interested school, church, or educational organization.
Jeni has a heart for others and creating this book is only her beginning for supporting positive change in our world, one conversation at time, one person at a time, and one book at a time.
Jeni is currently scheduling times for one of the two below topics:
Kind Words: "Connecting Communities with Conversation"
Provides an age-appropriate interactive community style conversation about healthy relationships within peer groups, community, and at home. The earlier we can teach healthy communication skills and confident boundary identification, the sooner we can create safe, happy, healthy relationships reducing and preventing family, domestic, and dating violence.
Kind Words: The Glue That Helps Keep Us Together
Is a children's picture book released May 2019 that gently introduces different communication styles and how sometimes mean talk happens at home and that it is not their fault, nor are they alone, if they find themselves in an unsafe situation. This book was created for the earliest reader but can easily provide a segue for deeper conversations with teens and young adults.
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