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Exercising Values

Happy, Healthy, Kind, & Considerate Kids

Guiding Children to a Winning Personality

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Every parent knows that children seem to arrive with different temperaments that require different methods of guiding and interacting with them. These differences have also been the topic of much scientific research. Dr. James Dobson, for example, wrote extensively on the special needs and special strengths of the strong willed child. These studies have shown that temperament will impact future success. This is sometimes referred to as emotional intelligence and includes the ability to interact with others.

Some areas that parents can immediately work to improve to help give their child the best chance at personal satisfaction, high self esteem, academic achievement and successful friendships and other relationships later in life include:

  • Lots of interactive play time with parents
  • Parental affection and love
  • Character training that sets boundaries for behavior
  • Predictable schedules
  • Sleep
  • Healthy nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Less television and other media time
  • Laughter

Having a set time each day to playfully teach physical fitness and good character sets the stage for achieving these goals. The follow-up character story from great children's literature is another child-friendly way of guiding them towards personality traits that will help them be successful in life. It teaches them the reasons for behaving a certain way rather than just demanding compliance. At a young age, it molds them into people who will respect and care for themselves and others. It's also a lot of fun and makes children feel special and loved. Exercising Values is your tool for implementing these ideas.

One aspect of the program reinforces the other aspects as children experience as a package: physical fitness, good character, and receiving love and attention from their parents. Exercise is grooved in their brains as a pleasant experience so later in life that will be less likely to adopt a risky sedentary life style. Likewise, good character blooms from the accumulated time they spent pleasantly learning it from their parents. Fifteen minutes isn't long but when it occurs day after day the time adds up and you'll be amazed at the accumulated effect. In the same way, consistent exercise holds the key to physical fitness. Don't forget, the weekends offer opportunities for  longer games and sports. Keeping the time frames doable on busy weekdays help ensure that you never abandon the program when life gets hectic and busy. It's a minimum daily requirement of sorts that keeps you moving forward.

Even though children arrive with a certain bent toward being shy or outgoing, demanding or easy-going, compliant or assertive; there is much parents can do to turn these tendencies into strengths and not weaknesses. We need all kinds of people but no one needs to be a bully, a wall flower, a push-over, or a tyrant. Character training doesn't try to create one type of person but rather to constructively channel each person's strengths so they can become the best version of themselves. This doesn't happen by accident and parents are their child's first and most important teacher.

Exercise is a great way for aggressive children to constructively channel their energy. It's a great way for shy children to make friends and gain confidence. Bossy children may become natural leaders who learn how to inspire people and not to push them around. The list of benefits goes on and on. Exercising with parents has the added benefit of forging close family bonds and opening up communicating that once established while young is likely to last through adolescence and beyond. It's an investment in their happiness and your own.

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About the Author

Pamela Davenport


For decades I have helped countless parents and their children overcome significant obstacles. My unique accomplishments in the fields of child development, health, and fitness have given me an unparalleled perspective and expertise that I would love to share with you.

  • Award-Winning Author and Parenting Coach
  • Mother of six and grandmother of five
  • Studied Juvenile Justice at Stanford University
  • Master’s degree in Social Work
  • Experienced family counselor
  • Support group leader for struggling parents
  • Taught health at the university level
  • Program manager for the personal training programs at two colleges
  • Personal Trainer helping people lose 5lb-100lb+
  • Two-time Ironman Triathlete and competing member of team USA
  •  UMB Lifetime Sportswoman Award 2017