Archives for April 2011

How to Pick a Winner: Cutest Baby Contest

We have never seen so many adorable babies. Although it was very, very tough, the 15 Finalists have been selected. Each of them will go home from the Baby Kid Expo in St. Charles Missouri on April 30 with their very own Kolcraft Wonderbug Activity Center!!!

The Grand Prize:

But the title of Cutest Baby can only be awarded to one — and YOU will decide. Vote and whoever has the most votes will also receive a gift basket ($250 value) with goodies from, a photography package from AND will be featured in the 2012 Baby Kid Expo ad campaign. You can only vote once but tell all your friends and family to get in on the fun and support your favorite.

How to Vote:

Visit the My Mommy Manual Facebook page and “Like” it — then click on the Contest Survey link either on our wall or here and VOTE. 🙂 It’s that simple. (It’s picking just ONE of these cuties that will be the hard part.)

We will be at the My Mommy Manual booth all day, Saturday, April 30th from 9 am to 4 pm at the Baby Kid Expo and would love for you to come by and say hi to Ria and I!!! We have even MORE goodies to give away to our friends that do AND we’ll announce the winner of the Cutest Baby Contest LIVE on stage at the Expo at 2:45 pm so be sure to stick around!

Cutie Pies!!!

Here are our 15 Finalists! Follow the instructions above and vote for your favorite. 🙂























Cutest Baby Contest

Come See Us! Baby Kid Expo

How to Be Ready for Babies/Kids! Come see us at the Baby Kid Expo

Well, there are million and one things to do to get ready… just ask Zen Mommy. She did it times two! 🙂

If you are in St. Louis on April 30, join us at the Baby Kid Expo. Why?
1) Because we will be there with our friends at Kolcraft, giving away tons of great new baby products including… drum roll please… the new WonderBug Activity Center.
2) Because your baby could be the winner of the MMM/Baby Kid Expo Cutest Baby Contest!
What? You haven’t entered yet? What are you waiting for? Entries are due April 20 and then the voting begins! Click here for details.
3) There are TONS of activities for the whole family and it’s FREE!

How to Slow Family Life Down

Today I had the honor of being a guest on Dr. Phil Dembo’s Blog Talk Radio show called The Parent Coach. If you’d like to hear this 15 minute interview, inspiring us as parents to slow down, click here. We talked about a fabulous topic (and one we post about frequently here on MMM) the “slow” movement in parenting.

For me, as a parent of four, when I think about slowing our family life down, there are a few important places I look to in my approach to parenting:

1- Tuning into intuition. It is important to my husband and I that in our home, we value emotion as equal to if not more powerful than intellect. This may seem counterculture as when we look to the world around us it tells us and our kids that the head rules, that things need to make “sense” and that following the heart is the weaker path. But we question this in our home and value being a high EQ family… not just a high IQ one. As parents, when we trust our little voice inside – our kids learn to as well. What a powerful gift to model trusting ourselves for our kids. Intuition. It resides in our body. Body wisdom. It is present for us, holding wisdom and truth in this moment… not the past, not the future, but right here, right now. When we practice tuning in – breathing – and seeing what is there for us, we are actually practicing mindfulness. What a powerful way to slow life down. Pausing to listen to that still small voice that resides within each of us, even if, especially if, life is feeling crazy.

2- Valuing connection. Talk about the connection you have to one another in your family and how important this is to you. Talk about the connection you have to your self – that your child has to his or herself. This conversation of connection has been shown to be the most important thing you can do for your child to ensure their happiness as an adult. It’s been shown that of 12,000 tweens and teens, the most important indicator of if a child will avoid behaviors such as drug abuse, early sexual activity, depression and suicide is if they feel CONNECTED at home and at school. (I talk more about this study here.)

3- And finally PLAYFULNESS!!! Being playful is a wonderful way to slow life down. Begin by moving at your child’s pace for one hour of one day. Let them lead the fun. Stop and examine the worm on the sidewalk or the weed growing out of the crack between the step and the house that your little one notices as you all are heading to the car. Normally you might have brushed this opportunity off, saying, “That’s nice, now come on. Let’s go. Hop on in the car sweetie!” It works with older kids too. Just give them the opportunity and they will lead you to the fun. Our kids are MASTERS at being present to the joy that each moment holds. If we but slow ourselves down to be playful with them – if we let them lead and we but follow, we can be present to the silliness and sheer joy of this moment. Let’s slow life down by being more PLAYFUL PARENTS. Our kids have something to remind us— how we once PLAYED through the day instead struggled through it.

For those interested in learning more about the online course Dr. Phil and I discussed called Yoga Parenting, we’d like to offer you the opportunity to receive Lesson One on Centering free.

Related Articles:

How to Find Balance for Life

How to Raise Your Child to Be Happy


Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy

In addition to mommy-ing to two magical girls and twins born in 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Educator of Infant Massage and health education teacher. Suzanne is the Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yoga Parenting.