Hi, I’m Suzanne.
In addition to mommy-ing to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003, my husband and I were blessed with boy and girl twins in February of 2010. In truth I am mom to nine, four here on Earth and five more forever in my heart. Our angel babies (my Twinkles) Leo, Mary, Tucker, Lily and Nina received their wings before birth. I believe the differences their short lives have and continue to make on my life and in the world are eternal.
I teach, speak and write about the connection that we are. To this end being a mom is my greatest credential. My husband Shawn is my life partner and my business partner. We are PT’s and have a holistic health center in Saint Louis, Missouri where among other things I get to teach weekly baby massage classes (as close to my bliss as I have found.)
I find great wisdom in Kahlil Gibran’s words about our children: “Strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.”
My kids teach me every day.
I believe many things, but if you asked to name just five they would be:
1. I believe in holding on to letting go.
2. I believe that you and I are one.
3. I believe in stillness.
4. I believe that we are here to know and to be known, to share our lives.
5. I believe that where there is love, there is transformation.
The very same things I’ve bumped up against my whole life, things like guilt, belonging and acceptance, in motherhood, take on new meaning and a sort of urgency.
Facing my demons, loving my light, embracing the chaos and accepting the UN-acceptable as “mom” has led me closer to what I understand to be my life purpose. To know and love myself.
I love myself.
I am enough.
It’s the bumps along the road of life that has me here, sharing with you.
I hope My Mommy Manual helps you connect in love to yourself and the wisdom that lies within you alone. Though it may not always seem like it, you have the answers. Look within. Your mommy manual is waiting there for you and you alone.
Here are 16 Things about Me… a bit lighter just to round things out, and my three favorite posts.
How To Be Enough (where I struggle with BEING enough…)
How to Recognize Warning Signs (where I miss the warning signs…)
How Spirit Moves (where spirit moved… and how)
Okay, you now know more about me than most of my neighbors. Please share you with me. Send me an email: tuckersuzanne @ sbcglobal (dot) net, a tweet: @ZenMommy or comment anywhere on this site. I read each and every one and reply to most every one as well.
Thank you (from my healing heart to yours) for taking the time to learn about me.
In figuring out which direction to take as you work through the many forks in the road of motherhood…
In coming to better know and love yourself…
In identifying not only what is your bliss but how you might follow it in this life…
If I may be of support to you in any or all of these areas of life, I would be honored to offer you Parent Support.
I work with personal clients via skype and the phone. If you could benefit from someone who will listen to where you are with her whole heart and reflect back to you what she is hearing, send me an email and we will schedule your first session free of charge.
What others are saying:
“I am finding so many positive changes just in the time that we have spent so far. I’m even talking about it with my friends! This is the first time that I’ve been in a type of therapy that I have been proud, not ashamed. Maybe because I am seeing results? Maybe because you are my coach, not my therapist? But whatever the reason, I wanted to say thanks. I feel open, excited and so much more AWARE.”
Jennifer, mom of two
“Thank you for being such an encouragement to me in the most difficult times. Sleep deprivation after having a baby is something no one can understand until you go through it. But you have a way of showing you understand. The advice you gave me helped me see that I need to take care of myself, too, so that I can take care of my son. I cannot say thank you enough!”
“Thx again with the “compassionate” sleep support!” I never wanted to have to do the “cry-it-out thing” and with your advice I’m hopeful we won’t ever have to.”
Annie, mom of a baby suffering from reflux
“Going great, thanks! Last night he slept 7.5 hours before waking. Today, he was a champion napper, 75 minutes for first 2 naps, even putting himself back to sleep after stirring one time without any parental intervention. He is putting himself to sleep better, almost just like your babies in the video. Things are going so much better. Thanks!!!”
Mary, first time mom