Zen Mommy Minute: Skinned Knees Rock

It is important to allow our children to fail. To fall down. To be disappointed. Sound harsh? Believe it or not, it actually helps our kids build self-esteem and self confidence when we refrain from “saving” them from life.

It also helps our children grow when they see us modeling acceptance in the midst of our own “not-perfect” moments. Example: You arrive 10 minutes late to school pick up and as they climb in the car you say, “I’m sorry I’m late for pickup today guys! How was your day?” with a smile instead of modeling GUILT with something like “I am soooooooo soooooorry I’m late. I feel so bad. I thought I could get another errand done in time. That was so stupid of me. Man. I hate when I do that…” or something to that effect.

When we swoop in and fix things for our kids before they get to experience the consequences of their own less than perfect moments (forgotten lunches, unsigned permission slips, messy rooms with laundry that needs to be thrown down or risk missing laundry day, etc) we are actually doing our kids a disservice, keeping them from a potential lesson in self love and what it takes to “be with” imperfection and disappointments.

What do you do when your child leaves his or her lunch/homework/gym shorts at home??!?!!

Do you remember being a kid and learning from life when it gave you a skinned knee or two?

I’d love to hear about how this topic of skinned knees (and their many blessings) lives for you.



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Zen Mommy Minute: Share your Dreams

We all have dreams… every one of us. As a parent, have you ever thought about the importance of your child’s dreams and what they might be saying? Start by remembering your own dreams and sharing them with your kids. They will naturally begin to share theirs with you.

Hearing that your 6 year old was chased by a blue witch who wanted to steal their homework might just give you a little insight into what’s going on in her waking day. Is she anxious or worried about something? Having a good Dream Dictionary on hand can be a big help as well. Let me know if you are already talking about dreams with your children. And if you are just starting, what have you learned? [Read more…]

Zen Mommy Minute: In the Name of LOVE!

Tell me your stories – what have you done as a parent in the name of love? What have your kids done for you? Has being a parent brought home the experience of love in a new or different way for you? How so? [Read more…]

Zen Mommy Minute: Unscheduled Time

How important is unscheduled time in your life? For your children? This week, join me in making down time a priority for yourself and your family; for truly, it is in these moments of “doing-nothing” time that the magic and wonder of childhood (and life!) happen.

It’s in our “being-ness”, not our “doing-ness” that we feel connected to life. If you are feeling disconnected, where can you say “no” in life and perhaps schedule yourself some much needed unscheduled time? :)

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Zen Mommy Minute: Connectedness is VITAL for Kids

The research study I mention in this video above proves what we moms know in our hearts… that  a sense of connectedness is vital if our kids are going to grow up “happy”. When kids feel connected (at home and at school) they are protected from: [Read more…]

Zen Mommy Minute: Teaching “Thank you!” to your kids!

What do you do if someone gives your child a gift and your child forgets to say thank you? Do you say the classic all-be-it a little tired, “What do you saaay?” only to see your child deflatedly oblidge you and give it up in a sing-songy, nearly robotic voice, “Thaaaaaaak youuuuuu.”

Is there another way? Watch this idea and what we do in our home. I’d love your thoughts… what do you do? And is it working?

Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne offers life coaching as Zen Mommy Coach and is the co-creator of the Yogi Parenting approach to positive parenting.

Zen Mommy Minute: Kindness Jar

Here is a simple and easy idea you can use in your home to help encourage kindness in the way your kids treat each other… and you! Start a kindness jar. Everyone likes praise (moms included.) Keeping a family kindness jar will have you and your kids telling each other all the great things you see each other do and say on a weekly basis. [Read more…]

Zen Mommy Minute: Less is More

Less IS more. And to drive the point home… that is all I will say on the matter. 😉

Hope you have a FAB-U-LOUS week living from this place.

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Zen Mommy Minute: Back To School Tips

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Zen Mommy Minute: We Have Everything it Takes

We are what our kids want. We are what they need…not things. They want our time. They want our attention. Life gave me this powerful (yet simple) reminder this week as I worked with a group of moms truly giving of themselves to their unborn and new born babies in giving up their drug addictions.

They are part of a Doula run, federally funded program here is St. Louis, empowering women to kick their drug habits while learning about and creating a natural childbirth.

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