Zen Mommy Minute: Beautiful Boundaries

No, I do not have a twin. I just wanted to show you one of my favorite pieces of art which we happen to have hung by a rather large mirror. What I wanted to show you is how this piece of art reminds me of my “boundaries”.

Boundaries (in art and in life) are a beautiful thing. They give structure and form when they are present and can be sorely missed when they are not. Listen to this short video for more on the topic of parenting and boundaries.

What are some of your biggest challenges in the area of boundaries and parenting? Mine is not to “rescue” my children when I think they “need” me. Today when I noticed my oldest daughter had left her lunch at home, I reminded myself of my goal to be the “guide by the side… not the “sage on the stage”… and instead of driving it up to her school, I put it in the frig for tomorrow. Have you thought much in terms of boundaries and parenting? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

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Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy

In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and expecting twins in Jan of 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. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne offers ongoing tips on parenting and is the co-creator of the Yogi Parenting approach to positive parenting.


  1. Love this video, ZM… for its aesthetics and for its message. The idea of boundaries… especially as Michaela addresses it in Yogi Parenting is so valuable. Boundaries has been a BIG lesson for me, not just in my relationship with my kids but in my relationship with grown-ups and SELF!

    When a friendship is taking too much of your energy, how do you create an effective, yet gentle boundary? When you are out of balance in some area of your life, working too much or volunteering too much, how do you draw the line?

    It’s a great question to ask yourself, moms! Where are YOUR boundaries?

  2. When I was growing up there were a lot of things I saw my parents doing that I thought I’d never do. One of those things was the baby-talk. I absolutely dreaded it. But here I am now, with a 3 year-old little girl, and sometimes I find myself doing the exact same mistake..

  3. FUnny, I just wrote and article about boundaries last week. I love your ideas. Boundaries are something I did not have very much of growing up and now I really appreciate and repspect them. Since my daughter is so little, i feel like most of my boundaries are with family members and in laws. I feel like everyone wants a peice of me (in different ways) and if I want to be a good mom and be good to myself, I constantly have to draw healthy boundaries! I am going to a workshop for women discussing boundaries in a few weeks! Should be interesting!

  4. Thanks Toni. Yes, family tends to test my boundaries like no other. Easy to get super triggered super fast with family too.

    I find it’s easiest to practice setting and keeping boundaries with NOT family first. Baby steps 😉 Then slowly graduating to making and keeping them with the ones I love. I like to remind myself Rome wasn’t built in a day either! It can be hard, (especially with inlaws and other family) to do, but MAN is it rewarding.

    Thanks again for sharing your comment and feel free to link to your post/article! I’d love to read it. Enjoy your upcoming workshop. Will be rich with growth I am sure.

  5. Great! Thanks! Here’s my article How to Handle Confrontation http://simplysiena.blogspot.com/2010/08/handling-confrontation.html.