Zen Mommy Minute: Meditation with Kids

pebbles smallerHere’s an idea for your family to bring stillness and awareness to you and your kids. It’s a “Pebble Mediation” and my kids LOVE it. All you have to do is walk outside with your children and pick up a few pebbles or rocks… grab a permanent marker… and the rest is easy. Let the kids think of words like love, joy, play, giggle… or if older: miracle, transformation, breath, stillness, empathy, etc… words to inspire and guide us in our day. Fill a jar or bowl with these little mini meditations and set it out, then each morning everyone in the family can pick one and carry it all day in their pocket as a mini moving meditation.

At the end of the day, you can share about the things that happened and how having this pebble… this word to hold to made a difference. The pebble then goes back in the jar and you are ready for the next day. I love how the words I seem to pick always jibes so well with what is up for me that day… a loving reminder from the universe or sometimes a nudge in the direction I have been searching for right there on my little pebble.

May this loving ritual bless you and your family with peace and joy all year long.

For a beautiful Pebble Meditation we parents can do each morning to help us find and maintain our “center” all day (sign me up for that!!! *smiles*), please visit this link. You will enjoy Thich Nhat Hanh’s valuable pebble meditation, reminding us of our flower freshness, mountain solidity, calm water clarity and spacious freedom. This six minute YouTube video is wonderfully presented by Plum Village brother Thay Phap Huu. I just watched it and can already tell I am breathing a little slower and deeper this morning… 🙂

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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. Pebbles what a great idea! I will try this with my teenager.

  2. Great Felicia. I’d love to hear how it goes. 🙂

  3. This is stunning! Im doing meditation myself and would be happy to teach my kids as well.

  4. Zen Mommy says:

    your kids will LOVE it. 🙂 thanks for the nice comment. blessings.

  5. Son has done something like this at his kids yoga class. But its definitely a great idea to try at home. A great way to start/end the day and stay connected in the process.

    Have a ticket to Blissdom. Excited about seeing you guys there!

  6. Zen Mommy says:

    Thanks LISA!!! Hope your son is enjoying his yoga!!! Isn’t Yoga Kids fabulous?

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    Danke für Ihren Beitrag.

    Grüße Sie ganz herzlich,
    Elita Wiegand

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  9. You will enjoy Thich Nhat Hanh’s valuable pebble meditation, reminding us of our flower freshness, mountain solidity, calm water clarity and spacious freedom.