Generation Mindful was founded by mom, therapist, and parent educator Suzanne Tucker. The idea for the company came to her when graduates of her positive parenting classes were asking for help taking connection based parenting back into their everyday lives, especially for the times they were feeling stressed or their kids were acting up, not listening, etc.
Suzanne wanted to help these families bring mindful parenting into everyday life in practical ways that brought results; playful rituals that left parents and children alike feeling more, and Generation Mindful was born.
For over two decades, Suzanne has helped thousands connect on a deeper level to themselves and their families. As a physical therapist with a focus on attachment, author, speaker and parent educator, Suzanne leads weekly Infant Massage and Positive Parenting classes in her home town of St. Louis Missouri. In 2002 she and her husband opened a holistic outpatient rehabilitation center which they still run today, and in 2008, the online community My Mommy Manual, inspiring parents to tune in and trust themselves and the still, small voice inside of them.
Suzanne is mom to four beautiful children, and far too many pets to mention. A lover of life's little moments, Suzanne plans to spend the rest of her life collecting them.
She wrote the Generation Mindful Manifesto to summarize this community and as a love note to you:
Hello and thank you for visiting Generation Mindful!
I hope you'll join our community of parents, educators and therapists. Thank you for the difference you make each day. Together we can disrupt praise/punishment based child-rearing practices of old and replace them with evidence based practices rooted in connection and play.
Q & A WITH OUR FOUNDER
Why is "play" such a big component of Generation Mindful?
Well for starters, because as a therapist myself, I love evidence-based tools and practices rooted in research, and what the research is telling is is that play is the superhighway to both learning and attachment/connection. Many of us as adults struggle to connect with our playful selves, and yet so many of the behaviors we’re looking for from children live on the other side of silly.
What does mindfulness in children look like?
It’s important we hold a fluid definition of what a “mindful child” looks like, one that meets all children where they are. For example, a child who struggles with sensory motor integration or who has autism can be working on the very same four facets of Emotional Intelligence* (EI) right alongside a child for whom self-control, sitting quietly and/or perceiving another person’s needs come easily, it’s just going to look a little different.
* Emotional Intelligence (EQ/EI) is a skill set that includes self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social skills.
How can we nurture mindfulness in children?
Through modeling and through play, children can learn mindfulness. It’s more of a skill set than an innate trait or something you are born with, a fact that most parents of young children find encouraging. Children respond so powerfully to learning about the power of their thoughts, about setting their focus, using intentions, managing their emotions and more.
You invite people to create their own games with PeaceMakers. Why?
I did this very intentionally because research shows that creative play drives early development and learning. It makes us smarter, emotionally and cognitively. Ask any play therapist and they will tell you that singing, dancing, drawing and storytelling are powerful learning and healing modalities, especially for young children. When a child is invited to lead something creatively, you’ll find their receptivity goes way up.