“Not all of us were taught that emotional intelligence is important or were provided the safe space to feel our feelings,” writes teacher and mom, Juli Rush. Many parents struggle to navigate their children’s big feelings (think: raging temper tantrums) and find themselves feeling ashamed, frustrated, and angry.
Nationally recognized educator Suzanne Tucker, PT has spent a large part of her 25-year career teaching families about attachment and the power of connection. Along the way, she noticed parents like Julie struggling to guide their children towards emotional intelligence at home. (read more)
Tucker is a mom of four, author and parent educator. She founded Generation Mindful, a line of educational tools, toys and programs committed to connecting the generations playfully and nurturing the human spirit. Tucker shared, “through my work, I’ve met too many parents who want to parent without yelling, shaming, or overpowering their children, but they just don’t know where to begin or how to discipline without punishment.” (read more)
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. — As Christmas nears, Suzanne Tucker is busy filling orders for her new "Time-In ToolKit."
"The response has been amazing," Tucker said. "We are now ready to send out about two thousand kits all over the world. We are in about 28 countries."
Tucker, a mother of four, has been a parent educator for nearly 25 years. She specializes in positive parenting techniques. She believes her Time-In ToolKit can help parents and educators who want to follow positive discipline guidelines get rid of time-outs for good... (read more)
The table is set and food prepared. Children play nearby; it’s joyously noisy after a busy day of adventuring. My sister and her girls are in town for a week. I treasure every moment as we connect, explore and share stories.
“Dinner is ready,” I announce.
Everyone gathers. We sit together, and I light a candle at the center of the table. We pause to sing a short song of blessing and gratitude. Then, we dive into conversation and a healthy meal.
“Can we play that card game again, Aunt Amy?” my 7-year-old niece asks between bites of macaroni and cheese...(read more)
“It’s not that kind of game,” I said.
We’re a competitive bunch. Let’s just say I’ve been uninvited from some family game night events due to unsportsmanlike behavior involving a Taboo buzzer. Also, there may have been loud allegations of cheating leveled against certain children based on flimsy circumstantial evidence.
Never mind that. This PeaceMakers game, developed by Suzanne Tucker, a local mom and parent educator, was bound to increase our compassion... (read more)
When my son first saw the deck of colorful PeaceMakers cards lying on the counter, he smiled and asked, “What are THESE, Mama?”
He dove right in, mixing them up and picking ones for me to read. He’s only four years old, but he immediately took action on the card that says, “I am huggable. Let’s hug!” He did not have much to say about a card reading, “With my ears and my whole body, I listen,” but later on, he mentioned that he talks with his whole body, which led to a giggly demonstration...(read more)
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