Generation Mindful was founded by physical therapist, mom of four, and parent educator Suzanne Tucker. The idea for the company came when graduates from her positive parenting classes were asking for ideas to help them connect with their kids, especially when they were feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Suzanne saw a need to help adults move more practically (and playfully!) into the art of connecting with their kids. And Generation Mindful was born.
Generation Mindful offers tools, toys, and programs to connect the generations (playfully!), nurturing the human spirit.
Suzanne is not interested in adding more "have-to's" or "should's" into the world; only "get-to's" and "can we please?!?!?", thus Generation Mindful's commitment to playful connection.
Her goal is to leave each person Generation Mindful touches feeling more seen, more connected, more supported...more enough. Present to themselves, the ones they love, and the little moments of life.
Suzanne leads regular Infant Massage and Positive Parenting classes in St. Louis, Missouri where she and her husband have a holistic outpatient rehabilitation center. She is the founder of My Mommy Manual, an online community inspiring parents to "look inside themselves for instructions". She founded Generation Mindful in 2016.
A lover of life's little moments, Suzanne plans to spend the rest of her life collecting them. She wrote the Generation Mindful Manifesto as a love note to you:
Hello and thank you for visiting Generation Mindful!
I hope you'll join our community of mindful parents, educators, and therapists. Thank you for the difference you make each day. Together we can disrupt punitive child-rearing practices of old and replace them with evidence-based practices rooted in mindfulness, 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.
Along with the play ideas that come with each deck, you invite people to be creative and make up their own games with your first product release, the card game PeaceMakers. Why?
I did this because research shows 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 tools for learning and healing. When a child is invited to lead something creatively, their receptivity and their learning both go way up.