Let's pause


What you'll need

  • Be present
  • Observe
  • Follow the prompts 

What is the learning in this activity?

For : Parents & Carers

Purpose: Goal is to respond rather than react  * this might mean you take into consideration the context, where everybody is at, how tired/hungry/bored and how you feel at that time 

Let's play

When you find yourself feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, try these steps..

  1. Pause for a moment and count slowly in your head from one to ten.
  2. Breathe  as you count - slowly and deeply (in through the nose, out through the mouth).
  3. Think  - What do I need right now?
  4. Think—What does he/she/they need ?
  5. Give yourself the time to decide on the best approach.
  6. The goal is to respond rather than react.

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Let's talk

Qs - How do you feel? Did taking a pause and allowing yourself some time and space to process help?  When could you use this strategy again ?

Extension - This can also a useful activity for children to help them connect to their feelings and express themselves. You could practice counting and breathing with your Extension - children & others. **concept (pausing) adapted from Bringing Up Great Kids program - ACF


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You can contact the YRC Family & Children’s Services team on 1300 368 333 or by email at earlyyears@yarraranges.vic.gov.au