Teach your child to take a pause! Help them learn that it’s OK to stop and take a breath.
Ask your child to run about or jump up and down for a few minutes.
Then get them to come and press the PAUSE button.
Together, follow the balloon breaths on screen, in and out.
Don’t try to change your breath, just follow it.
Try to repeat the exercise three times.
Why do this?
We want to start to plant the seeds of mindfulness and meditation – so what better way to do this than to teach them to stop, pause and breathe.
We live in a busy world today and learning that it’s OK to take a break is a valuable tool for our self-care – for children and adults alike!
Deep breathing in the belly sends signals to the nervous system to relax – which is good for little minds and bodies.
What can I try if it’s not working?
If your child can’t or won’t sit – why not try one breath first. Get them to copy you – young children love copying! Hold their hands in yours, look in their eyes, and take a big deep breath in and out yourself.
Try to expand your tummy like a balloon, place your hands on your tummy if it helps. Make a game of it. Then come back to Wee Seeds’ Pause Button and try again.
What else can I do?
Use the exercise to talk about how important it is to take a pause in their day.
Ask your little one what did it feel like pausing? What did they feel like before? After?
Then for fun why not decide where their own Pause button could be. On their tummy? Nose? Forehead?
Come back to this exercise time and time again – repetition helps create habits.
Use this practice before stressful situations escalate, in the supermarket, at home before dinner, or a meltdown, or simply to relax and unwind before bedtime.