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Josephine sharing her personal story and experience of mental health

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Video from Josephine sharing her experiences on mental health 

As a project set up by parents for parents to reduce isolation and improve the mental health/wellbeing of parents and their families, we share our stories and challenges to enable others to do the same. This week, Josephine shares her experience and how she looks after her mental health every day.

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Family Food Club Online 18th May 2020

PACT Mum Miriam shared her Special Sauce recipe with us at the Family Food Club this week, and it was a hit!

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Mindful Parenting - tricks to stay calm, a video with Abie

A few years ago some of our PACT parents did a course called Mindful Parenting. It was all about techniques to cope and remain calm in the face of day to day stresses when looking after our children.

One of our PACT mums Abie who took part in the course, shares with Imogen, a technique she found really helpful.

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The World of Make Believe

Dressing up as Astronauts on our Zoom trip into space

Roleplay is fun and easy to do at home, all you need is a little imagination and you can travel the world or become whoever you want to be. This week PACT parents and volunteers share some of the make-believe activities we have been doing with our kids at home.  

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Mental Health Awareness: Breathing technique to control our stress and anxiety (en español también)

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and one of our dads Laurie Castelli from our Dadspace group is helping us to learn a brilliant simple breathing technique to de-stress and reduce anxious feelings called 7/11

In just 5 minutes, by breathing deeply and extending your exhale to be longer than your inhale, you will be able to relax your nervous system and bring greater perspective to a challenging situation. (en español abajo)

 

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Daily Routines - do you have one?

Do you have a daily routine? Do you wake up at the same time every day? What about meals, naps and bedtime? Or is every day different?

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Family Food Club Online 15th May 2020

This week we are sharing two delicious recipes by two of our PACT mums Mohana and Hayley, we hope you enjoy!

 

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Being grateful and counting your blessings with a family gratitude jar

Research shows that you are happier if you approach life with an attitude of gratitude and it can help you cope with stress and tough times.

Kate shows how you can make a 'Family Gratitude Jar' to remind you and your children that even in lockdown we can be thankful every day!

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Helping your child understand their feelings

Watch Kathryn talking about how to acknowledge or name your child's feelings.

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The Kids Are Taking Over!

The newest addition to our PACT quilt to mark the kid's takeover of the writing group

This week the kids from PACT’s writing group share their experiences during the lockdown. Whether it's our food, exercise or how we treat others; our children learn by example so it's great for them to see us sharing our feelings, writing and creating.

We find that sharing our stories can help to offload some of the worries that weigh us down and maybe we can reach others who are experiencing similar struggles. 

Keep reading to see their amazing work!

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