143. Dragon the Builder: a bedtime story and meditation

143. Dragon the Builder: a bedtime story and meditation

Dragon the builder completes an ice castle for Princely the Penguin. How will they celebrate?

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed our new story this week. Now, welcome to Favorite Friday! Sometimes we like to listen to our favorites again. Please enjoy “Dragon the Builder” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Dragon the Builder Excerpt:

The dragon smiled at Beau and nodded, then began to pack the snow together. Princely smoothed it over with his wings. Amazingly, the snow stayed together better than the sand had. Creating tall cylinders on the sides for the towers and making a square for the center, slowly the castle grew. Once the basic shape was there, the dragon began to dig some snow out to form entrances.

“Wow” Princely said, “this looks extravagant.”

The dragon stopped and looked at the penguin with an expression that said, ‘what does that mean?’

“You know, fancy.” The dragon nodded. Before long the structure was finished.

Princely and Beau said, “Wow!”

Beau said, “You could live in that, Princely.”

Today’s Meditation: Relax in the grass as you imagine sunlight warming you from head to toe.

Looking for stories with positive learning moments for your little one?  You’ll find it on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Dragon the Builder” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Dragon the Builder!” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

One more thing: did you know we also have a YouTube channel? Check out the video page on our website AhwayIsland.com. We hope you enjoy the calming videos and share our channel with others!

In the press:

SheKnows recommends us as as a podcast you and your kids will love!

We’re reaching listeners internationally! Sassy Mama Hong Kong included us in their article on transitioning into the new year, Sassy Mama Singapore recommends us for limiting screen-time while sheltering at home, and Haven Magazine Australia included us in their tips for getting through the school holidays.

Thanks, Mommy Poppins, for saying our “soothing stories are like melatonin for the soul!” ♡

Finally, Digital Trends warns listeners that “you may not make it through an entire episode fully conscious.” Yay!

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
419. Dance Class: a bedtime story and meditation

419. Dance Class: a bedtime story and meditation

Ballet Bunny practices her dancing and teaches Dragon how to turn and spin.

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 9:07

Dance Class Excerpt:

Before going outside, Ballet Bunny took a few minutes to warm up her body before beginning to practice dancing. It was important to stretch before doing any strenuous dance moves, especially since she hadn’t danced in several days. Ballet Bunny stretched her legs out one by one, in front, in back, and to the sides. She arched her back, and twisted her head to the left and the right. She did a few bending exercises to strengthen her muscles. Soon she felt ready to go outside and dance!

Ballet Bunny stepped out of her den, blinking at first in the bright sunlight. What a beautiful day! In the open area in front of her den, Ballet did one or two more stretches. Then, she began to dance. She did simple steps at first, still feeling like she needed to warm-up. Slowly, she switched to more intricate footwork, focusing on her technique at first. Finally, fully warmed up, she began practicing her turns. She spun rapidly around many times, first to the left, and then again to the right. Then, left, then right again. It was important to be able to turn equally well in both directions, so she needed to practice her turns on both sides.

Today’s Meditation: Imagine floating on a cloud and relax into the feeling of lightness.

Looking for stories that emphasize acceptance, understanding, and empathy? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Dance Class” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Dance Class!” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! If you enjoy our show, please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

SheKnows recommends us as as a podcast you and your kids will love!

We’re reaching listeners internationally! Sassy Mama Hong Kong included us in their article on transitioning into the new year, Sassy Mama Singapore recommends us for limiting screen-time while sheltering at home, and Haven Magazine Australia included us in their tips for getting through the school holidays.

Thanks, Mommy Poppins, for saying our “soothing stories are like melatonin for the soul!” ♡

Finally, Digital Trends warns listeners that “you may not make it through an entire episode fully conscious.” Yay!

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
140. Special Delivery! a bedtime story and meditation

140. Special Delivery! a bedtime story and meditation

Special Delivery! Felicity the farm truck brings fresh food to the people in town past many fancy cars.

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed our new story this week. Now, welcome to Favorite Friday! Sometimes we like to listen to our favorites again. Please enjoy “Special Delivery! and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Special Delivery Excerpt

The little farm truck squinted into the bright sunlight. She was ready for her day! The farmer loaded up all kinds of fruits and vegetables into Felicity’s bed and she was ready to go. Felicity farm truck loved delivering the fresh food to the people. The colors in the back of her truck were vibrant and beautiful. Today she was carrying bright red beets, orange carrots, yellow squash, dark green zucchini, and purple eggplants. Her bed was a rainbow of color!

With a lick of the lips, the dragon watched the colorful truck leave, and hoped that there would be some vegetables left over after the market. When there were extra vegetables left, sometimes, the farmer shared them with the forest animals. Oh, how the dragon hoped for some roasted beets today! Knowing there would be a wait, the dragon headed back into the forest and decided to check later.

Today’s Meditation: Today, enjoy the feeling of your body relaxing into the warm sand on a sunny beach.

Looking for stories that emphasize acceptance, understanding, and empathy?  You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Special Delivery!” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

Since we are a listener-supported podcast, we survive on your tips and purchases. If your child enjoys a good story with a positive message, we would greatly appreciate you purchasing a T-shirt from our shop or becoming a member on Patreon to help us keep your favorite self-soothing podcast going. Thank you!

Do you enjoy our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Little Loons!” If so, we need your positive reviews to help others find us too. Please leave a 5 star review on your favorite podcast app (like Apple Podcasts) or on our Amazon Alexa Skill page. And, please like, follow, and/or share our social media profiles at Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Thank you for your help in spreading the word!

138. Same and Different: a short story and meditation for kids

138. Same and Different: a short story and meditation for kids

Dragon goes back to the land of snow to compare it with the other lands on Ahway Island. What is same and different?

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed our new story this week. Now, welcome to Favorite Friday! Sometimes we like to listen to our favorites again. Please enjoy “Same and Different” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Same and Different Excerpt:

Landing on the snow, the dragon looked for the open water where Beau the little beluga whale had been before. The dragon searched for the sea. Finding it, the dragon thought about the sea in the beach land. There the water was warm, so the dragon dipped a foot into the water, to compare. Oh no! It was not warm here. The water was cold. The dragon shook with a brrrrr. Beau popped out of the water and said, “You’re back!” The dragon smiled and waved at the little beluga whale. “I was hoping you would come back! I wanted to introduce you to my friend Princely Penguin.”

The dragon felt curious. At the beach there were blue penguins. Would the penguins here be like the penguins there? The dragon nodded at Beau, happy to meet a new friend. The little beluga said, “OK, follow me.” The dragon followed the little whale along the icy shore. Soon, they saw a tall black and white penguin waddling along the snowy shore. This penguin looked a bit different from the little blue penguins on the beach. The dragon took a deep breath in and out and breathed a question mark to Beau.

Today’s Meditation: Imagine floating in a tranquil pool, safe and relaxed, as the water rocks you gently.

Looking for a way to help your child learn emotional regulation and how to self soothe?  You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Same and Different” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

Since we are a listener-supported podcast, we survive on your tips and purchases. If your child enjoys a good story with a positive message, we would greatly appreciate you purchasing a T-shirt from our shop and/or becoming a member on Patreon. Thank you!

Other ways to support us include recommending us to others! Please consider leaving a positive review on your favorite podcast app, such as Apple Podcasts, or on our Amazon Alexa Skill page. And please, like or follow us on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Thank you — we appreciate it so much!

Recent press includes:

We are a recommended bedtime podcast for kids on Georgetown Hill’s Early School website. Parentology lists us as one of the 15 Most Popular Podcasts for Kids, Tweens, and Teens, and Torie Henderson lists us as a resource for what to do when your kids are staying up late.

134. Munching Lunch: a calming meditation and story

134. Munching Lunch: a calming meditation and story

Marley the monarch caterpillar wakes up and she is hungry. As she is munching her lunch Marley meets a friend. Will there be enough milkweed for both of them?

Narrator: Female

Munching Lunch Excerpt:

Fluffy clouds covered the sky like a thick blanket, as the itty bitty caterpillar stretched and crawled out of the tiny egg.  Marley’s tummy grumbled loudly.  It was time to eat.  The little monarch caterpillar took a little nibble from the bright green leaf.  It certainly was yummy!  Num, num, num, num, num.  Marley nibbled and crunched the milkweed leaf.  Slowly a hole developed in the leaf. And still the caterpillar ate and ate.  Marley was growing and the milkweed gave her just what she needed.

The tiny caterpillar tried to watch what was happening around her. However, the milkweed was so delicious she lost track of anything but the juicy leaf.  Marley nibbled and crunched until “Ow!”  she looked up.  There was another monarch caterpillar looking at her and rubbing his head with his feet.

“Oh I’m sorry!” Marley said. “I was so busy eating I didn’t notice you.  Are you OK?”

Today’s Meditation: Gently sway like the graceful willow tree in today’s meditation.

Looking for a podcast to help settle your child in for nap time, bedtime or a break?  You’ll find it on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Munching Lunch” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

Since we are a listener-supported podcast, we survive on your support and purchases. If your child enjoys a good story with a positive message, we would greatly appreciate you purchasing a T-shirt from our shop or becoming a member on Patreon. We are so grateful for your support!

Do you enjoy our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Munching Lunch!” If so, we need your positive reviews to help others find us too. Please leave a 5 star review on your favorite podcast app like Apple Podcasts, our Amazon Alexa Skill page, or our social media pages to share your enthusiasm for our original stories with a positive message! And, please follow us on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!

As a result of your support you’ll find us ranking among the best in the Washington Post article The 25 Best Podcasts for Kids by Frannie Ucciferri under the Best for Bedtime heading.

We’re also proud to have been included in Sassy Mama Singapore’s The Best Podcasts for Kids When You’re Staying Home & Avoiding Screen Time list!

Thanks again and keep spreading the word!
419. Dance Class: a bedtime story and meditation

398. Fragrant Flowers: a story and meditation for your bedtime routine

Ballet Bunny hops around the forest to find the new spring flowers. She encounters Dragon and kids, who ask Ballet what she’s doing!

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:45

Narrator: Female

Fragrant Flowers Excerpt:

Ballet Bunny stretched and hopped out of her nest after a refreshing afternoon nap. She was ready to explore the forest and see what new plants were waking up today. The little bunny loved springtime. Already Ballet had found daffodils, tulips and irises coloring people’s lawns at the edge of the forest. The little bunny stopped cleaning her ears as she heard giggling in the distance and decided she would start today’s adventure by discovering the source of the laughter.

Ballet hopped through trees, bushes, and tall grasses stopping to listen for more giggles. The giggles grew louder and louder, as the little bunny hopped along. Ballet knew she was getting closer. Finally, Ballet hopped into a field of low grasses. She flattened herself down and looked around. As the little bunny scanned the field, she immediately recognized Dragon and sprinted over to her friend.

Today’s Meditation: Today, notice loving energy flowing through your body, from your feet up to your head.

Looking for a podcast to help settle your child in for nap time, bedtime or a break?  You’ll find it on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Fragrant Flowers,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

Since we are a listener-supported podcast, we survive on your tips and purchases. If your child enjoys a good story with a positive message, we would greatly appreciate you purchasing a T-shirt from our shop or joining us on Patreon!

Guess what! We’re problem solvers!

Be Calm on Ahway Island podcast is part of the solution in this question and answer article by Torie Henderson on what to do when your kids are staying up late. We’re also included in 8 Snow Day Activities That the Whole Family Will Enjoy.

Do you enjoy our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Fragrant Flowers!” If so, we need your positive reviews to help others find us too. Please leave a 5 star review on your favorite podcast app like Apple Podcasts, our Amazon Alexa Skill page, or our social media pages to share your enthusiasm for our original stories with a positive message! And, please follow or like us on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!

Thank you for all your support!