178. The Dragon’s Tale: a soothing story and meditation for kids

178. The Dragon’s Tale: a soothing story and meditation for kids

Dragon has been busy preparing some paintings to share with the animals and now it’s time for the party! What will the forest friends think of the art?

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 “The Dragon’s Tale” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:23

The Dragon’s Tale Excerpt:

The happy dragon had been busy getting ready for the forest animals to visit all day.  Today the dragon was going to share what the other lands were like.  The dragon wondered what the animals would think.  Would they understand all the wondrous things the dragon had seen and done?  Feeling excited, the dragon took a deep breath in and out wanting to feel nice and calm when the animals arrived.

 

Sachi the snake arrived first, slithering into the cave to save Tad the toad a spot where he could see.  Tad, and Tanner the toads followed, hop, hop, hopping in. Carrie the cardinal and Odin the owl flittered into the cave and settled on a perch the caring dragon had made, so that the birds had a place to rest.  The happy dragon watched as the entrance to the cave filled with all the dragon’s forest friends.  Bobby and Babette Bunny hopped in to find a spot, as Nutsy and Peanut the squirrels scampered in. Their mouths filled with nuts to snack on.  Freddie frog hopped along just ahead of George the turtle. Once George had settled in, then the guests were all there. A hum filled the air as all the animals began to talk. They felt eager to hear about the new lands the dragon had been exploring, and began sharing their guesses on what was about to happen. 

 

The dragon smiled, and waited for the animals to settle back down.  Ready to show the animals what could be found in the other lands, the dragon had areas set up in the cave. The dragon waved the animals over to the first area. They saw paintings showing a land with sand and waves.  Another painting showed Benji the bucket and Paula the blue penguin next to a sand castle.  The animals moved along to the next area, and saw more paintings.  This time they showed ice, snow, and the sea.  Another painting showed Beau the beluga whale and Princely the penguin splashing into the cool sea.  Then the animals moved to the third area.  There were paintings of trees, grasses and pools of water. Another painting showed Henrietta the hippopotamus blowing bubbles next to Oliver the elephant showering her with water from his trunk.

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

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 “The Dragon’s Tale” 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 “The Dragon’s Tale!” 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!

In the press:

Thank you to Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers of School Library Journal for listing us as one of “8 Podcasts To Encourage Mindfulness!

We’re honored that the website of Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems includes us on their list of Technology to Boost Mental Health.

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

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

We’re included in 8 Snow Day Activities That the Whole Family Will Enjoy!

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
168. Happy Hiding: a soothing story and meditation for kids

168. Happy Hiding: a soothing story and meditation for kids

Everyone loves hide and seek! Where will Dragon find Henrietta Hippo and Oliver the elephant?

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 “Happy Hiding” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:29

Happy Hiding Excerpt:

The eager dragon peered out from the cozy cave and watched as the sun settled down to rest for the night. The hmmm from the sparkling train faded into the distance, and the dragon knew it was time to visit the sanctuary again. The dragon stepped outside the cave, stretched its wings wide, then lifted up off the ground. Hovering above the forest, the dragon looked for the train’s tracks and then followed them once again to visit Oliver the elephant and Henrietta the hippo. The dragon carefully landed next to a peaceful pool of water and admired this magnificent new land. Henrietta floated up from her spot in the pool and Oliver came running over.

 

“What should we do today?” The little elephant asked eagerly.

 

“Why don’t we play hide and seek?” the little hippo suggested. “Do you know how to play?” she asked the dragon.

 

The dragon shook its head, unsure of what hide and seek was.

 

“That’s ok.” Oliver said, “We’ll teach you.” So the little elephant and hippo explained how to play hide and seek. “Do you want to hide first, or seek first?” Oliver asked. The dragon took a deep dragon breath in and out and the flames showed the dragon covering its eyes.

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 “Happy Hiding,” 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 “Happy Hiding!” 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!

In the press:

406 Families of Missoula lists us on their Favorite Podcasts for Kids roundup!

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.

We’re included in 8 Snow Day Activities That the Whole Family Will Enjoy!

We’re honored that the website of Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems includes us on their list of Technology to Boost Mental Health.

Thank you to Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers of School Library Journal for listing us as one of “8 Podcasts To Encourage Mindfulness!

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
473. Snowy Memories: a soothing story and meditation for kids

473. Snowy Memories: a soothing story and meditation for kids

Dragon wakes up to a snowy forest. Everything is so peaceful you can hear the icicles drip. Dragon decides to go for a walk to explore.

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 9:12

Snowy Memories Excerpt:

As the sun barely peeked over the horizon the sound of gentle snoring floated out of Dragon’s cave. Slowly, the lovely light flowed across the land. Shadows of the bare trees fell across the snowy forest floor. The floor of the cozy cave warmed as sunshine spilled into Dragon’s home and gradually rose up onto Dragon’s mossy bed. The gentle snoring of the little dragon stopped as the sunlight reached Dragon’s eyelids. Dragon blinked and squinted into the morning sun. With a smile, Dragon stretched and sat up. Dragon took a deep dragon breath, in and out, (deep breath) to get ready for a wonderful morning. As Dragon’s feet touched the warm floor, Dragon sighed happily, feeling grateful. The morning sun had already warmed the floor, even though it was a cool winter morning. Dragon stood up and walked back to the cool spring pool in the cave, wanting a refreshing drink of water. Sunshine sparkled on the rippling surface as Dragon scooped up a bit to drink.

Feeling invigorated, Dragon looked towards the entrance to the cave and blinked. Outside everything was white. Dragon blinked again. It was so bright. Dragon smiled, and took a deep dragon breath, in and out, (deep breath) enjoying the peaceful scene. Everything always seemed to be so peaceful after a snowfall. Of course the world had been tucked in under a fluffy blanket of snow. As Dragon watched, sunlight sparkled off the piles of snowflakes. Then Dragon heard a drip, drip, drip, drop. Dragon heard it again, drip, drip, drip, drop. Curious, Dragon looked up, just as a drop of water fell with a splash, on Dragon’s nose. Dragon shook the water off, feeling a little surprised. Then Dragon realized what had happened and stepped outside the cave for a better look. The snow above the entrance was melting in the warm sun. As the melted snow dripped towards the ground, the cold air caught the water drops, forming icicles. Dragon took a deep dragon breath, in and out, (deep breath). The flames tickled the little icicles warming them until they had completely changed into water once more.

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 “Snowy Memories,” 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 “Snowy Memories!” 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!

In the press:

406 Families of Missoula lists us on their Favorite Podcasts for Kids roundup!”

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

We’re included in 8 Snow Day Activities That the Whole Family Will Enjoy!

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

 

Thank you for listening with us today!
178. The Dragon’s Tale: a soothing story and meditation for kids

468. A Tasty Treat: a children’s bedtime story and meditation

Dragon enjoyed the popcorn Trenton the Tractor shared, and returns to the farm for some more.

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:54

A Tasty Treat Excerpt:

A cool breeze danced around the colorful trees, swirling red, orange, and yellow leaves off their branches. They drifted along, spinning in circles, this way and that, before they finally reached the ground. The breeze continued on, through the enchanted forest, and into Dragon’s cozy cave.

 

Dragon rested, nose out from under the colorful quilt. The cool breeze wafted over and tickled it. Dragon felt the cool air and shook the blanket right off. Awake now, Dragon hopped out of bed. There was so much fun to be had, and it was past time to get started.

 

Dragon picked up the empty corn husk and smiled. Trenton the tractor had offered Dragon more popcorn and so Dragon was going to get some more to share. Leaves flew up into the air as Dragon skipped down the path. Dragon knew the kids would love to watch the popcorn popping, and the animals would love eating the popcorn. Picking up the pace, Dragon hurried down the path to the farm. Then Dragon smiled with an excellent idea. Flying would be faster, so, with a hop, skip and a jump, Dragon opened wings wide and flew up into the sky. As Dragon rose through the trees, the colors of the forest caught Dragon’s eye. Just below the clouds Dragon could see the entire enchanted forest. A sea of red, orange and yellow leaves danced in the fall breeze below. It really was enchanting. Dragon felt grateful for the choice to fly this morning.

Today’s Meditation: Feel your body fill with warmth and love as you send your loving energy to the world.

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 “A Tasty Treat,” 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 “A Tasty Treat!” 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!

In the press:

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

We’re included in 8 Snow Day Activities That the Whole Family Will Enjoy!

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

We’re honored that the website of Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems includes us on their list of Technology to Boost Mental Health.

Thank you for listening with us today!
173. Good Friends: a meditation and story for your bedtime routine

173. Good Friends: a meditation and story for your bedtime routine

Dragon visits Henrietta Hippo and Oliver Elephant. What will they do today?

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 “Good Friends” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 5:51

Good Friends Excerpt:

The happy dragon peered out from the cozy cave and watched as the sun settled down to rest for the evening. The hmmm from the sparkling train faded away into the distance. The dragon smiled, ready to visit the sanctuary again. Stepping outside the cave, the dragon stretched its wings wide, then lifted up off the ground. Hovering above the forest, the dragon followed the train’s tracks once again to visit Oliver the elephant and Henrietta the Hippo. The dragon carefully landed next to the peaceful pool of water. Henrietta emerged and smiled at the little dragon, while Oliver hurried over.

 

“Isn’t it peaceful today?” The little hippopotamus asked.

 

“It sure is.” The little elephant responded.

 

“I’m a bit hungry. Would you like to join me for a walk?” Henrietta asked. Water rolled off of her back and sides, as she slowly climbed out of the pool.

 

“That sounds relaxing.” Oliver said. “How about you dragon?” The dragon smiled and nodded.

 

“Great!” The hippo said. “I’ll show you where I find my night time snack.” And Henrietta led the way.

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

Looking for stories with positive learning moments for your little one? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Good Friends,” 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 “Good Friends!” 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!

In the press:

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

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.

Thank you to Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers of School Library Journal for listing us as one of “8 Podcasts To Encourage Mindfulness!

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

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

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
331. Happy Dragon: a bedtime story to help with emotional regulation

331. Happy Dragon: a bedtime story to help with emotional regulation

In the forest, just beyond the park, Dragon discovers a present. The happy dragon hurries onto the playground to thank the kids.

Emotional regulation is a skill for all ages. As an important tool for success and growth, adults regularly use emotional regulation. Kids also require emotional regulation in school, creating and maintaining relationships, and even for self care. We’re here at Be Calm on Ahway Island Podcast, to help you provide your child with the tools they need to self-soothe.

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:18

Narrator: Male

Here’s an excerpt from today’s bedtime story to help with emotional regulation, Happy Dragon:

Growing nearer to the playground Dragon began to feel curious because there was something sitting in the forest just ahead. It was wrapped in a big red bow. As Dragon walked closer, Dragon realized it was a present. Had someone lost a gift? Dragon hurried over to it, eager to return the gift to its recipient.  Dragon searched for a clue as to whose present it might be. There was a picture tied to the present. It was a dragon!  Dragon smiled knowing whose present it was. Quickly, Dragon untied the ribbon picked up the soft fabric.

Today’s Meditation: Draw gentle shapes in the soothing sand as you prepare for today’s story.

Does your child have difficulty self-soothing?  Do daily challenges result in tears or yelling? Looking for a way to teach your child about emotional regulation? Look no further because Be Calm on Ahway Island Podcast offers you original bedtime, nap time stories & meditations for kids to teach these strategies.

Learning emotional regulation is part of the necessary skills obtained in childhood, and we’re here, on Ahway Island, to help your kids with this important tool!

Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  Because emotional regulation is critical for the health and well being of young children Be Calm on Ahway Island teaches techniques like taking “Dragon Breaths,” using self talk, understanding feelings, and many other mindfulness techniques. In addition to practicing these skills in our relaxations, our stories provide examples of when to use the various self soothing strategies. All of this, and we help your little ones drift off to sleep peacefully, just include us in your bedtime & nap time routines.

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 self soothing with our podcast, we would greatly appreciate you purchasing a T-shirt from our shop or making a donation to help us keep your favorite emotional regulation podcast going. You can make a one-time donation or a recurring micro donation once a month. Just click on the link below or go to our website, www.ahwayisland.com.

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Overall, do you enjoy our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loves “Happy Dragon.” 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! So, if you have a minute – please leave a review and follow your favorite short stories for kids on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, 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 can check us out 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 be included in the Top 40 Growth Mindset Podcasts for Kids from Big Life Journal. Discover our top 10 listing in Feedspot’s top 20 Kids Podcasts of 2019 ! Our most recent accolade is from ListenNotes, as one of 9 best podcasts for kids that entertain and educate! Thanks again and keep spreading the word!

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 self soothe with the calming videos. If you do, please share our channel with others.

Thank you for joining us!

To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team please visit our website. We hope to see you there. For now, We hope you found “Happy Dragon” relaxing. For another soothing story try “Playful Dragon” or “A Thoughtful Gift.” They’re sure to soothe you as well!