163. Sharing a Snack: a meditation and story for your bedtime routine

163. Sharing a Snack: a meditation and story for your bedtime routine

Dragon and Oliver the elephant feel a little hungry. What can they have for a snack?

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 “Sharing a Snack” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:31

Sharing a Snack Excerpt:

The curious dragon peered out from the cozy cave and eagerly watched the sun set. The dragon could hardly wait to return to the animal sanctuary and explore some more.The hmmm from the sparkling train faded into the distance, and the dragon knew it was time to go. 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 more. The dragon smiled, and passing the beach, waved to Benji the bucket and Paula the blue penguin. Warm air surrounded the dragon above the beach land, and then slowly the air began to cool. The dragon smiled, and waved to Beau the beluga whale and Princely the penguin as the land turned white, covered in snow. The dragon followed along the tracks until the white snow melted away, and the land changed to green and brown.The dragon looked for the peaceful pool of water, and landed in the sanctuary.

 

Oliver the elephant rested with his herd. He heard a noise and looked up. The dragon had come back! The little elephant smiled, happy to see the dragon again. The little elephant hopped up and ran over to the dragon. The dragon felt a little worried at the sight of the elephant bounding forward at full speed. Oliver screeched to a stop and wrapped the dragon in a big hug with his trunk. The squished dragon smiled and began to wiggle out of the little elephant’s grasp. Oliver noticed that his great big hug had made the dragon feel uncomfortable, and apologized. “Sorry dragon, I was just so excited to see you again. I guess I over did it.”

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

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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.

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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!

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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!