514. Shelter Pet Parade: a guided meditation and story for kids

514. Shelter Pet Parade: a guided meditation and story for kids

Missy the Dog and some of her friends come to the Ahway Island Animal Shelter to find their forever families.

Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 3:59

Shelter Pet Parade Excerpt:

Five new arrivals landed at Ahway Island Airport.  They were labeled “Handle With Care!”  In five special containers were Gilbert the Goldfish, MustardB the Parakeet, Missy the Dog, Kit the Cat, and Larry the Iguana.

 

On the flight over, the five had been talking. They were all being transferred to Ahway Island Animal Shelter, so that they all find their forever families and be adopted.

 

At first, they all had felt nervous, not knowing where Ahway Island was or what would happen when they arrived.  Missy Dog encouraged all of them to take a deep dragon breath in and out so that they would feel less nervous.

 

She was grateful they were all together, and she told them she had heard that Ahway Island was a very nice place, with people who loved their pets very much and considered them to be part of the family.  And that’s what each shelter pet wanted, a forever family.

 

The airplane ride had been noisy, but not too long, and after they landed, their carriers were brought off the plane and immediately placed into an air-conditioned van.  A man checked on each of them, to make sure they were ok.  As he checked each one, he called them by name.

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

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 “Happy Dragon,” 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 “Shelter Pet Parade” 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.

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.

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

Thank you for listening to this week’s special story! 
188. Train Talk: a calming story and guided relaxation for kids

188. Train Talk: a calming story and guided relaxation for kids

Dragon has explored Ahway Island and has met a lot of new friends, but is still curious and nervous to meet people. Will the train talk Dragon into being brave.

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 “Train Talk” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:20

Train Talk Excerpt:

The full moon glowed brightly, lighting up the dark blue sky. The dragon smiled and thought about what to do tonight.  The dragon had already visited the beach, the land of ice and snow, and the sanctuary. Although the dragon had friends in each place, the dragon wanted to explore one more.  It was time to explore the land where the people lived.  The dragon thought and thought.  Even though that was the next land to explore, the dragon still felt a bit afraid of how the people would respond to a green and red dragon that can breathe fire.  Should the dragon go to there, or go visit a friend in one of the other lands? Then an idea popped into the dragon’s head. The train spent a lot of time with people. Maybe the train could help. With a determined look, the dragon stepped outside the cave.  A soft Hmmm filled the air and the dragon knew the train was arriving.  The graceful dragon extended its wings and caught the wind, lifting up off the ground, this time heading to the train station.  It was late enough that the dragon expected the people would have already gone home.

 

As the train stopped at the station just beyond the forest, it felt a little surprised to see its friend, the dragon.  The dragon generally didn’t ride the train until it was returning home after a nighttime adventure.  The doors whooshed open and the dragon stepped aboard.

 

“Good evening!” the train said, as it began to roll forward along the track. “Usually I don’t see you until later, and then you are really tired.  What’s going on today?”

 

The dragon smiled and took deep dragon breath in and out the fire showed palm trees swaying, and waves rolling in and out, then the flames transformed the picture into an icy landscape. The fire changed once more into a picture of large trees and large fields.

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

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 “Train Talk,” 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 “Train Talk!” 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:

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

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

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.

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 for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
187. Costume Parade: a relaxing story and meditation for kids

187. Costume Parade: a relaxing story and meditation for kids

Owen and Allie have been invited to a costume party but they’re afraid of masks. Will they join in to the costume parade?

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 “Costume Parade” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:37

Costume Parade Excerpt:

Allie had been invited to a party at her friend Andy’s house.  She was excited because she loved parties! She also felt nervous.  It was a costume party, and Allie worried that some people would be wearing masks.  She felt afraid when people wore masks.  Uneasy questions filled her mind when she saw a person in a mask.  Who was it? What did they want? Were they kind or mean? Allie usually ran away when a person wearing a mask came near.  

 

All of these thoughts filled her head as she thought about the party. She was so worried about it, that even though she was going to play with her friends Lydia, Andy, Owen, and Raj today, Allie didn’t really feel like going.  What if they wanted to talk about the party?  Allie took a deep dragon breath in and out and felt a bit better.  After all, she did want to see her friends. So, off she went to Raj’s house.

 

When Allie arrived, Andy, Owen, and Lydia were already there.  As the friends discussed what to play, Lydia told Andy she felt excited about the party, and then Raj agreed with her.  Allie felt worried all over again, her stomach churned. Then Andy asked Owen, “What do you think about the party Owen?”  Owen looked down at his feet feeling embarrassed and said, “I’m not sure if I can go.”

 

“Why not?” Andy, Raj, and Lydia asked.

 

Allie jumped in and said, “Hey, it’s ok if he can’t go.  I’m not sure I can either.” She didn’t know Owen’s reason, but felt like she should help him out.

 

Now, Andy looked hurt.  “Oh.” He said.  “I just hoped that you all would be there.”

 

Owen sighed, and said, “It’s just… I’m afraid of masks.”

 

Allie’s mouth dropped, she didn’t think anyone else had that fear.  It felt good knowing she wasn’t alone.  Quickly she admitted “Me too!”  So that Owen could feel better too.  

Today’s Meditation: Feel your muscles relax as you check in with your body from head to toe.

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 “Costume Parade” 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 “Costume Parade!” 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!

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

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

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

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!
185. Fire Truck Tour: a soothing story and meditation for kids

185. Fire Truck Tour: a soothing story and meditation for kids

Frankie the Firetruck is excited to see the kindergartners visit him, but he notices some of the kids are afraid. What will frankie do to help?

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 “Fire Truck Tour” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 6:44

Fire Truck Tour Excerpt:

Frankie the fire truck rested outside the firehouse.  Sunlight sparkled on his bright red sides.  Frankie hadn’t been that vibrant in a while, and he was loving it!  He had been polished and shined inside and out.  Today, Frankie was going to have a group of kindergarteners on board for a tour.  The fire truck felt honored.  He wanted the kids to feel safe, knowing that he was always ready to help.  Frankie watched the road as car after car passed by.  He hoped he would see a bus soon.  And then, he saw it.  The bright yellow bus turned into the fire station parking lot.  One by one the little kindergartners carefully stepped down the gigantic steps, one at a time.  The adults held their hands to help the little ones with this task. As all the children reached the ground, the adults settled them into a line, and they waited for instructions.

 

Frankie beeped a friendly hello, and then a couple of the kindergartners began to cry.  The fire truck felt surprised. He thought that all kids loved to see a fire truck.  Then Frankie noticed quite a few of them were holding their ears. In his excitement, the fire truck had forgotten how loud he could be.  He decided that he would try to be as quiet as he could.  Frankie watched the kindergartners and saw that some were jumping up and down, feeling excited to see him.  Some of the kids were smiling, feeling happy and content.  Some of the kids stepped up on their tippy toes, and peeked around the people in front of them.  They tried to see as much of the fire truck as they could and still be in line.  These kindergartners were definitely a curious bunch.  Then there were a few who were hiding behind the adults, and grasping their hands tightly, feeling scared.   This was definitely an interesting group, with many different needs.

 

The fire truck opened his doors and the kindergartners walked over with their teachers.  Right away the firemen all said hello, and began to talk about the fire truck.  The curious ones asked: 

 

“How fast can Frankie go?” “How much water can the fire truck carry?” “Is there a dog that rides the fire truck?”

 

The excited ones said: “I have a toy fire truck at home!”  “My favorite book has a fire truck in it!”  “I’m going to drive a fire truck when I grow up!”

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 “Fire Truck Tour,” 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 “Fire Truck Tour!” 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.

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

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

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 for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
183. The Search: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

183. The Search: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

Inspired by Odin the owl’s story Dragon searches for Opel the oak in the enchanted forest.

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 Search” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 6:17

The Search Excerpt:

Sunlight flickered at the entrance of the dragon’s cave, gently teasing the sleepy dragon to come outside.  The dragon smiled and remembered the owl’s tale. The story of Opel the ancient Oak, chopped down to a stump, and now sustained through the love and energy of the other trees through their roots had really impressed the caring dragon.  Now that the dragon had satisfied the forest animals’ curiosity, it was time to search for that magnificent tree.  The determined dragon sat up from the mossy bed and stretched.  First, it was time to think about how to approach the challenge.  It would be difficult to spot the stump flying above. The other trees would have Opel shielded. So the dragon would need to explore on foot.  The dragon had never seen the tree stump, so the Oak was probably further into the forest than the dragon had been.  The dragon needed a plan to find a way home, since the oak stump was probably in an area of the forest where it would be easy to get lost.  The dragon looked around the cave and found some sparkling rocks.  They would work great! The dragon could set them on the ground as a clue of which way to go.  The dragon filled a little bag with the sparkling rocks and set off on the adventure.

 

The forest felt peaceful today. Sunshine filtered through the trees and danced on the ground, as branches swayed and leaves fluttered in the breeze.  Everything still looked very familiar.  All the paths were open and friendly.  The dragon knew from Odin the Owl’s story, that Opel the Oak stump was tucked deep in the forest, far away from the easy paths.  Looking carefully at the trees and the ground for any sign of an old path, the observant dragon noticed that the trees seemed to be growing closer together. The dragon smiled, thinking this was probably the way to the old oak. The clever dragon took a sparkling rock out of the bag and placed it on the ground outside one tight opening. The dragon weaved through the tight trees, stopping occasionally to set a sparkling rock on the ground, to show the way home.  Now the trees were so close, it was becoming difficult for the dragon to get through.  As the dragon squeezed between two pine trees, it thought they mumbled something.  Listening intently, the dragon decided it must have been the wind.  The dragon kept moving forward, careful to move the branches gently, when they were in the way.  Voices echoed in the wood.  “Look at this one.”  “Do you think it’s ok to let it by?”  “See how gently it moves our branches.” “I think it’s ok.” Now the dragon knew it was the trees who were whispering, not the wind.  Opel the oak must be close.  The trees must have sensed the kindness in the dragon, because they began to move their branches gently out of the way, so the dragon could pass through.  Weaving through the last bit of the tight forest, the dragon finally reached a slight opening. Sun shined brightly on a large stump, surrounded by happy purple and white flowers.  The dragon smiled, knowing that this must be Opel the oak.  The dragon stood still for a moment, taking in the energy of peace, love, and an ancient wisdom that filled the air.

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

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 “The Search,” 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 Search!” 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!

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

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

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

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

 

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
182. A Train Ride: a bedtime story and guided meditation for kids

182. A Train Ride: a bedtime story and guided meditation for kids

Billy and Emily are excited to ride the sparkling train. What will they see?

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 “A Train Ride” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:52

A Train Ride Excerpt:

The doors slid open with a whoosh.  Emily and Billy stepped aboard the sparkling train. Their heads turned as they took note of every little detail.  Emily had already pointed out the dark blue solar paint on the train twinkling like the stars in the night sky.  Billy smiled at his little sister and asked.  “Where should we sit?”

 

“How about right here!” She said, enthusiastically pointing to a seat about halfway through the train. Then she bowed and motioned for her brother to sit by the window. 

 

“Thanks Emily, but you’re shorter than me.  So, if you sit by the window, both of us will be able to see.” Billy said.

 

“OK!” Emily said and slid into her spot. Their parents smiled knowingly at each other and sat down in the seat behind them.  Then the train slowly began to roll forward.  “We’re moving!” Emily exclaimed.

 

“Look! We’re going up to the elevated tracks!” Billy said.

 

“I’m so excited! I better take some deep dragon breaths!”  Emily said.

 

“Me too!”  Billy said, and with that they both took a deep breath in and out. “How are you?” Billy asked his little sister.  She squealed with excitement “I need another dragon breath!”

 

“OK, me too!”  Billy said through a gigantic smile, and they both took a deep breath in and out.

 

There was a giggle from their parents as Emily asked her brother “Are you ready now?” 

 

“Let’s take one more deep dragon breath.”  He suggested, and they did.

 

“That’s better.” Emily said still smiling widely. “Oh! Look outside!  The forest is beautiful!” It was.  The needles on the fir trees fluttered as the train passed.  Emily could see sunshine streaming through the branches of the trees decorating the ground like a lace tablecloth.

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

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 “A Train Ride,” 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 Train Ride!” 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:

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

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!

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

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!