496. Neighborhood Friends: a story and relaxation for kids

496. Neighborhood Friends: a story and relaxation for kids

Callie feels a little shy when Anora, her new neighbor, invites her out to play, but she ends up having a wonderful time with new friends.

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:52

Neighborhood Friends Excerpt:

It was a bright winter afternoon on Ahway Island. Callie had spent the morning playing with her toys in her new bedroom. Callie’s family had just moved to their new house on Ahway Island, and most of the moving boxes were unpacked, including the boxes of Callie’s toys. 

 

This was the first time Callie had a chance to play with her toys in her new bedroom, so she enjoyed letting her toys explore their new environment. She showed them the closet in her room, and the window that looked out to the backyard, and the shelf where they could sleep at night. She wanted to make sure they would all be comfortable in their new home. 

 

Eventually, Callie’s parents called her out to the kitchen to eat lunch. Callie carefully put her toys away on the shelf and headed to the kitchen. 

 

“Hi Callie,” said Jun, Callie’s dad. “Did you have fun playing in your new room?” 

 

“Yes, daddy,” replied Callie. “I showed my toys my new room. I think they like it.”

Today’s Meditation: Feel your muscles relax as you check in with your body 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 “Neighborhood 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 “Neighborhood 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:

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!” ♡

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 listening with us today!
176. It’s Too Dark: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

176. It’s Too Dark: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

Bliss Blanket is afraid of the dark. Everything looks so different. What will help her relax?

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 “It’s Too Dark” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 6:40

It’s Too Dark Excerpt:

Soft red-orange light filtered into the little girl’s room, as the sun slowly slipped out of sight. Bliss the blanket watched the sky change colors. The light blue sky grew darker and darker as the sun set. The little blanket felt happy that the door to the little girl’s room was open. Light trickled in from the hall as the girl’s room became dark.

 

Bliss felt afraid of the dark. The blanket worried about what could be hiding in the shadows. Now that the stars shined in the sky outside, the little girl’s room was dark except for the trickle of light from the hallway. Already Bliss began to worry, what was sitting in the corner? There was something square with sharp corners spilled across the floor. It seemed to take up the whole corner. The blanket took a deep dragon breath in and out and looked somewhere else. What was that on the table? There was something tall and skinny with a big pyramid on top. Bliss took another deep dragon breath in and out and looked somewhere else. There was a big lumpy thing sitting next to her, and something snaking around on the floor. The blanket took another deep dragon breath in and out. Then the little girl came in and turned on the light.

 

“You’ll never guess what I have!” she said.

 

Bliss wondered what she had, but was even more relieved that the little girl had turned the light on.

 

“I got a night light!” she said and plugged it into the wall. “Isn’t it pretty?” It was. “I’m going to turn off the lights so we can see it better.”

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 “It’s Too Dark,” 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 “It’s Too Dark!” 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:

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.

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

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!

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
175. Bumper Boats: a calming meditation and kid’s story

175. Bumper Boats: a calming meditation and kid’s story

The boats relax in the harbor, then the wind grows stronger. Soon the boats are rocking and rolling on the waves.

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 “Bumper Boats” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:31

Bumper Boats Excerpt:

Sunshine streamed down through the clouds, sparkling on the calm water. All the boats rested in their slips, waiting for their captains to take them out to sea for the day. Manny the motorboat waited patiently in his slip next to Wakely the waverunner. The little waverunner was still asleep, enjoying the peace of the harbor. Manny looked over to see if Teagan the tugboat and Sandy the sailboat were awake. Teagan was already out and about, seeing if anyone needed help. Sandy was up too, and she sighed deeply. “What’s up Sandy?” Manny asked. “It’s a beautiful morning.”

 

“The sunrise is beautiful. There’s just no wind. I won’t be able to sail with everything this calm.” Sandy said. Then she realized that this was the type of weather that Manny preferred. The sailboat smiled and said. “It is perfect weather for you, though. I guess I can trade off some windy days with calm days so that you have a chance for some fun too.”

 

The motorboat smiled back and said. “We do tend to like opposite types of weather.”

 

“Well, we both like sunshine. Maybe we can hope for a sunny day.” Sandy said.

 

As the clouds above drifted together, a shadow covered the boats. “I’m sure the sun will be back out in a minute.” Manny said with a little hesitation. The water in the harbor was a little more wavy than before.

 

“I feel the wind.” Sandy said. “I think the weather is changing.”

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

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 “Bumper Boats” 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 “Bumper Boats!” 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!

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

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

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

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!
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!
164. Gentle Giraffes: a bedtime story and guided meditation for kids

164. Gentle Giraffes: a bedtime story and guided meditation for kids

Giselle the little giraffe feels nervous its her first day with a babysitter. How will Ginny help her feel better?

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 “Gentle Giraffes” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:29

Sharing a Snack Excerpt:

The sun warmed the land easily without a cloud in the sky to block its rays. The baby giraffes relaxed with their mamas in the warm light. Giselle Giraffe looked up at her beautiful mama and beamed. The little giraffe loved being with her mama, and she stuck right next to her, always. Her mama looked down at Giselle, smiled, and gave her a gentle nudge. “Giselle, I’m going with some of the other mamas to get some food. It will be safer for you to stay here with the other little giraffes and the rest of the mamas.” Giselle looked at her mama, feeling her eyes fill with tears. She had never been away from her mama before and the thought scared her. “Do you have to go?” She asked.

 

Her mama smiled and said, “All the mama giraffes take turns going off for some food. Now, it’s my turn. I’ll be back before you know it.” Mama looked carefully at Giselle and saw that her little giraffe was feeling worried, so she decided to introduce her to one of the other giraffes. “Giselle meet Ginny. She will look after you while I’m gone.” Giselle looked up at the kind giraffe smiling down at her. Ginny seemed nice, she just wasn’t Giselle’s mama. The little giraffe nuzzled her mama, and her mama gently groomed Giselle’s head. “If you get nervous remember to take your deep dragon breaths. I’ll be back soon.” And with that Giselle’s mama left. The little giraffe felt sad as she watched her mama leave, so she took a deep dragon breath in and out. She could still see her mama, and her mama was smiling. Giselle took another deep dragon breath in and out, and realized if her mom felt happy everything was OK.

Today’s Meditation: Start with your feet and move up to the top of your head, relaxing your whole body.

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 “Gentle Giraffes,” 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 “Gentle Giraffes!” 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:

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

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.

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

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

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

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!