Fragrant Flowers: a story and meditation for your bedtime routine

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.

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Sweet Pickles: a bedtime meditation and story

Sweet Pickles: a bedtime meditation and story

Mia and Max help their grandma and grandpa prepare the vegetables from the garden. Before long the beets and cucumbers are sweet pickles!

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed our new story this week. Now, welcome to Favorite Friday! Please enjoy “Sweet Pickles” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Sweet Pickles Excerpt:

Mia blinked and slowly opened her eyes. It had been a lovely nap.  She stretched and looked over at her brother.  “Max? Are you awake?”
Max slowly sat up and stretched.  “Of course.” he said with a yawn.
“Well, I’m going to see what we can do with grandpa and grandma.” She paused. “Do you smell that?  I smell something sweet.”
“So do I!”  Max said. “I wonder what it is?”
Max and Mia quickly hopped out of their beds and headed to the kitchen, where they found grandpa running the beets they had picked under cool water.
“Are you ready to help pickle the beets?” He asked.
“And the cucumbers?” said grandma.
“Yes!” Both Max and Mia exclaimed.
“OK, I’ve boiled the beets, and now I’m cooling them. After you wash your hands, we’ll peel them.”

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

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 “Sweet Pickles” 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 content for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

If your child enjoys a good story with a positive message, we would greatly appreciate your support on Patreon. Ahway Island Patreon members receive access to extra episodes, our Archive of past favorite episodes, and many other bonuses!

Some recent press:

Thank you, Mommy Poppins, for featuring us as one of the Best Podcasts for Kids Staying In!

Train Game: a bedtime meditation and story

Train Game: a bedtime meditation and story

James is sad that it’s too rainy to play at the park. But Julia has an idea for a super-fun indoor game.

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:39

Narrator: Male

Train Game Excerpt:

It was a Sunday afternoon in deep summer, and James longed to be outside playing at the park. He pressed his nose up against the front window, looking out at the park across the street. If he looked carefully, he could see the playground in the distance.

But there was to be no playing in the park today. On Friday evening, there was a big thunderstorm. Mom’s phone buzzed several times that evening to warn people about the severe weather. James was scared about the buzzing at first, but Mom explained that he didn’t need to be afraid. It was actually good that the phone was buzzing, because that way, everyone could know that it wasn’t safe to go outside and play!

But, all day long on Saturday, it had rained, and rained, and rained. And now it was still raining! Even if it stopped raining right now, James knew he couldn’t go to the park today no matter what. Mom said the park would be too muddy and would need to dry out for a couple of days.

James sighed again, even louder. Then he “harrumphed” a little bit. This made his sister, Julia, who was sitting on the couch, look up.

“What’s wrong, James?”

“You know what’s wrong! It’s raining and we can’t go to the park!” James exclaimed. “I think it’s never going to stop raining and we won’t ever get to go to the park again because it’ll be all flooded forever!”

“That’s silly,” Julia said. “It’s going to stop sometime and then everything will dry up.”

James sniffled a little and rubbed his eyes. “But I really wanted to play with you at the park today.”

Julia got up off the couch, and walked over to James by the window. She gave him a hug.

“I know, I want to play there, too. But I have an idea for a game we can play inside. Do you want to play with me?”

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

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 “Train Game,” 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.

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

We hope your child loved “Train Game!” 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!
Digging Up Fun! a mindful bedtime story

Digging Up Fun! a mindful bedtime story

Scotty the sand scoop meets Dragon. As they are busy digging up fun, Dragon leaves some magic with the scoop. How will the kids respond?

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

Narrator: Male

Digging Up Fun! Excerpt:

The little sand scoop said, “Hi! Want to play?” as he waved his bucket. The gentle dragon smiled broadly and sat down next to Scotty’s seat.  A little unsure how the sand scoop worked, the dragon tried moving the levers.  With one lever the little sand scoop, extended his bucket and dipped it into the sand.  With the other lever the dragon lifted the bucket up and turned.  Then, as the dragon tipped the bucket, all the sand flowed back down.  The dragon smiled, and so did Scotty scoop.  They played and played.
Suddenly the dragon’s ears stood straight up, listening intently.  The little yellow scoop could hear giggling in the distance. Scotty felt excited! The children were coming! He was sure that the kids would love to meet the dragon.  Before he could say anything, the dragon quickly disappeared into the forest.  Oh well, the scoop thought, maybe the dragon would stay and play another time.

The children reached the sand box, and a little boy hopped onto Scotty’s seat.  He immediately started to move the levers, scooping and dumping the sand.  He turned the seat so that Scotty’s bucket dipped into the sand on one side and then turned to dump the sand on the other.  Back and forth Scotty swiveled. Then the boy stopped and asked the others, “Does the scoop look different today? I think it might have some magic in it.”

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

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 “Digging Up Fun!” 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 members, 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 your support on Patreon. Ahway Island Patreon members receive access to extra episodes, our Archive of past favorite episodes, and many other bonuses!

Some recent press:

We’re reaching listeners internationally! Sassy Mama in Hong Kong included us in their article on transitioning into the new year, while Haven magazine in Australia included us in their tips for getting through the school holidays.

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.

Relaxing Rain: a bedtime story and meditation

Relaxing Rain: a bedtime story and meditation

Dragon still doesn’t like loud storms, but the kids share some helpful ways to cope!

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:39

Narrator: Male

Relaxing Rain Excerpt:

Dragon giggled as Allie chased and Julia and James scattered. They were busy playing tag at the park as more and more clouds filled the sky. Even though they played under the bright warm sun, the distant sky grew darker and darker. Dragon zigged and zagged to keep from being tagged, when a low rumble echoed in the distance. Dragon stopped, ears up and alert. Noticing the dark sky approach, Dragon quickly zipped into the tunnel slide and curled into a ball.

Concerned Allie, James, and Julia rushed over to the slide.

“Dragon? Are you OK?” Allie asked.

Dragon looked up at the kids, thinking maybe the thunder had passed. Then another rumble rippled across the sky. Dragon’s eyes opened wide and Dragon hugged tighter.

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 “Relaxing Rain” 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.

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

We hope your child loved “Relaxing Rain!” 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!
Bot Basics: a mindful children’s tale

Bot Basics: a mindful children’s tale

Roly the Robot is happy that Billy and Emily figure out how to communicate with her.

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:51

Narrator: Male

Bot Basics Excerpt:

Light filled the living room as the curtains opened. The little robot charging on the table opened her eyes. Feeling refreshed and full of energy, Roly slid off the charger. She hoped the kids had time to play today. Roly wanted to learn more.

The little robot looked over to the quiet tablet, and then towards the sound of laughter spilling out of the hallway. From the sound of it, Roly figured the happy kids were coming her way. As she listened to Billy and Emily talking, the little robot looked back at the tablet, still sitting peacefully. Roly wished she could understand what the kids were saying without a translator.

Billy and Emily rushed over to the table. Billy picked up the tablet and said, “Good morning, Roly!” as he typed.

Roly smiled as the tablet translated his greeting and then she replied, through the tablet, “Good morning!”

Billy looked at his sister and said, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could talk directly to Roly and Roly could understand us, without this tablet?”

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 it on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Bot Basics,” 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!

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

We hope your child loved “Bot Basics!” 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!

Please follow us on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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 proud to be included in the Top 40 Growth Mindset Podcasts for Kids from Big Life Journal. Feedspot placed us at the #3 spot on their Top 15 Children’s Bedtime Stories Podcasts of 2019 list, in the top 10 of their Top 20 Kids Podcasts of 2019 and 2020 list! ListenNotes, included us in their list of the 9 best podcasts for kids that entertain and educate and VeryWellMind listed us as one of the 20 Best Meditation Podcasts to Listen to in 2019 in an article by Sara Lindberg, M.Ed!

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