196. BCAI: What’s Next: a calming meditation and story

196. BCAI: What’s Next: a calming meditation and story

It’s time for another adventure with Chance the cardboard box! Today he’s a space ship ready to discover another world.

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 “What’s Next” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:25

What’s Next Show Excerpt:

The kids approached the cardboard box slowly.  Although they were ready for another adventure, they could hear the little kitty purring loudly.  They peeked inside the box.  There was the kitten, sleeping on its back, its fuzzy tummy exposed. The cardboard box could see that the kids were ready to play and wondered what they would do.  The little girl reached in and gently rubbed the kitty’s chin.


The little kitty stretched and flipped over.  With one more stretch, she hopped out of the box. The cardboard box enjoyed the kitty’s company, now he was ready for another adventure.  Chance felt curious, wondering where the kids’ powerful imaginations would take him today.  They hopped into the sturdy box.


“Ready for the another adventure in the magnificent cardboard box?” the girl asked her brother.


“Ready!” He said. “Where are we going this time?”


“I don’t really know.” The little girl said. “If you buckle into the spaceship, we can get going and we’ll find out.”

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 “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.

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In the press:

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

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.

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!”


Thank you for listening, and happy Friday!
300. Magical Chair: a bedtime story on acceptance for kids

300. Magical Chair: a bedtime story on acceptance for kids

After moving to a new home, Winfield the wheelchair decides to help Brian find new friends.  Will the magical chair find them at a colorful park?

Kids meet individuals of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Therefore, learning acceptance of others with disabilities is important to help children understand that differences are ok and valuable. Dim the lights, get your favorite blanket or sleep buddy and snuggle up for Be Calm on Ahway Island Podcast with a soothing story encouraging empathy.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s bedtime story on acceptance, Magical Chair:

The little wheelchair waited patiently while the boy buckled into the comfy seat. Winfield the wheelchair could tell Brian felt lonely in their new town. The family had just moved in and the little boy missed all his friends. Outside the sun shined brightly on the winding sidewalk. That gave Winfield an idea. Maybe Brian would meet some kids if they explored the neighborhood. Brian’s dad must have understood what Winfield was thinking. He suggested, “Why don’t we go outside for a walk?

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

Does your child have classmates or neighbors with a disability? Do you live in a diverse neighborhood? Or, are you looking for a way to teach your kids about acceptance?  Once again, Ahway Island is here for you!

Be Calm on Ahway Island Podcast offers original bedtime, nap time stories & meditations for kids illustrating empathy.

Empathy is a critical skill for the healthy social emotional development of young children. And so Ahway Island offers stories crafted to assist you in teaching your children understanding and acceptance of others with differences. Our stories feature wonderful characters with disabilities. We take great care to create an environment that encourages empathy. In addition to all this, we help your little ones drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Just include us in your bedtime and nap time routines.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

Looking for a podcast to develop your child’s sense of empathy and acceptance of people with disabilities? Gently nestled within each podcast episode are situations that model understanding of differences along with many other positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team please visit our website.

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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!

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Thank you!  Check out this episode for another great bedtime story Mystery Jug: a calming bedtime and nap time story with a positive message