151. Cozy Cardboard! a bedtime meditation and story

151. Cozy Cardboard! a bedtime meditation and story

Chance the cozy Cardboard Box wonders what will happen today. Everyday brings a surprise!

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 “Cozy Cardboard!” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Cozy Cardboard! Excerpt:

It was dark in the back of the truck where the cardboard box sat, patiently waiting.  Chance was surrounded by oodles of other boxes.  Some had just begun their journey and could hardly contain their excitement.  Others, in the middle of their journey, felt a bit tired and cranky.  Already the cardboard box had been on a two trucks and a plane before being placed on this truck.  It certainly had been along trip.

Now that Chance was reaching the end of his travels, he began to feel excited once again.  The cardboard box felt the truck slow down and stop, as it had many times before.  Then the doors opened and light poured into the truck.  Chance was lifted up and he knew it was time!

The doorbell rang and when the door opened, the cardboard box was sitting on the stoop.  Chance had been on a very long journey, and felt relieved and a little nervous now that his task was almost complete.  What would he do now?  The cardboard box took a deep dragon breath in and out as the person carried him into the house and set him on the table.

Chance looked around, searching for a clue as to what might happen now.  Then he realized he still needed to finish his delivery.  So the cardboard box took another deep dragon breath in and out and put his worries about the future aside.

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

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 “Cozy Cardboard!” 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 “Cozy Cardboard!” 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) or on our Amazon Alexa Skill page. 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!

One more thing: did you know we also have a YouTube channel? Check out the video page on our website AhwayIsland.com. We hope you enjoy the calming videos and share our channel with others!

In the press:

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

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

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.

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

Finally, 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!
146. More Tent Tales: a bedtime story and meditation

146. More Tent Tales: a bedtime story and meditation

Tyra the Tent has more Tent Tales of helping kids with their emotions. Who will she help 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 “More Tent Tales” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

More Tent Tales Excerpt:

Tyra the Tent was proud of her role in helping the children learn. She made sure that the paper listing the rules was posted right inside the entrance, although now the kids seemed to know exactly what to do. Just like the rules said, once inside the tent, they took three deep dragon breaths in and out. Just like that. Then, once they finished with the deep breaths, they chose a “feel better” activity. That’s what was different.

Tyra was interested to see each kid’s choice. Sometimes they used the same things for the different feelings. Sometimes they used something different for the same feeling. Sometimes they had to try a few things before they found something that helped. The little tent had all kinds of books. She had all kinds of fidgets. Tyra had music to quietly hum along with, papers and crayons to draw with, and a list of exercises. In the corner the little tent had a small beanbag chair, and a blanket for sitting quietly. There were so many options. She wondered what the kids would use today.

The little tent found out quickly.  A little girl came in and bounced into the beanbag chair.  The girl could hardly sit still, and she had a giant grin plastered on her face.

“Wow!” Tyra thought, “She really feels excited.”

Today’s Meditation: Today, enjoy the feeling of your body relaxing into the warm sand on a sunny beach.

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 “More Tent Tales” 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 “More Tent Tales!” 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) or on our Amazon Alexa Skill page. 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!

One more thing: did you know we also have a YouTube channel? Check out the video page on our website AhwayIsland.com. We hope you enjoy the calming videos and share our channel with others!

In the press:

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

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.

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

Finally, 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!
142. The Huggy Chair: a mindful story for kids

142. The Huggy Chair: a mindful story for kids

Bailey the Bean Bag Chair gets ready to help the kids deal with their feelings. Sometimes everyone needs a Huggy Chair.

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

Narrator: Male

The Huggy Chair Excerpt:

Bailey didn’t have to wait long. An angry kid stomped into the room and flopped down into the chair, arms crossed and brow furrowed. The big beanbag chair loved a tough case! He circled the boy, and gave him a tight hug.

Anyone who settled into the beanbag chair needed to take three deep dragon breaths. That was the rule.

So the boy took a deep dragon breath in and out and his forehead softened.

The boy took another deep dragon breath in and out and his arms uncrossed.

With one more deep dragon breath in and out the boy’s body relaxed into the bean bag chair and he sighed. His anger seemed to have melted away. Slowly the boy climbed out of the squishy chair. Bailey tried his best to fluff himself back up. He wanted to be ready for the next kid that needed him. However, now there was a pit right in the center of the bean bag chair.

“Oh well,” Bailey thought, “at least they’ll know where to sit now.”

Today’s Meditation: Happiness and love flow through you in this meditation.

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 “The Huggy Chair” 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 Huggy Chair!” 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) or on our Amazon Alexa Skill page. 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!

One more thing: did you know we also have a YouTube channel? Check out the video page on our website AhwayIsland.com. We hope you enjoy the calming videos and share our channel with others!

In the press:

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

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.

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

Finally, 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!
410. Work and Play: a mindful story for kids

410. Work and Play: a mindful story for kids

Anora and Blanka Bunny learn that working and playing are both important!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:48

Work and Play Excerpt:

Blanka Bunny, the stuffed plush toy bunny, woke up with a start. She had been sleeping in Anora’s bed, just like she had almost every night since she joined Anora’s family. She had been having a lovely dream about playing with Anora, when suddenly she was awakened by Anora’s voice shouting, “Yes, Daddy, okay! I’m doing it!”

Blanka found herself being lifted off the bed and hurriedly carried around the room.

“Sorry, Blanka! I have to clean up right now, really quick! Daddy and I are going the lake today but he said I have to clean my room first!” said Anora.

Just then, Dad came into the room.

“Anora, how’s the clean-up coming along?”

“I’m almost done, Daddy,” she replied.

“Are you sure? he said, smiling. “It still looks pretty messy to me.”

“Daddy, why do I have to clean my room before we go to the lake? What does cleaning my room have to do with the lake?”

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 it on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Work and Play,” 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 “Work and Play!” 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!
136. Chain Reaction: a mindful story for kids

136. Chain Reaction: a mindful story for kids

Donna the domino is playing a new game. Will she set off a chain reaction of fun?

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

Narrator: Female

Chain Reaction Excerpt:

Donna Domino felt calm in the peace and quiet of the dark container. She wondered when she would be part of another game. The little black domino enjoyed playing. She never knew who she would be next to. She did know that she would always be next to two dominoes that had three dots on at least one side. Donna was a double three and proud. As she wondered, a bit of light slipped through the edges of the box. The little black domino hoped that it was time to play a game. The lid was peeled off quickly and light poured into the box. All the dominoes blinked, getting accustomed to the sudden change in light. Donna felt excited as she waited for the container to be tipped over, freeing all the dominoes. However, this time all the dominoes stayed in the box, and the little girl gently took one out at a time.

Today’s Meditation: Today, enjoy the feeling of your body relaxing into the warm sand on a sunny beach.

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 “Chain Reaction” 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!