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.

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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!

131. Digging Up Fun! a mindful bedtime story

131. 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.

400. Bot Basics: a mindful children’s tale

400. 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!
392. Colorful Crayons: a bedtime meditation and story

392. Colorful Crayons: a bedtime meditation and story

Colorful crayons rest in their container. Soon they begin to slide out onto the table. What masterpieces will the crayons help create today?

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:18

Narrator: Male

Colorful Crayons Excerpt:

“I wonder what we’ll help create today.” Soon all the crayons awakened, eager to do their part in creating today’s art.

As the crayons murmured excitedly, one of the kids picked up the box and turned it sideways, gently sliding the crayons out of their bed and onto the table.

“Whee!” Yellow giggled as she tumbled out.

Green laughed as he rolled across the table, only stopped by the pad of paper.

Blue jumped out of the container shouting, “Let’s go!” while Violet held on to the edge of the box, not wanting to leave her comfy bed. It took a little shake for her to leave the warm container, followed by Brown and Black, who had been waiting for Violet so they could join the fun. Now that all the crayons were out, they all took a deep dragon breath, in and out (deep breath) as they waited to see what they would be creating today.

Today’s Meditation: Feel calm and relaxed as you send kind energy to your heart.

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 “Colorful Crayons” 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 making a donation to help us keep your favorite self-soothing podcast going. You can make a one-time donation or a recurring micro donation once a month. Just click on the link below or go to our website, www.ahwayisland.com.

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

We hope your child loved “Colorful Crayons” 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.

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’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!

Our most recent accolades are:

As a recommended bedtime podcast for kids on Georgetown Hill’s Early School website, from Parentology, as one of the 15 Most Popular Podcasts for Kids, Tweens, and Teens! We’re also 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.

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.

Thanks again and keep spreading the word!

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.

Did you find “Colorful Crayons” relaxing? Try “Pup Games” for another soothing story.

Thank you for all your support!