190. Listen, Tractor, Listen: a meditation and story for your bedtime routine

190. Listen, Tractor, Listen: a meditation and story for your bedtime routine

Trenton the tractor has so much to say, but he listens first to the others. With understanding, he changes his thoughts and helps.

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 “Listen, Tractor, Listen” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:21

Listen, Tractor, Listen Excerpt:

Sunlight began to spill across the fields on the crisp, fall morning.  The grass sparkled with frost. Trenton the tractor smiled. The sunrise was beautiful. He turned to see if the others were out. He wanted to share the magical moment.  The little yellow tractor looked to his right. No one was there.  Then he looked to the left. No one was there.  The tractor wondered where everyone was.  It was time to get moving, the sun was up!  So Trenton headed back to the red barn, to see where the others were.  As the tractor rolled through the barn doors he could see that everyone was peacefully sleeping.  They had been working pretty hard lately, so he decided to let them rest and enjoy the morning on his own.

 

The dragon peeked out of the forest, eager to see what was going on at the farm today.  Noticing that the red barn was closed, the dragon thought, that was odd.  Usually when the sun came up, the farm vehicles were busy working and creating music with the animals. The dragon looked around some more and then saw the tractor roll out of the barn, smiling.  Maybe there would be some music after all.

 

Trenton the tractor rumbled back out of the barn. Then he turned off his motor to enjoy the peace. The little yellow tractor took a deep breath of the fresh morning air, and listened to the sounds of the morning.  Delicate melodies drifted down from the trees.  The birds were singing their happy songs.  The tractor realized that there were certain animals that were too quiet to hear over the sound of his engine.  The tractor listened closely to the quiet song he usually missed.

Today’s Meditation: Imagine floating in a tranquil pool, safe and relaxed, as the water rocks you gently.

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 “Listen, Tractor, Listen,” 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 “Listen, Tractor, Listen!” 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:

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!”

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

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.

 

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
186. Bath Time for Teddy: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

186. Bath Time for Teddy: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

Takoda the Teddy bear is worried about taking a bath. What will happen?

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 “Bath Time for Teddy” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:06

Bath Time for Teddy Excerpt:

Sitting on a little wooden chair, the fluffy chocolate brown teddy bear gazed out the bedroom window at the dots of light sprinkled across the night sky.  Takoda smiled as the stars twinkled at him.  It was time to get ready for bed.  His boy was busy putting away the toys.  Soon, the room was neat and tidy once again.  Takoda felt ready for bedtime. It had been a long day.  

 

The teddy bear went everywhere with the little boy, and today had been busy.  They had gone grocery shopping with dad, and then to the park with mom and dad.  Takoda had ridden in the grocery cart, as the boy pushed him up and down the aisles.  At the park the little bear had been down the slides, on the swings, and in the sandbox.  In fact, Takoda still had sand on his nose, head, and his squishy tan belly.

 

As Takoda waited to be placed in his spot on the soft comfy bed, he took a deep dragon breath in and out (deep breath).  The little teddy felt happy and content.  Suddenly, the boy grabbed Takoda by the arm.  “Oh good it’s time for bed.” Takoda thought.  Instead, the boy whisked the teddy bear off to the bathroom. 

 

Takoda had never been in the bathroom before. The room felt warm and cozy.  Takoda could hear water rushing out from the faucet and splashing down into the tub.  Bubbles appeared on the surface of the water and grew until they filled the tub.  The little boy smiled and said, “OK Takoda.  We both got pretty dirty at the park today, so we need a bath.”  The teddy bear knew the boy took baths all the time, so he guessed it would be ok.

 

The boy’s dad came in to turn off the water and make sure that the temperature felt just right.  Not too hot and not too cold. Then the little boy added his rubber ducky to the water. Takoda watched as it floated through the bubbles.  The boy set the little bear on the tub’s ledge, and sat down in the water. “Is Takoda getting a bath?” His dad asked.

 

“Well he was just as dirty as I was, so I thought he should have a bath, too.” The boy said.

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 “Bath Time for Teddy,” 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 “Bath Time for Teddy!” 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!

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

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 for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
184. Fly Away: a meditation and relaxing story for children

184. Fly Away: a meditation and relaxing story for children

Mac and Marley the caterpillars wake up to find they have changed. What will they find?

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 “Fly Away” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 6:40

Fly Away Excerpt:

The dragon peeked at the pair of chrysalises in the bush. It had been days since Mac and Marley, the caterpillars, had rested there, and the dragon was hoping that they were ready to come out again.  The chrysalises had already become clear.  The dragon could see something orange and black.  As the dragon watched, the chrysalises began to wiggle.  The excited dragon knew it was time!  

 

Slowly, Marley climbed out of the tight home she had napped in for days.  She looked over at Mac and smiled when she saw him start to emerge from his little home.  Hanging upside down from the branch, Marley began to stretch her wrinkly new wings.  Wait a minute. She had wings?  She looked over at Mac and noticed he had wings too!  When Marley settled in for her nap, she had been a yellow, white and black striped caterpillar. Now, both she and Mac looked like the orange and black butterfly they had seen twirling through the flowers!  Well kind of,… her wings were pretty wrinkled. As she waited for them to relax and lengthen she called to Mac.

 

“Hey Mac!  Look at this! I have wings! And you do too!” She exclaimed.  

 

Mac smiled at her as he hung upside down and said, “I know! Just wait until they’re relaxed.  Right now mine are so crinkled. But it gives me a chance to enjoy the view.  I’ve never seen the world from this angle.”

 

“What upside down?” Marley asked.

 

“Yep!” Mac said.  “Isn’t it neat!”

 

“It sure is! Marley replied.  “I like the lines underneath the leaves, they’re so delicate and pretty.”

 

“I like how the light shines up through my feet,” Mac said.

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 “Fly Away,” 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 “Fly Away!” 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!

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!”

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

 

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
183. The Search: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

183. The Search: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

Inspired by Odin the owl’s story Dragon searches for Opel the oak in the enchanted forest.

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

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 6:17

The Search Excerpt:

Sunlight flickered at the entrance of the dragon’s cave, gently teasing the sleepy dragon to come outside.  The dragon smiled and remembered the owl’s tale. The story of Opel the ancient Oak, chopped down to a stump, and now sustained through the love and energy of the other trees through their roots had really impressed the caring dragon.  Now that the dragon had satisfied the forest animals’ curiosity, it was time to search for that magnificent tree.  The determined dragon sat up from the mossy bed and stretched.  First, it was time to think about how to approach the challenge.  It would be difficult to spot the stump flying above. The other trees would have Opel shielded. So the dragon would need to explore on foot.  The dragon had never seen the tree stump, so the Oak was probably further into the forest than the dragon had been.  The dragon needed a plan to find a way home, since the oak stump was probably in an area of the forest where it would be easy to get lost.  The dragon looked around the cave and found some sparkling rocks.  They would work great! The dragon could set them on the ground as a clue of which way to go.  The dragon filled a little bag with the sparkling rocks and set off on the adventure.

 

The forest felt peaceful today. Sunshine filtered through the trees and danced on the ground, as branches swayed and leaves fluttered in the breeze.  Everything still looked very familiar.  All the paths were open and friendly.  The dragon knew from Odin the Owl’s story, that Opel the Oak stump was tucked deep in the forest, far away from the easy paths.  Looking carefully at the trees and the ground for any sign of an old path, the observant dragon noticed that the trees seemed to be growing closer together. The dragon smiled, thinking this was probably the way to the old oak. The clever dragon took a sparkling rock out of the bag and placed it on the ground outside one tight opening. The dragon weaved through the tight trees, stopping occasionally to set a sparkling rock on the ground, to show the way home.  Now the trees were so close, it was becoming difficult for the dragon to get through.  As the dragon squeezed between two pine trees, it thought they mumbled something.  Listening intently, the dragon decided it must have been the wind.  The dragon kept moving forward, careful to move the branches gently, when they were in the way.  Voices echoed in the wood.  “Look at this one.”  “Do you think it’s ok to let it by?”  “See how gently it moves our branches.” “I think it’s ok.” Now the dragon knew it was the trees who were whispering, not the wind.  Opel the oak must be close.  The trees must have sensed the kindness in the dragon, because they began to move their branches gently out of the way, so the dragon could pass through.  Weaving through the last bit of the tight forest, the dragon finally reached a slight opening. Sun shined brightly on a large stump, surrounded by happy purple and white flowers.  The dragon smiled, knowing that this must be Opel the oak.  The dragon stood still for a moment, taking in the energy of peace, love, and an ancient wisdom that filled the air.

Today’s Meditation: Relax in the grass as you imagine sunlight warming you 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 “The Search,” 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 Search!” 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!

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

Thank you to Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers of School Library Journal for listing us as one of “8 Podcasts To Encourage Mindfulness!”

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

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

 

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
181. Imagine This! A meditation and story for your bedtime routine

181. Imagine This! A meditation and story for your bedtime routine

Chance the Cardboard box is ready for his next adventure! What will the kids imagine 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 “Imagine This!” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 6:49

Imagine This! Excerpt:

The little kitty purred, happily resting in the cardboard box.  Its soft fur tickled Chance and he giggled.  The cardboard box felt curious, wondering where the kids’ powerful imaginations would take him today.  He heard their laughter growing louder, and guessed he would find out soon. 

 

“Ready for the continuing adventures of the changing cardboard box?” the boy asked his sister.

 

“I’m ready if you are.” She said. “You get to use your idea first.  Since I went first last time.”  The box thought that was pretty nice, and wondered what the boy’s idea was.

 

“OK!” the boy said, “Hop on board the express train.”

 

“Where are we going?” The little girl asked.

 

“You’ll see.” The boy replied.

 

With that the boy and girl hopped into the box.  Chance did his best train impersonation as they rolled out of the station.  The carpet around him slowly faded away, and Chance could see train tracks lying in front.  He heard chug a chug a chug a chug choo choo, and felt the breeze flowing by.  Wherever they were headed would be magical. The cardboard box knew that much. Chance was chugging along his track when the magical door appeared in front of him, just as it had before.

 

“There it is!” The little girl exclaimed.

Today’s Meditation: Rest among the twinkling stars with today’s 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 “Imagine This!” 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 “Imagine This!” 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.

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!”

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!