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Kids can benefit from the social-emotional skills of this podcast. Examples include navigating "big" emotions, helping others and sharing. The show primarily features sounds and environments from Australia, which may be globally educational for kids as well.
Each episode is dedicated to an important life skill that young kids can benefit from learning. Lessons such as "how to get along with others" or "what to do when you're overwhelmed" can help build the foundation for kids social, emotional and mental well being. Episodes prompt young listeners to use their imaginations. Messages of self control, empathy, and compassion for self and others are present throughout each episode.
Positive Role Models
Teo Gebert and Rachel Coopes host this show and provide calming, meditative guides for kids. The two hosts lead listeners in their relaxation, but we don't hear more about who they are as people past that. Directions and word choice are always positive, educational and gentle.
Two hosts lead the show, Teo and Rachel. Rachel is a woman, and both hosts are White. Focus is on social, emotional and mental well being. Many sounds, animals and environments heard and described are from Australia. Some language used to help prompt listeners get comfy before starting the visualization assumes the environment they live in and resources available to them ("curl up on the couch with some cushions", "snuggle into your bed").
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that ABC KIDS Soundwalks is an Australia-produced meditation pod that aims to teach kids how to grow emotionally and socially. This show may be very helpful for kids who experience anxiety or need a few extra lessons in managing their emotions. Because it is an Australian produced podcast, it may be more difficult to find, as it is on fewer American streaming services than is typical. Parents will love that there is no adult content in this show – it is truly one for all ages. Hosts Teo Gebert and Rachel Coopes gently guide listeners through personal and social conflicts that may arise at school or at home (like stress and anxiety), providing solutions to keep in mind before these issues arise, if they haven't already. Additionally, while Soundwalks is geared toward kids, these lessons can be helpful for families to listen and relax to together. The lessons taught encourage character strength growth, and will aid kids in developing integrity, empathy, teamwork, and perseverance.
Is It Any Good?
This ASMR-adjacent show is a fantastic combination of relaxing nature sounds and productive life lessons for kids. Overall, Soundwalks certainly delivers on its promise to help kids connect with themselves and others. By teaching small lessons about becoming a more well-rounded, relaxed kid, it is almost guaranteed that most parents will receive this show positively. This pod has multiple features that both parents and kids will enjoy – namely, a calming wildlife ambience, emotional skill-building, and practicing creative imagination. Each episode encourages the development of a different character strength (integrity, compassion, etc.), aiming to create healthier, kinder children. A perfect addition to any family looking to chill out and grow at the same time, Soundwalks brings high-quality narration and sound effects to create an immersive environment that all are sure to enjoy.
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