Best Day Yet: Affirmations, Meditations, & Mindfulness for Kids
Growth mindset, meditation, breath work for children.
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The parents' guide to what's in this podcast.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Best Day Yet: Affirmations, Meditations, & Mindfulness for Kids is a positive affirmation, animal-centric podcast. The 8- to 15-minute episodes can help families bring positivity, breathing techniques, and growth mindset into their day. For example, in the "You Are Calm" episode, host Marjorie Stordeur and her child helper say these affirmations: "I am calm. I am surrounded by love and protection. Good things are coming my way." And in the "Making Friends" episode, listeners are encouraged to repeat: "I am warm and bright. I am a magnet for friendship. I treat everyone with kindness and respect. Other kids really need a friend like me." Stordeur is sweet and measured, with a calming voice. Enthusiastic child voice actors co-host. The episodes are in two styles: longer (15 minute) animal-related journeys of mindfulness and breathing and shorter (7-minute) "power episodes" with affirmations and breath-work tools that children may remember and return to when life is challenging. Older kids may find it somewhat repetitive and slow, but it's a great fit for littles -- and even their adults.
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What’s It About?
BEST DAY YET is a mindfulness podcast that teaches affirmations, growth mindset, and breath work to the youngest listeners. Episodes often include animal stories to demonstrate ideas and boost interest. Episodes often cover empowerment and calming techniques to help young students start and get through their school day. The guided meditation-style stories also work before bedtime. Host Marjorie Stordeur is welcoming and encouraging, with an unhurried, deliberate voice. Child voice actors help her voice the affirmations and clarify ideas; one explains, "Science says, when we practice telling ourselves positive, kind things, it can help us do better and feel better in every part of our lives."
Is It Any Good?
This podcast is a good resource for adding a quick dose of affirmation and calming techniques to a child's day. Stordeur has a calm, steady presence and unhurried delivery (and a pretty strong upper Midwestern accent -- "Cawm yer baddy"). The short "power episodes" (7 minutes) make a good pick-me-up for a kid who's worried about the school day or having trouble making friends. And the affirmations ("I am calm. I am surrounded by love and protection. Good things are coming my way.") can be helpful to anyone, so adults may enjoy, too, especially to get examples of positivity mantras to use when kids are struggling. Animals are a part of most of the episodes, and the longer ones are like guided meditations, good for calming down or before bed.
While older kids may find the show a bit slow and simple for their taste, if you're looking for ways to encourage increasingly cranky pre-teens, you can try sprinkling some of the pod's affirmations into your chats: "Feelings come and feelings go…I am braver than my fears…" Another tip to help older kids stay engaged is to try listening on 1.5 speed.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the tools they use when they're feeling scared or worried. Kids: How do you feel after listening to Best Day Yet? Did the exercises help you feel better, less stressed? How do the breathing exercises make your body feel?
When you use positive self talk or affirmations, do you notice that you feel more confident? Happier? Calmer? Or no change?
When might be a good time to listen to this podcast? Before school? When you're feeling sad, frustrated, or disappointed? Before bedtime? Before an important event?
Can you create some positive affirmations of your own? What would they be?
- Release date: June 16, 2020
- Genre: Social Emotional Learning
- Average Run Time: 10 minutes
- Website: https://www.bestdayyetpodcast.com/
- Host: Marjorie Stordeur
- Publisher: Independent
- Pricing structure: Free
- Topics: Friendship
- Last updated: April 23, 2022
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