A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Explicit modeling of calming breaths and reciting a positive message. Guidance is clear and direct, and based on a single theme per episode. More advanced vocabulary terms like anxiety, accomplishment, and humility, are sometimes explained. Few examples and no realistic contexts included.
One positive theme per episode, such as, "I Deserve To Be Happy," "I Am Healthy and Growing Up Well," and "It's Okay to Not Know Everything." Themes all relate to self-awareness, self-control, or self-confidence. Each episode's title summarizes the positive affirmation that the host Zola explains, says, and cues listeners to repeat. No humor or songs for entertainment, just inspirational background music and sound effects. No narratives or scenarios for context. No negative content.
Positive Role Models
The likeable host Zola is the only person in each episode, since there are no scenarios or stories to explore the affirmations. Zola models and guides calming breaths, explains the single socio-emotional theme, and leads listeners to repeat the simple positive affirmation three times. Affirmations support self-control and self-confidence, and are intended for children of color.
Podcast producers at ABF creative, which focuses on multicultural audio content, made this podcast for children of color. The positive lesson is conveyed simply, with one focus per episode. Zola, the host, is repetitive and specific in explaining and modeling the affirmation. Affirmations are not contextualized through any other characters, stories, or scenarios, so there are no depictions of interactions between different groups.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that each episode of Charm Words: Daily Affirmations for Kids is under five minutes and very simple: guided breaths, brief comments on the theme, then cues to repeat the affirmation aloud three times. The friendly host Zola uses a calm voice over inspirational music. There are no other people or stories introduced in the podcast. Over 100 episodes, which were released nearly daily during the season, are available for free, each with a different positive theme that promotes self-awareness, self-control, or self-confidence.
Is It Any Good?
This podcast is great for starting a brief and basic daily affirmations practice with kids of any age. Charm Words: Daily Affirmations for Kids doesn't try to include any context, characters, stories, or negativity. Free access to over 100 episodes lets adults scroll to a desired affirmation, and put it on for a relaxing and empowering four minutes before moving on with the day.
Young kids may need support from an adult to know when these affirmations might come in handy, and some of the vocabulary may be over little ones' heads. Still, this podcast can be part of a worthwhile daily ritual, especially to support children of color, the intended audience, in boosting confidence, inspiration, and positivity.
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