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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Each episode provides direction to do a simple mindfulness practice. Some guided strategies are intended to help kids handle big feelings. Encourages and teaches positive affirmations and many other social-emotional tools for little ones. May require an adult to help guide younger listeners.
Each episode guides kids through a mindfulness practice. Some include social-emotional lessons like learning to accept mistakes, others help kids wind down and prepare their bodies and minds to sleep. Messages of self-love, gratitude, movement, and naming emotions help listeners prepare for and reflect on their days. Mindfulness practices in some episodes help listeners name and regulate emotions. Compassion for self and others is a common theme.
Positive Role Models
The host Taes Leavitt models kind, positive and loving words -- "I love you and I love your big heart so much," "Thank you so much for being here", "I'm so excited to see you tonight and hear about all of the things you did".
Guided body movements are simple, but no options are provided for varying levels of physical ability. The guided activities and the host's language align with the production company's goal to empower kids to love themselves and celebrate their uniqueness, with statements like, "Remember: there is nobody in the whole world with a heart just like yours."
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The production company is announced at the beginning of each episode. Free episodes have about 50 seconds of ads for other podcasts at the end. Accessing current week's episodes and listening ad-free require subscription to A Kids Co + at $3.99 per month or $39.99 per year.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Good Morning, Good Night has helps guide little listeners and families through movement, visualizations and positive affirmations to start and end their day. The host Taes Leavitt speaks directly, calmly, and affectionately to the audience, with no narratives, characters, or songs added. Most episodes help listeners feel loved, get them moving, and provide guidance to help them acknowledge and manage their emotions. Some episodes like, "Mistakes Are A-Okay," also teach a social-emotional lesson. Guided body movements are simple, but no options are provided for varying levels of physical ability. The podcast is offered by A Kids Company About, which seeks to "empower a generation of kids through diverse storytelling."
Is It Any Good?
If you want your kids to be led through brief mindfulness activities by a loving voice, this podcast might be just what you're looking for. If you can stomach the sugary sweet voice and affectionate words of Good Morning, Good Night host Taes Leavitt, you can choose from an ample library short episodes. All episodes are designated as either morning or night listens, and provide safe and appropriate content for young listeners, guiding them through physical movements and visualizations to start or end their day.
Not every episode has a strong social-emotional lesson, and not all episodes mention contexts or situations in which mindfulness practices would be helpful in kids' lives. Thus, adults may need to listen along and follow up with kids to help them learn the self-regulation skills. With no characters, stories or humor tugging on their attention, kids also might need adult help to stay tuned in. Grown-ups could also physically model the activities for young listeners that struggle with verbal instructions that are not often repeated.
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