A Boy and a Bear is a story that teaches young children how to use diaphragmatic breathing or relaxation breathing to self-soothe and relax. Children learn belly breathing as they follow the boy and bear on their adventure. This relaxing technique helps children to fall asleep.
Children love to pretend that they are the bear or the boy as they practice deep breathing. This effective stress and anger management technique, also know as diaphragmatic breathing can have a calming positive impact on your child. It can lower stress. It can be used to decrease pain and anger. This is the first story I wrote to help my son fall asleep. This story is shorter making it ideal for younger children or those with a shorter attention span.
A Boy and a Bear is also featured on the Indigo Dreams Audio/CD. It is also available in several eBook formats.
Note to Parent:
This is the first story I created to help my young son fall asleep. I had just learned this relaxation breathing technique for myself and wondered what would happen to our long bedtime routine if I could get my child to breathe. Every child has a different emotional maturity, attention span, and need. While the stories are best suited for ages 4-9, do not let this be your primary reason for selecting. You know your child best and remember this is not about the reading level. The focus is on the actual techniques.
“I liked the story because it really makes you feel relaxed and sleepy. Every muscle in my body felt still. I felt as relaxed as I could be.” – Mandy, age 8