A Boy and a Bear is a story that teaches young children how to use diaphragmatic breathing, sometimes known as ‘deep breathing’ or ‘belly breathing’ to self-soothe and relax. In this story, children learn the ancient and research-based technique of deep breathing as they follow the boy and the bear on their mountain adventure.
Children love to pretend that they are the bear or the boy as they practice deep breathing. This effective stress and anger management technique can have a calming and positive effect on your child. It can lower stress, help control emotions, reduce anxiety, and has many other physical and mental benefits. This is the first story I wrote to help my son fall asleep. This powerful 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 audiobook and available in eBook and paperback 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