Best Day Yet Podcast: Affirmation Adventures & Guided Meditations For Kids

Turtles Respect Themselves (& So Do You!)

May 17, 2020 Marjorie Stordeur Season 1 Episode 29
Best Day Yet Podcast: Affirmation Adventures & Guided Meditations For Kids
Turtles Respect Themselves (& So Do You!)
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Best Day Yet Podcast: Affirmation Adventures & Guided Meditations For Kids
Turtles Respect Themselves (& So Do You!)
May 17, 2020 Season 1 Episode 29
Marjorie Stordeur

Today we're up at our family's cottage on a lake, and we’re going to take the kayaks out and try to catch some turtles. 

Want to come along?

Today's affirmations:

  • I respect everyone around me, but most of all I respect me.
  • I love my friends and family, but most of all I love MYSELF.
  • And if someone doesn't like me, it's totally okay because what matters most is that I like MYSELF.

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Show Notes Transcript

Today we're up at our family's cottage on a lake, and we’re going to take the kayaks out and try to catch some turtles. 

Want to come along?

Today's affirmations:

  • I respect everyone around me, but most of all I respect me.
  • I love my friends and family, but most of all I love MYSELF.
  • And if someone doesn't like me, it's totally okay because what matters most is that I like MYSELF.

If you like Best Day Yet, please share our podcast with a friend, or leave us a review!
Thank you!



This is THE BEST DAY YET, an affirmation podcast for kids. Science says that telling ourselves positive, kind things, can help us feel better and do better in all areas of our lives. So what are we waiting for? Let’s go!


Hey Best Day Listeners, we're up at our family's cottage on a lake for a while, and today we’re going to take the kayaks out and try to catch some turtles. 

Want to come with? That’s great. Everybody, get your life preservers on (shuffling, snap snap) and grab your kayak. 


I want orange! 

I want turquoise! 

Kids at home, grab whatever color kayak you want, or if you'd rather, you can ride in the back of my kayak. We're headed to turtle paradise, a secret cove where hundreds of turtles just lie around basking in the sun.  As we paddle, we're goint to practice our deep belly breathing.

We practice deep belly breathing because every time we take a deep breath it sends a message to our bodies to calm down and relax. And when we’re calm and relaxed, we can think better and learn better and Maybe be even better at catching turtles!

So follow us as we each pull our boats into the water. Hop into your kayak. And begin to paddle. 

A kayak paddle has a blade on both sides. As you paddle, you dip the paddle up and down like a seesaw, dipping and paddling on the left, and then seesawing to dip and paddle on the right. We'll take deep belly breaths as we make our way to 

TURTLE PARADISE!


Kids whispering paddle paddle paddle paddle paddle

or paddle left, paddle right, etc. etc.…)


Take a deep breath in, fill up your whole belly

Breathe out through your mouth

Take a deep breath in. Imagine your breath fills up your entire torso, all the way down to your tailbone

Breathe out through your mouth

Take a big breath in. Imagine your breath fills up your whole body, moves down your legs into your knees,

Breathe out through your mouth

Breath in the biggest breath of all.. Imagine the air filling up your whole body, all the way down to your toes. 

And release the hugest sigh of all.

We’ve arrived! 


Welcome to TURTLE Paradise.

A secret cove that most boats can’t access, since the water is so shallow and there are so many cattails here. This cove is home to  HUNDREDS of turtles.

And sometimes we even see snapping turtles, but we don’t want to catch those 

No way. Snapping turtles bite.

We’re after painted turtles. 

Yes we are. And look around. Each and every log has a whole row of painted turtles basking in the sun.

It’s hard to decide. Which one should we catch?

I like the tiny ones! 

Yeah. Tiny painted turtles are super cute. When they're first born, they're the size of a quarter and absolutely adorable. 
I like the big painted turtles. 

It's more common to see and catch bigger painted turtles. We're talking about a turtle the size of a chapter book. 

I have an idea, let's all look around. Choose a turtle. And paddle each of our kayaks over there to see which one we catch. Get your net ready, 

kids listening, you can come with me

The key to catching painted turtles is to sneak up on them really slowly and quietly. And then when you get close enough, paddle super fast and swoop your net over them.

Ready?

Let's go. Paddling slowly.

Paddling slowly.

See the one we want? 

Me too.

Now we're close enough to paddle fast and go in for the catch. Let's go.

Paddle paddle paddle and..Swoop. 
We caught one!
It's a great turtle. About the size of a hamburger. Beautiful black shell that's orange underneath.

Let's see what Ansel and Annie caught.

Ansel, did you catch anything.

 Yup. I caught a huge one.

 I caught a tiny!
That's great! We all caught exactly what we were looking for.


Our hamburger-sized turtle has pulled it's head and legs into it's shell. What I like about turtles is that they have a clear yes and a clear no. If they don't feel comfortable or they are not happy, they pull their heads and legs into their shells to protect themselves. And when they feel safe, they can come out and share their best parts with the world.

Today's episode is all about being a little more like a turtle, 

Annie: which means standing strong in your yeses and your no's.

Absolutely


Sometimes you might feel silly telling yourself affirmations. And sometimes you might not even believe the things you tell yourselves. But studies show that when we practice telling ourselves positive affirmations often, they help us stronger, more resilient, better people.


Turtles  know if they can trust someone else, they open up and come out of their shells. Turtles have self respect, and they make choices that are best for them.

First, I’ll tell you the turtle affirmations. Let these words sink into you as much as you can


You respect everyone around

but most of all you respect you

You love your friends and family

but most of all you love YOU

And if someone doesn't like you

it's totally okay because

What matters most is that you like you.


Now you’ll repeat after me in whichever way you feel comfortable. You can say the words silently, whisper them, or say them outloud. If you want, you can even yell them. The words will stick right to you anyway you say them.

Ready? Set. Repeat.


I respect everyone around me

but most of all I respect me

I love my friends and family

but most of all I love MYSELF

And if someone doesn't like me

it's totally okay because

What matters most is that I like MYSELF


How did those words make me feel?

North: Turtle-tastic


Oh yeah, I feel turtle-tastic too. Let's let these turtles go and paddle back. 

Goodbye turtles! (Plunk, plunk, plunk.)


Take a deep breath in, fill up your whole belly

Breathe out through your mouth

Take a deep breath in. Imagine your breath fills up your entire torso, all the way down to your tailbone

Breathe out through your mouth

Take a big breath in. Imagine your breath fills up your whole body, moves down your legs into your knees,

Breathe out through your mouth

Breath in the biggest breath of all.. Imagine the air filling up your whole body, all the way down to your toes. 

And release the hugest sigh of all.


Hey, we’re back. What'd you learn from those turtles.


 I learned that it's important to treat everyone with respect.  But most of all, it's important to treat myself with respect.


I learned that it's fun to spend a sunny day laying outside on a log. Goodbye. (laughs)


Oh. That sounds like an awesome way to spend the day.

Our time’s up. I see the strong, yet tender, self-respecting turtle in you.

And I wish you the best day yet.