The first thing people ask me is Why do you write kids books? or How did you get started in this? my answer is simple.
I wrote a poem that needed some pictures and asked my friend to draw them. The book is called A Little Light.
I was amazed to see how a colorful picture book brought to life some of the detailed psychological and spiritual understanding that I'd had spent years studying.
When I showed it to my therapy clients many of them said "I wish I had this when I was younger. It would have saved me many years of painful misunderstanding"
So I decided it is better to help parents nurture the spirituality of their children before their attitudes, beliefs and behaviors are fully formed, and hopefully the next generation do not need to repeat the same painful path that so many of us had to.
Andrew was opening speaker for Deepak Chopra in Portland Convention Center in September 2016. Here is his talk, titled: Children are the future of wellbeing.
I love all things creative and spiritual, especially kids! I've now written 12 books that I hope help families connect at the end of those hectic days filled with growing, loving and learning.
I have been training and working in healing and community building for many years. It shows in the attention I've paid to giving each book a mindful purpose for families.
These stories come to me in moments of clear sight and understanding. They feel like a gift to me, and I hope to pass that on to you and yours. Welcome to The Conscious Bedtime Story Club!
Our fabulous team of illustrators who bring these stories to life in the most remarkable ways. We bow to them for their creative wizardry.
Big love to Alexis Aronson, Adam Carnegie, Liesl Bell, Marcelle Marais and Rosie Balyuzi in South Africa and Scotland.
We're supported by a global team of experts and friends. Cape Town is the base for our book designer, typesetter, editor and brand manager. Colorado is home to the rest of us. Calgary is home to our coloring-in department. We love and appreciate them all.
Our in-house Conscious Mama nurtures our growth, day in and day out. She's just like you, with a 1.5-year-old son and another on the way, just trying to do this parenting thing the best way she knows how.
She's our voice, our protector and our guide through the insane growth we've experienced in our short two years. Mamas, we know you can relate. It all happens so fast.
We wouldn't be who we are if it weren't for the countless parents who want to bring mindfulness into their parenting and conscious connection into bedtime. Thank you.
Between 3 and 85 years old! The conscious messages are for all of us, but it's especially important to introduce these values and tools to children between 3 and 7 years old when you're locked into bedtime together anyhow. Remember, the last 20 minutes of the day with your children are a precious gift.
The collection features a great mix of "boy" and "girl" characters with messages that aren't gender reliant. Funny story, our bee was once a boy, but then we had a great chat with an apiarist (bee expert), who let us know our adventuresome bee must be a girl!
Nobody is too young or old for deep breaths and story time. These books are as much for parents to connect and open dialogue as they are for children. The rhyming picture books — The Elephant Who Tried to Tiptoe, The Forgetful Elephant, The Bee Who Could Not Choose Her Flower, The tree of Goodness and The Laughing Witch — are great for your youngest little ones. The collection will be with you for many years, so trust your impulse. You know your family best.
Each Conscious Bedtime Story ends with an exercise or series of questions designed to open a conscious dialogue or help children and parents get grounded, peaceful and calm before bed. You'll start to notice your children picking the book they NEED before bed, based on these practices.
Now that we have 12 books published, we've begun offering a subscription box that includes a matching coloring book, extra stickers and helpful tools for parents to keep everyone on a monthly theme of conscious growth in a specific area of their lives.
Circles represent wholeness and Oneness. This is the a healing shape that reminds readers of the true connection of all living things.
We can ship to any country so go ahead and load up your cart! The shipping is calculated after you enter your delivery address. You can see the shipping rates here. (The 12 book month-by-month subscription option is only available in mainland USA.)
Many families want to try this out and see how their kids like it. We have made that easy. If you choose the monthly payment option you have control to pause or cancel at any time.