Between video games, tablets, television and social media, kids are incredibly overstimulated today. This is the very reason that we created Your Chime: A Book and Mindfulness Tool for Children.
Your Chime offers your child a way to calm down, focus and breathe anytime they need a break. Delivered as a beautifully illustrated children's book along with a calming tool, packaged together to bring a sense of calm to your whole family. Appropriate for boys and girls ages 3 and up.
All pledges of $50 and up will receive the first ever Your Chime package, complete with the book, custom chime bowl and accessories.
Have you ever wondered what happens in your brain when you can't seem to think straight and it's driving you insane?
Monkey mind is what this is called, please don't be worried though, it happens to all.
Illustrated by Adam Parsons, Your Chime is a beautiful children's book that tells the story of what happens when your child has "Monkey Mind". Watch your child follow along and chime out during the reading of the book as a way to cure monkey mind and calm down.
Your Chime is a book and a tool for every child and because of this, we wanted to show diversity throughout the book. Instead of following along one family, or one child, we represent children from all backgrounds. We believe that books don't have to be about diversity to include diversity!
The Your Chime set includes a custom chime bowl and accessories. The average mindfulness tools on the market were not created with a young child in mind so we have collaborated with designers to create the perfect tool for children as young as 3. Each Your Chime set includes the chime bowl, a mallet and a bag with a built-in pillow for easy chiming out.
It is no secret that children today are overstimulated, have more anxiety, more stress and are generally less happy than previous generations. Your Chime provides a calming practice that allows for children to breathe, focus, manage stress and regulate emotions. The best part is that Your Chime can be used whenever children feel that Monkey Mind coming on.
Hear it from a doctor!
"I am excited about Your Chime as it is a wonderful tool that can teach children how to tune in to their breath and to the present moment. I love the companion illustrated children's book that gives children and their parents a way to start the conversation about how to use Your Chime and words to signal to each other the need to use this tool. It is a great way to help children help themselves, but also to bring the family together in a positive way." -Nerissa Bauer, MD, MPH Behavioral Pediatrician
"Your Chime has changed the way I parent. It is helping me become a better parent". -Heather Guess, Parent
"My daughter asks to chime out all the time. I love giving her all of the tools I can to help her calm down." -Enza Kolp, Parent
Working with children has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. As the second oldest of 7 children, I spent the majority of my homeschooled childhood teaching my younger siblings, starting random little businesses (homemade bread was one of my most successful!) and writing stories.
In college, I started Crouching Tigers, a character development and martial arts program for young children. It was the students within the Crouching Tigers program that inspired the Your Chime concept as I noticed that the ability to focus decreased as new students joined the program year after year. Needing something that would mentally prepare children for class, I began incorporating mindfulness into the start of each lesson. After stumbling upon sound meditations in the form of "singing bowls" and incorporating stories of "monkey mind" it became quickly apparent that the concept not only worked but it was something that children look forward to.
I believe that the children that we are raising today are going to do amazing things tomorrow. I see a future where new planets are discovered, world hunger is a thing of the past and countries work together to make earth a beautiful place for all living things. I'm dedicated to giving children today all of the tools they need to do amazing things tomorrow.
We need your help printing the first 1,000 books, manufacturing custom Your Chime bowls and accessories and finalizing Your Chime packaging.
March 2018-April 2018- Kickstarter + Finalize Illustrations
May 2018- Finalize custom Your Chime bowl and accessories
June 2018- Receive and test Your Chime samples with pilot program participants
July 2018- Print Your Chime books, order Your Chime bowls and accessories, order packaging
August- Ship Your Chime to backers!
Risks and challenges
Risks are low. We have printing partners, manufacturing partners and design partners that are all eager to begin this project.
Our team started working on this project one year ago, researching the practice of mindfulness for children, polling parents and working with children to learn from our target market. The Your Chime book has been read to over 500 children to date and the feedback that we have received has helped shape the illustrations and writing as well as design the custom products.
The best business advice we've ever heard is "Don't fall in love with your product. Fall in love with your customer and create the product that they need." We have taken this to heart and fallen in love with families and we can't wait to give them a product that brings the whole family together and calms that pesky monkey mind!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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