Helping kids to navigate big feelings
Kids live life at full speed – full of energy, adventure, mess and fun. With a big life comes big emotions and big challenges, which often leave kids feeling unstuck, unsafe, unsettled and unsure. These big feelings can be overwhelming and confusing –both for kids and their parents! We know that for most people, calm breathing can help reset their nervous system.
Better breathing, backed by science
Did you know that calm breathing is a key to help ground your child, help performance, help anxiety, help connection and help resilience? Scientific studies have shown that slow, deep breathing has the ability to reduce anxiety, increase confidence and memory, and even grow new brain cells!Here's how →
Developed in consultation with psychologists
Brave and Able are here to help kids learn how to take charge of their brains with slow, strong breathing skills that they can carry with them for life. Brave and Able Breathing Buddies offer slow, deep breathing guidance without the need for an app or a smartphone. Guided light teaches kids how to calmly take control of their breathing and regain focus.
Your confidence companion
Brave and Able are the kind of buddies you can always rely on to make you feel safe, calm and in control. A beautiful, tangible tool for grown ups to engage children in conversations about all kinds of feelings, and provide a demonstration for how to start to work through them. We know you can do hard things!
Wrap yourself up in the safety of a trusted friend. Brave and Able Breathing Buddies are made of beautifully soft fabrics in a variety of textures, to add an extra sensory element for kids. This helps them regain focus and be present. Soft and snuggly and great bedtime comforters.
Develop self-regulation skills
Help develop confidence and autonomy in self-regulation and remind kids (and parents!) to take five and come up for air. Use Brave and Able Breathing Buddies to encourage regular quiet play, brain breaks and time in. Build mindful breathing time into your routines while kids are calm, so that these skills can be recalled in tricky situations when they need them most.
I think that the Brave doll has been a hit with my 5 yo granddaughter. She explained to me that her teacher uses the breathing techniques with the whole class (reception) so she was already familiar with it. When I was trying to explain the purpose of the doll she said straight away "It is for helping you to calm". Her father has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and is very sick so I am hopeful that Brave will be a good support for her.
Many thanks Sylvia Ebert
I purchased Able for my grandson to help him regulate his breathing when his anxiety is high. Able has been a comforting and helpful companion 😊
I bought this for my daughter who is anxious about school. it’s really helped her in the mornings when she is feeling anxious and we all sit and breath along with able. Such a beautiful thoughtful gift, and such amazing quality and beautifully made.
I have purchased about 5 of them as they are now my ‘new’ baby present!
I purchased Able for my kids (aged 5 & 7). It is a great tool to use to keep those big feelings in check. I was amazed at the quality of the product, every detail has been well thought out offering interesting textures and of course looks great too! Able now gets swapped nightly between the two beds and will be a much loved doll for years to come.
Having children on the Autism spectrum, means we often deal with lots of anxiety, big emotions and challenges with being able to regulate emotions. Our breathing buddies have been instrumental in helping our children to begin to develop good habits to be able to recognize when they aren’t feeling quite right and able to provide a visual example of how to breathe and to help calm and regulate. They have also completely transformed our night time sleep habits and the combination of slow breathing a watching their buddies light up is the perfect calming tool to help them drift of to sleep effortlessly. Highly recommend!
I’ve purchase 3 so far! It’s the perfect gift
My son was so excited to open the box and see how it worked. He was practicing the breathing on the couch with Able and has now gone to bed, confident and settled and with a plan on what he can do if he feels anxious, even in the dark. Love love love this.
Thanks so much. They are lovely and my big girl (4.5yrs) is super attached and using the breathing tool to help her get to sleep and resettle if she wakes. My little one enjoys a cuddle, and we are still working on breathing technique for calming.
Also thank you for a new tool. As a mother of a neuro-typical and a neuro-diverse child it was lovely to find a tool that supports them both in such a gentle way.
Brave and Able have helped Paige negotiate big emotions and the exhaustion that comes with the end of the school year. She really responds well to some quiet reflection time with her Breathing Buddy.
Brave and Able would be great for any teacher toolkit. I have a lot of experience working with children with special needs, particularly children on the spectrum who struggle with emotional regulation. This would be a great addition as a visual interactive tool to teach them.
Incredible quality. Very cute and my kids love the idea of helping them through tricky moments
These breathing buddies are truly genius! As an Early Childhood Educator for children with additional needs I've been able to use Brave and Able to assist children (as well as my own three children at home!) in managing their feelings and bringing their focus back to their breath. They're simple and easy to use and such beautiful quality - we all love them at work but none more than the kids!
Hi, I’m Zara! I’m a mother of three young children from South Australia, with passion to positively impact the mental health of our kids. The idea for Brave and Able was born out of my own attempts to find ways I could effectively help my children through their big feelings. In conversations with other parents, I realised I wasn’t the only one struggling to find a way to connect to my child in these moments and that there were limited tangible tools readily available. So, I researched. I sought input from children's psychologists and educators on the approaches they took to help children develop coping skills. I wanted to create something that would empower kids to feel safe with their feelings, and confident to play and learn and try new things – even when it feels hard or a bit scary.Read more →
Meditation and calm breathing – these terms get thrown around interchangeably at times and often get confused. You’ll sometimes hear the term breathwork, too. While they have some overlapping aspects and overlapping benefits, they do differ in many ways.
We’re going to have a look at some of the key differences.
Parents, caregivers and the village that raise our little people need all the tools in their toolbox to manage big emotions. One of the best ‘tools’ for kids (and adults) is calm breathing.
This skill helps them focus in the moment on something within their body, and within their control – as opposed to the “the thing” (or things) that are making them sad, mad, or frustrated. It also helps them to slow down physically, stopping within a moment and acts as a ‘pause’ button for them to take a break from their thinking and emotions.
When we turn breathing into a conscious, thoughtful and purposeful activity we quickly learn it’s our inbuilt superpower. Calm breathing empowers our kids to be able to access an internal physical and psychological regulator that can act as a circuit breaker; a battery charger; a time out and a pep talk. Read how.