The story behind The Indigo PixiesIt all started when Cheryl’s son Dylan was dependant to his pacifier. He would take it everywhere he went. To his day care, his Mimi’s, and even for car rides. He would frequently lose the pacifiers so Cheryl would have to keep extra ones just in case. God forbid he didn’t have one, he would throw himself into a tantrum until he had that pacifier in his mouth. He was 3 years old. Cheryl knew she had to do something.
Being a songwriter for years she thought what if she used music as a tool to get him to stop using his pacifier? When she was pregnant with Dylan she used to write songs and sing to him when he was still in her belly. He always loved music as an infant so it was worth a shot. She was desperate to get him off of the pacifier. So she began writing a nursery rhyme about a pacifier fairy( now known as The Paci Pixie ) who comes to the child’s house when they are sleeping and takes the pacifier away. She wanted to make it a fun and magical song that Dylan would relate to. Children love to believe in magical characters. When she was finished the song she had her cousin Lynne Hajjar who frequently recorded her songwriting demos for her sing the song. When it was done, Cheryl started playing the song for Dylan and as she had hoped not only did he love the song, it helped him stop using his pacifier! It was a success. The Paci Pixie was born.
Cheryl was so excited she played it for her other cousin Amy Perreault ( Lynne’s sister ). Being that Amy was a childcare provider and held a degree in Early Childhood Development, Cheryl knew that Amy would love the story and could share it with other mothers struggling with pacifier dependency.
When Amy first heard Cheryl’s Paci Pixie song, she could not contain her excitement. Having worked with children for years, and also being a mom of a small “binky” dependent little boy, she was immediately drawn to the simplicity yet genius of this idea. Children love music, and what a great way to inspire them to relinquish their Binkies in such a fun and positive way. Children believe in magic! Being that Amy was an avid lover of childrens’ literature, she suggested that they write a story to accompany the song. She had always wanted to write for children, and this was a perfect opportunity, not only to write something fun for children to enjoy, but also something that would benefit parents as well, a tool, so to speak, to assist parents and children as they overcame this obstacle together.
Cheryl and Amy sat down and began to create the story of the Paci Pixie. They had researched the market and had seen that there really weren’t any resources available to help parents and children with this issue. They wanted to make this idea come to life, in a way that would appeal to small children, and combine the old tradition of a magical night time visiting fairy with the more modern appearance of today’s 3D illustration. Being that Amy’s husband Steve was a graphic designer, and had recently been working in a 3D animation program as a hobby, she asked him if he could come up with a design for a pixie. She needed to be more childlike than some of the popular fairy characters, gentle and sweet in appearance, and as vivid and real as possible. In early 2008, The Paci Pixie was born.
From the start, this project has been fueled by the immense creative passion of a family that has combined their talents to fashion a product that has been well received by parents and children and effective in its purpose. While reinforcing the importance of reading to children, the audio book and song as well as the dynamic illustrations appeal to the various learning styles of children and motivate them to achieve their goal of giving up their pacifier with ease and confidence. When the Hajjar/Perreault Family saw how well children and parents had responded to the Paci Pixie, they decided to take a look at what other challenges parents faced with their little ones, and being parents of little ones themselves, they didn’t have to look very far. From the Paci Pixie spawned the Potty Pixie, Bubba Pixie, Blanket Pixie, and Bedtime Pixie, dealing with mini milestones such as using the toilet and moving from a crib to a bed. The Indigo Pixies were coming to life.
Indigo Magic was formed in 2008, a collaboration of talents amongst family members with a common goal, helping our children grow and develop, reaching many milestones in such a short period of time in a fun, positive and enchanting way.
The StoryThe Indigo Pixies are a family of magical, multicultural fairies that help children build the confidence they need to overcome challenging developmental milestones. Each Pixie specializes in a specific challenge – from ending pacifier use to potty training to bedtime etiquette – and carries with it a vibrant story book and interactive nursery rhyme to help parents transform these sometimes difficult struggles into a meaningful bonding experience.
The Pixies reside in the Indigo Forest, a secluded oasis rife with wildlife, fantasy and spellbinding 3D illustrations. Each night the Pixies bring this magic to earth, stored safely in their glowing wands, to help parents teach their children how to grow in a grown up world.
The Paci Pixie, the inaugural book in The Indigo Pixies series, tells the tale of one fairy who embarks on a midnight journey to visit a little girl with a strong attachment to her pacifier. Using the Indigo Forest’s magic, The Paci Pixie encourages the girl to surrender her pacifier. The Pixie then carries it to a magical workshop, where friendly woodland creatures prepare it for a new baby. But before she departs for the magical forest, The Paci Pixie leaves a gift for the young girl to reward her for her bravery in giving up her pacifier.
They have Violet the Pixie, Oliver the Raccoon, Fiona the Fox and stanley the Frog and then of course the book as well. The book is available as a hardback, audiobook or e-book.
Watch the video below to see how the Indigo Pixies can help get rid of the pacifier. (And it would be wonderful to subscribe to their youtube channel as well)
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