December 4, 2019
The bestselling phenomenon The Invisible String by Patrice Karst has helped countless families with separation anxiety and loss.
November 21, 2019
Episode #237 • In this compilation episode, we share highlights with three trailblazing founders: Jessica Rolph (Lovevery), Jacq Tatelman (STATE bags), and Raegan Moya-Jones (Aden and Anais).
November 13, 2019
MICHAEL C. REICHERT, Ph.D. (clinical practitioner and founding director of the Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives at the University of Pennsylvania) joins Ellie to share transformational insights from his extensive studies on discipline, understanding how a boy learns, and his book How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Raise Good Men (TarcherPerigee, April 2019).
November 7, 2019
CNN host Kate Bolduan and former Glamour executive editor Lauren Smith Brody give tips and momhacks for heading back to work after having kids.
October 30, 2019
Join Adam and me on our micro-date, the latest trend in staying connected after kids. In this episode, Coach Adam discusses what to do when your kid's soccer team loses every single game, and Ellie takes a premature super mom victory lap for organizing a flu shot house call for the whole family using a popular medical app. We report back after it goes horribly, insanely, outrageously awry.
October 23, 2019
A current New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine bookclub pick, FAIR PLAY by Eve Rodsky tackles the question: how can we share domestic responsibilities in a fair and systematic way so that mothers can reclaim their lives from the thankless time-suck of “invisible labor”?
October 16, 2019
Actress Malin Akerman (Watchmen, Billions, Couples Retreat) and sociologist Dr. Marika Lindholm (founder of share their personal experiences and vital resources to empower solo mothers.
October 9, 2019
In this powerhouse throwback Atomic Moms, Dr. Britta Bushnell and Ellie Knaus discuss the challenges of emotional intimacy in marriage after kids, the ways in which we can learn to reconnect as a couple post-children, and the identity shift we experience as mamas.
October 3, 2019
In this live episode with youtube sensation Glozell Green and supermom Sonni Abatta, Ellie discusses everything from screen time (how does a Youtube star with a 4.7 million following manage to get an iPad away from her toddler?), becoming a first-time mother at forty-four, the myth of the "overnight sensation", and how Sonni looks so damn refreshed even after having three kids in five years!
September 25, 2019
DAN KOIS, Slate editor, founding host of the podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, and contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, joins us on Atomic Moms to chat about the truly insane year his family spent traveling the world, hilariously captured in his new book: HOW TO BE A FAMILY: THE YEAR I DRAGGED MY KIDS AROUND THE WORLD TO FIND A NEW WAY TO BE TOGETHER.
September 18, 2019
Quarantined in her podcast studio with sick kiddos, Ellie Knaus sends out the mom-bat signal to returning beloved guests: Emmy-winner Becky Friedman (Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood), actress Nikki DeLoach, and a throwback with broadway star Cassie Levy where they break down: favorite hand sanitizers, back up babysitters, the social anxiety of having the kid with the cough, and what these mothers do to reboot before heading to work after all night up with the kids.
September 11, 2019
Decade-long friends Claire Coffee (actor), Bridget Moloney (director/actor), and Ellie Knaus compare notes on their apocalyptic anxieties, commiserate over the awkwardness of making "back-to-school" mom friends, discuss their post-bedtime reading and watching rituals (hello, HBO's Succession), and much more.
September 4, 2019
Leslie Bruce returns to Atomic Moms Podcast to chat with Ellie about the MIND GAME that is early motherhood, her new book (You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom), newbornland for type A overachievers, our birth experiences, and organizing our lives with two kids.
August 28, 2019
With school back in session we talk all things transitions, routines, school lunches, easing "new kid" worries, and so much more with Dr. Natasha Beck MPH, PSY.D. (@DrOrganicMommy) and Ellie's fave preschool teacher Jennifer Hunt.
June 26, 2019
Actress Claire Coffee, director Bridget Moloney-Sinclair, and host Ellie Knaus discuss all things privacy: nanny cams, data collection, social media, and is it even possible to have social media privacy in 2019?
June 19, 2019
Podcast host and recently published children's book author Theresa Thorn discusses motherhood, gender identity, career changes, gender exploration, and her new children's book.
June 12, 2019
In this Father's Day celebration, we catch up with Ellie Knaus and Adam Sztykiel to talk about love, marriage, raising daughters, and what the heck we'll do with the kids now that school is out.
June 5, 2019
Dermatologist and research scientist Dr. Whitney Bowe discusses the microbiome and how good bacteria in our gut can improve our immune system , the latest sunscreen controversy, and "Dirty Looks: The Secret to Beautiful Skin."
May 29, 2019
#220 - New intro/ aired May 31, 2016. With the recent College Admissions Scandal, this classic Atomic Moms episode couldn’t be more timely. Conscious parenting trailblazer and 2x Atomic Moms guest Dr. Shefali Tsabary returns to talk about ego, boundaries, and all the psychological sticky stuff that comes with parenting.
May 22, 2019
Julia Hart, director and screenwriter, shares her journey as a H.S. English teacher turned screenwriter and feature film director, bringing her stories to life with the most respected actors in Hollywood, like Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Strathairn, and Rachel Brosnahan.
May 15, 2019
Crazy popular lifestyle blogger Jordan Reid returns for our tell-all conversation on anxiety, divorce, and falling on our faces, plus her new project: The Big Activity Book For Anxious People (Penguin Random House, May 7, 2019) co-created with illustrator Erin Williams , currently #1 in Art Therapy and Relaxation on Amazon.
May 8, 2019
Australian mother of four RAEGAN MOYA-JONES shares with Atomic Moms what she learned building a $100 million company Aden + Anais from her kitchen table while raising four daughters.
May 1, 2019
THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH PRESENTS DESI LYDIC: ABROAD a one hour special and international exploration of countries besting America on gender equality. We’re talking with Desi about Gender Equality, the Maternal Wage Gap, and southern secrets to civility.
April 24, 2019
Brooklyn-based painter and sculptor MADELINE DONAHUE, shares how she carves out time and space to create, how she juggles her responsibilities as an artist and mother, and how she playfully examines and celebrates the postpartum body and the overwhelming physical intimacy of early motherhood in her artwork.
April 11, 2019
Michael C. Reichert, Ph.D., clinical practitioner and founding director of the Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives at the University of Pennsylvania shares transformational insights from "How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Raise Good Men" (TarcherPerigee, April 2019).
March 20, 2019
Robin Berman, MD, helps us make sense of the college admissions scandal and reminds us of the true meaning of successful parenting.
March 13, 2019
#212: In the fallout of the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, child safety expert Pattie Fitzgerald shares how to prevent child sexual abuse.
March 6, 2019
Ellie Knaus and Hillary Frank discuss the The Longest Shortest Time, parenting hacks, and The Special Misogyny Reserved for Mothers.
February 27, 2019
Mom friends Claire Coffee, Bridget Moloney, and Ellie Knaus discuss mom anxiety, questionable spending habits, and kicking digital addiction.
February 20, 2019
Atomic Moms shares six of our best moments re: "marriage after kids" with experts like Dr. Laura Berman and moms in the thick of it.
February 13, 2019
Wife and husband team Ellie Knaus and Adam Sztykiel answer Atomic Moms listener relationship questions.
February 6, 2019
Atomic Moms podcast shares the worst parenting tips in human history with Jennifer Traig, author of "ACT NATURAL: A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting".
February 1, 2019
Story Pirates co-founder Lee Overtree chats with Atomic Moms about bringing children's ideas to life through theatrical storytelling.
January 23, 2019
#205: Our chat with Jacq Tatelman is more energizing than a full night's rest, not that we'd remember what that's like. This Brooklyn-based social impact entrepreneur and mom of two is co-founder and creative director of the wildly popular STATE bags and the co-creator of the non-profit foundation Country Roads Foundation, est. in 2009. Her brain-child STATE bags has donated hundreds of thousands of backpacks to kids in need in the United States through their buy-one, give-one model. It also happens to be the bag I carry with me, and share with my 18 month-old Eliza, every single day. In this episode, we get an inside look at the wife/husband team behind State Bags, including the darkest hour in the creation of their company and how they pushed through. We chat about what entrepreneurial lessons Tatelman gleamed from her childhood and what snacks she buys for the office. And we also share the origin story behind the Tatelman family’s passion project “Camp Power”, celebrating its 11th year giving underprivileged NYC kids the chance to experience the wonders of summer camp. Listen up! x Ellie Knaus Subscribe + Listen on the Go: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Join us on Instagram, Facebook, and private community. Show Notes:
January 16, 2019
Kicking off 2019, longtime pals actor Claire Coffee and director Bridget Moloney-Sinclair discuss everything from Bridget’s naughty book picks to Claire's tips for getting as much work done as humanely possible during school hours. I chronicle my all-time favorite “parenting comedown” story involving bathtub puke and the Academy Awards, share how my long-time dry cleaner verbally attacked me (which would be straight out of a Seinfeld episode if it hadn't been so scary), and admit I ordered an outdoor play system without thinking it through (How are they SO expensive? I'm embarrassed I spent so much). And after weeks of no school, the moms share their screen-time favorites. Giggle along with our tongue in cheek ridiculousness. And for more show notes, go to! x Ellie Knaus Subscribe + Listen on the Go: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Show Notes here! Join our Instagram, Facebook, and private community.
December 19, 2018
Dr. Helen Riess, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, speaks with Ellie Knaus about her new book The Empathy Effect: Seven Neuroscience-Based Keys for Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Work, and Connect Across Differences. We discuss the straightforward steps Dr. Riess uses to teach empathy and what up to date scientific research reveals about empathy. In a Legally Blonde inspired moment, Ellie pitches her own empathy-related research study idea and is expecting a call from Harvard any minute now. In the meantime, Dr. Riess suggests how empathy can diffuse stressful situations and decrease caregiver burn out and shares why ‘optimal frustration’ is good for our kids. Lastly, she offers a quick tool for calming our nervous system this holiday season. Dr. Riess is the founder and chief scientist of Empathetics, Inc. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, NPR, and HuffPost. For more show notes, go to! x Ellie Knaus Subscribe, PLEASE LEAVE A WRITTEN REVIEW + Listen on the Go: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Join our Instagram, Facebook, and FB closed community.
December 12, 2018
#202: Broadway star CAISSIE LEVY (RENT, WICKED, HAIRSPRAY) is now originating the role of Queen Elsa in the stage adaptation of the Disney juggernaut FROZEN. She chats with me about what it’s like playing Elsa in this historical year for women, the ways she helps her rambunctious two and a half year-old burn off steam in the city, and the secret as to why Let It Go resonates with so many people from all walks of life. We also talk about how ambition and professional high standards can seem at odds with raising children and how she manages to stay on top of her game. Finally, since she portrays the most famous big sister of all time, I ask her to give some “big sis” pointers to our five year-old Sabrina. Listen up and Let It Go! x Ellie Knaus Subscribe + Listen on the Go: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Caissie Levy Singing + Show Notes here! Join our Instagram, Facebook, and private community. Special thanks to Frozen's Nina LaFarga for Sabrina’s “Let It Go” workshop and to Atomic Moms guest and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood head writer Becky Friedman for the introduction.
December 5, 2018
#201: Comedian, director, and bestselling author MIKE BIRBIGLIA chats with host Ellie Knaus about his reluctance in becoming a father and his hilarious and moving solo show "The New One", a New York Times Critics' Pick, currently running on Broadway at the Cort Theater. Listen up! x Ellie Subscribe + Listen on the Go: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Show Notes: AtomicMoms.Com Join our Instagram, Facebook, and private community. Special thanks to Ed and Whit for the introduction - and for watching our preschooler so I could go to the hospital and have our “new one”! Mollie, thank you for being the best blind mom date in the history of motherhood, Maggie, for creating our recent blog post on traditions, Owen, for sound engineering, and my mother, for babysitting Sabrina so I could go to the show! "Little Astronaut" by J Hope Stein Giveaway on Friday, December 14th: here!
November 28, 2018
I couldn't be more excited to share that we're in the thick of writing a multi-camera sitcom for ABC inspired by our family and the pod. In this episode, my husband, screenwriter Adam Sztykiel and I discuss what it's like working together as a writing team and take a moment to celebrate Atomic Moms' double century episode by sharing secrets to the podcast's longevity. Stick through the sweet reflective moments about how inspiring you, atomic moms listeners, are, because it gets super salty when we share our latest (and maybe greatest) parenting failure. You'll never EVER look at a toddler's birthday party piñata the same way. Don't forget to subscribe. Upcoming guests include comedian Mike Birbiglia and Caissie Levy, aka Elsa from the Broadway adaptation of Frozen, the musical! xx Ellie Knaus Subscribe + Listen on the Go: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Join our Instagram, Facebook, and private community. Special thanks to social media creative strategist + listener extraordinaire Maggie Borum, our sound engineer Owen O'Neill, and Jeremy Turner for our original music. Since 2014, Apple Podcasts has featured Atomic Moms under its most popular Kids & Family recommendations. And Mental Floss named Atomic Moms in 19 Notable Podcasts About Parenting. ABC has landed for development Because Kids, a half-hour family comedy inspired by the Atomic Moms podcast, from Undateable creator Adam Sztykiel and his wife Ellie Knaus, who created and hosts the podcast, Lonely Island’s production shingle Party Over Here (with Becky Sloviter), and CBS TV Studios. -
November 14, 2018
#199 Jamie-Lynn Sigler, boy mom of 2, and best known as Meadow in HBO’s The Sopranos, joins me in studio for a candid conversation that will stick with you. Jamie shares parenting lessons from her onscreen father, the beloved James Gandolfini, her favorite memories as Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, and what it’s like being married to a much younger gentleman. She offers a candid perspective on parenting as a mother trying to keep up with two young boys while also battling relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. She is truly a goddess onscreen and off with the biggest heart in Hollywood. xx Ellie Knaus Subscribe + Listen on the Go: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Join our Instagram, Facebook, and private community. Since 2014, Apple Podcasts has featured Atomic Moms under its most popular Kids & Family recommendations. And Mental Floss named Atomic Moms in 19 Notable Podcasts About Parenting. And ABC is currently developing a television comedy inspired by Atomic Moms podcast and our family. Listen up!
October 31, 2018
#198  Santi White, aka Santigold, has performed around the world and collaborated with the best in the music industry. On Atomic Moms podcast, we chat about all things motherhood and her latest album I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions completed weeks before the birth of her twins, now seven months old. We laugh about her recent career day visit at her son's preschool. (Forget sold out arenas, nothing impresses a class of four year-olds like the idea of a bus with bunk beds). Santi openly shares how she approaches the BIG topics with her young son like death, shyness, and racial injustice. And we talk about her sixteen year relationship with her husband, professional snowboarder turned artist Trevor “Trouble” Andrew, known as Gucci Ghost, who approaches life so differently from his soul mate. You’ll be so inspired by her authenticity, drive, playfulness, and humor. I can’t wait for you to get to know Santi, the mom. xx Ellie  Find us on social media: Instagram: @atomicmoms, Twitter: @atomicmoms, and our private Facebook community: “atomic moms podcast”. Show Notes: Since 2014, Apple Podcasts has featured Atomic Moms under its most popular “Kids & Family” recommendations. And Mental Floss named Atomic Moms in “19 Notable Podcasts About Parenting.” And ABC is currently developing a television comedy inspired by Atomic Moms podcast. Listen up!
October 23, 2018
A global phenomenon, the #bulletjournal has +2.5 million Instagram mentions. On Atomic Moms podcast, we're talking with #buju mastermind RYDER CARROLL about how we can use a blank notebook and a pen to get organized, increase productivity, and live intentionally. This digital product designer created the bullet journal as a way to cope with his ADHD and the method has since taken the millennial world by storm. Self-proclaimed productivity nerd and minimalist, stay-at-home mom Becca McHugh co-captains this episode with me, and we get a little teary-eyed sharing an example of how one mother's bullet journaling literally saved her preschooler's life. Check out for a "How To" video and THE BULLET JOURNAL METHOD: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future (Portfolio; 10/23). xx Ellie Knaus x Ellie  Subscribe + Listen on the Go: Apple Podcasts|Stitcher Show Notes:
October 17, 2018
Multi-million dollar company founding social entrepreneur and fun mom of three JESSICA ROLPH geeks out with us over baby brain development and start up #momlife. Jessica co-founded and sold the #1 organic baby food company Happy Family and is now putting her heart and soul into Lovevery, play products designed by child development experts. We discuss the greatest parenting lesson she learned from business school, overcoming the fear of starting something new, why the Idaho life is the best life, and how to keep marital love alive while immersing yourself in a start up. xx Ellie Subscribe + Listen on the Go: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Join our Instagram, Facebook, and private community. Don’t forget about our Insta-Giveaway October 26! CODE: ATOMICMOMS10 for 10% off Lovevery subscription or $10 off the play gym
October 10, 2018
Got cabin fever, atomic mamas? On the side of the road near Lake Arrowhead, CA, three recurring podcast friends: Bridget Moloney-Sinclair, Jessica Coulter, and Becca McHugh join me in a recap of our Mom Retreat experience, including how hard it is to get on the top bunk now that we're adults. We're chatting about an epic mom talent show, meeting moms in real life that we chat with in a secret mom Facebook group, a vintage PlayGirl featuring Brad Pitt, and most importantly, what's in the moms' fanny packs! Also, Becca's baby boy was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last month, and we find out what it's been like to step away from caregiving for the first time. We reclaimed a little bit of ourselves this weekend and ate too many s'mores. Join us in Becca's hot Volvo and escape with us on the pod! x Ellie  Subscribe + Listen on the Go: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Don't miss our ridiculous camp photos at
October 3, 2018
Pediatric occupational therapist Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L shares how parents can build their ‘sensory smarts’ and identify our children’s sensory needs. We’re talking about self-regulation, early signs of sensory processing differences, why we should all get dancing in the kitchen, and how to get through hairwashing with fewer tears. We also talk about creative ways to help our kids release all that pent up energy. Wanna go for a monster walk, anyone? (We'll explain). Lindsey Biel and Nance Peske are co-authors of the NAPPA Gold Award and iParenting Media Award winning book Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, with its revised and updated issue out this week!   x Ellie  Subscribe + Listen on the Go: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Show Notes: Guest Bio: Lindsey Biel is an occupational therapist with a private practice in New York City where she evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and young adults with sensory processing issues, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, physical disabilities and other challenges. She is co-author of the award-winning Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, with a foreword by Temple Grandin- with a brand new, expanded edition available in stores and online.  She is also the author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens which is targeted to clinicians. Lindsey teaches workshops for parents, teachers, therapists and others across the country. Visit her website at for more information.
September 26, 2018
Jolie Jenkins, Netflix star of "Alexa and Katie" and 38 weeks pregnant with boy #2, shares the extraordinary relational shift that happens when you get to know your husband as a parent. We also talk about how pregnancy has been different this second time around, the biggest lessons she learned on her fertility journey, and how her unique childhood has influenced her parenting choices. We also talk about the "life lesson" Ellie has learned in Janet Lansbury's RIE baby class with 14 month-old Eliza and what is driving her crazy after the kids are asleep. x Ellie Subscribe + Listen on the Go: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Show Notes:
September 19, 2018
What starts as a relaxed tête-à-tête between old friends reminiscing about theater conservatory and miniature boobs evolves into a super honest conversation about the effects of our own mother’s parenting styles, pro tips from couple’s therapy, and what we’d perhaps do differently as 'creative moms' if we got another shot at caring for newborns. Meet Karisa Bruin, you'll be fast mom-friends. x Ellie Knaus Subscribe on Find us on social media: Instagram: @atomicmoms, Twitter: @atomicmoms, and Facebook: “atomic moms podcast” Check out our @atomicmoms Instagram Giveaway this Friday September 20th with @GryphandIvyRose (our NICU guest Rachel Finger’s gorgeous company). We’ll be giving away two "full coverage gift boxes".  Guest: Karisa Bruin is a writer, director and actress living in LA with her husband, 3 year-old son, and their rescued pit bull Kermit. Watch her short web series Why Does Mommy Cry? and follow along with #cryingmommy on Twitter as Karisa puts a funny spin on modern mothering.  Special Thanks to Natalie Truly (brand partnerships), Maggie Borum (brand partnerships), Owen O’Neill (sound engineering), and Jeremy Turner (original music).
September 12, 2018
September is NICU Awareness Month, and we're chatting with Rachel Finger in Miami and Stacey Merwin in NYC about their adrenaline-inducing and heart-warming birth stories as first time mothers of preemie twins. We're talking about: a mother's mindset, kangaroo care, twin to twin transfusion syndrome, life-saving doctors and doctors who get it wrong, preeclampsia, a sweet husband who took a sleeping pill at the absolute wrong moment, and a New Year's Eve one mom will never forget. x Ellie Find us on social media: Instagram: @atomicmoms, Twitter: @atomicmoms, and our private Facebook community: “atomic moms podcast”. Show Notes: Support our Show by Checking Out this Week's Sponsor! Go to + use the code: ATOMICMOMS for $25 off your first order of Raised Real! Mealtime with babies is hard, prepping it shouldn’t be. Special Thanks to Natalie Truly (brand partnerships), Maggie Borum (brand partnerships), Owen O’Neill (sound engineering), and Jeremy Turner (original music). Since 2014, Apple Podcasts has featured Atomic Moms under its most popular “Kids & Family” recommendations. And Mental Floss named Atomic Moms in “19 Notable Podcasts About Parenting.” Listen up!
September 5, 2018
#190 What are the invaluable lessons neurologically atypical children teach us as parents and as a society? One in five kids is "differently wired". Debbie Reber, New York Times bestselling author and Tilt Parenting founder, shares her personal motherhood journey and inspiring life tools for all of us from her new book: "Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World." We're talking: behavioral challenges, ADHD, autism, dyslexia, anxiety, accepting "what is", the education system, mom shame, and the homeschool leap. If you enjoyed our episodes with Martha Beck and Dr. Shefali Tsabary, you'll love getting to know Debbie Reber. Listen up! x Ellie Knaus Subscribe on Find us on social media: Instagram: @atomicmoms, Twitter: @atomicmoms, and Facebook: “atomic moms podcast” Website: Special Thanks to Natalie Truly + Maggie Borum, Owen O’Neill (sound engineering), and Jeremy Turner (original music). About Our Guest:  Debbie Reber is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of TiLT Parenting, a website, top podcast, and online community for parents who are raising differently wired children. Her most recent book, Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World, came out in June 2018. She currently lives with her son and husband in the Netherlands.
August 14, 2018
KJ Dell’Antonia, mother of four and hockey mom extraordinaire, chats with us from New Hampshire about all the things she learned writing her new book “How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute” (August 21, 2018: pre-order now). I’ve admired this week’s guest for a long time. I would often share her New York Times Motherlode blogs on our #naptimereads. We’re breaking down some of the parenting “challenge spots” (her phrase, mine would be "moments that make me want to laugh-cry"), including chores, discipline, screen time, and getting ready in the morning.  I also share fabulous #atomicmama listener tips for how to be a happier parent! xx Ellie Knaus, mom-in-chief  Join us on Instagram| Facebook| and our private Facebook group. Show Notes, including more on our guest: KJ Dell'Antonia's Official Website Subscribe for next week's episode on the Apple podcast app or Stitcher.
August 8, 2018
"Dr. Jo" aka Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles and associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, gives us the low down on gender identity, the unique challenges facing transyouth, ways we can support a more gender inclusive community, and our #1 responsibility as a parent. Don't miss this one! xx Ellie Knaus  Join us on Instagram| Facebook| and our private Facebook group. Show Notes, including more on our guest: Subscribe for next week's episode on the Apple podcast app or Stitcher. Donations Can Be Made Directly to the Center:
August 1, 2018
Family meeting! We're breaking down our second child's first birthday, our mother/daughter field trip to the ER, turtle races, a flight from hell, and audio of our family meeting gone wrong. Humiliation abounds in this Sztykiel family summer update. Cheers! x Ellie Knaus Join us on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook, and our PRIVATE Facebook page: click here. And if you enjoyed this episode, please share with a friend and leave a written review! stream: special thanks: Maggie Borum, Natalie Truly, Owen O'Neill, Jeremy Turner
July 18, 2018
New! Can people really change? I can’t wait for you to hear what Emily Price has to say. My fave conversations are with experts who speak frankly as mom friends, so basically, in this one, I’m in heaven. Our returning guest Emily Price, a New York City based psychotherapist specializing in anxiety welcomes us into her minivan in the northern Michigan woods for a super fun conversation about teaching our kids indepedence in a big city (free range parenting in Queens), cross country road trip hacks for travelling with young kids, and exercises for reconnecting with your partner. Atomic Mamas loved Emily’s first conversation: “Who’s Got Anxiety” and it was so fun to get a chance to do this one face to face after playing with our kids together all week. When she’s not teaching me how to make a mean grilled cheese in my grandparent's cottage, Emily is an adjunct faculty member at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Listen up! Ellie  Join us on Instagram| Facebook| and our private Facebook group. Show Notes, including more on our guest:  Support Our Sponsor Who Supports Us! KIDZ-CON.COM: AUGUST 11th and AUGUST 12th in Los Angeles. KIDZ-CON has thoughtfully chosen cherished children’s fashion brands, sweet delights and captivating activities. Bring your family, friends, sweet tooth, and most importantly your KIDZ for an experience like no other! This two day event will include shopping, laser tag, and even an arcade room. Tickets are only $20. Atomic Moms hopes to see you there! Don’t miss our Instagram giveaway on Friday, July 20th!
July 11, 2018
Today we’re empowering blended families and talking stepmom strategies! Holistic psychotherapist, step-mom coach, and #atomicmama Nathalie Savell tackles the biggest challenges stepmoms face. We’re talking high conflict exes, healthy boundaries, and smooth transitions between households. Then we turn the tables and share my guest interview with Nathalie from her “Empowering Stepmoms: Re-Imagining the Modern Family” series in May. I share my experience as a child of blended families — after all, I’m an only child with six siblings! — and reflect on all my stepmother has taught me about parenting. x Ellie Knaus You’ll learn:The unique frustrations of blended families and tools to overcome them.How to handle anyone with a "high conflict" personality.How to create boundaries.How to help your children have a smooth transition between homes.How to interact with the ex. The single most important thing to remember as a stepmom when times get tough. Sponsor: KIDZ-CON.COM: AUGUST 11th and AUGUST 12th in Los Angeles. KIDZ-CON has thoughtfully chosen cherished children’s fashion brands, sweet delights and captivating activities. Bring your family, friends, sweet tooth, and most importantly your KIDZ for an experience like no other! This two day event will include shopping, laser tag, and even an arcade room. Tickets are only $20. Atomic Moms hopes to see you there! Guest Bio: Nathalie Savell lives outside Baltimore, Maryland and is a Holistic Psychotherapist & Step-mom Coach. She is a bio-mom to a 3 year old boy, step-mom to an 8 year old boy. She considers herself a "personal growth junkie" and loves supporting people to be the best version of themselves.  Join Nathalie's Step-mom Strong FB group here.
July 2, 2018
We're going WAY BACK to the summer of 2016 (!!!) and sharing one of my favorite conversations. I've never met Margaux IRL but revisiting to this episode feels like I'm catching up with an old friend. "Born in Paris and raised in London, educated at Edinburgh University and living in Washington D.C., Margaux Bergen is the mother of three Millennials.” We use Bergen's fabulous memoir/advice book: Navigating Life: Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me (Penguin Press, August 2016) as a jumping off point to talk about respectful parenting, getting back into the workforce after being a stay at home mom, the difference between solitude and loneliness, her complicated childhood, and how we can create a meaningful life. x Ellie Knaus We love to hear from you on Instagram: @atomicmoms and Facebook. Subscribe on or your favorite podcast app. And if you enjoyed this episode, please share with a friend and leave a written review! stream: Guest Bio: A champion for women leadership around the world, Margaux Bergen has worked with the non-profit Vital Voices. She has held senior communications positions at The Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty, The United Way and the World Bank, and is now with the women-led, conscious journalism site ORBMedia.
June 27, 2018
New Episode + Giveaway (@atomicmoms on Friday 6/29). Guest co-host Jessica Coulter, named in Business Insider's "30 Most Creative Women in Advertising", offers her #1 tip for women who want to have families and charge hard in their careers. And journalist Elizabeth Wallace returns to celebrate her brand new book, The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life (June 2018), co-written with Hana Schank, and based on their popular essay series for The Atlantic. This episode touches on it all, from professional envy to limit setting to fertility treatments to lesbian bath tub gin. Raised by high achieving single moms, Elizabeth and I share our own complicated relationships with ambition and our 90's power suit shopping trips with our moms. There are fun callbacks to last year’s conversation (2017), and you’ll just have to wait to hear our scoop on Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, Northwestern University's sorority sister extraordinaire. We are giving away three signed copies of The Ambition Decisions on Friday 6/29. Join us on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook, and our Facebook community page for details! Special thanks to sound engineer Owen O’Neill, musical genius Jeremy Turner for our original theme composition, and Natalie Truly for encouraging us to do giveaways!
June 20, 2018
What started as one stay at home mother donating a baby jumper to a refugee mom has turned into a crowdsourcing organization providing for hundreds of refugee families arriving in America. Wednesday, June 20th is World Refugee Day, and in this podcast, we chat with Miry Whitehill, mother of two and non-profit leader about the day she found her calling, how she resists burn out, our current system in America for recently arrived refugees, and how we can make a difference in welcoming our newest neighbors.   x Ellie Knaus  LA2050: vote here: Join us on Instagram| Facebook| and our private Facebook group. Show Notes:
June 13, 2018
We're tackling whining, tantrums, baby hair pulling, playdate drama, and middle of the night wake ups with parenting experts/psychotherapists Heather Turgeon, MFT and Julie Wright, MFT. Host Ellie Knaus offers funny and frustrating scenarios from family life and our guests share their 3 step approach to effective communication from Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Any Parenting Dilemma (May 2018) and a sleep trick from The Happy Sleeper: The Science-Backed Guide to helping Your Baby Get a Good Night’s Sleep - Newborn to School Age. Listen up! xx Ellie Knaus Thank you to our Sponsor: Kabrita Goat Milk Formula. For a limited time, follow @atomicmoms  and follow/direct message with "Atomic Moms podcast" and your shipping address for a FREE tin of Kabrita Goat Milk Formula! Join us on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook, and our PRIVATE Facebook page: click here.
June 6, 2018
#180 - We're busting the "I'm too busy" myth, putting "mom guilt" to rest, and sharing practical tools for making time for the people and projects we love. Guest LAURA VANDERKAM, time management and productivity expert and mother of 4, shares highlights from her new book Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done. xx Ellie Knaus Please help support the podcast by checking out our sponsors we mention at the top of the show! -Kabrita goat milk formula. Special Atomic Moms deal - direct message @hellokabrita : "Atomic Moms podcast + your address to receive a FREE TIN of goat milk formula to try! Parents love it for supplementing, weaning, tummy & skin troubles!  -Majka nourishing lactation powder and lactation bites. Go to (Don't forget code: LoveMajka for 20% off first order!) We love to hear from you on Instagram: @atomicmoms and Facebook. Subscribe on or your favorite podcast app. And if you enjoyed this episode, please share with a friend and leave a written review.
May 30, 2018
Ever wonder how your mother's relationship with you as a baby influences your life now as an adult? And how about your relationship with your own kids - what effect are you having on their future relationships? (Sabrina's future partner -- you're welcome. Ha!) In The Attachment Effect: Exploring the Powerful Ways Our Earliest Bond Shapes Our Relationships and Lives, Peter Lovenheim shares this quote from psychologist Theodore Waters: "There is a thread connecting life in your mother's arms and life in your lover's arms." In our podcast discussion, Lovenheim talk about how our relationship with our primary caregiver in those first critical years of life can play out in all types of future relationships, romantic and platonic. He also shares:The different attachment styles and the ways they show up in our livesThe surprising benefits of each attachment style, including the anxious and avoidant stylesHow temperament and environment come into playHow to heal your relationship style and become an "earned secure" as an adult.The history behind attachment theory We love to hear from you on Instagram: @atomicmoms and Facebook. Subscribe on or your favorite podcast app. And if you enjoyed this episode, please share with a friend and leave a written review. It helps us out! Sponsor: This week's episode is brought to you by Majka nourishing lactation powder and lactation bites. Go to (Don't forget code: LoveMajka for 20% off first order!) Guest: Peter Lovenheim is an author and journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Parade, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. He teaches nonfiction writing at The Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland. His previous book is In the Neighborhood, winner of The First Annual Zócalo Public Square Book Prize.
May 22, 2018
#1 New York Times bestselling author and award-winning entertainment journalist LESLIE BRUCE speaks candidly about overwhelming life moments from going back to work after baby, to fertility, to her complicated second pregnancy and recent bedrest. "Supporting overwhelmed mamas" is a tagline of her popular Instagram feed (@leslieannebruce), and as co-author of "Celebrate" with Lauren Conrad, I knew she'd be the perfect mom to talk some sense into me about what she calls the “optic peer pressure” of social media. It's literally her job to get that perfect shot, and she's happy to acknowledge the work and "hair and makeup" that go into it. Her honest and irreverent take on the struggles of motherhood can be found on her blog UNPACIFIED. As an overwhelmed mom myself (stories for another time), our conversation feels like a much needed post bedtime wine hang. Happy listening, Ellie Knaus What was the most overwhelming moment in your life as a mom? How did you overcome it? We'd love to know in the comments of our @atomicmoms episode post. Show notes coming soon to: Listen on all podcast apps! Please subscribe. And please write a review!
May 13, 2018
#177: Our special tribute to our listener community. 17 listener moms open their hearts to us for our #177 podcast. My "mom questions" were basic. And the responses were profound. I am humbled by your life stories and your strength. There's no better mother's day company, hands down. I feel like I fell in love with 17 mamas this week. Thank you for the wisdom and support you share in this episode. Happy Mother’s Day to all of us. And all of the mothers who came before us. Thank you for sharing the podcast and helping it grow. Thank you to the 17 listeners who dared to reach out and share their voices with us in honor of our mom community. xx Ellie Subscribe on or your favorite podcast app. And find us on social media: Instagram: @atomicmoms, Twitter: @atomicmoms, and Facebook: “atomic moms podcast” Show Notes Including a List of Our 17 guests: Special Thanks to Owen O'Neill for working his sound engineering magic mixing all these beautiful voices!!! Special Thanks to Jeremy Turner for his beautiful original compositions.
May 9, 2018
Expressing Motherhood showrunner and mother of three, Lindsay Kavet spills the espresso beans on how to get stuff done AND be creatively fulfilled while raising kids, the life-changing power of sharing your story, and the growing pains involved in learning how to speak up for yourself. And we share a live performance of the musical comedy duo Mommy Tonk! Use the earbuds for this episode, moms (language). xx Ellie We love to hear from you on Instagram: @atomicmoms and Facebook. Subscribe on or your favorite podcast app. And if you enjoyed this episode, please share with a friend and leave a written review. It helps us out! Music Featured: "Mom Crush" - Shannon Noel and Stacie Burrows, the musical comedy duo Mommy Tonk, performed live at + their band The Assless Chaps. Special Thanks: Owen O'Neill - sound engineer, Jeremy Turner - original theme music, and Natalie Truly for brainstorming.
May 1, 2018
#175: Journalist/parent educator Katherine Reynolds Lewis and I bond over our love for our strict, hyper-achieving Tiger Moms, our fear of disappointing them, and our strong need to parent our children differently. In The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever—And What to Do About It, Lewis writes, “we are facing a crisis of self-regulation”. Kids today are spiraling out of control. We talk about how to address the emotional needs of our children and ourselves, how to get our kids on board for household work, the neurological side-effects of critical mothering, the apprenticeship model of parenting, and our soulful mission as mothers. Y’all will LOVE this week’s #mombomb. x Ellie Knaus  Sign up for Katherine’s webinar this Thursday May 3rd here: Join us on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook, and our PRIVATE Facebook page: click here Meet Our Guest: Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning journalist based in the Washington, DC, area who regularly writes for the Atlantic, Fortune, USA Today’s magazines, Washington Post, and Working Mother. Her story about school discipline was Mother Jones' most-read article ever. She is a certified parent educator with the Parent Encouragement Program in Kensington, Maryland. THANK YOU TO JOOVY FOR OUR NEW RAD RIDE! Joovy Qool Stroller: Families grow, kids change, and finally, there's a stroller that can keep up. Built to last, the Qool can hold up to 110 lbs and seat up to three children, from newborns to toddlers.  Special thanks to sound engineer Owen O’Neill for always coming through no matter how last minute I send my edits and musical genius Jeremy Turner for our original theme composition.
April 24, 2018
How do we unlock a young person's intrinsic motivation to read? Today we're spotlighting Tracey Hecht of Fabled Films and The Book Truck charity founder Elizabeth Dragga. These guests on opposite coasts are taking creative approaches to getting kids and teens psyched about books. Hecht, creator of The Nocturnals series, uses dialogue-driven storytelling, short films, author visits via Skype, a New York Public Library Read-Aloud Initiative, and even face-painting to get kids invested in reading. Then Atomic Moms listener Eleanor Burkett shares a conversation with Elizabeth Dragga about her non-profit The Book Truck driving up literacy in underserved neighborhoods and "helping teens find books they can't put down." Listen up! love, Ellie Knaus Show Notes:
April 17, 2018
CNN host Kate Bolduan and former Glamour executive editor Lauren Smith Brody give tips for heading back to work after having kids.  Just back from maternity leave, Kate Bolduan gives us three momhacks for transitioning back to work. And Fifth Trimester founder Lauren Smith Brody shares lessons from her fun, comforting, and informative book: The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Success After Baby. We talk about changing workplace culture, the gender pay gap as it relates to mamas, how to ask for flex time, signs of postpartum mood disorder, and what to do if you have the sudden itch to quit. xx Ellie Knaus We love to hear from you on Instagram: @atomicmoms and Facebook. Subscribe on or your favorite podcast app. And if you enjoyed this episode, please share with a friend and leave a written review. It helps us out! About Our Guests: Kate Bolduan is anchor and host of CNN's "At This Hour" and "State of America" on CNN International. Lauren is the founder of The Fifth Trimester movement and the author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby (Doubleday), a simultaneous #1 best-seller in the Amazon categories of Motherhood, Women & Business, and Cultural Anthropology. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America,, Forbes, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Glamour, Refinery29, and dozens more outlets for business leaders and mothers.
April 11, 2018
A 10 minute recharging meditation for all of us moms, and especially new mamas. As Jennifer Waldburger explains, "Your baby needs a mom who takes good enough care of herself to be able to meet her needs with loving present attunement and attentiveness. In this meditation, I'll help you get in touch with how you're feeling right now. The more you are aware of how you yourself feel, the more easily you'll be able to read and attend to your baby's needs." x Ellie Knaus Find us on social media (@atomicmoms) and on Jen Waldburger has a master’s degree in social work and has been working with adults, children, and families for more than 20 years. She is co-founder of Sleepy Planet Parenting, co-director of the Mindfulness program at several schools in Los Angeles, and is coauthor of the award-winning book The Sleepeasy Solution and Calm Mama, Happy Baby. She is also a teacher on the new meditation app Evenflow.
April 11, 2018
We're talking about what happens when I have the chance to live out my ultimate birthday fantasy and Adam gives the play by play of the Rampage movie premiere. Subscribe on or your favorite podcast app to receive this week's BONUS episode, a mom meditation with Jennifer Waldburger. And find us on social media: Instagram: @atomicmoms, Twitter: @atomicmoms, and Facebook: “atomic moms podcast” xo Ellie
April 3, 2018
(New intro) It's my birthday week so we're revisiting our Eliza's birth! In this episode originally airing 7/17, we share the highlights of our second daughter’s totally outrageous birth, including audio from the day. Special thanks to our birthing dream team: our mama bear doula Carmen, OBGYN Dr. Susan Morrison, and all the fabulous nurses at Cedar Sinai hospital. To all you Atomic Mamas, thank you all for keeping us company on this 40 week pregnancy journey. Subscribe on Find us on social media: Instagram: @atomicmoms, Twitter: @atomicmoms, and Facebook: “atomic moms podcast”
March 28, 2018
#169 After our special live episode with child safety educator Pattie Fitzgerald officially ended, we kept talking so we kept recording! In this bonus episode, we discuss:Why we should encourage surprises and ban secretsHow to react if our child hints that something may be offAnd how we can prevent our children from becoming victims of the next Larry NassarSound-wise, consider yourself a part of the party. Because it was the end of the night, and we were not planning on sharing this, you'll hear parents rushing off to meet their sitters and our little dog Chubs even makes an appearance. The atmosphere is relaxed, but Pattie Fitzgerald's advice is top notch! And we are so grateful to her for being so generous with her time. xx Ellie Knaus Be sure to listen to the main episode for vital information. We love to hear from you on Instagram: @atomicmomsand Facebook. Subscribe on! And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave a written review. About Pattie Fitzgerald:  Pattie Fitzgerald has been successfully teaching Child Predator Safety Awareness since 2001. She is the founder and creator of Safely Ever After, Inc. and provides effective, non-fearful safety workshops, seminars, and keynote speeches at schools, community organizations, churches, and corporations throughout the United States. She has trained many crime prevention educators and children’s advocacy groups with her specialized programs, curriculum, and educational materials. For more details on her work and media expertise, go to:
March 27, 2018
In our first Atomic Moms Live, child safety educator Pattie Fitzgerald teaches us how to empower our children and prevent them from becoming victims of sexual abuse. After all, the "tricky person" (potential predator) is nearly always someone the family knows. We learn: how to teach our children: "you are the boss of your body", why "stranger danger" is ineffective, the ways in which predators groom our children (like "accidental" touching games), how to keep your child safe from "cousin creepy", the family code word - when to use it and what to do, and sleepovers - the ones to avoid and how to politely get out of them. Ellie's mom-friend Jessica summed it up: "It's a Party at Ellie's. Wine! Cheese! A frank discussion about child predators!" Be sure to check out our after-show bonus episode (3/28) for more important tips. x Ellie Knaus We love to hear from you on Instagram: @atomicmoms and Facebook. Subscribe on! And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave a written review. About Pattie Fitzgerald:  Pattie Fitzgerald has been successfully teaching Child Predator Safety Awareness since 2001. She is the founder and creator of Safely Ever After, Inc. and provides effective, non-fearful safety workshops, seminars, and keynote speeches at schools, community organizations, churches, and corporations throughout the United States. She has trained many crime prevention educators and children’s advocacy groups with her specialized programs, curriculum, and educational materials. For more details on her work and media expertise, go to: and join her Facebook group.
March 20, 2018
#167: The most watched TED Talk in history "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" made Sir Ken Robinson, PhD. a widely known crusader of non-traditional education around the world. In his new book YOU, YOUR CHILD, AND SCHOOL, co-authored with Lou Aronica, Sir Robinson argues that we should demand an education system revolution for our children and the future of humanity. No big deal. “One of the deep problems in education, which should concern you as a parent, is the limited idea of intelligence that permeates school culture.” - Sir Ken Robinson Always witty and super down to earth, Sir Ken Robinson discusses on Atomic Moms: how parents can help their children find the best school for them to thrive, the billion dollar testing industry, ADHD, how our current education system can be compared to industrialized farming, who is actually at fault in the school dropout crisis, and why dance is as important as mathematics in school! xo Ellie Follow along on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook, and our private Facebook community. Subscribe on! Please leave a written review.
March 14, 2018
#166 Dr. Britta Bushnell is back to discuss the challenges of emotional intimacy and the ways in which we can reconnect as a couple now that we’re parents. It’s part two of our extremely popular conversation: “The Mother’s Journey: Confronting the Unknown”. We’re taking baby steps, and Britta is here to help us wade through the metamorphic mama goo.  Guest Bio: Our guest Britta Bushnell is a celebrated speaker, veteran childbirth educator, and expert in guiding audiences to revolutionary new approaches to childbirth, relationship, and parenting. Utilizing the timeless disciplines of cultural mythology and ritual preparation, Britta challenges unseen preconceptions and helps audiences cultivate new ways to approach life’s most important transitions.   Join Atomic Moms on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook, and our PRIVATE Facebook page: click here Subscribe on! And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave a written review. (Consider it our podcast tip jar).
March 6, 2018
UGH. Meditation. Why is it so hard to just sit? I'm chatting with Sukey and Elizabeth about the critical voices in our heads, the ways in which we underestimate ourselves, meditation, and how to get comfortable in our own skin. These sister-in-laws and former founders of the celebrated newsletter The Well Daily, are the authors of the cheeky, soulful, and playfully illustrated Just Sit: A Meditation Guide Book for People Who Know They Should But Don’t (Harper Wave). Also, I am so proud to shine a light on Sukey Novogratz’s work as vice-chair of Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation giving healing support to victims of sexual assualt. We cover it all in this podcast: from silent meditation retreats to sharing a bathroom with six siblings to quitting a pack a day to the best beauty treatment available to mankind. Listen up!  About Our Guests:  Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz are two of the founders of the celebrated newsletter The Well Daily. Elizabeth is the co-author of Downtown Chic and Home by Novogratz, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Sukey is the executive producer of the acclaimed documentary The Hunting Ground.  Join us on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook, and our PRIVATE Facebook page: click here
February 27, 2018
Meet Kate Bowler, our new podcast mom friend. She's funny, sweet, and really, really smart, but like in a very-humble-and-also-loves-reality-shows kind of way. She teaches at Duke Divinity School. She's a historian specializing in the American prosperity gospel: think Joel Osteen. And she bravely challenges the strongly held religious belief that "everything happens for a reason" in her New York Times bestselling memoir EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON: AND OTHER LIES I'VE LOVED. Because, let's be honest, you'd have to be insane to think there could be any possible "reason" for this beautiful, vibrant young mother living with incurable stage 4 cancer to have her life cut short. She is not going to get better. And she is letting us all in on her journey. We discuss the challenges in finding a mom crew, the ways our children teach us to live moment to moment, and the Instagram-worthy "simplicity trap" (I really think I'm onto something here. And yes, I still want this.) And she shares honestly about living with an incurable disease. Glennon Doyle, author of #1 NYT bestseller Love Warrior writes "I left Kate's story feeling more present, grateful, and a hell of a lot less alone." I felt similarly after our conversation. I am so grateful for this memoir (she reads it herself on audible!), her podcast, and our chat together. Join us on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook, and our PRIVATE Facebook page: click here
February 17, 2018
#163 We offer support in this up to the minute podcast with renowned trauma expert Stephanie Small, LMFT, including: what to say to our children about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, how to find the courage to send our kids to school, how to support our teachers, and what to tell our children to do if they are in a crisis situation. Our returning guest Stephanie Small consulted with local officials following the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary, as well as in San Bernadino, Paris, and Aurora, Colorado. She has committed her life to helping people heal after these atrocities. I'm honored that she took my call. I have recorded this conversation today in hopes of getting her message out to concerned families across the nation. x Ellie Knaus Join us on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook, and our PRIVATE Facebook page: click here. Owen O’Neill: sound engineer Jeremy Turner: original theme music Show Notes:
February 13, 2018
Our kids suffer more stress and anxiety today than children did a century ago. Clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Bill Stixrud and testing guru Ned Johnson explain why and what we can do about it in their new work The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. Whether your child makes herself sick getting straight A's or has mastered the art of procrastination, whether she's just starting preschool or waiting for the college acceptance letters, our guests have an important message for us all about our true role as parents. x Ellie Knaus Join us on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook, and our PRIVATE Facebook page: click here. Show notes: GUESTS: Ned Johnson is the founder of PrepMatters, DC Metro’s premier provider of academic tutoring services, test preparation and educational planning. Dr. Bill Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist. He’s a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center, and he holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington School of Medicine. Together they have written THE SELF-DRIVEN CHILD: THE SCIENCE AND SENSE OF GIVING YOUR KIDS MORE CONTROL OVER THEIR LIVES (Feb 13 2018). Special Thanks to Owen O’Neill: sound engineering and Jeremy Turner: original theme composition
February 6, 2018
You may not feel like a goddess right now, but it turns out we have a lot in common with Inanna, the Sumerian mother goddess of Heaven and Earth. Drawing upon mythology and decades of experience as a childbirth educator, Dr. Brita Bushnell brings healing light to the unique challenges and identity shifts we experience as mamas. After all, motherhood is the ultimate rite of passage. This episode is our early Valentine’s gift to women at every stage of motherhood.  xx Ellie Knaus Show notes: Join us on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook and our PRIVATE Facebook page: click here. Guest: Special Thanks to: Owen O’Neill: Sound Engineering Jeremy Turner: Composing
January 30, 2018
#160 Award-winning journalist and Lead NPR digital education correspondent Anya Kamenetz chats with Ellie Knaus about the benefits and risks of screen time. We share current research, funny personal stories, and insights from Kamenetz’ brand new book The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life (Public Affairs 2018). From moms answering emails at the park to educational learning apps for kids to video game playing dads (or at least my husband), screen time affects us all, and you don't want to miss this episode! Join us on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook and our PRIVATE Facebook page: click here. Bio from Anya Kamenetz is the lead digital education correspondent for NPR. Her team’s blog is at Previously she covered technology, innovation, sustainability and social entrepreneurship for five years as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. She’s contributed to The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post and won 2009, 2010, and 2015 National Awards from the Education Writers Association. NPR Ed won a 2017 Edward R. Murrow award for Innovation from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Special Thanks to: Owen O’Neill: Sound Engineering Jeremy Turner: Composing
January 24, 2018
#159 Everyone goes into a family vacation with high hopes, but can mothers ever catch a break? Fresh off a weeklong family trip, host Ellie Knaus shares practical travel tips, cautionary tales, and ridiculous parenting moments. In this Atomic Moms listener Q and A, we cover a variety of topics from making the whining stop, to sneaking in moments of relaxation, to baby packing tips, to keeping your cool when your children are trying to make you insane. Listen up! Atomic Moms podcast is supported by Kabrita Gentle Goat Milk Formula. If you’d like to see if Kabrita is right for your family, you can order your trial kit at Join us on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook, and our PRIVATE Facebook page: click here. Special thanks this week to atomic mamas Jessica, Alaina, Jamie, Janelle, Elisabeth, Katie, Anna, Jen, Katelyn, Sara, Olivia, Jess, Michelle, Tanya, Lora, Amy, and Lauren for your thoughtful questions. And Carla at Kabrita Gentle Goat Milk formula for reaching out about supporting the podcast. Sound engineering: Owen O’Neill Music: Jeremy Turner Additional Show Notes available on
January 16, 2018
#158 The delightful Becky Friedman, twice Emmy nominated head writer of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (PBS Kids), is in studio. We talk about her transition from preschool teacher to children’s media creator, her recent west coast migration, the new mom friends search, our babies’ celebrity dopplegangers, Fred Rogers' legacy, our comedic screenwriter husbands named Adam (hers executive produced The Daily Show with John Stewart), the kid games we play while lying down from exhaustion, pregnancy while parenting a toddler, and her journey from intern to head writer of a cultural phenomenon. Of course, I also get to the bottom of important listener questions like: why doesn't Daniel Tiger wear pants and how his mom is so frigging calm? xx Ellie Knaus Atomic Moms podcast is supported by Kabrita Gentle Goat Milk Formula. If you’d like to see if Kabrita is right for your family, you can order your trial kit at Join us on Instagram: @atomicmoms, Facebook, and our PRIVATE Facebook page: click here. GUEST BIO: Becky Friedman is a children's television writer whose work can be seen on such shows as Super Why, Creative Galaxy, Wishenpoof, the Stinky and Dirty Show, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Most notably, she has been Head Writer for Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, for which she received two Emmy nominations, and countless questions about why Daniel doesn't wear pants. Currently she is working as the story editor for the forthcoming animated series Esme and Roy produced by Sesame Workshop. Becky also opined on her love of Marlo Thomas in an essay published in the anthology "When We Were Free to be, Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference it Made." After living in New York City for 15 years, Becky, her husband, and 2.5 year old daughter Meadow just made the leap and moved to Los Angeles, CA...and then decided to add to the chaos of a cross-country move by getting pregnant with baby #2, due in February. Becky tells herself she thrives in chaos. Becky may or may not be correct. Special thanks this week to atomic mamas Angelique for introducing me to our guest, her childhood pal. Also, Lisa B. for all that you do for children with cancer. And... Samantha Midkiff at Art19 (thrilled to learn from a woman in tech)  Carla at Kabrita Gentle Goat Milk formula for reaching out about supporting the podcast. Sound engineering: Owen O’Neill  Music: Jeremy Turner  Additional Show Notes: Fred Rogers 1969 Senate Hearing we shared a clip from. Watch from the beginning! Listen to Jim Beuer’s impersonations - “Nicholson and Joe Pesci at a Golf Course story” - on Howard Stern.  Buddy Hackett   Mother, Writer, Monster, Maid by Rufi Thorpe
January 8, 2018
After a forced evacuation from the raging California fires, film and television actress (and dynamite human being) Rachel Blanchard, her composer hubby Jeremy, and their baby girl Maxine spent the week with us at Chez Sztykiel! It was a terrible situation, but we were so grateful to get to have the time with them. In this hilarious mom-friend episode, we're talking: calm walks turned stressful stroller fits, dixie cups full of wine, babies falling off beds, husbands with solitary jobs (screenwriter vs composer), baby raising while working on set, co-sleeping, crib mishaps, moving houses, children's privacy, social media free weddings, photo book making, evacuating fires, surviving the holidays, finding quiet time, postpartum complications, pubes, and the ridiculous way Ellie got a parking ticket. Rachel Blanchard is an actress best known for - PEEP SHOW, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS & FARGO. She can currently be seen on Directv’s YOU, ME, HER. Ellie also wants everyone to remember she was Cher in the television show CLUELESS. Her husband Jeremy Turner is Former Assistant Principal Cello with the Metropolitan Opera turned Emmy nominated composer (and the composer of Atomic Moms theme song!). P.S. Rachel never got that donut. Ellie Knaus acts as host, senior editor, executive producer, show runner, technical director, president of programming, you get the point. This is a podcast by one mom for all of us moms. Special thanks to sound engineer Owen O'Neill and composer Jeremy Turner. Join our Private Facebook Group! Show Notes and Streaming: Instagram: @atomicmoms Subscribe and leave a written review to help us out!
January 3, 2018
Happy New Year! We're back with brand new content next week, but while I recover from some sort of holiday season plague, here's one of our favorites from May 2017. Certified organizer Robyn Reynolds swears we can organize ANYTHING that’s worth keeping and bring harmony into our homes. This single mom with a can-do spirit and no-nonsense attitude whips Ellie’s haphazard “put away” habits into shape. She teaches us how to streamline our kitchen in order to turn our morning routines into a well-caffeinated machine. She walks us through the process of getting our closets under control (and saving money in the process!) She gives an excellent mom hack for how the heck to keep track of what-you-put-where in all those darn diaper bag pockets. In this podcast you’ll also laugh at what a rainy day means at Robyn’s L.A. home and how to keep your cool with home maintenance issues, like when the 1-800 customer service for your broken washing machine is leaving you high and dry. Bravo TV, are you listening? Cause Atomic Moms is pretty sure that Robyn Reynolds, Long Island’s answer to Marie Kondo, needs her own show! xx Ellie Knaus Subscribe: Show Notes + Newsletter: Special Private Facebook Group: Click Here
December 18, 2017
(October 18, 2016) Detroit has a mother; her name is Rev. Faith Fowler. Best-selling author Mitch Albom (“Tuesdays With Morrie”) says our guest Rev. Faith Fowler is “…the most important currency of our city, a loving, egoless, inspiring leader who doesn’t see color, doesn’t see class, who looks at our poorest, most neglected citizens and sees only hope and opportunity. And humor.” She cares for and empowers thousands, including homeless mothers and children. In this episode, we talk to this fierce champion of ALL HUMANS about race, breaking the poverty cycle, addiction, her non-profit entrepreneurial projects including Tiny Homes. We chat about why she goes “tire hunting”, how can we be most effective with our talents, and she answers tough questions about parenting. Even when you’ve lost faith, there’s Faith. Check out Rev. Faith Fowler’s memoir: “This Far By Faith: Twenty Years at Cass Community.” I loved it! Subscribe on and choose from over 100 Atomic Moms episodes. Find us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
December 13, 2017
Originally aired: Dec 6, 2016. Join us over the holidays on Instagram and Facebook! If you liked our "How Not to Hate Your Husband After Having Kids" episode, you'll LOVE this one too. You’ve seen Dr. Laura Berman as a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Steve Harvey Show. New York Times bestselling author, world renowned sex and relationship educator, and clinical professor of ob-gyn and psychiatry at Northwestern University Dr. Berman is here to help us mamas elevate our relationships with the ultimate “Jedi Mind Trick.” She swears that mastering our energy is the key to living an empowered and loving life. We = atoms. Atoms = energy. And let’s face it, most of us go about our lives unconsciously playing off each other’s energy, for better or worse. In this podcast, Dr. Laura Berman shares with host Ellie Knaus and guest co-host Bridget Moloney-Sinclair findings from her latest book, Quantum Love: Use Your Body’s Atomic Energy to Create the Relationship You Desire. She schools us in how we can cultivate feelings of optimism, hopefulness, and curiosity, and act from an empowered and truthful place as “a co-creator of our reality”. She swears it’s possible to hold onto our positive energetic state (good vibes) regardless of the cranky downers we have to interact with. And you’ll be blown away by the life-changing events that led Dr. Berman to developing this book (it was ‘another freak and growth experience’ (AFGE) after another). Because Dr. Laura Berman is a leading expert in sex and love, we also talk about the first-year parenting phenomenon (ya know, the “I want to murder my partner” one) and what that’s really about. We also talk bedroom times: what sex means to men, how we can untangle ourselves from the associated shame, and also how we can raise sexually healthy children. Plus Dr. Berman shares a big-time parenting challenge she recently experienced with her impulsive teenage son and how she consciously handled it with both authority and love.
December 5, 2017
#153: Child development specialist and philanthropist Dr. Victoria Simms is here to help us bond with our children. We discuss the rituals and routines backed by science that can help our little ones feel safe, loved, and resilient. Dr. Simms is the president and founder of the nonprofit Simms/Mann Institute, trailblazing in the whole child approach to caring for our children and developmental neurogenetics. We all know separation anxiety can be frustrating, heart-wrenching, and guilt-inducing. Our guest has created a darling multi-faceted tool for families called “CuddleBright” to make transitions smoother and separation less overwhelming. And for those of you who had an “insecure attachment” with your own parent, Dr. Simms gives us hope. There is always the opportunity to break the generational patterns of drama and grow, heal, and thrive in our relationship with our kids. xx Ellie Knaus  Subscribe: Show Notes + Newsletter: Special Private Facebook Group: Click Here
November 28, 2017
What is your body trying to tell you? Has it ever felt like it has betrayed you? And what wisdom did you glean from the experience? This week Atomic Moms podcast is back at what it does best: commiserating over sleepless nights + expressing the grit and determination necessary to live fully and discovering the tools to do so, with a Cali-dose of woo woo and optimism. Friends Nikki DeLoach (Awkward) and Jen Dede (Shameless) have supported each other through hell and back and aren't afraid to crack a joke about it. They speak candidly about Jen's 8 year struggle with fertility, Nikki's harrowing experience with her newborn's open-heart surgery two months ago, and our fear of the big D and we don't mean Dallas OR Divorce. OK fine...I'll say it. Death. Join us in celebrating the launch of their super positive, uplifting, and crazy honest site: What We Are: A community of women celebrating our beautifully unfiltered selves. xx Ellie Knaus  Subscribe: Show Notes + Newsletter: Special Private Facebook Group: Click Here
November 22, 2017
Originally released 1/24/17. How do we handle the transitions we experience as mothers without losing our minds and keeping our sense of humor? In podcast #114, mom-in-chief Ellie Knaus interviews psychotherapist and favorite relative EMILY PRICE about how to handle big change and all the anxiety that comes along with it. Emily gives us grounding techniques that can keep us from freaking out no matter what life throws at us: whether that be an unexpected pregnancy (or expected), moving, switching jobs, or family loss. We also call B.S. on our “get over it” culture and share what to do instead. But first Ellie brings on her husband Adam to share their ridiculous Sunday night…You’ll never think of “mother-daughter twinning” in quite the same way. PS We're both pregnant. GUEST BIO: Emily Price is a licensed clinical social worker and mom of 2 boys (now 3 boys!) living and working in New York City. She’s been extensively trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and is a certified somatic experiencing practitioner. She is a psychotherapist in private practice and specializes in treating anxiety and trauma, particularly OCD, phobias, and PTSD. Super amazing and personal private Facebook Group for our Mama Listeners Facebook page Shownotes: Instagram: @atomicmoms
November 14, 2017
#150: What's a feminist mom to do? In our 150th podcast, humorist Devorah Blachor lifts the veil on all things glittery and pink as we find out why our daughters are more princess-obsessed than ever. We talk about her brand new book THE FEMINIST'S GUIDE TO RAISING A LITTLE PRINCESS: HOW TO RAISE A GIRL WHO’S AUTHENTIC, JOYFUL, AND FEARLESS–EVEN IF SHE REFUSES TO WEAR ANYTHING BUT A PINK TUTU (TarcherPerigree). And, of course, because you're listening to Atomic Moms, we also speak candidly about depression, being your children's ally, and the time Sabrina tried to open mouth kiss me because she saw Prince Eric and Ariel do it in the book. xx Ellie Knaus, host Join our Private Facebook Group! Show Notes and Streaming: Instagram: @atomicmoms,  Subscribe and leave a written review to help us out!
November 7, 2017
#149 Get out the wine and the last of the Halloween candy! I’ve been leaning heavy on the experts as of late, and it was about damn time we had an unfiltered mom podcast full of laughter, commiseration, and perfectionism undone. TV star Claire Coffee played Adalind on NBC’s supernatural show GRIMM for six seasons. She, along with her musician husband Chris Thile (Yo Yo Ma told him where to get the engagement ring), and their son 2.5 year-old Calvin, rocked out at our home between A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile west coast shows. We talk about the struggle between being creatively fulfilled and getting Mom sh*t done, mama separation anxiety, traveling the world with a toddler, and how parenting is SO DIFFERENT with Ellie’s second child. We love to play into the ridiculousness of our wacky family life with our creative husbands, and jokingly give ourselves and each other a hard time in this episode, but I’d be remiss not to say Claire Coffee is one of the most generous and thoughtful women on this planet and a huge reason this podcast exists. We all need a mom friend who commiserates but doesn’t accept any self-defeating excuses and sends tubs of ice cream when you’re on bed rest. xx Ellie Knaus Join our Private Facebook Group! Show Notes and Streaming: Instagram: @atomicmoms, @clairecoffee Subscribe:
October 31, 2017
#148 In this no holds barred Atomic Moms parenting podcast, award-winning business and personal finance journalist Emma Johnson talks cents to Ellie Knaus about what money means in our relationships, where we should focus our savings, what holds us back from going big in our careers, and why we owe it to our kids to go for it! Ellie speaks honestly about her money-making hang ups. And Johnson, a champion for solo moms everywhere, alleviates listener working mom guilt, shares how she carves out guilt free me-time, and discusses the “the sandwich generation” stress when you find yourself suddenly the primary caregiver of both your kids and your parents. Finally we share a fantastic "Family Manifesto" exercise pulled straight from her new book The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children to do with your family this week. x Ellie "Get over this idea that being harried and overwhelmed is somehow a badge of honor. That is just bullsh*t that holds women back.” - Emma Johnson on Atomic Moms podcast show notes: If you like this, subscribe and leave a written review on Let’s carry this conversation on over to our private Facebook group. The link can be found on our “Atomic Moms podcast” Facebook page.
October 24, 2017
Dr. Jessica Zucker is back on Atomic Moms. As a Los Angeles-based psychologist and writer specializing in women's reproductive and maternal mental health, Dr. Zucker is a leading voice in miscarriage and pregnancy loss awareness. When her @ihadamiscarriage Instagram account was named “the bravest use of social media” by Women’s Health Magazine U.K., she shared, "My personal experience was a way to model for other women around the world that there is absolutely no shame in loss." We discuss her own experience as a rainbow mother and offer guidance to a listener struggling with prenatal anxiety after loss. "... the guilt, sadness and fear caused by what happened last time are stopping me from truly enjoying this new pregnancy, from connecting to my baby and being fully present. What is your advice to new parents who are preparing for the arrival of a new baby while dealing with so many fears and feelings?”  But first, a remarkable mother of two shares her own journey with grief after the termination of a much wanted pregnancy and the unexpected way she found help to emotionally heal. She's definitely my mom hero of the week. This episode is for all mothers and a testament to the strength and openheartedness of our listener community. And we stand in solidarity with these women. xx Ellie  show notes: listen on apple podcast app,, and all podcast apps. instagram: @atomicmoms join our private Facebook group (link is on Facebook Page: to continue this discussion
October 16, 2017
#146 - Is there a part of you that feels unlovable? You know that part of yourself you're always trying to hide, change, or overcompensate? That's your Shadow. We're talking about what the Shadow means, how it affects your parenting and the power it holds within you. Psychotherapist, and New York Times bestselling author BARRY MICHELS explains how recognizing and aligning with our Shadow, a term coined by Carl Jung, can actually lead us to a better relationship with our children and ourselves. And Barry walks Ellie through a difficult moment in her birth experience that left her feeling exposed and ashamed until this honest and healing conversation. Subscribe on, Social media: @atomicmoms. Listen to Part One on our conversation “How to Reclaim Energy, Creativity, and Willpower” released August 22, 2017. And check out: “Coming Alive: 4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression, and Unleash Your Soul’s Potential” (available at all book stores)
October 3, 2017
Harvard researcher SUZANNE BOUFFARD, Ph.D. gives us a better understanding of the Universal Pre-K debate and insights from her brand new book: The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children. Clearly, it's an important conversation for all Americans, not just parents of young children. This early childhood education expert also shares problem solving and communication techniques we can steal from the classroom to make our lives easier at home. For guest bio and show notes: social media: Instagram/Twitter: @atomicmoms and facebook: "Atomic Moms Podcast" Subscribe and available on all podcast apps. xx Ellie Knaus
September 26, 2017
Dr. Elliot Berlin is known for his huge presence, big personality, and enormous heart in the Hollywood birthing scene (why yes, it's a scene). We talk about maternal wellness, the mommy wars, raising 4 kids in LA, all types of births including VBACS, BREECH, and the most important thing to remember no matter what type of birth you plan.  For all info, go to! Join us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: @atomicmoms and "Atomic Moms Podcast" Subscribe on xx Ellie Knaus
September 20, 2017
Award-winning writer and journalist Elizabeth Day joins us from London to discuss Ellie's new favorite novel THE PARTY (August 15, 2017), what to say (or NOT SAY) to women dealing with infertility, the big lesson she learned from interviewing Sheryl Sandberg, and how she kicked "the good girl" habit. For show notes, guest bio, and more, go to Join us on social media:,, and If you enjoyed this episode, please share with your girlfriends and write a review on (consider it our tip helps our ranking so new moms find us)
September 12, 2017
It's a zoo at the Sztykiels. This up all night with the infant thing while trying to stay semi-sane for the other kid is for the birds. (Fun updates on Instagram!) Time to enjoy an Atomic Moms classic (5/31/16). In my second interview with conscious parenting trailblazer Dr. Shefali Tsabary, we share insights from her second New York Times bestseller "The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting". This exclusive interview is for anyone who wonders why her kid can drive her crazy…for anyone hungry for external validation…for anyone wishy washy with her parental boundaries. Honestly, it’s a conversation for all humans, with or without kids. And you don’t want to miss Dr. Shefali Tsabary give host Ellie Knaus the best spiritual pep talk ever so that Ellie can finally let go of the performance pressure she has carried since she was a kid. Since taking the the parenting world by storm with her New York Times bestseller "The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering our Children", Dr. Shefali Tsabary has changed the conversation from how can we fix our kids to how can we heal ourselves. Last month Oprah Winfrey said, “Parents…you will be wowed and awed by her.” Listeners, we can’t wait to hear what you think/feel. Please subscribe and leave a review on iTunes. And continue the conversation throughout the week on Twitter and Instagram @atomicmoms and on our “Atomic Moms” Facebook page. Show notes: *Join Dr. Shefali Tsabary for her Evolve summit in Long Beach, Sept 15-17, 2017. Register at*
September 7, 2017
With catastrophic hurricanes and wildfires displacing countless families, I reach out to child and adolescent trauma expert Stephanie Small, LMFT. In this in-depth interview, she shares invaluable tools to help guide our children through traumatic events. Whether it be a natural disaster, a car accident, a terrorist attack, mandatory evacuation, or surgery, she teaches us how to support a child's natural resilience in the aftermath. And listen up for her simple and effective exercises for alleviating our children's everyday worries and our own! Conversation recorded: Sept 2, 2017 Show info, including guest's extensive bio: Subscribe: Reach out on @atomicmoms social media Join us in our Hurricane Harvey fund that goes directly to "Save the Children":
August 29, 2017
Fundraising Contest! Go to our social media posts for details! Whining, biting, hitting, kicking, and screaming? What to do and how to discipline? Author, expert, and mom of 4, Sarah Ockwell-Smith is here to help. Y'all, the newborn honeymoon stage is wearing off, and we’re figuring out how to be this new and improved version of our family while juggling life and not completely losing our marbles. No surprise. I'm exhausted and a tad overwhelmed. Almost 4 year-old Big Sis is incredibly loving and patient with her baby sister's needs and colic wails. (Seriously. She's crushing it). But I’m having hard time mustering up the energy to parent my eldest as patiently as I have in the past. Parent coach, author, and mother of 4 Sarah Ockwell-Smith gives me skills to make home life easier, a reality check about my expectations, and advice from her brand new book GENTLE DISCIPLINE: Using Emotional Connection – Not Punishment – to Raise Confident, Capable Kids (August 29, 2017). After listening to this episode, you better believe I'm marking my calendar for 2030. Listen to the episode to find out why. Join Atomic Moms in supporting the youngest affected by Hurricane Harvey. Go to: Your gift will go directly to Save the Children's work there. I promise I did my homework. Show Notes: Love hearing from you on social media!
August 22, 2017
Do you struggle to set aside time for yourself? Do you have a hard time not giving in when your child throws a tantrum? How about controlling your anger or unhealthy eating habits? Hollywood’s A-List psychotherapist BARRY MICHELS helps host ELLIE KNAUS address these mama issues and more. Go to for more about Barry Michels and Phil Stutz groundbreaking work “The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower--and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion” and their brand new book "Coming Alive: 4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression & Unleash Your Soul’s Potential” (Penguin Random House, August 22, 2017).   Stay tuned for Part II of our conversation in September. Don’t forget to subscribe on Please leave a kind review if you enjoy this content! Helpful Links and Show Notes available at This is a one woman show! Say hi on social media. I love hearing from you all: @atomicmoms
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