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BFF’s actress Claire Coffee, director Bridget Moloney-Sinclair, and host Ellie Knaus warm up to summer with travel talk and "family gap year" dreams and bring levity to the bone-chilling subject of privacy in 2019.

In this conversation, we address nanny cams, security cams, data collection, and if there’s any point in trying to protect their children’s faces on social media. Claire discusses her parenting theory regarding “specialness”. And Bridget introduces the listener question from Ann Shrake and Vivian Lee:

“If you could take your family anywhere in the world for a year, where would you go?”

We want to hear from YOU: where would you take your “family gap year”? 

X Ellie Knaus


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Theresa Thorn, host of the beloved “One Bad Mother” comedy podcast and mom of 3, joins us to celebrate her glorious new children’s book It Feels Good To Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity, illustrated by Noah Grigni.

In this episode, Ellie geeks out over how Theresa has co-hosted over 300 episodes of One Bad Mother, how she keeps the love alive with her high-school sweetheart turned husband, American Public Radio show host and Maximum Fun founder Jesse Thorn, and all that she has learned exploring gender with her children, including her daughter who identifies as transgender and her son who loves everything B-O-Y.

I can’t wait for all of you to check out the sweetness that is: It Feels Good To Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity.

Xx Ellie Knaus

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Happy Father’s Day! In this family check in, we discuss our tactics for entertaining our kids over summer break, and we catch up with my husband with the impossible last name.

Interrupting our conversational flow, graduating preschooler Sabrina puts Adam in the hot seat and asks questions better than her mother.

And because it's the end of another school year, and we’re all grappling with the wacky passage of time thing, I recount an awkward dad moment at the neighborhood park when my kid-free past collided with a very sniffly present moment. xx Ellie Knaus

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#221 - Did you see the FDA's recent sunscreen announcement? Not only are sunscreen chemicals absorbed into our blood, but it remains unclear whether 12 ingredients currently used in sunscreens are safe! We need to protect ourselves and our kids from skin cancer, but what’s a parent to do?

Well, of course, Ellie calls the best in skincare to find out. Dr. Whitney Bowe, research scientist, dermatologist, and mom, shares her thoughts on Atomic Moms about this latest sunscreen controversy, and how we can best protect our health.

And then, we riff on the microbiome, the gut-brain-skin axis, and the importance of cultivating the gut’s good bacteria in order to support our immune system, mental health, and our skin. Dr. Bowe’s Dirty Looks: The Secret to Beautiful Skin is full of scientific research and simple lifestyle changes with a big impact. This episode is for anyone who has ever suffered from anxiety or IBS or inflammation. Pretty much everyone who listens to Atomic Moms! 

xx Ellie Knaus

P.S. Retail therapy is now available at our brand new Atomic Moms shop!


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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 iTunes.com! 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: http://safelyeverafter.com/ and join her Facebook group.

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(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 iTunes.com/AtomicMoms

Find us on social media: Instagram: @atomicmoms, Twitter: @atomicmoms, and Facebook: “atomic moms podcast

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#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 secrets
  • How to react if our child hints that something may be off
  • And how we can prevent our children from becoming victims of the next Larry Nassar

Sound-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 iTunes.com! 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: http://safelyeverafter.com/

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#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.  

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Subscribe on iTunes.com! And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave a written review. (Consider it our podcast tip jar).

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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. 

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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.

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