Language often fails us when it comes to expressing the importance of people in our lives. And when it comes to family, “Step” and “Half” just don’t cut it! In this very first video introduction to the podcast, Ellie Knaus asks “Who do you choose to be in your family?!” Click the end of the video to listen to podcast episode 73 with special guests Evie Peck and Bridget Moloney-Sinclair!

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Evie Peck“Mom Solo” Evie Peck was nearing forty when she decided to start a family on her own. She discusses her choice to become a single mother with host Ellie Knaus and mom-friend-Bridget-Moloney-Sinclair. They chat about the unique challenges and upsides of parenting solo, societal assumptions, and how we are redefining family in the 21st century. Read Evie’s work here!

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erika christakis on Atomic Moms podcastErika Christakis, author of the New York Times bestseller: The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need From Grown Ups shares on Atomic Moms podcast:

Actually, I always say boredom is the friend to the imagination. Sometimes being bored is a stimulus to the imagination, especially when you’re outdoors. If your kid is sort of looking aimless, there’s a way in which you can really help coach the child. What else could you do? I wonder if you could try this? Maybe you just leave the kid alone and say, yeah sometimes it’s hard to be bored…We’re all so over programmed, that it takes a certain courage I think to just grit your teeth a little bit. You know what, my daughter is struggling a little bit here. I’m going to see what she can do. The wonderful thing is that kids are so endlessly surprising. They’re so smart that when you do give them those long stretches of time, they figure it out. They figure out how to turn the play into something deeper if they’re by themselves, looking at an ant hill or something in the sand.

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The Atlantic Atomic Moms #naptimeread : “The New Preschool is Crushing Kids” The Atlantic

This week’s podcast guest Erika Christakis writes in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of The Atlantic: 

The real focus in the preschool years should be not just on vocabulary and reading, but on talking and listening. We forget how vital spontaneous, unstructured conversation is to young children’s understanding. By talking with adults, and one another, they pick up information. They learn how things work. They solve puzzles that trouble them.

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