Healing is possible. And there’s always the possibility that next time will be different. Marie Horrigan takes #AtomicMoms mom friends Deanna Russo, Bridget Moloney-Sinclair, and host Ellie Knaus on a totally wild, completely unexpected, and super empowering #birth journey that has changed the way she looks at parenting and the world at large. What makes this story extra special is how vastly different it is from her first traumatic birth experience. Atomic Moms believes it’s imperative we share the good times and the difficult ones, the traumatic moments and the triumphant ones too. And we are honored Marie shared both of her birth experiences on this episode.

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Film and television actress and host Garcelle Beauvais chats with Ellie Knaus about co-parenting twins after a very public divorce and raising sons with a 16 year age gap. We also talk about why she co-wrote the children’s book series: I Am Mixed, I Am Living in Two Homes, and I Am Amazing. And I can’t wait for you to hear what happened when Garcelle took her children to the White House. Subscribe on iTunes.com/Atomicmoms.

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New York Times bestselling author and legendary Esquire Magazine editor-in-chief Lee Eisenberg speaks with Ellie Knaus about his new book “The Point Is: Making Sense of Birth, Death, and Everything in Between”. We discuss the identity shift that comes with parenthood, how early childhood memories influence one’s personal myth, the importance of jotting down the little moments, and what constitutes a meaningful existence. We also talk about the “H Word”…happiness. Follow Atomic Moms on social media, subscribe and leave a review if you like us on iTunes.com/AtomicMoms.

Mr. Lee Eisenberg kept a journal during one period in his life: as a new dad. On the podcast he shares an epiphany:

“I went back and read it for the first time in about 25 years, and it so opened my eyes to this idea that we go through life having these experiences, some of which are very striking and important at the time, some of them are meaningless at the time; but we don’t often stop to write them down, literally. When you go back and you reread these experiences or descriptions of events or relationships with other things in your life, you often go back and experience them in an entirely different way. You’re at a different point in life, you’re in a different mood, you may be in a different situation as far as your health is concerned. A lot of things change, obviously. If we don’t write them down, we can make mental notes of them, but the mental notes don’t hang around very long, usually; but when you write them down and go back and revisit them, you begin to see that your life has probably had a lot more meaningfulness in it than you remember, or that you give yourself credit for.”

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Roma Khetarpal (“The ‘Perfect’ Parent: 5 Tools for Using Your Inner Perfection to Connect with Your Kids”) shares simple and effective parenting tools for strengthening the parent/child connection. We talk about the easiest and most effective way to get your children to problem solve for themselves, the difference between guidelines and rules, the first step to take when a meltdown is coming (child’s or parent’s), her daily “Take 5” approach, and Ellie realizes she needs to wash her own mouth out with soap (verbal hygiene). In addition, Roma reflects on what she has learned raising her children in America after being raised in Kuwait by her Indian parents.

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Today is also the launch of Susan Stiffelman’s free “Parenting in the Digital Age” series! A free online telesummit February 23, 24, 25, 26 (and available to buy after that). Wondering how much is too much when it comes to screen time? Trying to decide whether your child is old enough for a cell phone? Worried about how much your kids are on social media? Join parenting author Susan Stiffelman for a free series on Parenting in the Digital Age.
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Guests Claire Coffee (starring in NBC’s Grimm) and Bridget Moloney-Sinclair (masters in clinical psychology) explore the tricky subject “Friends Without Kids” and how raising children has strengthened or strained our other relationships. Also in this episode a medical mystery has host Ellie Knaus re-evaluating her priorities and obligations. And she opens up about Bianca’s departure from the podcast last fall.