Television producer/director Randall Winston (Scrubs, Spin City, Undateable) is a towering presence in Hollywood literally and figuratively. 6’6″ daddy of two, Winston chats with host Ellie Knaus about: adoptions and birth moms…how they discuss multiracial identity at home…the challenges of dressing a tutu-crazed daughter…creating family rituals with his husband…and how we can turn the No’s in our lives into big fat Yeses.
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Here’s a jolt of strong mama espresso: CNN Host Kate Bolduan! Co-anchor of “@ This Hour with Berman and Bolduan”, Kate previously co-anchored “New Day with Chris Cuomo” and “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”. In addition to reporting on Isis and the Presidential primaries, she is mommy to her one-year-old daughter Cecelia. Ellie Knaus asks her:

What was it like getting parenting advice from President Obama? How can we separate work life from home life? How do we gracefully juggle the parenting act while still hitting the pavement hard? And what is it like raising a kid in Manhattan?

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Susan Stiffelman (“Parenting with Presence” and “Parenting without Power Struggles”) will be an instant Atomic listener fave. In this episode, we ask the big questions, like: How can we be the calm and loving leaders our children deserve? What % of interactions with our children are about getting them to do what we want? How can we strengthen our relationship with our sons and daughters at any age? How can we stop nagging and have our kids listen? And what the heck should we do if we are in a power struggle with an extended relative or in-law? You don’t want to miss Susan’s answers to these questions and more!

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Henry Dittman (“100 Things to Do Before High School”) plays DAD on television and in real life. In this intimate conversation with host Ellie Knaus, he recalls how his international upbringing has shaped his outlook. He reflects on how his own parents have influenced his perspective as a father. And he shares what he hopes his little girl will always remember about her daddy.

The To Do's:  My Toddler's Perspective

The To Do’s:
My Toddler’s Perspective

I’m an overly optimistic person. I am positive that I can get ten things done during my two-year old’s nap. I set the bar too high. And then, she wakes up yelling after 50 minutes, and I’ve gotten four things done. And instead of feeling satisfied that I was as productive as I could be in the allotted time, I feel like crap. I’m mad at my husband because he’s not here to do the other six things on the list…cause he has a fancy job where he’s constantly being validated (even though he doesn’t need the validation which makes me even feel worse). And I’m mad at my two year-old daughter for waking up and for not being narcoleptic so I could get the ten things done. And then, I’m mad at myself for wishing I had a narcoleptic toddler cause what kind of sicko am I anyways? So then I go in to the nursery flooded with guilt. SO this year, I am crossing off 3 things from my to-do list before I even get started. Because what would I do with that extra energy I’ve been spending being hard on myself?