• Do you have a hard time not giving in when your child has a tantrum?
  • How about controlling your anger or unhealthy eating habits?
  • Do you struggle to set aside time for yourself?

Atomic Moms Podcast | Host Ellie Knaus | Parenting Podcast | iTunes.com/AtomicMomsNew York Times bestselling author and Hollywood’s A-List psychotherapist BARRY MICHELS helps host ELLIE KNAUS  address all of these mama issues. And check back in September for Part II of our conversation.


In this interview, we discuss:
  1. min 5:33 – What are “The Tools” and how “we can overcome a problem in real time” rather than just talk about it after the fact.
  2. min 7:52 – How to model impulse control for our kids and why it’s so hard to say no to ourselves
  3. min 16:20 – How to give ourselves permission to commit to our creative fulfillment and how to get more ideas and passion when you have very little time
  4. min 20:45 – What can a Mom say to her partner if she needs more time for herself
  5. min 23:20 – How to tap into an unlimited source of psychological energy (“creativity, good will, enthusiasm”)
  6. min 30:26: – In mindfulness, we’re always being told to feel our feelings. How do you get the guts to do that when you’re used to ‘muscling’ through life?
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This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond. 

– Rumi

this is what happens when a mom of a 3 week-old and 3 year-old attempts to take a selfie #blurryeyed #needZZZZs

About Our Podcast Guest:

Barry Michels has a B.A. from Harvard, a law degree from University of California, Berkeley, and an MSW from the University of Southern California.  He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Los Angeles since 1986.
Additional Naptime Reading:

An ‘open secret’ in Hollywood . . . [Stutz and Michels] have developed a program designed to access the creative power of the unconscious.

 The authors of Coming Alive (out this August) and The Tools report that a large part of their practice involves actually encouraging their patients to feel more entitled: developing what they call “healthy entitlement,” meaning the sense that you have the right to want things.
 If you like this episode, check out:
Next week, we’re talking “Gentle Discipline” with parenting expert Sarah Okwell-Smith.

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Meet the brand new love of our lives: Eliza Sztykiel (8 lbs, 8 oz, 21 inches long)! In this ‘mom’umental episode, Ellie Knaus (hi!) and Adam Sztykiel share the highlights of our second daughter’s beautiful, hilarious, and wild unmedicated hospital birth, including audio footage Adam secretly and lovingly taped (best push present for a podcasting mom ever!) Special thanks to our birthing dream team: our mama bear doula Carmen, sunny 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.

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Atomic Moms podcast | Ellie Knaus | Selena Willows | swimming | Parenting |
A brand new podcast update from Ellie, including instructions for our baby naming contest, the insane LA LA Land things Ellie is doing in an attempt to flip her baby around from “sunny side up”, and listener notes on last week’s podcast “The Baby Waiting Game”.

Then we highlight this episode from February 2017 that could save your child’s life. I can’t wait for you to meet guest SELENA WILLOWS, a mom of two, a nutrition and wellness coach as well as the child swim instructor who taught my toddler to swim safely across a pool in less than two weeks! We’ll talk with Selena about water safety (like the chilling fact that it takes less than 20 seconds for a child to stop fighting for breath), the spiritual experience of witnessing a child push past their fears and perceived limitations, as well as how she coaches. “Swimming is one of those things that children can learn very quickly if people get out of their way,” Selena says. “I often say I don’t so much teach as I facilitate. I provide a safe environment where kids are empowered and they get to learn how to swim — they get to teach themselves how to swim. I guide them, but I do very little instruction.”

We also go WAY BEYOND swim lessons into Selena’s mantra to “live life on purpose” and her own transformative experience of LOSING 100 pounds. And Selena will offer a “breakthrough homework assignment” for us moms to achieve greater clarity about getting to the root of shame and how it affects us physically inside and out.

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Baby Waiting Game | Ellie Knaus + Adam Sztykiel | Atomic Moms podcast | Parenthood | Family | Baby | We could meet this baby any moment folks! My modified bed rest restrictions have been lifted and she’s welcome to join us anytime. The acid reflux situation is real (as you’ll hear in my voice on the show) and so is nesting at our new home. Literally. You will not believe what is oozing out of our walls. I’m serious.

In this relaxed and fun episode, I grill my birth partner about whether he’s ready to be my pushing wingman again. And I ask him what he plans to do differently in raising Baby Girl #2. You’ll also hear one of our biggest motivating factors in life. Believe me, it’s one not many people would fess up to.

We also get into an honest debate over what it means to share on social media. For example, should a mom not announce in a Facebook or Instagram caption if she had an unmedicated birth because another mom could feel bad? And why would a mom want share that information anyways? We hit all sides of the argument.

Sending love in these final days (?) hours (?) minutes (?) before we meet Sabrina’s sister. If I happen to not be here next week because I’m filling a gigantic pad with witch hazel, definitely check out one of the amazing experts I’ve had on the show in the past month! xx Ellie

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Renowned pediatrician and international bestselling author Dr. Harvey Karp shares essential new mom advice regarding sleep (yours and baby’s), signs you might have postpartum mood disorder and not know it, and effective ways to sooth your baby in the “4th trimester”.

His world famous 5 S’s technique was so successful in getting Sabrina to stop crying, I’m excited to try again with baby #2. We also chat about Dr. Karp’s new, revolutionary, safe and effective baby bed, the “Snoo” and what makes it different from everything else on the market.

And he answers my questions about: baby swings, temperament, swaddling, sleep cues, SIDS, exposure to wifi radiation, at what age Dr. Karp believes bed sharing is safe, white noise machines, and so much more! Listen up and share with expectant mom friends!

xx Ellie Knaus

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Also, I just saw there is currently a promotion at HappiestBaby.com for $241 off the Snoo until July 5.

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Meet our Guest:
“Dr. Harvey Karp is a nationally renowned pediatrician, child developmentalist and a leading advocate in the field of children’s environmental health. He is on the faculty of USC School of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Karp’s books and DVDs, The Happiest Baby on the Block, The Happiest Toddler on the Block, and his newly released The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, teach parents simple techniques to reduce infant crying, boost sleep, build patience and eliminate tantrums and are translated into over 20 languages. The popularity of his work has made him America’s most read pediatrician.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Karp has been a spokesman on environmental issues for NRDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Environmental Media Services, California Department of Health, and a founding board member of Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet and Healthy Child Healthy World.

Dr. Karp is an advisor to Parents, Ser Padres and American Baby magazines and a pediatric expert on BabyCenter. He has appeared numerous times on Dr. Oz, Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, Dr. Phil and his work has been featured by the Associated Press, New York Times, Time, Newsweek, People Magazine, etc. Reporting on his innovative ideas, the New York Times proclaimed, “Roll over Dr. Spock!” Dr. Karp lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nina, and their daughter lives in New York City.” -Bio on Healthychild.org