Guest Heather Shumaker | Atomic Moms Podcast | Host Ellie Knaus | Parenting | Motherhood | Toddlers |

Journalist HEATHER SHUMAKER shares insights from her parenting books loved by so many free-thinking moms: “It’s OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids” and “It’s OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids” (Penguin Random House). With a warm voice and a no-nonsense attitude, Heather helps us advocate for our children’s unalienable right to be kids! We discuss the importance of childhood physical risk-taking and the benefits of scraped knees. She reminds us that CONFLICT is a great opportunity for our little ones to learn conflict resolution and gives us the tools to help them do it successfully! She tells us how to sidestep the “time to turn it off” screen-time wars, and what to do if our kids are being assigned too much homework in school. We’re starting a renegade parenting revolution! Are you with us?

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Atomic Moms | Host Ellie Knaus | Jessica Coulter | Mom's Night Out | Parenting Podcast | Motherhood |

Jessica Coulter kidnaps host Ellie Knaus for a Mom’s Night Out. Our award-winning advertising creative director mom-friend shares a glimpse into her life as an undercover working mom who gets everything done in time for preschool pick up, and Ellie gives a glimpse into her life as a living, breathing, hormonal roller coaster gearing up for second trimester. We make a toast to the perks of socializing sober and stress the importance of leaning on mom friends when we feel depleted or stressed. We also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the musical RENT before hopping in the cab to see it at the Pantages Theater.

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Psychotherapist | Emily Price | Host Ellie Knaus | Atomic Moms podcast | Parenting | Motherhood | Big Transitions |

How do we handle the transitions we experience as mothers without losing our minds and keeping our sense of humor? In podcast #114, mom-in-chief Ellie Knaus interviews psychotherapist and favorite relative EMILY PRICE about how to handle big change and all the anxiety that comes along with it. Emily gives us grounding techniques that can keep us from freaking out no matter what life throws at us: whether that be an unexpected pregnancy (or expected), moving, switching jobs, or family loss. We also call B.S. on our “get over it” culture and share what to do instead. But first Ellie brings on her husband Adam to share their ridiculous Sunday night…You’ll never think of “mother-daughter twinning” in quite the same way.

Emily Price is a licensed clinical social worker and mom of 2 boys (#3 coming in March) living and working in New York City. She’s been extensively trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and is a certified somatic experiencing practitioner. She is a psychotherapist in private practice and specializes in treating anxiety and trauma, particularly OCD, phobias, and PTSD.

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How does motherhood affect ambition? Guests Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace co-wrote “The Ambition Interviews” essay series for The Atlantic and share their powerful findings with Atomic Moms.

We talk about our desire to redefine ambition, the reason there are so few power couples, and why moms are juggling more than ever before. We also talk about Elizabeth’s two mom household and celebrate Hana’s career move that was inspired by this project. Listen to our interview! Read these essays. And join our conversation on social media.

About Our Guests:
ELIZABETH WALLACE is a freelance writer who has been published in Lenny Letter, Domino, Parenting, and Redbook, and a former editor at Vogue, Nylon, Seventeen, Us Weekly, and Lucky. Elizabeth is a Brooklyn-based mother of two kids and avid practitioner of yoga, lunch making, and handcrafted cocktails.

HANA SCHANK is a user experience consultant, author and essayist. Her writing appears frequently in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic and in other national publications and around the web. She is the author of two memoirs. Hana divides her time between Washington DC and Brooklyn, NY, where she lives with her family.

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Atomic Moms is a modern parenting podcast celebrating the joys and complexities of caring for our children and ourselves. Host Ellie Knaus celebrates and commiserates with New York Times best-selling authors, acclaimed parenting experts, and bighearted moms all over the world. With 100+ episodes available for free on iTunes, we have been creating positive and empowering content for mothers since 2014.

Pregnant | We're Expecting | Atomic Moms podcast | Host Ellie Knaus |

Expectant mamas Becca McHugh, Ellie Knaus, and Bridget Moloney-Sinclair recording in Becca’s son’s room while he’s at preschool

We’re having a baby! Host Ellie Knaus (first trimester) consults best mom-friends Becca McHugh (second trimester) and Bridget Moloney-Sinclair (third trimester) about the ups and downs of pregnancy while toddler-wrangling at the same time. We discuss: expanding our families, “second child-itus” (it’s like my stomach was an instant pop-up tent this time), the “mini van stigma”, VBACS, IUI’s, and a bunch of other initials I knew nothing about before motherhood, and how our toddlers pressured us into making them siblings (Sabrina has convinced me that I’m the surrogate for “HER baby”). We hear Becca’s insane ZIKA-conception story, kiss goodbye to any illusions of a cocooned “4th trimester” with the newborn, and share how Sabrina broke the news to her entire preschool. After listening to this episode, our child-free sound engineer Owen O’Neill wrote Ellie: “Well, that episode was an eye opener to say the least.”

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