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Atomic Moms

"Atomic Moms" is a podcast celebrating the beauty and diversity of modern parenting. New moms Bianca Kajlich (Rules of Engagement, Undateable) and Ellie Knaus (Huffington Post Blogger) explore the many different options we have when it comes to conception, birth, and raising a child. Through the personal stories of celebrity guests, experts and the hosts themselves, Atomic Moms leaves no stone unturned, no nose upturned. Welcome to the mothership!

"Atomic Moms" is a podcast celebrating the beauty and diversity of modern parenting. New moms Bianca Kajlich (Rules of Engagement, Undateable) and Ellie Knaus (Huffington Post Blogger) explore the many different options we have when it comes to conception, birth, and raising a child. Through the personal stories of celebrity guests, experts and the hosts themselves, Atomic Moms leaves no stone unturned, no nose upturned. Welcome to the mothership!
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"Atomic Moms" is a podcast celebrating the beauty and diversity of modern parenting. New moms Bianca Kajlich (Rules of Engagement, Undateable) and Ellie Knaus (Huffington Post Blogger) explore the many different options we have when it comes to conception, birth, and raising a child. Through the personal stories of celebrity guests, experts and the hosts themselves, Atomic Moms leaves no stone unturned, no nose upturned. Welcome to the mothership!




Writing Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Mom Life, & Fred Roger's Legacy with Becky Friedman

#158 The delightful Becky Friedman, twice Emmy nominated head writer of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (PBS Kids), is in studio. We talk about her transition from preschool teacher to children’s media creator, her recent west coast migration, the new mom friends search, our babies’ celebrity dopplegangers, Fred Rogers' legacy, our comedic screenwriter husbands named Adam (hers executive produced The Daily Show with John Stewart), the kid games we play while lying down from exhaustion, pregnancy...

Duration: 01:18:57

Rachel Blanchard on Standing Your Ground & Always Finding the Upside

After a forced evacuation from the raging California fires, television actress (and dynamite human being) Rachel Blanchard, her composer hubby Jeremy, and their baby girl Maxine spent the week with us at Chez Sztykiel! It was a terrible situation, but we were so grateful to get to have the time with them. In this hilarious mom-friend episode, we're talking: calm walks turned stressful stroller fits, dixie cups full of wine, babies falling off beds, husbands with solitary jobs (screenwriter...

Duration: 01:10:08

Cut the Crap and Get Organized in 2018 | Robyn Reynolds, Hollywood's Professional Organizer

Happy New Year! We're back with brand new content next week, but while I recover from some sort of holiday season plague, here's one of our favorites from May 2017. Certified organizer Robyn Reynolds swears we can organize ANYTHING that’s worth keeping and bring harmony into our homes. This single mom with a can-do spirit and no-nonsense attitude whips Ellie’s haphazard “put away” habits into shape. She teaches us how to streamline our kitchen in order to turn our morning routines into a...

Duration: 00:47:07

Constructing Hope| Empowering Struggling Mothers with Faith Fowler

(October 18, 2016) Detroit has a mother; her name is Rev. Faith Fowler. Best-selling author Mitch Albom (“Tuesdays With Morrie”) says our guest Rev. Faith Fowler is “…the most important currency of our city, a loving, egoless, inspiring leader who doesn’t see color, doesn’t see class, who looks at our poorest, most neglected citizens and sees only hope and opportunity. And humor.” She cares for and empowers thousands, including homeless mothers and children. In this episode, we talk to...

Duration: 00:36:45

Relationship S.O.S. | Dr. Laura Berman on intimacy, marriage, and motherhood

Originally aired: Dec 6, 2016. Join us over the holidays on Instagram and Facebook! If you liked our "How Not to Hate Your Husband After Having Kids" episode, you'll LOVE this one too. You’ve seen Dr. Laura Berman as a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Steve Harvey Show. New York Times bestselling author, world renowned sex and relationship educator, and clinical professor of ob-gyn and psychiatry at Northwestern University Dr. Berman is here to help us...

Duration: 00:53:05

Bonding with Your Baby (And Beyond) | Dr. Victoria Simms, PhD

#153: Child development specialist and philanthropist Dr. Victoria Simms is here to help us bond with our children. We discuss the rituals and routines backed by science that can help our little ones feel safe, loved, and resilient. Dr. Simms is the president and founder of the nonprofit Simms/Mann Institute, trailblazing in the whole child approach to caring for our children and developmental neurogenetics. We all know separation anxiety can be frustrating, heart-wrenching, and...

Duration: 00:42:17

Body CONSCIOUS | Nikki DeLoach, Jen Dede: open-heart surgery, fertility, friendship

What is your body trying to tell you? Has it ever felt like it has betrayed you? And what wisdom did you glean from the experience? This week Atomic Moms podcast is back at what it does best: commiserating over sleepless nights + expressing the grit and determination necessary to live fully and discovering the tools to do so, with a Cali-dose of woo woo and optimism. Friends Nikki DeLoach (Awkward) and Jen Dede (Shameless) have supported each other through hell and back and aren't afraid...

Duration: 01:06:22

Who's Got Anxiety? | Emily Price, LCSW, SEP

Originally released 1/24/17. 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,...

Duration: 00:56:31

The Disney Princess Craze | Humorist Devorah Blanchor

#150: What's a feminist mom to do? In our 150th podcast, humorist Devorah Blanchor lifts the veil on all things glittery and pink as we find out why our daughters are more princess-obsessed than ever. We talk about her brand new book THE FEMINIST'S GUIDE TO RAISING A LITTLE PRINCESS: HOW TO RAISE A GIRL WHO’S AUTHENTIC, JOYFUL, AND FEARLESS–EVEN IF SHE REFUSES TO WEAR ANYTHING BUT A PINK TUTU (TarcherPerigree). And, of course, because you're listening to Atomic Moms, we also speak candidly...

Duration: 00:35:25

Organized Chaos with Claire Coffee

#149 Get out the wine and the last of the Halloween candy! I’ve been leaning heavy on the experts as of late, and it was about damn time we had an unfiltered mom podcast full of laughter, commiseration, and perfectionism undone. TV star Claire Coffee played Adalind on NBC’s supernatural show GRIMM for six seasons. She, along with her musician husband Chris Thile (Yo Yo Ma told him where to get the engagement ring), and their son 2.5 year-old Calvin, rocked out at our home between A Prairie...

Duration: 00:57:54

The Financially Independent Mama | Emma Johnson, Business Journalist

#148 In this no holds barred Atomic Moms parenting podcast, award-winning business and personal finance journalist Emma Johnson talks cents to Ellie Knaus about what money means in our relationships, where we should focus our savings, what holds us back from going big in our careers, and why we owe it to our kids to go for it! Ellie speaks honestly about her money-making hang ups. And Johnson, a champion for solo moms everywhere, alleviates listener working mom guilt, shares how she carves...

Duration: 00:41:03

Celebrating Rainbow Babies | Pregnancy After Loss

Dr. Jessica Zucker is back on Atomic Moms. As a Los Angeles-based psychologist and writer specializing in women's reproductive and maternal mental health, Dr. Zucker is a leading voice in miscarriage and pregnancy loss awareness. When her @ihadamiscarriage Instagram account was named “the bravest use of social media” by Women’s Health Magazine U.K., she shared, "My personal experience was a way to model for other women around the world that there is absolutely no shame in loss." We discuss...

Duration: 00:51:42

Befriending Your Shadow| Barry Michels, Psychotherapist, Bestselling Author

#146 - You know that part of yourself you're always trying to hide, change, or overcompensate? That part of you that seems unlovable? That's your Shadow. We're talking about what the Shadow means, how it affects your parenting and the power it holds within you. Psychotherapist, and New York Times bestselling author BARRY MICHELS explains how recognizing and aligning with our Shadow, a term coined by Carl Jung, can actually lead us to a better relationship with our children and ourselves....

Duration: 00:31:01

The Most Important Year| Suzanne Bouffard, Ph.D.

Harvard researcher SUZANNE BOUFFARD, Ph.D. gives us a better understanding of the Universal Pre-K debate and insights from her brand new book: The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children. Clearly, it's an important conversation for all Americans, not just parents of young children. This early childhood education expert also shares problem solving and communication techniques we can steal from the classroom to make our lives easier at home. For guest bio and...

Duration: 00:13:33

Dr. Elliot Berlin| Mama Wellness, Mommy Wars, VBAC, Breech

Dr. Elliot Berlin is known for his huge presence, big personality, and enormous heart in the Hollywood birthing scene (why yes, it's a scene). We talk about maternal wellness, the mommy wars, raising 4 kids in LA, all types of births including VBACS, BREECH, and the most important thing to remember no matter what type of birth you plan. For all info, go to! Join us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: @atomicmoms and "Atomic Moms Podcast" Subscribe on...

Duration: 01:04:49

Elizabeth Day | People Pleasing, Infertility, "Perfect" Moms

Award-winning writer and journalist Elizabeth Day joins us from London to discuss Ellie's new favorite novel THE PARTY (August 15, 2017), what to say (or NOT SAY) to women dealing with infertility, the big lesson she learned from interviewing Sheryl Sandberg, and how she kicked "the good girl" habit. For show notes, guest bio, and more, go to Join us on social media:,, and If you enjoyed...

Duration: 00:47:40

Dr. Shefali Tsabary | Oprah's Favorite Parenting Coach

It's a zoo at the Sztykiels. This up all night with the infant thing while trying to stay semi-sane for the other kid is for the birds. (Fun updates on Instagram!) Time to enjoy an Atomic Moms classic (5/31/16). In my second interview with conscious parenting trailblazer Dr. Shefali Tsabary, we share insights from her second New York Times bestseller "The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting". This exclusive interview is for anyone who wonders why her kid can drive her crazy…for...

Duration: 00:36:47

How to Parent Through a Crisis | Stephanie Small, LMFT, Trauma Expert

With catastrophic hurricanes and wildfires displacing countless families, I reach out to child and adolescent trauma expert Stephanie Small, LMFT. In this in-depth interview, she shares invaluable tools to help guide our children through traumatic events. Whether it be a natural disaster, a car accident, a terrorist attack, mandatory evacuation, or surgery, she teaches us how to support a child's natural resilience in the aftermath. And listen up for her simple and effective exercises for...

Duration: 00:59:08

Gentle Discipline | Sarah Ockwell-Smith Author, Coach

Whining, biting, hitting, kicking, and screaming? What to do and how to discipline? Author, expert, and mom of 4, Sarah Ockwell-Smith is here to help. Y'all, the newborn honeymoon stage is wearing off, and we’re figuring out how to be this new and improved version of our family while juggling life and not completely losing our marbles. No surprise. I'm exhausted and a tad overwhelmed. Almost 4 year-old Big Sis is incredibly loving and patient with her baby sister's needs and colic wails....

Duration: 00:44:55

How to Reclaim Energy, Creativity, & Willpower| Barry Michels, Psychotherapist, Bestselling Author "The Tools"

Do you struggle to set aside time for yourself? Do you have a hard time not giving in when your child throws a tantrum? How about controlling your anger or unhealthy eating habits? Hollywood’s A-List psychotherapist BARRY MICHELS helps host ELLIE KNAUS address these mama issues and more. Go to for more about Barry Michels and Phil Stutz groundbreaking work “The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower--and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward...

Duration: 00:43:20

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