iOS app Android app

Ellie Knaus
Host and producer of the top-rated weekly parenting podcast Atomic Moms, Ellie Knaus celebrates and commiserates with best-selling authors, parenting experts, and caregivers all over the world in order to share their unique stories in the universal experience of raising a child. Topics range from health and fitness, sleep training, postpartum, nutrition, attachment parenting, same sex parenting, adoption, home birth, resilience, c-sections, traveling with kids, working mom guilt, sex after baby, core values, to surviving the good old in-laws. iTunes features Atomic Moms podcast under its most popular “Kids & Family” recommendations. And Mental Floss named Atomic Moms in “19 Notable Podcasts About Parenting”. For more on the podcast, go to our website: or subscribe on

And catch up with Atomic Moms on @Twitter.

Entries by Ellie Knaus

Restoring the Real World in Parenting

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 5:42 PM

2016-04-19-1461086887-5564317-EllieKnaus.jpg We want our children to do well in life, so we prepare them for the real world. With the best of intentions, we sign them up for extracurricular activities, shuttle them to play dates, and expect them to catch up to...

Read Post

Wise Podcast Words for Mamas

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 8:45 AM

I am so fortunate to chat with my cohost Bianca Kajlich and our insightful guests every Wednesday on our Atomic Moms podcast. We've been hearing a lot about the Mommy Wars, and we'd like to offer asylum. Atomic Moms is a no shame zone. We share all kinds...

Read Post

5 Essential Mom Mantras

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:08 PM

New mom and actress Bianca Kajlich (Rules of Engagement/ Undateable) and I have started a mother-loving revolution! Okay. We've started a weekly podcast called ATOMIC MOMS... and we're hoping it'll spark a revolution. We explore all aspects of motherhood. Celebrity guests share personal stories, and top experts give...

Read Post

Never Meet Your Hero Unless It's Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 2:46 AM

The old saying goes: You should never meet your heroes. Why? Because they couldn't possibly live up to your expectations. That is unless your hero is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. contributor (and my wildly enthusiastic friend) Nick Mundy sat down with his idol at the Hercules press...

Read Post

102 Years Wise: Advice From a Centenarian

(9) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 1:31 PM

Over the weekend we celebrated my great-aunt Ida's 102nd birthday. "I can't believe it. Somebody got the arithmetic wrong," she teased, and then asked for extra cake frosting. My grandfather's eldest sister has had a century of hardship, including the loss of her infant son and husband of 60 years....

Read Post

Unplug to Recharge! My Week Without Internet

(24) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 12:28 AM

Read my first two posts in this series:
"Signing Up to Face My Fear: Seven Days of Silence" and "Winning the Quiet Game With My Mind."

Per the rules of the weeklong silent meditation retreat, talking wasn't the only thing we'd agreed to give...

Read Post

Winning the Quiet Game With My Mind: Seven Days of Silence

(8) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 12:08 AM

Catch up on Ellie Knaus' first post in this series here: "Signing Up to Face My Fear: Seven Days of Silence."

I'm tired of chasing the happiness mirage, the oasis of contentment that always seems to be just out of reach. I thought that if I accomplished something...

Read Post

Signing Up to Face My Fear: Seven Days of Silence

(11) Comments | Posted August 26, 2012 | 11:00 AM

This is Ellie Knaus' first post in her meditation retreat series.

I've grasped for approval my whole life. It started in elementary school, when I felt certain that gold stars, blue ribbons, and auditoriums full of clapping strangers could fill me up, make me whole. There were benefits to being...

Read Post

The Best Cancer-Fighting Salad Ever! (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 8:05 AM

2012-06-07-pacehuffpo2.jpgAfter a recent health scare, I'm taking better care of myself. And since 80 percent of the immune system is in our gut, I'm adopting a clean diet. Goodbye preservatives. Sayonara artificial flavoring. Hasta la vista fluorescent margarita mix. But...

Read Post

Why We Sweat the Small Stuff

(16) Comments | Posted June 3, 2012 | 9:40 AM

Hi, my name is Ellie, and I sweat the small stuff. Sure, I got the bestselling book as a stocking stuffer back in the '90s, but when I have issues I don't want to acknowledge, I resort to my chosen form of denial. Plato writes, "Be kind, for everyone you...

Read Post

More Surprising Advice From A Centenarian: Go With The Flow

(215) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 12:12 PM

On a recent Sunday afternoon, I approached the hostess in a popular delicatessen. "I'm here with my great-aunt, Ida. She's turning 101 years old next month!" I was hoping for some centenarian special treatment, but the hostess cheerfully added us to the bottom of the wait list. I wove my...

Read Post

Conversation With Oscar-Winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 5:27 PM

2012-03-05-savingface.jpgDocumentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a warrior for truth. Her courageous work gives voice to those marginalized by society. She accepted an international Emmy award in 2010 for her documentary Pakistan's Taliban Generation, which analyzes the Taliban's recruitment of young boys and their...

Read Post

This Is Only the Beginning: Surprising Advice From a Centenarian

(38) Comments | Posted January 28, 2012 | 8:10 AM


My great-aunt Ida loves to say, "This is only the beginning." Gearing up for her 101st birthday this May, Ida thrives on a daily Coca-Cola, full-bellied laughter, and an abundance of nourishing memories. Ida is remarkable not only for how...

Read Post

Doctors Saved My Leg, But Girlfriends Saved My Spirit

(8) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 5:02 PM

Girlfriends are essential. They love you not for who you were, or who you could become, but for who you are right now. This past spring, I was diagnosed with a benign, massive, bone-dissolving Giant Cell Tumor. The year 2011 could have sucked. It didn't because I have girlfriends.

Read Post