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How to Handle the Heated Topics with Sonni Abatta

Welcome back, my friends! I am SO excited about this episode with Sonni Abatta. She is the host of the podcast We Gotta Talk, as well as an Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning journalist. Sonni is a true connoisseur of the art of staying untriggered in our media-dense world while upholding her simple yet powerful mantra, "Real Talk, Big Topics.” Tune in as we will be diving into some of the “Real Talk, Big Topics.”

In this episode… 

  • The Second Amendment 

  • How to talk to your kids about school shootings

  • Gun control

  • Cheat-proofing your marriage 

  • Getting outside of your “echo chamber”

  • Stay-at-home mom vs. working mom

  • Beauty standards

  • Raising girls 

  • Understanding technology & online information 

  • Tolerance 

  • Activators vs. mediators

  • Parenting


“I really developed a knack for taking big topics and turning them into digestible and easy-to-understand conversations.” - Sonni Abatta  

“What works for me to remain calm is to look at people with opposing opinions as humans rather than objects of my anger or ire. Remembering the human behind the story.” - Sonni Abatta 

“I don't want to be surrounded by people who are like me. I want to be friends with people who are from different places, who believe different things.” - Sonni Abatta 

“Every marriage is so unique and it has its own ways of operating, its own rules, its own systems in place. There are too many variables for anybody to really, truly opine on what they would do or what they should do.” - Nikki Spo

“I remember when I had my kids… Being at home every day felt like it was like Groundhog Day every day. I am grateful that I've been able to create this work life for myself where I get to do something I love.” - Nikki Spo 

“I wanna tell my kids, especially my daughters, you owe no one any explanation for who you are or how you are. As long as you're respectful, following the law and not promoting hate, you owe nobody an explanation for who you are and why you are who you are. It took me 40 years to actually feel that when I say it.” - Sonni Abatta 


0:00 - 3:00 | Introduction 

3:00 - 5:30 | About Sonni Abatta & We Gotta Talk podcast 

5:30 - 7:20 | Digesting & processing online information & technology 

7:20 - 10:50 | Raising girls in today's world 

10:50 - 14:45 | Being able to remain untriggered 

14:45 - 16:00 | The beauty of being a mediator 

16:00 - 20:40| The Second Amendment 

20:40 - 23:25 | Tips on how to talk to your kids about school shootings  

23:25 - 28:25 | Different ways of parenting

28:25 - 32:15 | Whether or not couples can cheat-proof their marriage  

32:15 - 33:35 | Stay-at-home mom vs. working mom  

33:35 - 41:15 | Feminism 

41:15 - 47:00 | The contradiction of caring about how you look vs.raising a girl & body positivity 

47:00 - 49:18 | Outroduction 

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