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Breastfeeding as a Choice

Posted by savannahkase on August 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Last year, during National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, I wrote about the business case for supporting “nursing mothers” at work.  Two years before, just six months into my (now 3.5-year-long) journey in breastfeeding, I wrote that “[o]f all the new baby myths, one of the most harmful (in my opinion) is that breastfeeding is an easy […]

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by savannahkase on July 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

I have always felt blessed to have been born an American, and to be a beneficiary of the best this great country has to offer – beautiful landscapes, decent public schools, a diverse population, the ability to travel the world, and seemingly endless educational and employment opportunities.  I realize, of course, that not everyone is […]

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Parent Training

Posted by savannahkase on March 18, 2016 in Advice, Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Uncategorized |

For months, my husband and I – along with our parents, pediatrician, friends, and some random strangers – have been telling our son (who recently turned 3) that “big boys use the potty” in an effort to get him on board with potty training. We do not believe in using force, coercion, or shame to […]

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Happy Hectic-Days!

Posted by savannahkase on December 11, 2015 in Current Events, Lessons From Little Ones, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Uncategorized |

I have always loved the holidays. Really, what’s not to love? Good food, time with family and friends, vacations, shiny decorations, presents, holiday parties, Christmas carols . . . peace, joy, and love all around, right? This year, for the first time in my life, I am beginning to see the other side of Christmas […]

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Growing Pains

Posted by savannahkase on November 8, 2015 in Lessons From Little Ones, Personal, Uncategorized, Work/Life Balance, Working Mom |

Several times in the last few weeks, my husband and I have woken up to a pitiful whimpering from our son’s bedroom.  He cries that his legs hurt, and writhes in pain.  “It’s just growing pains,” my husband assures me, as he stumbles back to bed. They may not indicate that anything is wrong with […]

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Life Designs

Posted by savannahkase on October 27, 2015 in Personal, Uncategorized, Work/Life Balance |

At a recent alumni event, I was drawn to a seminar titled: “Designing Your Life: What Do You Want To Be (When You Grow Up)?” I expected the room to be filled with recent graduates, wondering how to use their impressive credentials to make a living, as well as a few mid-career professionals looking to […]

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Borrowed Time

Posted by savannahkase on July 19, 2015 in Parenting, Personal, Second Child, Uncategorized, Work/Life Balance |

It is as rare as a solar eclipse, and just as fleeting.  It is as sought after as an Italian white truffle and guarded like an embarrassing secret.  Any parent of more than one small child will tell you, when both/all kids nap at the same time, a euphoric schizophrenia sets in.  What to do […]

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Independence is Over-Rated

Posted by savannahkase on July 8, 2015 in Advice, Parenting, Personal, Uncategorized, Woman Power, Work/Life Balance, Working Mom |

I’ve been thinking a lot about independence lately. As a synonym for “self-determination,” independence seems like a worthy aspiration for any individual or entity. Every child struggles to demonstrate self-sufficiency; even my toddler vehemently declares “I do it” when there is no chance he can carry the heavy grocery bag or fix a broken toy. […]

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Apologies

Posted by savannahkase on June 18, 2015 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Second Child, Uncategorized, Work/Life Balance, Working Mom |

These past few months have challenged me physically, emotionally, financially, psychologically, and socially, and “a new normal” is not in sight yet. The stress of having a baby, buying a car, hunting for and purchasing our first home, and moving, while also working full-time and breastfeeding exclusively, have forced me to focus on just putting […]

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Voices From the Past

Posted by savannahkase on March 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

I have been very busy trying to get the hang of caring for two kids (see here for my post on this crazy juggling act), so have neglected the outside world a bit as of late.  It was no surprise, therefore, when the polite automated woman who operates my cell phone voicemail informed me that […]

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