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Growing Pains – Part II

Posted by savannahkase on June 9, 2016 in Lessons From Little Ones, Personal, Second Child, Work/Life Balance |

I am all too aware that my babies are quickly growing up into little kids (see Growing Pains). It seems like almost every day they can do something new, and they are increasingly asserting themselves as independent people (which terrifies me).  I spend far less time considering my own growth.  While it is easy to […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted by savannahkase on May 8, 2016 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy |

Five years ago on Mother’s Day, my husband and I were enjoying a romantic weekend away at a spa in the Virginia countryside.  I had been feeling kind of off for a few days, so I’d brought along a pregnancy test, figuring that if it was negative, at least I’d be relaxed and have lots […]

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Mom = Me?

Posted by savannahkase on May 4, 2016 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal, Working Mom |

Last week I had lunch with an old friend.  Our dads were childhood friends, so she and I were basically buddies from birth.  Although we lived in different states, our families got together every year for the week of Thanksgiving, so she and I grew up, if not together, in somewhat parallel lives.  We played […]

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The Art of Wooing

Posted by savannahkase on March 10, 2016 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Personal, Research |

This week’s Economist featured a fantastic little article about fairy-wren mating practices. Stay with me … Fact: Most males are reluctant to raise another’s children. Fact: Almost half of baby fairy-wrens are cared for by a male bird that is not their biological father. Daniel Baldassarre of Cornell University undertook a study to find out […]

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Party Pooper

Posted by savannahkase on March 5, 2016 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal |

I have very fond memories of my childhood birthday parties. My parents weren’t religious, so birthdays were our primary holidays and they were a big deal. By contrast, my husband grew up in a family where birthdays were marked with a single gift and special meal, rather than the extended celebrations and “princess treatment” that […]

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Happy Birthday, (Not So) Baby!

Posted by savannahkase on January 21, 2016 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal |

  Three years ago today, my life changed forever with the birth of my son.  He made me a mother on January 20, 2013, but every day since he has made me a better person.  I have painstakingly taught him to count and to dress himself, but he has taught me to how to brush […]

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Whole Lotto Loco

Posted by savannahkase on January 13, 2016 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal |

“Are you buying a Powerball ticket?” asks the radio morning show host on my alarm clock before I’ve even opened my eyes.  The question is repeated throughout the day as the whole country seems to vibrate with anticipation of the $1.5 billion (and growing) Powerball lottery jackpot drawing tonight. True, it is the largest U.S. […]

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New Year, Old Me

Posted by savannahkase on January 11, 2016 in Current Events, Personal, Woman Power, Work/Life Balance |

Over the last month, like many others around the world, I have been pondering what resolutions I should make going into 2016.  After rejecting at least a dozen as unrealistic (exercising 30 minutes a day), inconsequential (quitting my decades-old nail-biting habit), or just silly (learning to hula hoop), I started wondering why I felt so […]

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Family Traditions

Posted by savannahkase on November 27, 2015 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Second Child |

When I reflect on my childhood, which was generally glorious, I have a special soft spot for my family’s various traditions. Some continue to this day – for example, my parents still spend Thanksgiving dinner going around the table and asking each person what he or she is thankful for that year. Others have faded […]

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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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