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Friendsgiving

Posted by savannahkase on December 26, 2016 in Advice, Personal, Research |

As with most things in my life, this post is late, but I still felt it was worth writing.  There are many, many things I love about living in Washington, D.C. (or, since we moved to the ‘burb last year, “the greater D.C. Metro area”).  On a fifth-grade field trip, I fell in love with […]

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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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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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Confident In Me: Part II

Posted by savannahkase on June 4, 2015 in Advice, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Second Child |

As I noted in Part I of this post, I am generally a very self-confident person, a trait I hope to pass along to my children.  Ironically, though I am generally not bothered about what others think of the clothes I wear, food I eat, things I say, work I do, etc., my confidence wavers when […]

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Confident In Me: Part I

Posted by savannahkase on May 13, 2015 in Advice, Parenting, Personal, Research |

“I have confidence in confidence alone … Besides which you see I have confidence in me!” – The Sound of Music From the beginning, I have always been a confident person. My parents still tease me about a second grade choir performance of “Edelweiss” in which I sang a tone-deaf solo loudly and proudly. My […]

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“Harder Than You Can Imagine”

That’s what everyone warned me about having a second child from the moment I announced my pregnancy. It is also pretty much the worst advice I have ever been given. Telling me that I cannot even conceive of how difficult it will be to care for two kids does nothing to help me prepare me […]

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Random Rant: Please Vote!

Posted by savannahkase on October 30, 2014 in Advice, Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Research, Woman Power |

I believe that most Americans truly value our democratic system, and yet, we consistently fail to strengthen and uphold that system by supporting democracy’s central tenet – universal, confidential voting. Among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), average voter turnout is above 70%, with countries like Austria and Italy regularly showing […]

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Cross-Atlantic Leap of Faith

Posted by savannahkase on September 16, 2014 in Advice, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal |

When I booked our flights to Budapest and Vienna back in June, all I could think about was, “How are we going to afford these high-season fares?” My second thought was, “I’ll bet accommodations are going to be expensive, too, and I haven’t even checked the exchange rate.” My internal dialogue continued: “But it will […]

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Mythbuster: Toddlers

Posted by savannahkase on July 24, 2014 in Advice, Parenting, Personal |

My son turned 18 months this week, and is officially out of babyhood and into toddlerdom. We’ve all heard horror stories about the “terrible twos,” but even before the tantrums start, toddlers begin to defy common sense at every turn. Many basic assumptions I held about small children have turned out to be completely false. […]

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Sign of the Times

Posted by savannahkase on July 6, 2014 in Advice, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Research |

Pre-verbal children using their hands to communicate goes back to the beginning of time and crosses all cultures and continents. It is natural that, once they are old enough to know what they want, need, feel, and see, but do not yet have the verbal skills to express themselves, babies will do whatever they can […]

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