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Eat As I Say, Not As I Do

Posted by savannahkase on June 25, 2014 in Advice, Parenting |

My son is in a phase where he wants to eat off his parents’ plates, no matter what we’re having (he also wants to use our utensils, which has forced me to switch to plastic forks and knives at times). This new-found curiosity in our food has made me realize how much crap my husband […]

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Hacking Happiness

Posted by savannahkase on April 7, 2014 in Advice, Parenting, Working Mom |

“I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.” – Rita Mae Brown We all want to be happy, but doing only what is easy and fun all the time can lead to financial ruin, social isolation, and psychological depression. Most of us also want to have something to show […]

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Family Reunion: Lessons in Love

Posted by savannahkase on March 29, 2014 in Advice, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Working Mom |

Having a baby transforms a daughter into a mother, parents into grandparents, sisters and brothers into aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews into cousins. My relationships with my family have all changed in the year since my son was born in various ways. Perhaps the most significant development has been with my sisters. I […]

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Ethics in Parenting

Posted by savannahkase on March 19, 2014 in Advice, Parenting |

I recently gave a presentation on the ethical issues that often arise within my field of law, emphasizing that the law not only punishes willful wrongdoing, but also accidental (even incidental) violations as well as the mere appearance of impropriety. Several clients commented that this potential minefield of problems was so intimidating as to be […]

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Flight Plan: Tips for Air Travel with a Baby

Posted by savannahkase on February 22, 2014 in Advice, Parenting |

*This is the longest gap (more than two weeks) I have ever had between blog posts. I blame hectic litigation deadlines at work and a long vacation in California, and resolve to write at least once a week going forward. With my parents in southern California, my in-laws in South Africa, my sister in Ireland, […]

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Mythbuster: New Baby

Posted by savannahkase on January 29, 2014 in Advice, Parenting |

This past week had me reminiscing on bringing my son home from the hospital one year ago. At the time, I was not worried because I’d done my research on newborns – I’d read dozens of articles and a handful of books, plus I’d polled my friends and family who had lived the new baby […]

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Ah, To Sleep (Is It Only a Dream?)

Posted by savannahkase on January 8, 2014 in Advice, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal |

I am sick, again. Before I had my son, I was a very healthy person – I ate (fairly) well, exercised (relatively) often, and fell ill only once or twice a year. Now, it seems my husband or I have barely recovered from a bout of illness before the other is struck down. If my […]

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Posted by savannahkase on November 12, 2013 in Advice, Parenting |

It’s mid-November and my nine-month-old has his first case of the sniffles.  I know a runny nose is nothing to worry about, but I hate seeing my little one struggling to breathe (especially at night).  I’ve done everything the books recommend – putting a humidifier in the bedroom, using saline spray and an aspirator, elevating […]

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Escaping the Office

Posted by savannahkase on October 25, 2013 in Advice, Working Mom |

TGIF! In honor of the end of the workweek (my first full week back at work since the government shutdown), I thought I’d write about how to escape the office in time to hang out with your family on the weeknights. One of my favorite anecdotes from Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In was her description of the […]

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Be Nice, Ooze Confidence, and Don’t Cry

Posted by savannahkase on October 17, 2013 in Advice, Current Events, Working Mom |

As I joined millions of other federal employees returning to work today, it felt like a fresh start. In the working world, there are no semesters to mark the passage of time, no universal vacations that keep everyone out of the office for an extended period, and no major organizational uncertainties. Particularly in a mammoth […]

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