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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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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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