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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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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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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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Moved to Tears

Posted by savannahkase on August 12, 2015 in Parenting, Personal |

I lived in the same house for the first ten years of my life. When my parents mentioned the possibility of moving to a better school district, I was adamant that if they moved, they’d have to leave me behind. It was more than a house – it was my room with the run-away window, […]

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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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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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A Dozen Things I Forgot About Having a Newborn

Posted by savannahkase on March 10, 2015 in Lessons From Little Ones, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Second Child |

It was only two years ago that I first became a mother, yet it feels like much longer. Before my son was born, I read parenting books and websites voraciously, discussed child-rearing principles with my husband at length, and solicited advice from family and friends. When my son arrived, my husband and I felt as […]

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