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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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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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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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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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