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Leading on Leave?

Posted by savannahkase on October 15, 2014 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy, Research, Second Child, Woman Power, Working Mom |

With my second baby due in just over three months, I have begun to think about my upcoming maternity leave. The idea of having dedicated time to care for and bond with my new baby seemed idyllic before I knew anything about it. Although I consider myself an informed individual, I’ll admit I was shocked […]

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Shout-Out to My Better Half

Posted by savannahkase on October 2, 2014 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Working Mom |

Today is my husband’s birthday, which seems like a good excuse to openly express my appreciation for all that he is and does. At this phase in his life, my husband is struggling to define himself. Especially in a career-oriented place like Washington, D.C. – where every conversation begins: “What’s your name and what do […]

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No Time Like the Present

Posted by savannahkase on June 18, 2014 in Parenting, Research, Working Mom |

When people ask what I do for fun, I usually laugh and say, “Well, I enjoy my job as a litigator, and I love spending time with my husband and toddler, I teach group fitness classes in the evenings, and when I have “free” time I like to do something creative – journal, crochet, bead, […]

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A Day for Dads

Posted by savannahkase on June 15, 2014 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Working Mom |

Father’s Day did not become a national holiday until 1972, decades after a day was designated for moms.  And it is still pales in comparison to Mother’s Day; the National Retail Foundation reports that just 64% of consumers plan to buy a card for their dad, while 81% bought one for their mom.  The theory […]

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Mom Guilt

Posted by savannahkase on April 23, 2014 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Working Mom |

“Mom guilt is the phrase of the day,” wrote Jamee Tenzer on her Momiverse blog last week. Of all the pressures women face – as daughters, professionals, friends, students, athletes, artists, wives, politicians, etc. – it seems that we are most affected by our role as mother. Of course, I feel bad when I cannot attend a […]

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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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Working 9-to-5

Posted by savannahkase on November 24, 2013 in Personal, Woman Power, Working Mom |

I slept in on Friday (thanks to my superhero husband – love you, honey!), so sidled into my office un-showered around 9:30am. Before I had even logged onto my computer, my boss appeared in my doorway and asked if I would join him for a coffee. He said he was concerned about my work hours […]

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I am a Feminist: Part I

Posted by savannahkase on October 30, 2013 in Personal, Woman Power, Working Mom |

“Our job is not to make young women grateful, it is to make them ungrateful so they keep going.” – Susan B. Anthony (as quoted by Gloria Steinem) In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg recounts her sense of indignation after being patted on the head by then-Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neil, while serving as a […]

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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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