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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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Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted by savannahkase on May 11, 2014 in Current Events, Parenting |

The last few weeks have been chaos in our house, and despite the stack of magazine clippings and post-it notes constantly reminding me of all the things I want to blog about, I just haven’t a moment to myself to write.  Now, on Mother’s Day, both of my boys are napping after a wonderful picnic, […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by savannahkase on December 31, 2013 in Current Events, Personal |

I’ve always been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I like the idea of taking an annual inventory of my life, reflecting on the past year, and listing things I want to attempt in the coming year. For as long as I can remember, and at least since I was seven or eight, I have […]

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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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A Bittersweet Ending (Mostly Just Bitter)

Posted by savannahkase on October 16, 2013 in Current Events, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Working Mom |

I pretty much stopped watching the news more than a year ago. While I was pregnant, I suffered terrible nightmares and was stressed out by all the bad news on TV. I decided that everything I needed to know about current events could be found in The Economist and The Daily Show, which I read […]

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Feeling Good For Nothing

Posted by savannahkase on October 10, 2013 in Advice, Current Events, Personal, Working Mom |

I have been feeling particularly useless lately.  I am my family’s sole breadwinner, but the federal government shutdown means that I cannot work and there is absolutely nothing I can do about it.  And how have I used my eight unplanned vacation days?  Visiting and spending time with my friends and family (clearly, not blogging […]

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What Should I Do on a Shut-Down Day?

Posted by savannahkase on October 1, 2013 in Current Events, Personal, Working Mom |

One of my favorite preschool songs as a child was, “What Should We Do on a Rainy Day?” Each verse had a different fun thing to do – play with toys, sing and dance, paint a picture, bake a cake, etc. I found myself humming the song this morning as I woke up to the […]

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Pleasantly Surprised by “Modern Dads”

Posted by savannahkase on August 22, 2013 in Current Events, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting |

Last night, A&E premiered their new reality show, “Modern Dads,” about four stay-at-home dads in Austin, Texas, and I feel compelled to admit that I kinda sorta liked it.  I was prepared to be annoyed and possibly offended by it, for a number of reasons.  First of all, it bothers me that stay-at-home dads are […]

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Lean In, Don’t Be a Pushover

Posted by savannahkase on August 14, 2013 in Advice, Current Events, Working Mom |

I am halfway through Sheryl Sandberg’s much-discussed woman-power tome, Lean In, which – as I expected – is sparking a lot of questions, revelations, and criticisms that will eventually make their way into this blog.  What I did not expect was to like the book as much as I do. I understand the perspective, expressed […]

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Nurturing Norms

Posted by savannahkase on August 7, 2013 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal |

It’s the last day of World Breastfeeding Week, and the theme this year is “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers” with an emphasis on peer counseling, so it seems like a good time to address this all-important topic. World Breastfeeding Week commemorates the WHO/UNICEF Innocenti Declaration of August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. I applaud the […]

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