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Life at the Speed of Childhood

Posted by savannahkase on June 7, 2018 in Lessons From Little Ones, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal |

* Happy Father’s Day!  None of this – my blog, my family’s summer-long adventure, or my family itself – would be possible without my amazing husband.  Similarly, I would not be as able and willing to take a three-month hiatus from my job and daily pressures without the support and encouragement of my Dad.  Both […]

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A Pause

Posted by savannahkase on May 16, 2018 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Work/Life Balance |

The only constant is change. I know this to be true, and yet, like most humans, I find change frightening and uncomfortable, so I resist it even as it is unfolding. In a mindful leadership course last month, our guide introduced the meditation mantra, “Nothing needs to change right now.” As that temporary reality resonated […]

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The Art of Wooing

Posted by savannahkase on March 10, 2016 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Personal, Research |

This week’s Economist featured a fantastic little article about fairy-wren mating practices. Stay with me … Fact: Most males are reluctant to raise another’s children. Fact: Almost half of baby fairy-wrens are cared for by a male bird that is not their biological father. Daniel Baldassarre of Cornell University undertook a study to find out […]

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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 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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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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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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“Harder Than You Can Imagine”

That’s what everyone warned me about having a second child from the moment I announced my pregnancy. It is also pretty much the worst advice I have ever been given. Telling me that I cannot even conceive of how difficult it will be to care for two kids does nothing to help me prepare me […]

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From Dawn Into Darkness

Posted by savannahkase on February 23, 2015 in Lessons From Little Ones, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Pregnancy, Second Child, Woman Power |

My long-awaited baby girl, who we named Aurora (“Goddess of the Dawn”), arrived with the sun two weeks ago. The week leading up to her birth presented physical and emotional challenges I had not anticipated, but the two weeks since she was born have been more difficult than I could have imagined. I want to […]

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Floating Down a River in Egypt

Posted by savannahkase on February 2, 2015 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy, Second Child |

… towards a waterfall! Okay, I’ll admit it, I am in denial that my life is about to change forever in a matter of days or hours. I’ve been in denial about being in denial for the past month, pointing to the tangible efforts I have been taking in preparation for the arrival of our […]

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