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Advice to a New Mom: Just DON’T

Posted by savannahkase on August 22, 2017 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy |

Dear J, We have been friends since before we were born; our fathers’ bond bringing us together long before we had a say in such matters. We have always lived hundreds of miles apart, but our mutual affection kept as close as we navigated the unartful process of growing up in parallel, even when we […]

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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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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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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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Ethics in Parenting

Posted by savannahkase on March 19, 2014 in Advice, Parenting |

I recently gave a presentation on the ethical issues that often arise within my field of law, emphasizing that the law not only punishes willful wrongdoing, but also accidental (even incidental) violations as well as the mere appearance of impropriety. Several clients commented that this potential minefield of problems was so intimidating as to be […]

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These Are the Days We’ll Remember

Posted by savannahkase on February 4, 2014 in Parenting, Personal |

In the year since my son was born, I have received more advice than ever before in my adult life. Always well-intentioned, the parenting advice has come from family, friends, colleagues, and strangers and has ranged from the obvious (“your life will never be the same”) to the absurd (“get on several preschool waiting lists […]

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Mythbuster: New Baby

Posted by savannahkase on January 29, 2014 in Advice, Parenting |

This past week had me reminiscing on bringing my son home from the hospital one year ago. At the time, I was not worried because I’d done my research on newborns – I’d read dozens of articles and a handful of books, plus I’d polled my friends and family who had lived the new baby […]

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So Thankful

Posted by savannahkase on December 1, 2013 in Personal |

I try to live with an attitude of gratitude (cheesy though it sounds, it is the true secret to happiness) and every year on Thanksgiving I feel overwhelmed by more blessings than I can count. Even so, spending this first Thanksgiving with my husband and son was truly something special. Unfortunately, although Thanksgiving is – […]

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Posted by savannahkase on November 12, 2013 in Advice, Parenting |

It’s mid-November and my nine-month-old has his first case of the sniffles.  I know a runny nose is nothing to worry about, but I hate seeing my little one struggling to breathe (especially at night).  I’ve done everything the books recommend – putting a humidifier in the bedroom, using saline spray and an aspirator, elevating […]

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