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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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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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Playing It Cool

Posted by savannahkase on December 17, 2014 in Parenting, Personal |

While I was pregnant with my son, I was hyper-aware of any parents with small children that I encountered. I would watch them – sometimes less than discretely – to see how they interacted with their kids and responded to everyday situations (random silliness, tantrums, gibberish requests, poorly-timed messes, obstinacy, etc.). I began to notice […]

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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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Cross-Atlantic Leap of Faith

Posted by savannahkase on September 16, 2014 in Advice, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal |

When I booked our flights to Budapest and Vienna back in June, all I could think about was, “How are we going to afford these high-season fares?” My second thought was, “I’ll bet accommodations are going to be expensive, too, and I haven’t even checked the exchange rate.” My internal dialogue continued: “But it will […]

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My One & Only?

Posted by savannahkase on August 2, 2014 in Parenting, Research, Second Child |

Literally, from the day my son was born (one of my nurses had four kids and was very chatty), people started asking if and when I wanted more children. First of all, why do strangers care what size family I want? It’s not as if we are an aging society, destined to die out within […]

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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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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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Parentless Parenting

Posted by savannahkase on March 24, 2014 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting |

I have always been close to my parents. They are models of unconditional love and have supported me through endless ballet recitals, stressful exams and applications, heart breaks, foreign adventures, job changes and multiple cross-country relocations. I turn to them for all kinds of advice, and sometimes just for a sympathetic ear. But I have […]

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