The Savvy Path

    Stacy Malkan: Fearless & Determined

    The Red Flag That Shifted Our Future

    Stacy Malkan was looking for a story. She was the co-publisher of a monthly newspaper in Colorado, and was looking for something to feature on her next cover. She thought the controversy over the county’s plan to spray pesticides along a popular bike path might fit the bill and decided to attend an informational meeting intended to put the publics’ fears over the spraying to rest.  Stacy and the residents at the meeting were treated to a video portraying pesticides as a safe solution to the terrible scourge of weeds. When the film was over and the credits rolled it was evident that the video was produced by chemical companies, including Dow and DuPont.

    “That’s when the yelling started,” says Malkan.

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    Making Veggies Fun: Toddlers To Teens

    Infuse Your Inner Ila

    Carving cucumbers into caterpillars and making sockets for raisin eyes just wasn't cutting it.  I wished to plant genuine-veggie-appreciation in my children but it seemed to be an ongoing battle. It had to be...fun, so I turned to "Ila." 

    “Ila” as the grandkids call her, is my dad’s wife and she has a way of turning every task into a delight. As a stay-at-home mother of three in the 70s, Pam was a self-professed slob and wrote Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise," leading her to appearances on the Today Show, Live with Regis, and Oprah.  Housework became manageable as she infused her mantra, “Make it fun and it will get done.”

    It was time to infuse my inner-Ila to tackle the reputation of veggies. This process had to be fun or it wasn’t going to happen at all. Over time, we found our own path. Here are our favorite four tips-turned-into-good-times from the parenting toolbox. 

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    I Despised Being "Sergeant No."

    Was I even a good mom today? Did my kids feel any love from me? Did we laugh or talk? 

     I despised being Sergeant No.

    After everything I unearthed during my research, I understood the world did not have my family’s health in its best interest. Constantly trying to shield them was exhausting. Modern parenting felt like pushing a double stroller through the Boston Marathon in a hailstorm while trying to protect the kiddos amidst a constant barrage of pelting, frozen peas.

    I first sensed this dark cloud when Tanner entered preschool. I was delighted for his first taste of independence and ninety minutes in a loving, nurturing environment. However, I silently observed the parent-supplied, non-birthday cupcakes twice the size of his pudgy fist, handed out for 10:00 a.m. snack. As a relatively new mom, I hadn’t found my voice. I kept my opinions to myself and rarely stood up for what I thought. Unspoken mom-pressure kept it that way. Instead, I watched the children’s eager eyes and giddy smiles as the “favorite moms” brought in frosted delights and the disappointment on their faces when I provided sliced apples and pretzel sticks.

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