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Growing Community: Looking for lemonade

The signs of spring are miraculous (and we’re biased), but more dramatic in the Roaring Fork Valley than almost anywhere. To go from snow and the many shades of brown and grey that succeed it — to the astoundingly vivid green that pops seemingly overnight and sweeps up valley — is an amazing and invigorating annual event. It reminds us [...]

May 5th, 2021|

Growing Community: April – Keep Our Kids Safe

April is known for a lot of things – mud, snow, rain or other forms of moisture, depending on where you live. It’s also known as Child Abuse Prevention Month. We prefer, however, to think of it as “we can all help keep our kids safe” month. Have you noticed the blue pinwheels around town? It’s a fun way to [...]

April 21st, 2021|

Growing Community: Old enough to know better

Growing Community: Old enough to know better One of the challenges of bringing up children here in the Roaring Fork Valley is the fact that many of us don’t have family members living close by. That makes it difficult and expensive to see grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins with any regularity, and means that our children don’t have the experience [...]

April 7th, 2021|

Growing Community: Talking about screen time

Growing Community: Talking about screen time The unifying hazard of modern parenting. It drives parents to distraction. It’s causing the downfall of civilization — destroying reading, polite discourse, innocence, trust and truth. Technology. Devices. Social media. Phones. Video games. Internet. Screens. The fact that we don’t have one name for it and that it has so many facets, positive and [...]

March 11th, 2021|

Growing Community: Who needs a parenting class?

Growing Community: Who needs a parenting class? What’s the one job most of us ever have that we’ll constantly fail at, never feel on top of and which will bleed us dry financially and leave us sleepless for decades? Yes, it’s parenting! Apparently, the concept of “parenting” is quite a recent invention, emerging in the 1970s during a time when [...]

February 11th, 2021|

AFC advocates for landlords/tenants to seek support

Aspen Times, February 3, 2021 Local landlords urged to tap federal program that provides rent relief Property Owner Preservation Program would help save local funds for Pitkin County officials Jason Auslander:  jasonauslander@aspentimes.com   Local public welfare officials are urging Aspen and Pitkin County landlords with tenants who can’t pay rent because of the COVID-19 pandemic to enroll in a federal [...]

February 6th, 2021|

Growing Community: What is your yes?

Growing Community: What is your yes? Some days, we are struck by the strong similarity between an early childhood concept and the life that we are living mid-pandemic. The one that struck us this week had to do with risky play. Child development theory and philosophy often swing from one extreme to the other. Some of us have seen this, [...]

January 29th, 2021|

AFC Food Distribution moves to the Aspen Golf Course

Aspen Family Connections wishes to notify the entire Aspen community that our weekly food distribution, held in partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies, is moving to a new location at the Aspen Golf Club, starting Wednesday, January 6th 2021 from 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm. The new site offers safe space for people to drive through and pick up [...]

January 4th, 2021|

Growing Community: Finding Joy

We don’t even know how to start this column right now — talk about how every week gets weirder than last week, when we thought that was the height of weirdness? Or start with being grateful for spending time with family over the holidays and looking at the bright side? The crummy, no-good days seem to alternate with feeling OK [...]

December 30th, 2020|

Growing Community: Who Feels Like a Shock Absorber?

There was a recent New York Times article titled, “Mothers are the ‘shock absorbers’ of society.” This really caught my eye because it’s not a new awareness: mothers often carry the heaviest burden of caring for a child, keeping all things home-related running and, most often, returning to work in just a few weeks after having a baby. Thankfully, dads [...]

December 23rd, 2020|

Growing Community: Looking for lemonade

The signs of spring are miraculous (and we’re biased), but more dramatic in the Roaring Fork Valley than almost anywhere. To go from snow and the many shades of brown and grey that succeed it — to the astoundingly vivid green that pops seemingly overnight and sweeps up valley — is an amazing and invigorating annual event. It reminds us [...]

May 5th, 2021|

Growing Community: April – Keep Our Kids Safe

April is known for a lot of things – mud, snow, rain or other forms of moisture, depending on where you live. It’s also known as Child Abuse Prevention Month. We prefer, however, to think of it as “we can all help keep our kids safe” month. Have you noticed the blue pinwheels around town? It’s a fun way to [...]

April 21st, 2021|

Growing Community: Old enough to know better

Growing Community: Old enough to know better One of the challenges of bringing up children here in the Roaring Fork Valley is the fact that many of us don’t have family members living close by. That makes it difficult and expensive to see grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins with any regularity, and means that our children don’t have the experience [...]

April 7th, 2021|

Growing Community: Talking about screen time

Growing Community: Talking about screen time The unifying hazard of modern parenting. It drives parents to distraction. It’s causing the downfall of civilization — destroying reading, polite discourse, innocence, trust and truth. Technology. Devices. Social media. Phones. Video games. Internet. Screens. The fact that we don’t have one name for it and that it has so many facets, positive and [...]

March 11th, 2021|

Growing Community: Who needs a parenting class?

Growing Community: Who needs a parenting class? What’s the one job most of us ever have that we’ll constantly fail at, never feel on top of and which will bleed us dry financially and leave us sleepless for decades? Yes, it’s parenting! Apparently, the concept of “parenting” is quite a recent invention, emerging in the 1970s during a time when [...]

February 11th, 2021|

AFC advocates for landlords/tenants to seek support

Aspen Times, February 3, 2021 Local landlords urged to tap federal program that provides rent relief Property Owner Preservation Program would help save local funds for Pitkin County officials Jason Auslander:  jasonauslander@aspentimes.com   Local public welfare officials are urging Aspen and Pitkin County landlords with tenants who can’t pay rent because of the COVID-19 pandemic to enroll in a federal [...]

February 6th, 2021|

Growing Community: What is your yes?

Growing Community: What is your yes? Some days, we are struck by the strong similarity between an early childhood concept and the life that we are living mid-pandemic. The one that struck us this week had to do with risky play. Child development theory and philosophy often swing from one extreme to the other. Some of us have seen this, [...]

January 29th, 2021|

AFC Food Distribution moves to the Aspen Golf Course

Aspen Family Connections wishes to notify the entire Aspen community that our weekly food distribution, held in partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies, is moving to a new location at the Aspen Golf Club, starting Wednesday, January 6th 2021 from 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm. The new site offers safe space for people to drive through and pick up [...]

January 4th, 2021|

Growing Community: Finding Joy

We don’t even know how to start this column right now — talk about how every week gets weirder than last week, when we thought that was the height of weirdness? Or start with being grateful for spending time with family over the holidays and looking at the bright side? The crummy, no-good days seem to alternate with feeling OK [...]

December 30th, 2020|

Growing Community: Who Feels Like a Shock Absorber?

There was a recent New York Times article titled, “Mothers are the ‘shock absorbers’ of society.” This really caught my eye because it’s not a new awareness: mothers often carry the heaviest burden of caring for a child, keeping all things home-related running and, most often, returning to work in just a few weeks after having a baby. Thankfully, dads [...]

December 23rd, 2020|
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