Roaring Fork nonprofit offers help for parents |

Roaring Fork nonprofit offers help for parents

Eben Harrell

Need a little help handling the kids this winter?The Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers, the nonprofit arm of the Roaring Fork School District, will offer free, one-night parenting workshops each month throughout the school year in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.Each month the workshops will explore a new topic. The December workshop is titled What Your Children Really Want for the Holidays, Your Presence or Your Presents. The workshop will focus on how the holidays impact normal family routines and will present a range of tools for parents to help navigate their families happily through this time of year, according to program coordinator Nancy La Joy.The series focuses on all aspects of parenting, from handling preteens to sibling rivalry, La Joy said. The holiday class was a natural progression of some of the core things parents struggle with. Its a hectic time of year and sometimes we all need a little help.The workshop is scheduled for Dec. 7 at the Basalt Elementary School Family Resource Center Office, Dec. 8 at the Carbondale Elementary School Library, and Dec. 9 at the Glenwood Springs Elementary School Library. Classes, which will be held in English, are from 7-8:30 p.m. Free childcare is provided. Parents are welcome to bring a brown-bag dinner or snack.A separate parenting series in Spanish will be hosted by the resource center throughout the winter.Author Vickie Falcone will host the English-speaking workshop. Falcone is the author of a new book, Buddha Never Raised Kids and Jesus Didnt Drive Carpools: Seven Principles for Parenting With Soul. The workshops include a blend of meaningful illustrations, practical solutions and humorous insights into the challenges of being a parent today, La Joy said.Our instructors are incredible with their presentations, La Joy said. They blend humor and their own personal insight. The class is not only informational. It can be fun, too.Registration for the workshop is not required. For more information, contact La Joy at 384-5694 or Harrells e-mail address is