Sarah Johnson

Sarah is the Community Organizer at Mesa County Public Health and has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Sarah was formerly the director of Child and Family Programs at Strive, which supports individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families. She curates an Instagram account called OlderWiserStronger about active, outdoor women over 40 and loves to ski, mountain bike, read, cook, get better at Spanish and hang out with her daughter, husband, and two dogs.

December 17, 2014

Tradition’s deeper value is sense of comfort, security

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place My husband and I thought about putting our Christmas tree in a different spot in our living room this year. But then the panic happened and we changed our minds. Our middle school daughter was definitely not OK with this potential change to the holiday […]
November 20, 2014

The science and joy of making a mess

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place Little kids and messes. Well, they’re kind of a package deal. As adults, we all have different levels of tolerance for messiness, but in general, we like it a lot less than kids. We dislike it so much that we sometimes go to great lengths […]
October 2, 2014

How the Wrong Playgroup Saved my Sanity

By Sarah Johnson   When I had a baby, I suddenly realized that my old friends weren’t going to cut it anymore. No disrespect, old friends, but it was a matter of schedules. None of my friends had young children, which meant there was no way for them to justify being […]
August 8, 2014

School lunches even a mom can love

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place If you live in Mesa County, chances are your kids are back at school. And “back-to-school” for many of us means “back-to-trying-to-come-up-with-healthy-lunches-that-my-kids-willl-actually-eat.” Lunches that get eaten and lunches that are healthy, however, are not mutually exclusive. Like so many other things, it often comes down […]
June 30, 2014

Camping: One of the great joys of summer

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place Of all the things to love about summer, perhaps my favorite is that it’s family camping season. Sticky s’mores fingers, smoky campfire hair, endless games of Uno, rainstorms that force us to read our books and nap all afternoon … I pretty much love it […]
May 27, 2014

Service doesn’t always feel like work

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place (JUCO/STRiVE photos by Jim Cox)   I recently had the enjoyable experience of attending a picnic at The Botanical Gardens of Western Colorado, where JUCO teams and STRiVE clients and staff ate, played and bonded on a perfect spring evening. I brought my family, along […]
April 24, 2014

The power of teaching your baby to sign

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place   I’ve always thought babies are a lot smarter than most of us give them credit for. Consider for a moment that 90 percent of a child’s brain is formed in the first three years of life, and more than 700 new neural connections are […]
April 9, 2014

Expanding our world view

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place I love living in Grand Junction. We have easy access to world-class outdoor recreation, better health care resources than most comparably sized communities, and the weather is tough to beat. But I love to get out of town, too, and offering our child a broader […]
March 6, 2014

The magic of books

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place   When I think about what made my life easier as a young mother, one of the first things that comes to mind is books. When my daughter was fussy or wired, she would settle down with a book. When we were feeling out of […]
February 20, 2014

I gave my daughter a Twinkie

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place   My daughter had a Twinkie recently, and the world did not come crashing down around us. This was kind of a big deal for me because food is a big deal for me. She had never had a Twinkie in her life, and I […]
February 6, 2014

Big opportunities are found in little moments

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place During most of my daughter’s first 10 years, I was lucky enough to be able to pull off working 25 hours a week or less. When she was a baby, I didn’t work outside the home at all. We definitely made financial sacrifices during all […]
January 23, 2014

Find a way to remember the little things

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place   The day I found out I was pregnant, I started to write. I had always been a writer at heart, starting with my third grade diary and continuing into college when I studied journalism. But a career shift to social work, marriage and just […]