Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services
Bedford Youth and Family Services (BYFS) has a strong commitment to supporting parents of children of all ages, in service to our mission of addressing the social, emotional, and developmental needs of children, youth, adults and families in Bedford through programs and services that support and nurture. Their offices in the Town Center building have pamphlets and resources on various parenting issues available in and they also offer parent education workshops about relevant parenting topics, often in collaboration with Bedford Public Schools, Bedford Public Library, Bedford Police Department, the parent associations, and other local organizations. Every other year BYFS publishes and distributes free of charge their award winning “Celebrating Parenting Weekly Engagement Calendar,” a resource designed to offer general support and guidance about common parenting issues. Parents can pick up a copy now while supplies last.
To make it easier for Bedford parents to access resources in a timely fashion BYFS is adding a new For Parents section to their website. The goal is to provide parents quick tips about parenting and provide some general guidance about how to address an issue with your child or help you help your child to solve a problem. The website will initially feature access to resources they have created or offered to the community and whose information is still relevant. These resources include their “Ask BYFS” columns compiled for BEST Newsletter and selected taped parent presentations through collaboration with Bedford TV and Youtube.
Other parts of the For Parents section will include parenting websites that offer sound parenting tips and guidance and print resources that BYFS staff and Eliot counseling staff have found helpful about different parenting topics. There is also a section to ask a general question or to confidentially email the Director.
Of course for more long-standing or serious problems BYFS always recommends consultation with your child’s pediatrician, school guidance counselor, or other professional. Please feel free to contact their office at 781-275-7727 for help with persistent problems, to ask about counseling services, or if you have general questions about the website.
Please check out For Parents at www.bedfordma.gov/youth and click on the “For Parents” link and let them know what you think.