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The Bedford Family Connection

april-showersHappy April! And here's hoping the saying "April showers bring May flowers" is really true, cuz I'm ready for this rain to end! Especially since I'm back to lugging strollers and baby car seats.

That's right! I'm so happy to share that Wesley Davis Koller joined our family March 7th at 12:45pm in Boston, weighing in at 6 lbs., 9 ounces and measuring 19 inches. We are just over the moon in love with him and June is an absolutely lovely big sister!

And now that I'm re-entering the infant and toddler world, it got me to thinking about all of the great resources available in our community, including the Bedford Family Connection, so I invited them to share who they are and what they offer. I can't wait to learn more, so Holly, take it away!

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When moving to a new town, families commonly ask, "How will I meet other people? How friendly will this town be? How can I find ways to be part of the community?" Almost two years ago, I was in the same position, recently settled in Bedford and wondering how to find friends and activities for my kids and our whole family.

One great resource I found is the BFC -- the Bedford Family Connection. Currently celebrating its 25th year, the BFC is an organization that provides fun activities for children from birth through kindergarten age as well as their families. The BFC is run by parents and has a full calendar of activities throughout the year.

For example, this month the BFC is running an outing to Drumlin Farm, an Earth Day Festival, a Mom's Night Out at a nail salon, and a seminar on "Parenting the Anxious Child." Some of the BFC's most popular events throughout the year are the Halloween Party, the Fire Truck Wash, the Spring Concert and the New Mom's Brunch. The BFC also coordinates playgroups organized by age and runs a playroom at First Parish Church (75 Great Road, open Monday through Friday 9:30am - 11:30am during the school year). They also do community service events benefiting those in need, both locally and beyond.

Joining the BFC, going to events, and even volunteering to be on the Planning Committee are all an great ways to meet people, keep your children engaged, and contribute as part of the community. Ultimately, we found Bedford to be very welcoming, and the families we met through the BFC were a big part of that. I hope to see you there!

Holly Munsie is the publicity chair for the Bedford Family Connection.

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