DC Area Moms

We are a collaborative, local parenting site written by and for Washington, DC Area moms. Our aim is to provide a positive space for moms to connect both online and offline through events we host. Thanks for reading!
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Join Our Team of Writers: Open Call for Contributors

The DC Area Moms' writing team is growing and we are hosting an open call for contributors! We are looking for fresh, local voices who are passionate about motherhood in and around the DC...

The Best Pumpkin Patches & Farm Activities Guide

Fall is one of our favorite seasons! We are fortunate to have so many local farms offering family fun most seasons – but especially in the Fall. Make sure you set aside some time...
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My Son with Special Needs Wasn’t Accepted to Private Schools

This is a guest article from Jacqueline Renfrow.  To the private schools—all of them—that rejected my 9-year-old ASD son. I assumed I had many years before I’d need to worry about the college application process, as...
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Geneva Day School Passes Baton to Usher in a New Era of Excellence

It was said there might be a bouquet of flowers. There was an entire table’s worth. It was said there would be entertainment. There were activities, stations, music, a bubble machine, and a balloon arch. Guests were...

Sample Letter to Representatives to Take Action on Gun Control Reform

An anonymous, local DC area Pediatrician authored this sample letter to Representatives to take action on gun control reform. Find your Representative in the House and your Representative in the Congress by zip code. If you live in DC, but...

Ultimate Spray, Splash, and Water Park Guide for DC, MD, and NoVA

This spray, splash, and water park guide was created by Julie Hart and updated by Stephanie Shipman. One of the best places to beat the heat during the dog days of summer is to...
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Having Trouble Getting Outside and Off the Screen? Try Gardening with Your Kids!

This is a guest article from Kiran Talvadkar and Alice Sturm with Nature Play Parents. Benefits of Gardening with Kids  From learning about the life cycle of plants, to getting physical activity and discovering new foods, the...
Joyful Learning in all Children

How Parents Can Help Foster Joyful Learning in all Children

This is a guest article by Mariale Hardiman, EdD and Jacqueline Renfrow.  One mind, many ways of learning. How parents can help foster joyful learning in all children.  How often have we heard the saying: “Parents...

4 Inspiring Earth Day Volunteer Activities with Children

The thoughts presented in this Earth Day volunteer article are the writer’s and do not represent views of the organizations they are employed in. Please note that with COVID-19, not all of these suggestions...

Geneva Day School Celebrates a Terrific 2022

#GDSSpirit is More than a Meme Cookies emblazoned with #1, colorful balloons, and special signage. . . Such fanfare defines Geneva Day School’s celebration of the thrilling announcement that readers of “Bethesda Magazine” have again...
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Helping Kiddos Test the Waters with Water Conservation

The thoughts presented in the water conservation with kids article are the writer’s and do not represent views of the organizations they are employed in. Please note that with COVID-19, not all of these...
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7 Places to Visit Aquatic Animals

Aquatic animals occupy a special place in my kids' imaginations. So, once a month, we visit our aquatic friends. To me, it seems like a very repetitive and sometimes even boring endeavor. So I...
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5 Reasons to Let Children Take Risks: Starting at the Playground!

This is a guest article from Kiran Talvadkar and Alice Sturm with Nature Play Parents. One of our most important jobs as parents and caregivers is to keep kids safe. While it may seem counterintuitive,...
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Outdoor and Indoor Ice Skating Rink Guide

Ready for family fun at outdoor and indoor ice skating rinks? Us too! There are lots of opportunities in the Washington, DC area! Nearly all locations require advanced timed tickets. If you are looking...