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Old 05-26-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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Hey Everyone,

I'm considering a job offer from a company in Tyson's corner and have been checking out various communities that we might like to live. We'll have temp housing for at least 2 months and may rent for a while, but I still want to get a better understanding of area will be like for my family before pulling the trigger.

My wife stays home with our 2 year-old son and we expecting a 2nd in several months. I am most concerned about pulling her away from her community of friends and activities than anything else.

Are there a lot of things for stay at home moms in some of the more family friendly areas of NOVA (Reston, Cascades, Ashburn etc.)? My wife really enjoys things like stroller strides (a work out class for moms that works with the kids just in their strollers) and an age specific class through the local Community College.

Also, if anyone knows of some good websites for this type of thing please let me know. I'm sure NOVA has plenty of this stuff but I just don't know where to look.

Thanks!
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Here are some sites that might be helpful:

Loudoun Moms Home
..:: FairfaxCountyMoms.com ::.. HomePage
Being Savvy: Your guide to activities and fun things to do with your preschoolers and kids in Washington, DC
DC BABY: Sarah Masterson's blog for Washington, DC-area parents
Loudoun County Public Library - Early Literacy Programs

Another good resource - your HOA. Ours has a community intranet where people arrange playgroups and other interest groups. I'd highly recommend Brambleton. There are lots of families with young children here, and people are awesome. There are a lot of us stay-at-home moms here too. (I have nine-month-old twins.) Our movie theatre, which is in walking distance from most of the homes here, has free kids' movies in the summertime.
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:07 PM
 
Location: warrenton,va
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stay home dads?
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:07 PM
 
Location: southern california
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most valuable creature on the planet, the soccer mom.
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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stay home dads?
We have those too. And work-at-home-dads. And work-from-Caribou-Coffee-moms and -dads.
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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HOAs always seem to have ideas. If your HOA has a gym, check there for notices. Moms like to have walking partners, or sometimes just put up notes to find friends. Your new church may have some mom-oriented activities, too. The local library probably has a list of neighborhood bookclubs.
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:21 PM
 
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When we returned to NOVA in 2007, I became a stay-at-home mom. There is no shortage of things to do with children in the area; most are free or low-cost. Your wife can join moms groups through the community or church (e.g., MOPS, MOMS, Mothers First, etc.). The Park and Rec Department have many classes throughout the year. The public libraries have free programs for children of all ages. I think NOVA has beautiful parks and nature centers (e.g., Burke Lake, Frying Pan, Clemyjontri, Hidden Pond, Hidden Oak, etc.). Places like Kids N Motion, House of Bounce, open gym at Wakefield Rec Center or Dale City Rec Ctr are always fun and helpful on rainy days. During the summer, there are a number of nice water parks (e.g., Water Mine in Reston, Pirate Cove in Lorton and the new Atlantis in Bull Run). Pirate Cove I thought was great for the younger kids with the smaller water slides and sand area. Believe me, if your wife is willing to reach out and drive to places, she and the children will not be bored.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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I'll add one more resource -- the DC Urban Moms listserv and forum. And yes, there are stay-at-home dads there, too -- as well as work-outside-the-home dads (WOHD) and work-outside-the-home moms (WOHM).

DCUM Weblog — DC Urban Moms & Dads

(and yes, there is no "s" on that URL.)
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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There are a ton of SAHP groups on meetup.com. I found a fantastic group of friends that way.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:23 PM
 
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This is great stuff! Thanks for all the advice...keep it coming as well :-)
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