Education Starts At The Student’s Eye Level | Rebecca Eseonu-Chukwu

LoudounMarApr2016HRNB_Page_29The U.S. Department of Education is researching and highly regarding a fundamental pillar that many secondary education centers already build their practices on – education starts with seeing things from a student’s eye level. In order to achieve goals in the classroom, instructors must properly understand a student’s learning style and perspective in order to provide an effective, innovative and customizable curriculum in a comfortable learning environment.

To fully understand this principle and further aid students, back in September of 2012, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will award $52 million dollars in grants to nationwide centers for the preschool through 12th grade. The objective is to help districts and schools meet student achievements and goals through research-based findings. These cases will include investigating study habits and visual, auditory and tactile learning styles.

Eye Level, a global leader in pre-school through high school self-directed learning, believes that strong self-determination and a fruitful environment are keys to academic success. The company embraces the philosophy that people are always students, learning new topics and information.

“We continuously strive to be a global education service leader by developing new educational services and programs to create a lifelong education system that effectively combines on- and offline resources,” says Eye Level parent company, Daekyo Chairman, Mr. Kang.

Eye Level’s unique perspective that instructors must first become students of their own students is what separates and contributes to the company’s success. Only when the instructor is able to make this connection to a student at the “eye level”, appropriate goals and tailored programs for the student are set and accomplished. A dynamic critical thinking principle also factors heavily into the curriculum.

Similar methods for students, of all ages, are being researched through U.S. government grants to fund the advancement of innovative and comprehensive education, from individual regional centers to the Investing in Innovation (i3) Development grant. As stated in October 2012 on the U.S Department of Education website about the challenges and steps ahead. “Today, we are asking much more of ourselves and much more of each other – and everyone is stepping up – parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders and of course students” said the US Secretary of Education, Mr. Duncan.

“Eye Level is dedicated to creating sound individuals, sound families and a sound society through a philosophy of human centered management. This humanistic philosophy drives the company as we create new programs and services that best meet the needs of students worldwide”, said Kang.

While much of the research must be completed and analyzed, the US government and supplemental learning organizations are committed to adapting education in hopes to increase student success, indifferent of the learning style.

Rebecca Eseonu-Chukwu
Eye Level learning Center
20789 Great Falls Plaza, Suite 102, Sterling, VA 20165
571 526 4193
www.eyelevelsterlingnorth.com

Preparing for Parent-Teacher Conference | Eye Level Learning Center

LoudounNovDec2015HighResNoBleeds_Page_35September marks the start of school for many families, and within a few short weeks or months, you will be meeting with your child’s teacher for your first parent-teacher conference of the year. One of the goals of the parent-teacher conference is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each student and communicate to the parents the are as that need improvement. The parent-teacher conference can help establish a good relationship between you and the teacher so that the student’s progress can be seen as a team effort. It is important to determine short-term and long-term goals for the rest of the school year to keep the student on track towards success.

In order to maximize the time spent with the teacher, you can prepare for the initial meeting in the following ways:

Before the Conference:

1. Talk with your child about how things are going in school.

Discuss different aspects of the day in regards to academics and the social atmosphere. You can also ask your child some of the following questions to get a better understanding of his/her school day.

• Which subjects are difficult for your child?
• What does your child like best about school?
• Would your child like you to ask the teacher anything?
• If there could be any changes made to the classroom or structure to make it more of a comfortable learning environment, what would it be?

2. Write down any questions that you have for the teacher.

After the first month or two of school, there may be specific questions you have for the teacher. Talk with any individuals who spend time with your child whether it is a babysitter, tutor, or instructors from an after-school program. They may have more insight on your child’s academic abilities as well as questions to ask the teacher.

During the Conference:

3. With a limited amount of time, stick to the main topics. The conference revolves around one person – your child. All school rules and policies can be found in the handbook or on the school’s website. Talk specifically about the strengths and weaknesses of your child and ways that you can help him/her succeed.

4. Develop a parent-teacher relationship. The parent-teacher conference is an opportunity to get to know the teacher and develop a relationship that can help set the tone for the tone for the rest of the year. A child’s academic success is a team effort; the students need the support not only in the classroom, but at home. by establishing a good relationship with the teacher, it allows you to be able to connect with the teacher throughout the year with any comments or concerns that may arise.

5. Have a stress-free conversation. Go into the meeting with an open mind and positive outlook that both parties are there to help your child succeed. Remember that the teacher is not there to criticize your child, but to have a in-depth conversation about the student’s progress. Likewise, suggestions for the teacher can be delivered constructively, and relationship of trust can be formed.

6. Try to save time to speak with your child’s other teachers. During the day students go to other classes such as gym, art, and music. Other teachers may have additional comments and/or concerns regarding your child’s behavior in their class. If you are not able to meet with additional teachers on that day, ask the child’s main teacher if you can call to make an appointment.

After the Conference:

7. Discuss the conference with your child. Arriving home after a parent-teacher conference can be very stressful for your child. First, talk to your child about the positives, academically and socially. If there are struggles your child is encountering, discuss the ways you plan to help your child succeed. The goal is for the student to be proud of the accomplishments he/she has made thus far, and how to make an effective plan so that the rest of the year can be success!

By: Rebecca U. Eseonu-Chukwu
Eye Level learning Center
29789 Great Falls Plaza, Suite 102
Sterling,VA 20165
Phone: 571.526.4193
Website www.eyelevelsterlingnorth.com

Happy Memorial Day – Pools are OPEN…

Parenting at the pool is fabulously overrated.Across the country, or, at least in the colder, northern states, the shrieks of children are piercing through the haze of our Friday. The time has come… it is Memorial Day Weekend… and the public pools are open for business.

Great.

Swimming changes when you become a parent. We’re no longer the screeching kids held back from jumping into the deep end while being slathered with sunscreen – we’re the holder-backer-slatherers. We’re hot and sweaty, restraining slippery kids in our mama-bird-eagle-talon vice grip. Toned and tanned lifeguards judge us from their pedestals above as we struggle with our new bathing suit top and an obvious inability to keep our children from running, falling and bleeding all over the place. Our old, pool-inspired squeals of glee have transformed into silent screams for anything BUT being at the pool… like wrestling alligators. Because summer’s “unofficial” beginning reminds us that we have three months of pool-related hell ahead.

I’d rather wrestle alligators.

Whether you have one child, or a dozen, the pool is a love-hate relationship forged in denial and nostalgia. We know that it’s a summer tradition, and we want our kids to love the pool as much as we did back in the day. There’s something oddly appealing about being in a big tub of water with 50 neighbors, ducking splashes, water gun spray and gross, floaty things we’d rather not think about. Community bonding happens best when everyone is halfway naked, so they say, and each year we renew our love for a cosmic dipping bowl of chemicals, body fluids and crystal clear water that leaves little to the imagination beneath the surface.

Half the battle is getting there. Before we set those wiggly kids into the pool, we need a place to put our 10 bags of snacks, sunscreen, toys and other painful reminders of a baggage-free past, like the row of brain-scalding lounges and its umbrellas of mockery. Swimming pool lounges are summer’s version of “musical chairs,” especially when we have more than one child. Invariably, there aren’t enough lounges together, or, we gleefully stride (don’t run!) to a spot with enough lounges, only to discover a pile of food covered in fire ants and a swarm of bees giving us the finger. We back away slowly, guiding our pre-mutiny child-posse to another location, bribe them to “share” a lounge and swear that we’re never coming back without a flask.

We must deal with angsty teenagers (whether ours or the products of our new, water-born extended family) and toddlers that steal floaties or other “favorite-only-because-they-took-it” toys. Bathroom trips are a horror show, and we can’t forget the hourly break that serves only to remind us that WE never get a break, and that we’re bad parents for forgetting one kid will only use the “softy” shredded towel we left at home. Then we direct our attention to the child-free couple who is holding hands, giggling and tanning away on their personal island of lounges. We giggle too, only it comes out as an evil laugh dripping with life experience. One day, they’ll be doling out snacks in the approved areas, too. Enjoy your pool time, kiddos, you’re next.

Nowhere can we be so exposed, from our bathing suits to our parenting styles, than the good ol’ community pool. Yet, year after year, we pack up the bags, grab (most of) the towels and do it all over again. We’re reinventing our childhood and connecting with our kids with a steely-faced determination and hopeful spirit. Somehow, even with the hassle, we see ourselves in our kids’ squeals and squirms and it all makes sense. The pool, while not as easy as alligator wrestling, is a messy extension of our messy love for those messy beings we treasure… it is an annual outpouring of love and an inescapable reality. This weekend, parents, I salute you and your determination to wrangle yourself, your kids and the accoutrements needed to renew this annual process. I’ll be there, right alongside you, silently screaming and keeping my eyes above the waterline at all times.

By: Chelsea Snyder
MojoWriting, LLC
www.mojowriting.com
Twitter: @mojowriting

A Mother’s Love | Dorri C. Scott, Publisher

LWM_MJ15_web_Page_07I recently read a lovely article about mothers and our loves. The inspiring words shook every part of my soul. I was enlightened and joyful as I thought about the years spent raising my children. Fond memories filled my heart as tears welled up in my eyes. “Where,” I wondered, “did the years go… so swiftly?”

Like the writer of the article, I have kept a journal for each of my children who are now young adults since birth… Much of their life has been recorded
in words.Grateful for the love and light they bring into my life I wanted each of them to know how important they are to me FOREVER – No matter what! As a mother I invite you to share with your children some of your loves. It is a lifetime gift that only a mother’s love can pass on from one generation to another.

1. Love You – Always. There will be people who will challenge you. Throughout your life, fight for you and love you first. You cannot spread what you don’t have to give.

2. Love those who love you back. Build teams of people who love themselves so that collectively you can love each other – a partner, family, work friends, neighbors, etc. Together with your team(s) you build you can conquer anything and anyone.

3. Love and honor your talents. Find your passion.

4. Love everyone – all races, sexes, colors, creed, religions, ages – Just LOVE everybody. It will make the world better and you too!

5. Love your body. You are perfect just the way God created you – flaws and all. Besides, no one is perfect and everyone is working on a body part they wish they did not have.

6. Love and live in the moment. There is so much joy in the NOW!

7. Love the adventure of living life. It is a journey not a sprint. Take the ride in stride and be grateful.

8. Love music. It will make your heart happy. On a bad day, dance. On a good day teach someone new ways to make great movement.

9. Love justice. Know peace. Be the voice and advocate for one who does not have the courage to stand or who is unable. Don’t worry about their why….just do what is right because every life matters.

10. Love the underserved. Do it with grace and a giving heart.

11. Love history. Learn from those who have travelled the road before you.

12. Love books, READ and LEARN. New thoughts will open up a new world to you.

13. Love animals. Their love is unconditional.

14. Love science. Invent and be innovative.

15. Love every stage of life. There are lessons to learn in every season.

16. Love your Creator and always know that your mother loves you!

By: Dorri C. Scott, Publisher.

Protecting The Stay-At-Home Spouse | Valerie P. Kaiser, CFP

LWMNovDec2014small_Page_10When married couples have young children, often one spouse stays home while the other works outside the home. While most parents understand the necessity of purchasing a life insurance policy on the income earner, few realize the importance of also insuring the stay-at-home spouse.

Being prepared for the unexpected.

What if the stay-at-home spouse suddenly died? The family would be devastated. While friends and family members would initially pitch in to help, eventually they would return to their regular lives. Before the surviving spouse returned to work, a caretaker for the children and home would need to be hired, presenting a potential financial hardship. Had life insurance been purchased on the stay-at-home parent, however, the family’s needs would have been protected.

Measuring the value of the stay-at-home spouse.

Despite the importance of the stay-at-home parent, there’s little research to quantify its value. In its 13th annual “Mom Salary Survey,” Salary.com reports the most popular functions performed by mothers equate to $113,586 per year1 in salary. Also, it states the stay-at-home spouse works a 94-hour week, performing, among other roles, the duties of housekeeper, cook, day care teacher, driver, and psychologist.

LWMNovDec2014small_Page_11Flexible, customizable choices.

The type of policy you select depends on your needs and budget. Term life insurance provides affordable coverage for several years. In contrast, permanent life insurance offers protection for your entire life (provided premiums are paid) and accumulates cash value tax-deferred. This cash value can be accessed (loans accrue interest and reduce the policy’s cash value and death benefit). Plus, riders, available with term and permanent life insurance, enable you to customize your policy to meet and grow with your changing needs.

The loss of a parent is an emotional hardship for a family; purchasing insurance coverage for a stay-at-home spouse can help ensure that it doesn’t become a financial hardship as well.

This educational, third-party article is provided as a courtesy by Valerie Kaiser, CFP®, Agent, (CA#0F39945) New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please contact Valerie Kaiser, CFP® at 703-610-4073.

Screen (and Scream!) Time Thoughts from The Real Housewives of Loudoun County

“Screen time” is a pretty heavily debated issue in the parenting world, with as many thoughts on the issue as there are screens in front of our kids’ faces. Schools are using the devices more, leaving many parents to wonder why limiting screen time even matters, while others forbid any devices in the home unless they’re needed for homework. Wherever you stand on the “screen time” debate, its always interesting to get the opinions of other parents, so we went to The Real Housewives of Loudoun County to see how they handle the screens (and screams!) in their everyday lives.

How do you approach “screen time” with your kids?

Rachael: I’ll admit we use screen time, computer, kindle, phone & TV as a distraction to let us get some things done around the house. For our 10 year old, over the summer, we implemented a new rule of reading for electronic time. He had to read a chapter in an age appropriate book for 30 min of time. He’s a minecraft junkie so he was eager to read! Our 3 year old knows how to use my iPhone better than I’d like to admit, but it makes my grocery shopping and doctors appointments go a little more smoothly so I’m not opposed to letting him play learning games and listen to music! There are only a few games, Apps, shows there are allowed to use and watch. We definitely keep a close eye on those things.

ticketKeaira: To handle screen time in our home I implemented technology tickets. We have three kids, ages 7, 5 and 1.5. I created a ticket and laminated it. Each child gets 10 tickets every Sunday afternoon. Each ticket is worth 30 minutes of screen time. If they want to watch t.v, play the xbox or ipad, etc. they know they need to give us a technology ticket. They are able to use them after they have completed their homework for the day. I do allow them to combine them if they want to watch a movie for example. However, they are very aware that when they are gone for the week, they are gone. I also created a few reward tickets that are each worth 30 minutes when they go above and beyond what is asked of them. We also have a chore chart and they each have their own responsibilities, with the exception of the baby. They know that if they don’t do their chores or they are fighting or misbehave in school, they will then lose a technology ticket. It has really worked for us. My oldest son, will say, “I only have six technology tickets left, I think I will just go outside and play so I don’t waste them!” As far as parental controls go I have them on the TV, Netflix, computer and even their DS’s. It can be irritating for me at times to put in a code so I can have access but it’s worth it if I know I am keeping my kids away from inappropriate content.
Kimmy: At my daughters’ ages (4&1), I have to admit, we don’t control “screen time” very much yet. My 4 year old started playing with the kindle at 2 years old, she loved angry birds, and now plays other games (some educational) but not for long periods of time. We have a lot of movie time, but she doesn’t watch TV shows that often. She’s VERY active and always playing outdoors, which we love. I’m sure when she reaches homework and cell phone age it will be a different story, and we will certainly be limiting screen time then!
What do you think about the great “screen debate” or parenting debates, in general? How do YOU approach screen time with your kids?
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Oh, the joys of parenting in a digital world – from online debates to the actual screens our kids use! Nobody ever said being a parent was easy, but, the RHOLC really make it look that way! Be sure to check back for more expert tips from this great group of women, and definitely check out the group on Facebook!

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Back to School with The Real Housewives of Loudoun County!

back to school loudounThe day is upon us: Loudoun County schools start the new school year on Tuesday, making today the last “real” day of summer vacation. Some of us are ready for our kids to get back into school and back on a schedule. Others have been enjoying the extra hours of sleep and no pressure to get homework done. And, of course, there are the new kindergarten parents who are about to send their babies off to school, meeting that “big kid” milestone head on. Whatever your take on a new school year is, rest assured, you’re not alone. Loudoun has great schools, great kids… and, of course, a group of great moms who are in the parenting trenches daily. Which is why, of course, we asked The Real Housewives of Loudoun County:

What is your biggest concern with the beginning of the school year approaching?

Roxce: A new school year for me is just that, ” new”, and that can be scary for some parents and kids but not my children;  I do the worrying for them.  I have to mentally prepare myself for anything that comes my kid’s way, such as dealing with friends, bullies, and new teachers.  There is only so much I can do because I can’t spend the whole day at school with them, so I wait and prepare myself for any problems they may come home with and hope that any of my wisdom will rub off on them.
Maria: I would say that my biggest concern for the start of school year is how I can be a more proactive mom in my children’s classrooms. With all the testing they will have this year my 7th and 3rd grader are already stressing out about all the work they have to do for the big tests during the school year. Managing to get them up in the morning will be one of the hardest tasks since they haven’t had to wake up at a certain time this whole summer. Homework and making sure they do it, hand it in on time and not hate it is also a big concern here in my home.  With my daughter in softball year round, balancing her time with studies,  practices and games during the week drives me crazy but having balance with all of this is key and easier said than done.  School is something the kids should always look forward to and I feel this year things are different, so many cuts have been made and it’s very disturbing to say the least.  I love seeing the kids get super excited for the first day and I just hope they carry that same momentum throughout the school year. As in life there are always challenges but it’s how we handle them that make it worthwhile. I will do my best to be “THAT” mom this year and every year with my kids and hope all parents take the time to do the same.  The kids need us more than we know.
Kimmy: This is my daughter’s last year of preschool, so not too many concerns as of yet. We live in Ashburn but she attends preschool in Herndon, since we both work full time, we need my parents to pick her up. Because of this schedule, the thing we always struggle with are the mornings, getting her up and dressed and out the door on time! Every morning she has school is a battle and rushed! Since she only goes every other day, I feel like its not routine enough for her. Also, since this is her last year, most of my concerns are actually for the following year, hoping she transitions easily into kindergarten!
Rachael:  My biggest concern with the school year approaching would have to be homework. I wasnt a fan of it when I was in school and still not a fan now that Im a parent. I want to spend time with my son after school, but with dinner, showers, and bedtime, and having to fit in homework that leaves us no time. I understand and agree with having to study, and keep things fresh in their minds, but I wish it was sent home to be returned at the end of the week so you can do it on your terms. I know the teachers are under pressure and its not their fault. Its just my preference, what would work better for our family. Otherwise, we are looking forward to the upcoming school year and seeing what 5th grade is all about!
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Maybe next time, we should find out how the RHOLC gang treats themselves after surviving summer break! Be sure to check back for more expert tips from this great group of women, and definitely check out the group on Facebook!

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Creative Parenting by The Real Housewives of Loudoun County

No matter how or when, there is a little spark of creativity in us all, begging to be shared. The abundance of activities and creative opportunities throughout Loudoun County can be inspirational, for sure, but, its is the diverse and unique parents that can add the most interesting, creative elements to our children’s lives. A creative life is important for self-expression and enjoying the little gifts we all bring to the table. Creativity is also important for problem-solving, communication and understanding the needs of others. Plus, we all remember the creative messes WE made as kids, and how much fun it was to just let our imaginations run wild.
Since parenting is inherently creative, it only made sense to ask the experts how they “get messy” and creative with their kids. Who better to get all the dirt on creative parenting than our favorite moms: The Real Housewives of Loudoun County!

As a mom, how are you allowing your creativity to show while parenting your kid(s)?


rholc2Ashley:
As a stay at home mom to two boys, my main place to be creative is in my home. Yes, I sit down with my boys and do art projects and color, and sometimes I get a little controlling when it comes to the school projects, but that is not where my true creativity comes out! To me, it is my attention to detail with everything that I do.
Did I mention I was a little bit of a perfectionist: from baking and decorating their birthday cakes, to making the house look special for each holiday or celebration. On St. Patrick’s Day, we set up a leprechaun trap, but come morning were instead left with little green feet stamped throughout the house. The Elf on the Shelf creatively visits us each day during the holidays. Each season brings a new variety of decorations, like shells during summer, or leaves and pumpkins for fall. And now they love to help me display things for Halloween and Christmas.
My home is my canvas and I put a lot of effort into it! They may not realize now that I am behind the originality of these ideas, but in years to come, they will!
Kimmy: My daughter LOVES crafts! I love art myself, so I’m constantly trying to find her different projects we can do. I love seeing what she creates using her imagination and a bunch of random art supplies!  When she has friends over, we almost always have sugar cookies or plain cupcakes on-hand to decorate, or fun craft projects to do.
I let my daughter make her own “decisions” about everything (she calls it “picking yes or no”), like picking out her outfits, her pajamas, dinner, bedtime stories… etc.  She also loves helping with anything, from baking cakes or gardening to cleaning the fish tank or giving the dog a bath! She learns so much, including some responsibility and she’s not even aware of it! We have also used the “star system” to reward her w/ something fun after every 5 stars. But she tends to add some extra stars on her own!
Roxce: When my children come across a question or problem that I know they should be able to figure out on their own,  I repeat the the question or problem back to them;  then I ask them a few questions of my own regarding the situation and eventually they come up with their own solution.   This I believe will help my children become good problem solvers while also being creative.
rholc1Rachael: I like to think I’m a “creative mom.” I try to keep things pretty fun and creative. We like to do the typical arts and crafts…(coloring, painting, etc) but I am definitely a Pinterest junkie. I like to find a project that the kids can help me with and then we give them as gifts for Christmas, Mother’s Day, & birthdays to family members. Recently a group of moms from RHOLC and myself went to color me mine with our little ones, and our oldest has been going to cupcake camp at Oh Pop Cake shop.
I like to let our boys creative side and imagination show. Whether painting a ceramic football bank, decorating cupcakes, our youngest wearing his batman costume when we go to the grocery store, or even singing songs while we clean up, or brush our teeth to make sure everything gets done. We make charts, and calendars and the boys think its fun to mark them off with stickers through the week. I think its no secret, I like it too! (hehe) We, well I, go a little overboard on birthdays with party themes. And Im all about not spending a lot of money in the process so there is a lot of DIY projects going on that the boys love to help with! You definitely can get creative with being creative. The possibilities are endless!
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Just some, you know, GREAT advice from the RHOLC crew about creative parenting in Loudoun County! Be sure to check back for more expert tips from this great group of women, and definitely check out the group on Facebook!

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Summer Tips from The Real Housewives of Loudoun County!

summer tips loudoun countyWe all love summer, and there is no better place for moms, dads, kids and families than right here in Loudoun County. Whether you are are new parent, or spending the summer with a graduating high school senior, the opportunities for fun, learning and adventure are plenty – you just need to know who to ask!

That’s why we asked The Real Housewives of Loudoun County (RHOLC) how to keep families entertained in the DMV. For anyone unfamiliar with this group of women in Loudoun County (if a membership base of almost 3,000 can be called a “group,” and not a “movement”), they are accessible through Facebook, entirely welcoming to everyone who stops by their Facebook headquarters AND in person,  and they offer superb advice and recommendations about anything from breastfeeding to the best place for “date nights” to financial planning and more. Plus… Girls’/Moms’ Night Out Events!

Loudoun Woman Magazine gladly supports RHOLC for the impact they are making in the community, and for the example they are bringing to communities of parents, moms and women around the world. Really, we just think they’re all an amazing group of women and we want to give credit where it is absolutely due!

But, enough about RHOLC for now. Let’s let their words speak for themselves! Without further ado, we present The Real Housewives of Loudoun County:

What are some unique (to your family) things you do in summer to keep things fun for your kids?

Kimmy: On the last day of school we make a “summer bucket list” and we put all the things we would like to do this summer on a big poster board. We also pick one big “wish list” item (i.e. Disney World) on it as well. Since we both work full time, we are limited on long or day trips during the week. But we try to do the pool or park a few times a week, along with setting up a mini-water park in our yard to play in w/ the neighbors (pool, water table, sprinklers, picnic area). We have a lot of play dates with her friends from school and the neighbors! There are a bunch of things we do EVERY summer including Hershey Park or Kings Dominion, The Outer Banks, Ocean City/Rehoboth Beach, community pool, New York, Animal Park/farms, Zoo, Aquarium etc..) but the point of the “bucket list” is to explore other things we have not ever done, or really would love to do again. If we don’t end up doing everything, we try to save it for even the fall if possible!

Nikki: We do Disney, Busch Gardens and downtown Williamsburg with Great Wolf Lodge while we are there. We get Groupons to local water parks, go to splash pads for dinner when it has cooled down, go up to Hershey park and explore Amish country and the kids train museum, the Turkey Hill experience and also the Crayola factory.

We play in the pool on the deck or go to a shaded park. Of course the local Ashburn pools, too. We have a “mother’s helper” so the kids get a lot of attention! I let the kids watch movies and play video games while I work during the day. At night we make forts in the basement and they get to sleep in them because there’s no school the next day. We go to my parents’ house and play in their yard or down by their creek we catch tadpoles. Also, the Rappahannock River with family friends or northern OBX. Nice summer days we will do DC zoo, museums., or Great Falls picnics because it’s so shady.

Also, Chincoteague Island to see the horses…kids loved that! More of a late summer thing though. Road trip to Texas this year….stopping in Dollywood while doing  the “Dumpster Diner and Dives” road app and eating at those places along the way!

Rachael: With this being our first full summer here, everything about our summer vacation has and will be unique to us this year. We have been out exploring the area, with our favorite, so far being Great Falls Park and the local playgrounds and pools.

We try to spend as much time together as a family as possible. Usually, we try to take one weekend or week long family vacation to some place new. We like to experience new places, cultures and adventures and experience things through our childrens’ eyes.

Precious: To be honest, I’m not the typical mom who goes crazy spending so much $ just for summer camps. Being a small business owner, I take that as an opportunity to teach my kids life skills by having them work a couple of hours a week at the studio learning accounting, graphic design, etc. So far they still consider that as fun. For crazy fun, we order take out and stay up as late as we could watching movies and/or a TV series marathon.

Roxce: In our household we try our best to spend time together, whether it’s watching a movie or playing board games, but our absolute favorite thing to do is have a BBQ.  The kids love when their dad grills outside they help with everything they can. Every time my husband is off work he takes the kids out to do something, anything at all just to make their day/vacation a little more memorable. Our kids look forward to going to the pool, if they could they would live there!

summer tips real housewives of loudoun countyA huge THANKS to the RHOLC crew for all of the advice and insight about summer activities in Loudoun County Be sure to check back for more expert advice from this great group of women, and definitely check out their digs on Facebook!

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