Mid-Atlantic Parents of Multiples (MAPOM) 2017 Convention - Hosted by Fairfax County Mothers of Multiples (FCMOM)

Parents from Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland and West Virginia get together each spring! The Mid-Atlantic Parents of Multiples (MAPOM) is the parent organization that joins all multiples clubs within the Mid-Atlantic Region. A convention is held in spring to share information between clubs, socialize, and learn more about topics related to having multiple-birth children. Convention begins Friday afternoon and runs through early Saturday evening, and many Clubs stay through Saturday night to dine together and have another evening out.

Come CONNECT with Us!

Last day to register is Tuesday, March 21, 2017

When: Friday, April 21 - Saturday, April 22, 2017

Where: Old Town Alexandria, VA at Crowne Plaza Hotel

Address: 901 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314


Online Registration

This year we are doing something new--we are accepting online registrations only. We will accept credit card, debit card, Paypal and check for payment.

If you register and select "check," please mail it as soon as possible (details are on the Payment page). Your registration is not confirmed until we receive payment.

We strongly encourage you to pay online so your spot is reserved immediately.

This is setup so you can register one person at a time.

Last day to register is Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Convention Registration Fees:

Member of a MAPOM Club: $80.00 per person

You must be a current member of Annapolis MOM, Eastern Prince William MOMC, Fairfax County MOM, Frederick County POM, Fredericksburg Area MOM, Loudoun-Fairfax MOMC, Peninsula POM, Prince William MOMC, Richmond Area MOM, Shenandoah Valley POMC, Southside Area MOM or Tidewater MOMC to receive the reduced rate.

Member of another Club: $90.00 per person

If you are not in a multiples club or your Club is not a member of MAPOM, you pay this amount.


Pay immediately through Paypal (you do NOT need an account, and you do not pay any fees) or mail a check. When you choose "Check," you will get our Treasurer's address in your email confirmation.

Convention T-shirt

We are excited to offer a limited edition 2017 MAPOM Convention Tshirt! It's grey with pink cherry blossom Connect logo and details. Add one on to your registration for just $15.

Hotel Information and Rate

For those that are traveling or would like to have a getaway weekend we have reserved a block of rooms.

Rate is $129+ taxes per night.

Parking $20 a night or $9 during the day.

Reservations Phone Number: 1-800-227-6963

Name of Group: MAPOM 2017 (Use this when you call or the one below.)

Group Code: MA2 (This code works online and when you call.)

Online Hotel reservations link: MAPOM 2017

Last day to register for this room rate: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Contact Information

If you have any questions or comments please email us: mapom2017convention@fcmom.org


Friday, April 21
  • 3:00-7:00 Registration
  • 3:00-4:00 Show & Sell Setup
  • 4:00-6:00 Show & Sell
  • 5:00-6:00 Presidents' Share Forum
  • 6:00-6:30 MAPOM Board Meeting
  • 6:30-8:30 Cocktails/Dinner/Photo Booth
  • 8:30-10:00 Ball in the House
  • 10:00-Midnight DJ/dancing
Saturday, April 22
  • 7:30-8:30 Registration
  • 8:00-9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30-11:00 Morning Workshops & Excursion
  • 11:00-12:00 Show & Sell
  • 12:00-2:00 Lunch/Keynote Speaker: Dr. Deborah Gilboa
  • 2:00-3:30 Afternoon Workshops
  • 3:30-4:30 Show & Sell (plus book signings/speakers at tables)
  • 4:30-5:00 Show & Sell Cleanup and Snack Break
  • 5:00-6:00 Business Meeting, Raffles & Awards
Your registration fee covers dinner & two drinks on Friday evening plus both breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Lunch choices: chicken, fish or vegetarian.

Convention Breakout Sessions

AM SESSION 9:30 - 11:00AM

Dressing Your Body Type: Tips to Fit & Flatter Any Shape

Jennifer Mary, Apple & Pear Wardrobe Design Are you a rectangle, hourglass, apple or pear? Leave this fun and informative session armed with positive strategies for dressing your body perfectly.

Helping Your Child Grow Up in Today's Digital World

Rick Stegman, FCPS Instructional Technology Why are children so enthralled with social media? Why do they go there? What developmental needs do social media sites provide? How can adults hep kids navigate? Learn some ways to help address many of the online issues students and families face. This session will mainly discuss issues of Identity Formation & Social Media - and how these themes tie into other internet safety issues such as Porn & Sexual Identity, Sexting, Predators & Teen Sex Trafficking and Cyberbullying. You will get actionalble parenting tips and resources to share and use.

Setting Self-Care Goals You Can Actually Achieve

Lauree Ostrofsky, Simply Leap You deserve to be able to take a shower and leave the house by yourself without guilt (yours) or anarchy (theirs). In this interactive session and honest discussion, we’ll look at what’s really important to you, in addition to being a great Mom, and how to get more of that into your life starting the moment you return from MAPOM.

Historical Walking Tour of Old Town Alexandria (additional $8.50 fee)

Alexandria Colonial Tours Pack your walking shoes and your camera for this hour-long guided tour that begins and ends at City Hall. Meet an FCMOM member in the lobby at 9:30 to walk the 15 minutes south to City Hall.

PM SESSION 2:00 - 3:30PM

Yoga in the Park

Marsha D. Banks-Harold, PIES Fitness Bring your own yoga mat for this class held outdoors in the park east of the hotel along the Potomac (weather permitting, otherwise in a workshop room). All levels are welcome!

TV and Technology (ages 8 and under)

Dr. Rene Hackney, Parenting Playgroups What are the current recommendations for TV and Technology for toddlers and kids up to age 8, and how can you incorporate screen time appropriately? Learn techniques and strategies for balancing our digital world with your young children.

Twins Panel

What would you like to know from older sets of twins? Paricipate in this Q&A with several sets of high school- and college-aged multiples.

Paint & Sip (additional $25 fee)

Wine & Design Alexandria Socialize while you paint 2 wine glasses to take home for yourself or to give as a gift. No drinks are included with the price, but a cash bar will be open during the session.

Show and Sell

At Show & Sell, you can support all the Clubs while shopping for T-shirts, mugs, wine glasses, and more. Club Tables also offer fantastic raffles! The MAPOM Table offers Convention Badges, merchandise and more raffles. Each table accepts their own method of payment (all will accept cash, some will accept checks or credit card).

Photo Contest

Here is the MAPOM 2017 Convention photo contest information! Please read this carefully and submit your fun pictures today!

Categories (Use your own interpretation):

-Something bad is about to happen
-Strength in numbers
-Bad Hair Day
-Unforgettable Face

Age Groups:
· 0 -2 years
· 3 – 6 years
· 7 – 15 years
· 16

Photo Contest Rules
Submit your photos. Several options – select one:

1. (PREFERRED) Please upload your files with the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/l1imFWa5RmfbFJIaQQSr

File name should be named to include the age group, category, and club (e.g. FCMOM-0-2-Connect)

2. Email to photocontest@fcmom.org

3. It is preferred that photos are submitted electronically, however if you would like to bring pictures email Sandi (photocontest@fcmom.org) so she can plan accordingly. Hardcopy photos must have the pertinent details in #1 above, written in ink.

4. All photos must be received by Midnight on April 21st. The sooner the better so we can have them printed before April 21.

The Fine Print:
· No previous winning entries allowed in any category
· No time limit on pictures entered in any category (your twins may be 10 now but that picture of them in the mud at 4 is really cute!)
· You may submit one photo per category within each age group
· Photos should be no larger than 4 x 6
· No professional pictures are allowed
· Photos may be of your multiples or any children in your family.
· Hard copy photos can be turned in at the registration desk.

All photos will be on display by Saturday lunch. Judging will take place between 9am – Noon. Photos must be picked up by 5:00pm on Saturday.

If you have any questions regarding the photo contest or emailing photos, contact Sandi Rothman at photocontest@fcmom.org

Donations - Bethany House

FCMOM has selected Bethany House of Northern Virginia to be this year’s MAPOM Convention Donation Recipient. Please bring these items to convention and the club that provides the most items will win a prize.

Bethany House provides emergency shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic violence throughout Northern Virginia and the surrounding DC metro communities. They offer crisis intervention, emergency shelter, trauma recovery, an aftercare program, community outreach and referrals. Click here to learn more about Bethany House.

Bethany House accepts donations of new items such as unopened full-size toiletries and other new hygiene products, cleaning supplies, kitchen wares, blankets, and many other unused items.

Products in greatest need include:
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tissues
  • Large Trash bags
  • Hand Soap
  • Gift Certificates to local grocery stores - Giant, Shoppers Food Warehouse, Safeway
  • Pharmacies - CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid
  • Retail Stores - Walmart, Target or KMart

All of these are a great way to help meet the diverse needs of the women and children they serve. Thank you for your generosity.

Friday Night Entertainment

Ball in the House

Ball in the House is five guys, five voices, that's it. This Boston-based group takes a cappella to the next stage, making “music that’ll move ya” with beatbox and vocal bass under their cool harmonies to create a sound that's hard to believe. They've been astounding audiences nationally, with their exciting live shows (circa 250 dates a year) and with their recordings (their own CDs as well as the Cool Whip radio and TV ads). They have performed with such artists as The Beach Boys, Gladys Knight, The Jonas Brothers, Jessica Simpson, Fantasia, Blondie, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, KC & The Sunshine Band, Kool & the Gang, and numerous others. "Jaw-dropping a cappella brilliance, Top 10 song crafting skills, and genius arrangements make Ball in the House one of the best bands around bar none." (Songwriter's Monthly)

Check their Youtube videos out and more information here.

Saturday KeyNote Speaker

Deborah Gilboa, MD

Respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Popularly known as Dr. G, her passion for raising kids with character makes her a favorite family physician, media personality, author,speaker and social influencer. A mom of four boys, she inspires audiences with relatable stories and easy tools to develop crucial life skills in children ages 2-22.

Dr. G has shared her doctor-tested, kid-approved advice with NBC, ABC and FOX, Parents Magazine and more.

Check out Dr. G's Youtube videos and more information here!


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