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Education. Your Kids. Your Choice.

CONTENTS 4

Parent to Parent

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Preschool Guide

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K-12 Independent School Guide

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Summer Reading Programs and More!

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Parent to Parent Letter from the Editor By: Brandee Davis

I remember being in high school when Will Smith’s “Summertime” came out. For my friends and I it was our anthem for the summer of 1996. Fast forward sixteen years, a husband, two kids, a dog and a new puppy later and right now my number one priority is avoiding the dreaded “I’m bored!”. However filling up a summer calendar for my two girls without breaking the bank is proving a little challenging.

It may seem like school just let out, but on July 28, is our first annual Back to School Fair at Central Market on North Lamar. Mark the calendar for fun and check out the wide range of after-school, K-12 and preschool opportunities available for your kids. Whether you have your summer planned out or still signing up for classes, be sure to carve out some time to enjoy “summer summer summertime” Happy Reading,

Brandee Davis

In this issue you will find a list of free area summer reading programs. Each program offers cool incentives to keep kids engaged. Research has shown that kids can lose as much as 2 months of academic skills over the summer. In article, Summer Brain Gain we recommend our favorite camps that focus on the 3 R’s - Reading, Writing and Arithmetic for school age kids.

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WHAT IS MATHNASIUM ? Mathnasium is a learning center where kids go after school and during the summer to catch up, keep up & get ahead in MATH. Every day, students around the world attend Mathnasium learning centers to boost their math skills. Nobody teaches math like we do, we make math make sense.

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specific programs please contact the location near you. Call us today for more information!

LOCATIONS

There are over 300 locations across the nation; several local locations we would like to highlight are:

(512) 837-MATH (6284) northwesthills@mathnasium.com www.mathnasium.com/northwesthills

At Mathnasium students engage, one-on-one, in a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written exercises that cover (and surpass) state math standards. Basic math skills are blended with a program specifically designed to help students get more confident in math. Sophisticated assessments shape a customized learning program for each student designed to close

Georgetown (Williams Dr. and Austin Ave.) 900 N Austin Ave. (512) 869-MATH (6284) georgetowntx@mathnasium.com www.mathnasium.com/georgetowntx

Round Rock (Gattis School Rd. and A.W. Grimes Blvd.) 1500 South A.W. Grimes Blvd. (512) 415-5371 roundrock@mathnasium.com www.mathnasium.com/roundrock

any educational gaps that they may have and jump ahead when they are ready for more advanced math challenges. Mental math is emphasized. We also help students with their homework during the school year.

North Austin

Steiner Ranch

(183N and Anderson Mill) 10401 Anderson Mill Rd. (512) 331-MATH (6284) northaustin@mathnasium.com www.mathnasium.com/northaustin

(Shops at Vista Ridge) 4308 N. Quinlan Park Road steinerranch@mathnasium.com (512) 284-9849 www.mathnasium.com/steinerranch

Northwest Hills (Far West and Mopac) 3742 Far West Blvd.

Westlake Coming Soon! (512) 837-MATH (6284) for more information!!!

OUR APPROACH

OUR PROGRAMS Mathnasium has a variety of school year and summer programs, as well as, camps to meet the particular needs of each child and family. For information on our

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Summer is a great time to catch up and get ahead! In our relaxed, homework-free environment, Mathnasium enables kids to focus on what they need most. Call today!!! www.mathnasium.com North Austin (183N and Anderson Mill) (512) 331-MATH (6284)

Georgetown (Williams Dr. and Austin Ave.) (512) 869-MATH (6284)

Northwest Hills (Far West and Mopac) (512) 837-MATH (6284)

Steiner Ranch (Shops at Vista Ridge) (512) 284-9849

Round Rock (Gattis School Rd. and A.W. Grimes Blvd.) (512) 415-5371

Westlake Coming Soon! (512) 837-MATH (6284) School Choice

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Summer Brain Gain: Keeping Young Minds Active During the Summer Months In the picuture: Two students who are members of St. Gabriel’s Catholic School’s after school robotics class which runs through the summer as a camp.

Summer Slide is Real! Unfortunately summer slide does not refer to the latest water park attraction. With no teachers and no books, will your kids really remember everything in the fall? The answer is NO! Research shows that each fall teachers across the nation spend as much as up to 6 six weeks reteaching concepts to get students caught up. The information that students lose is called “summer brain drain”. About 40% of math skills and 30% of language skills can go out the window over the summer.

Make Learning Fun at Home! Math skills don’t have to involve a textbook. Things like having your child help you cook. Following a recipe and helping add up ingredients or tracking the weather and converting Fahrenheit to Celsius are simple ways to sneak in math skills at home. Start a book club. Summer is not the time to get your child up two or three reading levels. Many local libraries are able to help you to pick age and reading level appropriate books.

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Why an Academic Summer Camp? Academic summer camps or summer learning programs create a vibrant community of kids sharing a common interest in a particular subject. No matter the academic subject, summer learning programs are designed to provide challenging, intellectually stimulating

Mathnasium mathnasium.com/northwest-hills Power Math - PreK - Calculas At Mathnasium students engage, one-on-one, in a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written exercises that cover (and surpass) state math standards. Basic math skills are blended with a program specifically designed to help students get more confident in math

St Paul Lutheran School stpaulaustin.org Texas Our Texas - PreK-6th grade This year’s theme is “Texas Our Texas.” We hope to share with our campers the diversity, resources, beauty, and blessings that God has showered upon this Earth and how He continues to bless this Earth.


St. Gabriel Catholic School www.sgs-austin.org/summer American Girl Inspired History Camp - Ages 7-11 This very special camp pays tribute to the olden times by playing games, doing crafts, learning history and exploring the lives of our favorite American Girls. Dolls’ stories will be shared and brought to life through this interactive experience

Badgerdog Literary Publishing Co www.badgerdog.org Creative Writing Camp - Rising 3rd Grade + Austin’s award-winning writers inspire students to write creatively and gain practice revising and editing their work during three-week workshops.

ACE Academy summerwonders.org Summer Wonders - PreK - 12th

on a handful of the most important skills that you’ll need for next year, and practice them so that they feel easy and comfortable.

Central Texas Writing Project centraltexaswritingproject.ning.com Young Writers Camp - Ages 6-18 The Young Writers Camp offers students the time and opportunity to explore their writing interests, discover their strengths, and learn more about the craft of writing. This program provides in-depth writing instruction, structured workshop time, flexibility in writing assignments, and daily opportunities to share writing with peers

St. Gabriel Catholic School www.sgs-austin.org/summer Robotics Camp - Rising 4th and 5th grade This camp is ideal for children who have little or no experience with robotics. Students will first learn to build in a fun, hands-on learning environment with Lego Mindstorms NXT bricks.

Summer Wonders is a full or half-day program that allows students to explore diverse subjects in a challenging, creative environment through an integrative, hands-on non-traditional approach.

The Khabele School www.khabele.org Young Einstein - Rising 1st - 8th grade At Camp Khabele, 1st-8th grade students delve into the inspiring world of Science and Art. Each week, kids explore an Arts theme (from photography to drama) or a Science theme (from astronomy to tinkering)

Oxford Learning www.oxfordlerning.com/littlereaders Little Readers - Ages 3-6 Little Readers® is the only learning and reading tutor program that offers cognitive skills development (the basis for all learning) along with an enriched academic curriculum forc hildren aged three to six .

Sea World San Antonio seaworldparks.com Ocean Quest Campers ages 5 to 12 will get a close-up look while exploring SeaWorld and examining the habits and habitats of sea lions, whales, penguins and more!

Math for Keeps mathforkeeps.com Summer Math Booster - Rising 5th grade + The theme is practicing math so it sticks. For high-achievers, those who struggle, and for every math student in-between. We will focus

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School Choice Preschool Preview Guide 2012

PRESCHOOL GUIDE 2012 - 2013 Cedar Park - Northwest Austin Area Schools Name of School

Admission Contact

Challenger School 15101 Avery Ranch Blvd, 78717 www.ChallengerSchool.com

Dr. John’s Sports Center 1800 Clover Lane, Cedar Park 78613 www.DrJohnsSportsCenter.com Goddard School of Cedar Park 1905 El Salido Pkway, Cedar Park, TX 78613 www.GoddardSchool.com

Molly Bauer Phone: 512.341.8000

Summit Christian Academy 2121 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613 www.SummitEagles.org

Avg. Class Size

Tuition

Pre-K through 1st Grade Half and All Day Classes

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$2,800 $9,480 Full day child care $160/ week. Half Day Big Day for Pre-K $100/week. Part time and full time options, call for details

Director: John Krampitz Phone: 512.259.7545

Pre-Kindergarten designed for active children ages 4 & 5. Offering full and half day curriculum utilizing Scholastic’s Big Day for Pre-K.

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Director: Lisa Tate Phone: 512.258.5292

Infant Child Care, Preschool, Private Kindergarten, Summer Camps, After School Care

Low Ratios based upon age

6 weeks - Afterschool/Summer Camps

Below state ratios

From $295875/mo

Infant Care, Preschool, After School

Low Student to Teacher Ratio

Visit School Website

PreK-12th Grade ACSI/SACS

PreK 14 Kinder 16

PreK $5,475 Kinder $8,315 1st -6th: $8,495

Montessori/Traditional 18 mos.-5 yrs.

Toddler l & ll 12:2, 3-5yrs 20:2

$225/2 days $450/4 days

Spanish Immersion Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Prek, After School and Camps

Varies depending on age

Depends on Age

Programs Offered

Avg. Class Size

Tuition

Serves Grades Pre-K through 8th

10-12

$5,500 $8,200

Little Acorn Academy Director: 3200 Hatch Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613 Stephanie Nowell www.LittleAcornAcademy.com Phone: 512.331.5400 Serendipity Learning Center 900 Nelson Ranch Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613 www.SerendipityLearningCenter.com

Programs Offered

Director: Cathy Lovelady Phone: 512.401.0800

Registrar:Kim Walker Phone: 512.250.1369

Wee Wisdom Preschool 9905 Anderson Mill Road, 78750 www.WeeWisdomSchool.org

Director: Lisa Hammel, M.Ed. Phone:512.335.4449

Young People’s Workshop (2 Locations) 3640 Bee Cave Rs (SW Austin) 3620 Hillside Drive (Brushy Creek)

Director: Monica Moreno Phone: 512.329.5611

Central and Southwest Austin Area Schools Name of School

Admission Contact

Bannockburn Christian Academy 7100 Brodie Lane, 78745 www.BCAaustin.org

Admissions: Mandy Maclay Phone: 512.892.2706

Cathedral School of Saint Mary 910 San Jacinto Blvd, 78701 www.SMCSchoolAustin.org

Director: Greg Vidal Phone: 512.476.1480

Private School PreK - 8th

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St. Gabriel's Catholic School 2500 Wimberly Lane, 78735 www.SGS- Austin.org

Admissions: Erin Guerra Phone: 512.327.7755

Private School PreK-8th

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St. George’s Episcopal School 4301 North IH 35, 78722 www.stgeorges-austin.org

Director: Laura Colangelo Phone: 512.452.6063

Offers classes for children ranging from 18 months to PreK (4 to 5 year old)

See Website

$415 - $675 per month

Southwest Family Fellowship MDO 8203 West Hwy 71, 78735 www.SWFamilyFellowship.com

Director: Lorinda Moya Phone: 512.301.6667

Mother’s Day Out Program

1 to 6

$275 Infants $225 2-5 year olds

Handwriting Without Tears, Zoophonics and Creative Curriculum

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$860 a month

The Rise School of Austin 5206 Balcones Drive, 78731 www.RiseSchoolAustin.org

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Director: Emily Greer, M.S., CCC-SLP Phone: 512.891.1682


Registered With State and/or Accreditation

School Hours

More about the School

$70

Yes

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Visit Challenger School online at www.ChallengerSchool.com

Yes

Child care 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Big Day for Pre-K 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

: Dr. John’s Sports Center is a neighborhood recreation center that offers Pre-Kindergarten, After School Care, Summer Camps, Sport Development Clinics and Recreational Leagues for children ages 4 - 12.

None, $50 deposit applied to tuition

Varies based upon program

Yes

6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

We are one of a very few schools in the country to have national accreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by the National Accreditation Commission.

$100

Yes

6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Our unique 3-track lesson plans give our teachers options to mold the weekly and monthly lessons to their class and their ever changing abilities and interests.

$75 One time registration fee $50 Supply Fee

Yes

6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Our school offers a loving, rich and alive learning environment that combines a nurturing family atmosphere with a progressive approach to education.

K-12th: $100.00

Exempt, Private School

8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

At Summit Christian Academy, we offer an Impact Education program, classes meet on a weekly basis. Elementary students explore the countries and cultures where missionaries serve.

$150 registration fee $50/semester materials fee

Yes

M/W, T/Th or M-Th 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Austin’s only Montessori/Unity-based Preschool Teaching balanced lives from the ground up! Curriculum includes: Language, Phonics, Math, Music, Art Yoga, Truth for Tots and play, play, play!

Yes

NAEYC- Pending

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The core curriculum at YPW Spanish Immersion Preschool is designed to spark and maintain children’s interest in Spanish by engaging them in creative and enjoyable cultural activities such as dancing, singing, cooking, art projects, and games.

Application Fee

Registered With State and/or Accreditation

School Hours

More about the School

$150

Yes

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

BCA combines affordable Bible-based teaching with accredited higher-level education for South Austin families.

See Website

TX Catholic Education Dept

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

As Christian educators share the privilege and responsibility of facilitating the growth of the whole child.

Pre-Kindergarten Packet Available Online

Catholic, non-church affiliated

Morning Class (8 a.m. - Noon) Afternoon Class (11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

St, Gabriel’s Catholic School delivers the academic advantage of 21st century skills and tools that children need to be successful in today’s world and to help others as well.

Under the auspices of St. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with George’s Episcopal Church. Before and After Care

St. George’s Episcopal School is an inclusive community, inspiring preschool children to love learning by nurturing each child’s mind, body and spirit.

$250.00 Registration Fee

$100 yearly registration

$75.00 $400 Registration Fee

Ministry of the Church

Yes

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The mission of SWFF Mother’s Day out program is to offer a fun, caring and educational experience while in a Christian environment.

8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Rise School of Austin offers a unique blend of services to children with special needs as well as without special needs. The program is a highly stimulating social environment for children who can participate in a group setting with 3:1 ratios. School Choice

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School Choice K-12 school Guide 2011

K-12 School Guide 2011 -2012 Austin Area Private Schools Name of School

Admission Contact

ACE Academy 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, 78756

Austin International School 12001 Oak Knoll Drive, 78759

Bannockburn Christian Academy 7100 Brodie Lane, 78745

Girls' School Of Austin 2700 McCall, 78703

Hill Country Christian School of Austin 12124 N. RR 620, 78750 Kirby Hall School 306 W. 29th Street, 78705

Odyssey School 4407 Red River St, 78751

Paragon Prep 2001 Koenig Lane, 78756

The Griffin School 5001 Evans Ave, 78751

Parkside Community School 1701 Toomey Road, 78704

St. Gabriel's Catholic School 2500 Wimberly Lane, 78735

St. Paul Lutheran School 3407 Red River Street, 7805

Grades Offered

Avg. Class Size

Tuition

Donna Hulsey Phone: 512.206.4070

PK - 12th

10

$5,000-$12,500

Christine Christy Phone: 512.331.7806

PK-5th

15

$10,300

Mandy Maclay Phone: 512.892.2706

PK - 5th

12

$6,150

Frances Ramburg Phone: 512.478.7827

K-8th

16

$10,000-$10,200

Shannon Ficklin Phone: 512.331.7036

PK-12th

20

$5,100-$9,500

Helen Roberts Phone: 512-474-1770

PK-12th

10

$8,550

Elizabeth Moore Phone: 512.472.2262

6-12th

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David McGrath Phone: 512.459.5040

3-8th

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$11,250

Caroline Wilson Phone: 512.454.5797

9-12th

8

$12,990

Elizabeth Kalbacher Phone: 512.472.2559

PK - 5th

10

$7,300-$7,900

Erin Guerra Phone: 512.327.7755

PK-8th

10

$7,525-$14,900

Mary Eifert Phone: 512.472.3313

PK-8th

12

$5,750

Texas Charter Schools - Austin Name of School Austin Discover School 8509 FM 969 Ste 200, 78724 Phone: 512.674.0700 East Austin College Prep 6002 Jain Lane, 78721 Phone: 512.462.2181 Meridian School 2555 North I-H 35, 78664 Phone: 512.660.5230

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Grades Offered

TEA Rating*

K-6th

2010 Recognized

Harmony School of Science 11800 Stonehollow Drive, 78758 Phone: 512.821.1700 Harmony Science Academy 1421 Wells Branch Pkwy, 78660 Phone: 512.251.5000

6-8th

K-12th

Name of School

Opened in Fall 2011

Harmony School of Excellence 2100 E. St. Elmo’s, 78744 Phone: 512.693.0000

Grades Offered

TEA Rating

K-8th

2010 Exemplary

6-12th

2010 Recognized

K-12th

2010 Not Reported


Type Of School

Extracurricular Programs

Open House Dates

Tuition Assistance 6% of students

Independent, Gifted and Talented

Multiple [Mandarin, Chess, Fencing, Robotics, more], After Care

2nd Wednesday of each month

Not Reported

International education Foreign Language Immersion

Multiple [Acting Club, Chess, Dance, more] including before and After Care

Nov. 5th

Yes

Bible based Christian Higher -level

Yes including After Care

January 12, Feb. 9, March 8, April 12

Yes

Girls school

Multiple - Various Clubs, After Care

Jan. 24

Yes 20% of Students

Classical Christian College Prep

Multiple [Cheer leading, Baseball, more], After Care

Call to schedule a tour

Yes

Christian College Prep

Multiple [Piano, Yoga, more] After Care

Call to schedule a tour

Call for details

Alternative Moderate Learning Disabilities

Drama, Art, Culinary Arts, Spanish

Call to schedule a tour

No

College Preparatory

Multiple [Football, Volleyball]

Oct. 9th

Yes 25% of Students

College Prep Emphasis on arts

Multiple [Fine and Performing Arts, Academic Enrichment]

Oct 27th

Not Reported

Montessori

Before and After Care

Call to schedule a tour

Yes 17% of Students

Catholic, non-church affiliated

Yes, Aftercare

Nov.15, Jan. 10, April 3

Yes

Lutheran

Yes, Before and After Care

Oct. 19

Name of School

Grades Offered

Harmony Science Academy 1421 Wells Branch Pkwy, 78660 Phone: 512.251.5000 Responsive ED 1701 W. Ben White Blvd, 78704 Phone: 512.444.8442

NYOS - Magnolia McCullough 1605 Kramer Lane, 78758 Phone: 512.275.1593

TEA Rating

Grades Offered

Name of School NYOS - Secondary School 12301 N. Lamar Blvd., 78753 Phone: 512.583.6967

TEA Rating

4-12th

9-12th, Night Campus

PK-3rd School Choice

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"Financial Aid Available"


Cathedral School of Saint Mary Excellence in Education since 1866

901 San Jacinto Blvd. Austin, TX 78701 â—? (512) 476-1480

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Created by Parents for Parents

Summer Reading Programs and MORE! For any parent who needs a little extra incentive to get the kids reading this summer

School Placement Consulting Agency Helping Families Find the Right School

New to Austin? Looking for the Right School? Don’t have much time?

1. Barnes and Noble Read any 8 books and record them in the downloadable Reading Journal. Turn your journal in at your local B&N Store and viola! Your child will be able to choose a FREE BOOK from the Barnes and Noble Reading Journal list at the store.

2. Book People Seize the Summer and Seize the Book Book People has put together a list of 6 great books per age group for your kids to read over the summer. Just stop by and pick up a reading log bookmark. Turn it after you have read 6 books. Join BookPeople on August 11th for a Summer Reading Celebration and receive a special prize!

3. H.E.B. Summer Reading Club Pick up a form at your local H.E.B., read and log 10 books, then mail in the form for a cool prize! Super easy!!

4. Book It! Summer Break Challange Read 5 books and enter to win a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” summer fun prize package. Go to bookitprogram.com for more details. Deadline to enter August 15th.

5. Reading Programs at Your Local Public Library SCHEDULE A FREE DISCOVERY CONSULTATION Our goal to help you findthisthe Receive 15% Offis Comprehensive Package | Just Mention Ad right school for your child.

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Whether you live in the greater Austin area, Round Rock, Pflugervillle, Georgetown or Cedar Park, chances are your local public library has a wonderful summer reading program! In additon to logging the books your kids read, area libraries are also hosting free events throughout the summer to keep kids engaged. Visit your local library for more details.

6. Scholastic Summer Challenge Be a part of a national initiative to read over 64,213,141 minutes this summer. That number happens to be last year’s world record. The 20 schools wiht the most minutes will be featured in the 2013 Scholastic Book of World Records. For details on how to get your school involved visit www.scholastic.com/summer

7. Feed Your Brain Reading Program

Summer

Half Price Books’ reading program ends July 31st. Kids ages 14 and under can earn Half Price Book “bucks” for reading at least 300 minutes in the months. The top reader in each age group at each store will also win a $20 HPB gift card!! Special note : Grown ups may read aloud to kisd who are still learning. Pick up a reading log at your local Half Price Book store or visit www.hpb.com/community

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Real Moms. Real Talk.

Without the girl, there’d be no dream. Change comes whether you’re ready or not. Choose to shine.

By Trish Morrison, MomCom Austin I was a reluctant mother. My daughter Delilah was a surprise, one that we eventually welcomed but one which also made me stop and question myself. Was I ready to be a mom? Could I do it? As an “advanced maternal age” mom, what would I have in common with younger, more mom-like women? After an easy pregnancy, (I was one of those “I love being pregnant” annoying women), I thought that I might just be able to tackle motherhood. After all, if I could get through pregnancy and actually enjoy it, I could do anything! Right? Then she came out. Looking more like an old man than a sweet baby girl, Delilah was everything and nothing like what I expected. She was tiny and beautiful with her big nose, jet black hair and brown eyes. She

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Despite all of my anguish and my fears, that little girl and I bonded. We bonded so hard that she’s often reluctant to let anyone in our inner circle of mama and daughter. Even Homero has had to wedge his way in. Maybe the whole time I was fretting, she was watching me, waiting for me to settle down. Maybe she knew I’d come around and she was silently cheering for me. My family is everything to me. I can’t imagine living life any other way. Motherhood is still hard sometimes but it’s always HOME. Out of isolation came strength. Out of fear came fortitude. And that reluctant mother? She’s gone. I’ve embraced motherhood and I’ve made a business out of celebrating it. That’s why I’m here today, to invite you to celebrate it with me.

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MomCom Austin is a bi-yearly event (in January and June), which brings together moms of diverse ages, backgrounds and life experiences to support each other and welcome each other into the mom community while forming new frienships, embracing our imperfections, and realizing that you have everything you need to succeed right within you.

Trish Morrision is the founder of MomCom Austin, an event for working and entrepreneurial moms. She is blessed wiht a patient and kind husband and a tenacious, brillant daughter, who sometimes drives her crazy.

stared up at me as if asking, “What the hell am I doing out here? Put me back in!” She was as much a reluctant daughter as I was a reluctant mom. During the first few months of her life I cried a lot. My husband, Homero, says I cried more than Delilah did. Motherhood wasn’t easy for me. It had taken away my identity and had left me isolated from everything I knew. I was trying so hard to do everything perfectly and nothing seemed right. My relationship with Homero suffered as my guilt about my unhappiness grew. This was supposed to be the best time of my life, wasn’t it? It was supposed to be rainbows and bluebirds. Why was I so miserable?


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