The Clouston Seven Get Ready for School

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Getting kids ready for school is no easy task, but imagine having to wake up, feed and get seven children to class on time. That is what one College Station mother does every day.

It is the first day of school and Renee Clouston already has her work cut out for her. She has to get six boys and one girl out of bed and to school on time.

"This comes kind of natural now," Renee Clouston said. "I've been doing it for so long."

In fact, she has 25 years of experience. Her oldest son no longer lives at home, but that doesn't mean things have slowed down.

Renee maintains a tight schedule. Breakfast is served at 6 a.m. sharp, then its time to get dressed, make lunch, and get everything ready for school.

"It's just really noisy, crazy in the mornings, then it gets really calm in the afternoon," Michael Clouston said.

However, the Clouston's can't imagine life any different. They do everything together.

At 7 a.m. they all wait for the bus, which picks up Nash, the youngest, for school. Then the finishing touches are made, the suburban loaded, and Renee goes from mom to chauffeur.

The two oldest are dropped off first at A&M Consolidated High School, then it's a stop at College Station Middle School, and the Clouston bus finally comes to a halt at Cypress Grove Intermediate where Renee switches roles again, this time to teacher.

Renee wakes up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to send her husband and the children's father off to work. She then gets herself ready, before tackling the task of getting everyone else prepared for school.

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