"Daring Our Kids to Thrive," a detailed statement of intention

I am bursting with enthusiasm to share with you a detailed statement of intention behind the "Daring Our Kids to Thrive" program.

The Hill Country Montessori School will begin their parent education plans with a dynamic conversation with Dr. Shefali, author of “Conscious Parenting,” international speaker and clinical psychologist. We invite the community to join us for “Daring Our Kids to Thrive,” a discussion about how we can encourage our kids’ success.

Our Program

How did you feel when you realized that you were about to have a child as a roommate? A child....sharing your living space? Did you wonder if your baby would be ok with eating out and staying up for your regular date with Sunday night's cable shows? Did you hope she would let you dress her like a doll for years? I did!

Very few of us enter into the journey of parenting with the tools and skills necessary. Our program will offer a detailed map to guide us through the complex emotional terrain we undoubtedly experience as parents and educators.

We intend to bring self awareness about consciously recognizing the unique experiences of our lives as parents/educators and the lives of our children. 

We plan to initiate our parent education program with a guest speaker in February, Dr. Shefali. She is internationally recognized as a profound teacher on parent education. Her book was endorsed by Oprah as one of the most profound books on parenting. Forwarded by HH The Dalai Lama, endorsed by Eckart Tolle, Marianne Williamson and many more, “Conscious Parenting” revolutionizing the parenting journey and allows us to transform our relationship with our children.

The need within our community

 Well intentioned parents and educators unintentionally ignite conflict with children by imposing inappropriate expectations. These childhood conflicts grow into unresolved issues as adults, which often are imposed on another generation of children. The inheritance of unresolved conflicts leads to the deterioration of an adaptable, innovative society. The need we want to address, imposing inappropriate expectations, is the seed for social conflict in today’s society.

Parents and educators often feel pressure to be perfect in the way they parent and teach. We impose perfection on our children, whether intentionally or unintentionally: perfection in their grades and test scores, in athletics, music or other extra curricular activities.

As anxious parents and educators, we create an environment in which our children engage the world in an anxious state. When parents are more aware of their behavior and disregard the illusion of perfection, our children tend to leap into the experience of life, willing to take risks.

There is an ongoing need to provide skills to families and educators for supporting children in their natural existence. The need encompasses not only at risk and underprivileged families; it extends to all people responsible for the care of children, for all families who want to learn how to connect with their children and support their lifelong success.

The Hill Country Montessori School’s parent education program is a human service that will profoundly impact families and educators in their awareness of consciously caring for a child. Awareness is transformative and is the essence of creating influential relationships and connections with children, that will impact our community indefinitely.

The people we want to serve

The HCMS parent education initiative is available to all families in the surrounding areas who would like to improve their quality of life as expressed through their relationships with one another. We will serve all families with no regard to socio-economic status, to religion or to educational style. Our participants include all educators, whether private or public, and all health and human service organizations.


Geri Clouse, founder of Family Matters Education, began parenting education in our community in 1997. For 18 years, she’s provided programs to our community, educating parents and child care givers.

  • 1997-2001-Working to Raise Responsible Children workshops. Funding from Federal grants provided to BISD and private donations. (Parents/caregivers with children from 3 years-17 years)
  • 2001 to present-Precious Minds, New Connections workshops.  Funding from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation (Parents/caregivers with children from birth to under the age of four)    
  • 2009 to present- Survival Skills For Healthy Families workshops. Funding from the Kendall County Child Services Board and private donations. (Parents/caregivers with children from 5 years-17 years)

I attended her Precious Minds, New connections workshop and her Survival Skills for Healthy Families workshop. The tools and skills that I learned in these workshops kindled the fire within me to nestle tightly with wonder about the parent/child relationship within my own family. My intimacy with curiosity expanded into my desire to offer the same empowering discussions with our community.

Our program coincides with Geri's ongoing efforts.

Our Organization

 The Hill Country Montessori School was established in Boerne in 1981. We currently enroll 101 students with 24 staff members. We have a 12 member active Board of Trustees. We offer education to children 18 months through 8th grade. Our vision for the next 5 years is to fill our school to capacity, which is 135 students.

Our Vision is to contribute to society by helping children develop a love of learning that will result in high academic achievement, self-discipline, self-motivation, and respect for themselves, others, and their environment.

Hill Country Montessori School’s mission is to provide a Montessori style education in an environment where children explore their own spirit and empower themselves to thrive. 

Our parenting education program will profoundly influence relationships within families, and between educators and children. Our program will offer learning and enlightenment that will enhance relationships and improve family interaction, which will ultimately lead to a healthier overall community.

Young children need a secure and loving environment that nurtures a bond with caregivers and family members. Teachers promote this process by allowing the children the freedom they need to fully develop their intellectual, emotional, and social skills. The method and environment provide the structure necessary for children to develop self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-motivation. This experience promotes interaction, creativity. and a curiosity for learning.

I hope you will join us for an enlightening evening.