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Mom of 11 Fulfills Dream, Attends Harvard

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"Can't" isn't in Allyson's vocabulary.

My colleague, Michelle Horton over at Being Pregnant, wrote today about the Most Annoying Annoying Pregnancy Myth, namely when women tell you your life is over once you have kids so you better accomplish everything you want before those babies arrive. Annoying, definitely, not to mention ridiculous.

Like Michelle, I started having my kids at a very young age and all along the way I heard how I’d never do this or that. The judgements and misconceptions only stirred me to work harder, and lo and behold, I went back to college, got my degree and began a career in publishing. All of my success came after I had my first child!

But I got nothing on Allyson Reneau.

Years ago, the Oklahoma mom dropped out of college to raise her 11 children (yes 11!). Now, at age 50 with 7 children still at home, she commutes once a week from Oklahoma City to Harvard University.

Following her lifelong dream to attend graduate school at Harvard University, Reneau says it was incredibly scary to take that first step but she fully believes she has to follow through for herself and her family. She says her husband and kids are incredibly supportive.

In addition to raising her kids and attending Harvard, Reneau also owns and operates a gym in her hometown, a business she started years ago on her own.

Whoever says that a woman’s goals and aspirations are over when she becomes a mother certainly doesn’t know Allison Reneau or the countless other moms who accomplish everything they set out to do, as a mother, wife and business woman. Anything is possible at any stage in life, but you have to have the perseverance to begin … and finish.

Check out Allyson’s story from Today:

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