"Every day is joyful. Every day is a gift. Every day I can thank God from the bottom of my heart." Kelly Mantoan wasn't always able to say these words. As a mother of five children, two with profound disabilities, all her energy and attention was focused on her children's diagnoses and round-the-clock care. Drained and struggling, Kelly wondered if she had what it took to be the kind of parent they needed. She craved support as a Catholic mother with special-needs children but felt lost and alone when she tried to rely on secular support groups or well-meaning but inexperienced friends and family. If you can relate to Kelly's story, Better Than OK is the hope-filled book you need. In her down-to-earth way, Kelly shares the steps parents need to take to shift their focus away from the negatives of a diagnosis and toward acceptance, renewed faith, and joy.
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About the Author
Kelly Mantoan is the founder of Accepting the Gift, an online apostolate that provides resources and support to Catholic special-needs parents. She also blogs at This Ain't the Lyceum about homeschooling, special-needs parenting, and Catholic family life. She enjoys creating useful posts and resources for her followers and speaking to groups about how Gods plan for our lives is often much better than anything we can imagine.
Table of Contents
1 Learning from Our Children's Example: The Grace of Acceptance 15
2 Life Will Look Different, and That's OK: The Grace of Hope 57
3 Thankfulness in the New Normal: The Grace of Gratitude 69
4 Count Your Crosses: The Graces of Fortitude and Perseverance 81
5 Help! I Need Somebody! The Grace of Humility 91
6 Loving Even When: The Grace of Charity 105
7 Learning from Each Other: The Grace of Understanding 119
8 Remember the "Present": The Grace of Prudence 129
Appendix 1 How to Help the Special-Needs Families in Your Life 151
Appendix 2 Resources 159