Today, I'm sharing three books I've recently read written for parents of special needs children. The first one, Uncommon Beauty:Crisis Parenting from Day One is a very moving book for parents who children's needs are particularly severe and profound. I recommend picking up these reads next time you visit the library or local bookstore.

Uncommon Beauty: Crisis Parenting from Day One by Margaret Meder

I'm tearing up just thinking of Margaret Meder's brave telling of her own personal story, beginning in the delivery room. This is one of those books that every parent of special needs children should have from day one, hence the title. Meder encourages and uplifts as she doles out sound advice on how to get through the grieving process and learning to accept your new role as a parent of special needs child.

The Common Sense Guide to Your Child's Special Needs: When to Worry, When to Wait, What to Do by Dr. Louis Pellegrino

This book is especially great for parents like me, whose child is “a little bit special” and struggling to “catch up” to his peers. You don't have to read all 380 pages of this resource book—just refer to the index and pick out the chapters that apply to your child's situations. Dr. Pellegrino shares the how, why, and what you should do next regarding your child's delays. Pellegrino gives power back to parents who are struggling to figure out how to help their child.

Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs by Jolene Philo

Having a hard time understanding how this all happened to you and your child? You're not the only one. Philo takes you by the hand and guides you through all those feelings of fear, anxiety, and wondering why this happened to your family. In addition to addressing those awful emotions, Philo shares detailed information on the next steps to take—including getting a diagnosage, guiding you through the education system, and fighting through the red tape with insurance and the government.

These are just a few of the books I'm reading up on to better myself as Cooper's mom. Too often, as parents we focus too much of making sure our children have all of their needs met and neglect our needs. All parents of special needs children need to take time for themselves to address their own issues regarding our chidren's needs. Believe me, knowing how to deal with your own feelings and emotions goes a long way in helping your child address their own struggles.

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