Mrs. Kelly Mantoan is a wife, mother, special needs parent, has been homeschooling for over 10 years, and lives with her husband and five children in New Jersey. She writes at her popular blog This Ain’t the Lyceum about homeschooling, parenthood, the Catholic faith, and raising children with profound physical disabilities.
She is the author of The Best Laid Plans, contributor to Rosaries Aren’t Just For Teething, and editor of a forthcoming retreat book based on Thomas a Kempis’s Imitation of Christ.
She is active in her local Catholic homeschooling group and chaired its conference for two years. In the past, she’s volunteered to run preschool playdates, a girls field hockey team, and scouts. Currently, she runs a science club and is a substitute catechist at her parish. Chances are, she’ll organize something else before school starts back up.
She’s enjoyed being a guest on Sirius satellite radio’s Catholic channel, and speaking at the Edel women’s conference, in addition to several podcast appearances. She enjoys using her writing and speaking engagements to share the humor and joy inherent in Catholic family life, as well as to encourage those struggling under the unique cross of special needs parenting.
2017 Speaking Circuit
How to Keep a Sense of Humor When Your Child Forgets Long Division... Again
We all have bad days. In this talk, Kelly shares how she tries to burnout-proof her school year beginning in August, and what can be done if burnout rears its ugly head anyway. Through humorous examples, Kelly talks about how she keeps a bad day from turning into an awful week, and how to avoid joylessly plodding through your school year.