It's getting cool at night...I have crazed squirrels running rampant over our huge oak tree burying acorns with glee, and we are now established in "school rhythm". You know what that is don't you? The month of "review" that is always first and serves to break the kids into a reality apart from summer fun is over. Full on school routine is established and kids that have anxiety about such things begin to show that anxiety in different ways. Be on the lookout for your kids feeling all of a sudden that they have no power to make choices having to do with school (which is 6"ish" hours of their day each day), which can seem like they have no power at all. And...if a person feels powerless, that is typically not a recipe for success. So! Look for opportunities to give your kid choices so they feel like they have some power over their lives and routines. Even younger kids - if they are school age - need to feel like they do have some ability to decide some things, even if it is what to drink with a meal!
For those of you who are not aware - for the past 16 months or so, I have been working on laying groundwork to bring college programs into Oklahoma that are successfully running in other states. These programs are specifically geared for students with Asperger's and other developmental or intellectual disabilities. I have been speaking in different parts of the state educating folks on the fact that there are wonderful possibilities out there for our kids and kids like ours, that will need appropriate supports for a successful college experience. I will be presenting the program at our Moms group this month so come ready to learn what's possible!!!
When I am asked about this for our state, I do know that this is a God sized task, and the power of His hand will make this go - not any power in me. This fact fits well with the intro paragraph above! So, to that end, our verse is from Ephesians 6:10
"..Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power."
This verse follows a description of basics on how to treat people, and precedes the breakdown description of the Armor of God. Ephesians also is an awesome reference for a reminder that His power is above everything else. So! When you are feeling a bit powerless - read about Who is there to hold you up - and then read it to your kids!