Ken’s Articles

Facing tough times    Part 1

Our extended family summer holiday was very different in 2017.

We grieved the loss of two adult siblings who always joined us at the seaside every year.  We also mourned the death of an unborn child of my grand-daughter.

In stressful times such as death, severe illness, or family breakdown, children and adolescents can need special help and support.

How to cope and be resilient when life is tough?  Dr. Ginsburg identifies seven C’s.

First, building CONFIDENCE (confirming diligence, persistence, optimism) can be a source of strength when “curved balls” come our way.

Second, COMPETENCE is an important attribute for young people to acquire.  So a vital step of empowerment is to encourage their decision making, rather than making decisions for them.  Families can also encourage existing individual strengths, whether it be in music, sport, or other areas where they excel.

Third, having strong CONNECTIONS to family, friends, or the wider community are so valuable.  God can use other people in our lives in a powerful way when times are difficult.

In promoting emotional security, close and extended families can have a significant role in giving support through positive messages and particularly in their encouragement to address conflict openly.

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God encourages positive influences upon our children.  (Ephesians 6.4).

 Ken Packer

  Below click on more of Ken’s articles in PDF format.

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Meet the Author
It’s dead certain! 
Be included!
Beyond our planet
All, or nothing! 
God is our home 
Crash course on God. Part 1 
Who has control 
What Jesus knew
How God leads
What Jesus achieved
Finding God. Part 2 
Ask science. Part 1 
Let a child pray. Part 1
God with us 
Do you know Pt 1 
Helping teens Part 1 
Stranger danger 
Sacred or secular 
What God does 
Finding an answer. Part 1
How to be saved
God’s law – and more!
Got questions. Part 1
Separation anxiety 
The dying thief 
Mother’s Day
The hand of God 
The Trinity. Part 1
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Great secrets revealed!
Four prayer surprises 
Mum’s input – and beyond! 
Amazing facts 
God has a plan 
Who made God 
Crash course on God. Part 2 
Consider these first 
Jesus’ action plan. part 1
Let kids be kids! Part 1 
God’s newshounds 
Finding God Part 3 
Ask science. Part 2 
Let a child pray. Part 2 
Unmatched word power 
Do you know Pt 2
Helping teens Part 2 
Fighting terrorists 
Why Jesus Died 
He’s world changing! 
Finding an answer. Part 2
God wins!
Overcome the flesh
Got questions. Part 2
God’s great plan
Can the church light the world
Which kingdom
Good out of evil
The Trinity. Part 2 
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Will the dead rise
Faith in the truth. Part 1
Why an evil world Part 1
Don’t miss out!
Change our town
That man, Paul
Crash course on God. Part 3
How to find God
Jesus’ action plan part-2
Let kids be kids! Part 2
A quick review
Finding God. Part 4 
Try these tests 
Let a child pray. Part 3
When kids rebel!
Do you know Pt 3
Be rescued
The love factor
Understanding the Gospel
Why create
Finding an answer. Part 3
No power like it!
God with you
Got questions. Part 3 
Why evil Part 1
Learning from mistakes 
Those miracles
Multiple surprises
Facing tough times. Part 1
PDF Files
Can a child find God
Faith in the truth. Part 2
Why an evil world. Part 2
Reasonable Faith
X-rated Bible stories
How to worship
Crash course on God. Part 4
Our eternal life
Jesus, a borrower
Let kids be kids! Part 3
Finding God Part 1
Finding God Part 5 
Why create
Teen challenge
Jesus talks about sex
Meet me!
Why a saviour
Such humility!
The Mediator We Need 
We of the Never Never
How God cares
Can the church light the world
Who should lead
Our God-Man 
Why evil Part 2
How did Jesus know
Amazing predictions
He’s world changing!