The Importance of Family in the 4-H Program

4-H parents are a very important part of the 4-H members’ experience.  Parents are encouraged to attend club meetings, project meetings and county events with their children.  Parents are also encouraged to volunteer to help with club project meetings or club activities whenever possible.  Children need their parents to support their commitment to 4-H, think through decisions and take responsibility for their decisions.

Parents can let their child know they are interested in his or her 4-H experiences through these things:

  •  Be available when your child needs you for information, guidance and support.
  • Supervise your child’s project work but don’t do the work for them.
  • Praise your child’s efforts and progress on projects or other experiences.
  • Comment on what’s being learned instead of putting all the emphasis on winning.
  • Help your child learn that “doing your best” is more important than “being the best”.
  • Be a role model.
  • Set a good example for your children and others to follow.
  • Whenever possible, volunteer your time and talents to lead or assist with meetings or other club or county activities.
  • Work with other 4-H parents and adults to make sure 4-H policies and procedures are reflecting what’s best for the youth
  • Keep up-to-date on Iowa County 4-H happenings by reading the “Clover Connections” newsletter.
  • Support the 4-H Youth Development Agent’s efforts to emphasize and promote the educational value of 4-H events and activities.
  • Let 4-H leaders and other volunteers know you are appreciative of the time and effort they are contributing.

Families can use 4-H activities to provide structured, quality family time in this hectic age which does not offer much spare time for such activities.  Listed below are some activites that families can do with 4-H clubs:

Some Parent/Club Activities

Provide transportation for events

Share special skills or interests with members by serving as a project leader

Serve refreshments at club meetings or events

Advise a club committee

Help members determine a need in the community and then plan a community service project that addresses that need

Oversee brainstorming sessions for fundraising activities

Help with the production of a play, demonstration, or musical number for the cultural arts festival

Give leaders feedback about activities in the 4-H program

New 4-H Family Information

Welcome to Iowa County 4-H
How to Join Iowa County 4-H Word
New Family Newsletter – Issue 1 (January) Word
New Family Newsletter – Issue 2 (March) Word
New Family Newsletter – Issue 3 (June) Word
New Family Newsletter – Issue 4 (September) Word