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4-H Youth Development

Family Studies

In this project you will learn about growing and maintaining a healthy family by learning about child development, building family strengths and managing a household. By focusing on the family, you will learn behaviors that develop friendships, develop respect for others and their belongings, understand the need for rules; express feelings in a positive way, cope with change and stress, learn physical changes of adolescence, study the effects of employment on family and lifestyle, and learn to use consensus and compromise.

With a focus on child development, you will learn how children grow and develop physically, socially, mentally and emotionally. You will observe how people express emotions, identify characteristics of friends, learn socially accepted manners and customs, and observe child behavior.

If you choose, you can learn more about consumer skills. Responsible financial management is an important factor in successful families. Learn to determine differences between needs and wants, develop a savings plan for a special goal, practice comparison shopping, learn to manage a checking account, recognize target advertising, identify consumer rights and learn the value of employment. Learning by Doing Partner with a peer to explore and discover solutions to today.

Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Ages 7-9

  • Learn their roles in their families
  • Respect others and their belongings
  • Learn how to express themselves emotionally

Ages 10-13

  • Express feelings in a positive way
  • Learn to cope with change
  • Learn that choices have consequences
  • Learn how to set rules for their families

Ages 14 and Older

  • Study effects of employment on family and lifestyle
  • Learn parenting roles
  • Learn the differences in children's development
  • Learn how to guide children's behavior
  • Learn to use consensus and compromise

Child Development
Ages 7-9

  • Learn their roles among their friends
  • Learn how to express themselves emotionally
  • Learn how to set boundaries for growth and support

Ages 10-13

  • Learn how to make a self-care plan
  • Learn which toys are developmentally and age-appropriate for youth
  • Learn the importance of safety in the home

Ages 14 and Older

  • Observe young children's behavior 
  • Understand effects of TV on children
  • Create intergenerational relationships

Consumer Skills
Ages 9-10

  • Determine differences between needs and wants
  • Develop a savings plan for a specific goal
  • Practice comparison shopping
  • Learn to make change

Ages 11-13

  • Identify personal values
  • Learn money management
  • Understand peer pressure
  • Learn how to be a wise online shopper

Ages 14 and Older

  • Understand and develop a budget
  • Identify consumer rights
  • Recognize target advertising
  • Learn the value of employment

Project Materials

Reasonably priced materials are available for every project in Kansas 4-H. You can order the materials for your project online or contact your local Extension Office. 

Consumer Skills (FS100)

Child Development (FS101)

Family (FS102)

General Family Studies Resources

Project Leader Resources

Events and Activities

State 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Judging Contest
When: September
Where: Hutchinson, KS
Award: Educational trips, scholarships

Awards and Recognition

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet

State Level
Award: Medallion

National Level
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship

Career Connections

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