Family Health Handout: Family Connections
Health Challenge - Picture and identify all the people connected to your family. Ask about your 4-H'er's "Me Map."
Draw Your Family Map
Together, draw your Family Map to show the network of community connections to your family. This is a perfect after-dinner activity.
- Put a triangle in the middle of a blank sheet of paper. Label it “Our Family.”
- Add shapes or labels for each group you are connected with – Neighborhood, church, 4-H, other clubs, sports teams, school, work, civic organizations, town/county government, committees, medical community, online groups, and support groups.
- Draw lines connecting each shape or label to your family. First, decide on the strength of your connection. Then, draw straight lines for normal connections, thick lines for really close connections, dotted for not-so-close connections, and wavy lines for those persons you don’t see often.
- Shade in all groups that you connect with face-to-face.
Talk About It Together
- How strong are our connections with each group?
- Are there other connections we would like to make?
- Are there some that we’d like to strengthen?
- Whom do we spend the most time with?
- How do our family members help each other?
- What do you wish could be different about our family?
- What could you do to make that happen?
4-H Families Online
Have a family movie night. Go to www.commonsensemedia.org to find movie ideas that best fit your family’s interests and ages.