In honor of Father’s Day and wonderful fathers, role models for their children and others, here are ten ways to be a great dad: 1) Respect your children’s mother. 2) Spend time with your children. 3) Earn the right to be heard. 4) Discipline with love. 5) Be a role model. 6) Be a teacher. 7) Eat together as a family. 8) Read to your children. 9) Show affection. 10) Realize that a father’s job is never done. After children are grown, they will still look to their father for wisdom and advice.

A dad is very important to his children and his influence lasts a lifetime. When a dad has a close relationship with his children, they are more likely to be well-adjusted, have positive self-esteem, do better in school, and develop good relationships in life.

Fathers are role models for their kids, whether they realize it or not. A father who encourages his children to do their best will see his children make good decisions. Fathers play an essential part in the lives of their children as they grow, continue in school, enter the workforce, and perhaps marry and build their own families. Kids grow up quickly. Missed opportunities are forever lost.

Summer 4-H camping

Great fun, camp food and friends...the summer camping season promises to be a blast. Nebraska 4-H camping facilities are the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna, and the State 4-H Camp, Halsey. 4-H enrollment not required. Website: http://4h.unl.edu/camp/

Locally, we offer two camps at Camp Jefferson near Fairbury - Camp Renegade for 8-10 year old kids, might be their first overnight experience, June 18-19, fee: $40.00; new this year is Camp Venture, June 20-21, for the next level campers, fee: $60.00. 4-H membership not required. Contact the Extension Office for registration forms due June 7. Don’t miss out on this summer fun!

Livestock information

4-H & FFA youth are reminded of the June 15 deadline for livestock I.D. sheets; bring ID sheets to the Extension Office. Each 4-H and FFA youth exhibiting beef, sheep, swine, dairy, goats, poultry or rabbits at the Gage County Fair or Nebraska State must complete YQCA training each year, on-line or in-person. Deadline for YQCA compliance is June 15; we must have a copy of completion certificate at the Extension Office.

Anytime 4-H summer learning

4-H summertime learning continues on June 4, 1 p.m., Cake Decorating Workshop, Carolyn Schlake’s home. June 7 – Making a Difference for our Environment/trash pick up along the trail hosted by Josiah Harvey, 9-10 a.m. June 9 – Pie & Muffins Workshop by Emily & Lori Rempel, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Extension meeting room. June 10 – Cats & Dogs & 4-H Kids by Angela Zarybnicky, 1-3:30 p.m. June 10 – Fondant Makes a Beautiful Cake by Sandi & Randi, 7-8:30 p.m., Extension office. June 10 – It’s Grow Time Workshop & Contest, 9-11 a.m., Extension office. June 11 – Beginning Sewing, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Extension office. Call 402-223-1384 for online registration sites.

Clover Kids Camp

Just for kids ages 5-7 enrolled in Clover Kids – June 27, Clover Kids Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4-H Building. Contact the Extension Office for online registration site. In addition, the 2019 Clover Kids packet is ready to pick up at the Extension Office. Available for check-out “The Big Book of 4-H Cloverbud Activities” with fabulous projects and non-competitive fair exhibits.

3 G’s Open Horse Show

Excitement is building for kids who ride horses! It’s show season! 3 G’s 4-H Club hosts their annual show on Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m., fairgrounds in Beatrice. We have the showbill; for more information contact Annie Erichsen, 402-587-0693. The public is invited to attend.

My Favorite Quote: “Children can find other children to be pals. Children need fathers to be fathers.” – Garrison Keillor

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