There are many things offspring can do inside and outside the house which will exercise them and teach responsibility and will help them to lead independent lives sooner, especially when they start living on their own as adults.
The added bonus is that if both parents are working the offspring will be able to take care of themselves and household responsibilities no matter what their gender and will get enough exercise doing so.
All of the following exercise skills can be taught before they become teenagers and if they can’t do so you are not being responsible good teaching parents but overprotective fools.
Walk and/or running with the dog and feeding the dog
Cleaning and refilling the cat litter box and feeding the cat
Taking out the garbage and removing the trashcan from the curb
If you have a yard pulling weeds, raking yard trash, planting flowers and herbs and vegetables and older children can mow the yard and trim bushes
Vacuuming or cleaning floors
Washing windows and provide them with a ladder if necessary
Wash the car exterior and clean the interior (a stepladder can be used to wash the roof of the car)
Preparing and plating frozen food and/or certified organic food and favorite family recipes if there are any
Putting and removing the dishes and tableware into and out of the dishwasher or having them wash everything by hand
Have them put food on the table and then clear the table when finished
Teaching them to shop for food for the whole family in the supermarket and/or health food store
Cleaning kitchen cabinets, kitchen appliances, and the bath room
To gain access to a high microwave, stove, and high refrigerator shelves provide them with a sturdy non slip foot stool, custom made if necessary
Doing the laundry and put away clothes where they belong
Cleaning and organizing their rooms
Supervising younger offspring if there is more than one offspring in the family
Doing individualized exercises like pushups, jumping jacks, squat thrusts, sit ups, aerobic exercises, yoga, martial arts, and family agility training with cotennis as explained in my evergreen book COMMON SENSE.
For those that have the luxury to go out have offspring do swimming, snorkel diving, canoeing, skating, skiing, rollerblading, skate boarding, and bicycling.
As adults offspring will frequently not have the luxury of playing team sports so individual sports are much more beneficial for a lifetime of healthy personal exercise which can be done anywhere and anytime.
If you teach your offspring all the above skills you won’t have to worry about them living on their own as adults and you will have peace of mind knowing that they will not be living messy and disorganized lives and will be getting plenty of exercise on their own.
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