We all had chores when we were growing up. We washed dishes, folded laundry, put it away and helped with the housework. As we got older we added helping with the yardwork. It did not occur to us we were exercising but, in fact, we were. It was just more productive.
Calories Burned : A good calorie counter, such as caloriesperhour.com, will help show how many calories any person has burned as well as consumed. This is an easy way to calculate whether or not your child (or anyone else) is doing enough physically to get and / or stay fit. Believe me, yard work can rack up a good total.
Life Skills Taught : Sometimes our children will grow up and have their own home and their own responsibilities. Learning how to cook, clean and do yardwork will prepare them for that time. It may also show them career ideas. Gardening was one of the factors that led to my becoming a master herbalist.
Relieve Parental Pressure : It's tough to work all day and then have to do all of the chores that pile up. It's hard enough for working parents to put together a healthy meal, see to homework and that kids get to bed on time. Having help from the children can relate some of that pressure. Children will sense the relief.
Bonding : As much as I hate washing dishes there were instances when we were kids that allowed a kind of bonding to occur. When dad helped with them, we could talk. It was some one-on-one time; believe me the rest of the kids would not dream of going into the kitchen when dishes from a table of seven people needed to be washed.
It might seem like we should prevent our children from all the chores we had as children but we would not be doing them any favors. They will not learn what they need to do, they will miss out on special moments that can happen with shared tasks and they may take it for granted that there will always be someone doing the dirty work.