1)Is there a real reason to say no? (dangerous/destructive)
2)Are they supposed to be doing something else? (schoolwork/chores)
If they answer to both of these is "no", then I am trying to say "yes." Tonight I let my kids go out and play in the rain. Some might wonder, "What's the big deal?" For me, it was a huge step. They had fun and I enjoyed watching them have fun. Maybe next time I'll take an even bigger step... and join them!