Not too many months ago, I let my kids go out and play in the rain. Then, I made a mistake. I posted a facebook status letting my friends know what my kids were doing. I got a mixture of comments. The one that really caught me off-guard was the friend that suggested my kids might get pneumonia. My kids had a blast! I had a lot of fun watching them. They didn't get sick. They played together and laughed a lot.
I think it's good to let kids go out and get wet and (gasp) dirty sometimes. Kids love to explore and what's more fun than exploring nature? I like letting them see God's creation in new ways. Getting wet requires planning or, at least, clean-up. It is worth it. More times than not, I cannot resist letting them splash in puddles or run in the rain. I smile when I see my kids enjoying being outside - rain or shine.
So... one day last month as I pulled the car into the garage, it began to hail. My kids (starting with my oldest) began begging to go out into the hail. I hestitated for a moment.
Some of my thoughts were: "What's the risk?" "What's the clean-up?" "Will they even like it?" "How long will they last in hail?"
I told them they could play outside if, and only if, they waited until I got my camera.