We have had a little rule at our house for the last 7 years that has saved me hours of discussion and arguing in the Spring. This rule originated when my kids were small. The minute the snow started melting and the sun started shining they were always asking if they could swim or run through the sprinklers. Sometimes the temperature was only in the 50s when they would ask me, so I made the 80 Degree Rule. The rule goes like this--there will be no water play until the outside temperature is at least 80 degrees. This rule has turned 80 degrees into a benchmark of sorts for my children. This last week, they watched anxiously to see if we would hit the magical 80 degree mark. When they checked the thermometer and it said 79 degrees, I caved. In the blink of an eye they had the sprinkler spraying on the front lawn. And because water is like a drug to children (okay--at least to mine and some others I know), it wasn't long until there were 12 kids outside playing. Now it looks like we will have a few cooler days before we have any more warm ones. That's okay with me because my house and I need to recover from all the fun :)!