"Mom, can I go outside to play?"
I still hesitate to say yes at times.
It is so wonderful to say yes! Yes, you can go play while I finish the dishes or make dinner or mop the floor. You don't have to wait for me to be done. You don't have to wait for me to feel like it. You can just go! Go run! Go jump! Go explore a bit. Go catch bugs.
You do have to watch your brother for a bit, though, and I'll meet you out there in a few minutes!