I haven't read very many of the responses, but want to say, I'm all for kids learning self control, but I brought our kids home 15 years ago so they CAN jump in puddles. I do it too, I'm lots worse than they are about puddles. Life's too short to avoid puddles. I drive through them a bit faster too, to see the water spray. (we live in the country, no one is going to get splashed) I know I've succeeded at something when the boys call me outside to see a great sunset or dramatically orange moon. :)
I also expect our boys to learn *self* control and gentlemanly behavior. Things that aren't even considered in public schools. It's all external behavior mod.
I've got great kids. Gee, wonder how that happened?