Whatever you do, do not tell a toddler about something exciting unless it's going to happen the very next second. Trust me on this one. As usual, I've learned this parenting principle the hard way.
Looking back, I can see so many times I should have caught on to this parenting fail...
The first being Christmas last year. We kept telling the kid, the entire month of December, on a daily basis, "Santa is coming soon!" The daily Santa talk was mostly due to the kid asking if Santa was here yet. I would just reply with, soon, and thankfully, that would be the end of it. God Love the kid, on Christmas morning he excitedly ran downstairs and began looking around, but when his smile faded, I asked what was wrong, my sweet little toddler looked up and said, Where is Santa? The poor kid honestly thought Santa was coming over to hang out with him.
Most recently, is my battle with Halloween. It all started when we put up Halloween decorations and started talking about what happens on Halloween. Now, every night, he wants to put on a costume and go to the neighbor's house.
He wears his Spiderman costume daily. Including out to run errands. FYI: This is one of those parenting battles I opted out of. (I have his actual costume hiding so he doesn't destroy it before Halloween.)
Spiderman: It's OK mommy, we can go over (to the neighbor's) and they will give us candy. All we have to do is say, trick-or-treat.
This exchange has been going on for the last four nights in a row... There's no turning back now. Hello, Fail #3.
I'm sure there is some "parenting expert" out there who would say it's really best to tell kids early about exciting news to teach them patience, or some 'life lesson' like that. But until that expert wants to come to my house and listen to the repeated "is it here yet" questions, I'm sticking to plan A: Zip-it!
Toddlers are fickle and curious little creatures. It's important to proceed with great caution when hyping them up about something. Especially something not happening anytime soon.