Parenting magazine says that you should take your kids through new situations so that they know what to expect and will adjust quicker. So today we were prepping our kids for our soon to come family vacation. Their response: "Great let's put our shoes on and get in the car." Gingerly, we tried to explain that we weren't leaving today - tears ensued.
The author of this article should have included an addendum:
"If your kids are easily excitable and experience strong emotional let downs you should keep them in the dark about all plans - they'll be fine."
In the meantime - this is going to be a very long week.