Flashback to fall 2016. I had a preschooler that was an early bird and a toddler that was a night owl. I hate using this phrase, but I COULD NOT EVEN. Finally, after many sleep-deprived months I managed to get everyone on a sleep schedule that worked for all of us. Then guess what? Here comes useless daylight savings time, screeching into my carefully laid schedule like a horrific semi-annual hit and run that drags on for months, just to hit reverse and back over you again in the spring.
I’d had enough. I became determined to find a way to end daylight savings time, once and for all. I didn’t have time for legislation to pass to fix this problem for me. I had to figure out a solution for myself, and I needed it NOW. When I sat down and really thought about the issue the answer was so simple and obvious it blew my mind:
The answer is to do nothing.
When it’s time to “fall backward” for daylight savings time in the fall, don’t. Just don’t. Obviously, you still have to reset your clocks but there’s absolutely no reason you have to change your family’s sleep schedule, which is the biggest DST parenting nightmare. So for example if your kids usually go to bed at 8pm then you would put them to bed at 7pm instead after the fall time change. The following spring you would simply move bedtime forward to their usual time of 8pm. Ditto for wake-up times. I know how tempting it is to grab that extra hour of sleep in the morning each fall but you have to remember that when the spring time change comes it’s going to kick you in the teeth year after year.
In addition to maintaining consistent sleep schedules there are actually quite a few benefits to doing nothing. Hello extra hour in the morning! Can you imagine actually being on time for once, or -GASP- maybe even early? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a leisurely breakfast with your family instead of everyone scrambling to get out the door as per usual? This extra time is especially handy during those icy winter months when you need more time to scrape freezing cold crap off of everything.
In the spring you will lose that extra morning hour but at least you’ll get to keep what’s left of your sanity; I’d say that’s a pretty good trade-off. So this fall make the decision to take a stand and do nothing! Daylight savings time is not the boss of you and you don’t have to be its roadkill anymore.
Share this blog post with your mom friends and let’s all work together to end daylight savings time once and for all!
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