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Suffering Through the Dreaded Time Change

By November 7, 2012

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My son is an early riser,which seems like a cruel joke since both of his parents are night owls. It doesn't matter if we're springing forward or falling back, when Daylight Saving Time (DST) rolls around, we know we're in for a big schedule adjustment.

A boy illustrates a sidewalk clock
Daylight saving time takes its toll on parents and kids.
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For the past two days, our early bird has been getting up at 4 a.m. instead of 5. We start a week before the time change to try and get him used to the hour shifting. We move his bedtime in 15 minute increments so by the time DST goes into effect, he's used to going to bed at the new time. This works great for when it's time to go to bed, especially since he's given up the afternoon nap.

So far, his internal clock hasn't gotten used to waking up at a new time, though. Hopping out of bed at what's now an hour earlier is making for an exhausted mommy and a cranky kindergartener.

Our tactic to keep him in bed in the mornings is to tell him he has to wait until it's daylight outside to get up. Seems like a pretty fair request and, since he knows how to tell time, we show him what time is best to get out of bed.

Now, we haven't been 100% successful just yet with getting him to stay put until a semi-reasonable hour. But he'll get out of bed, we remind him of the time to look for and he'll climb back in bed without complaint.

Of course, it won't be long until he's fully adjusted to the new time. But in the meantime, wake up calls in our house are beginning before the rooster crows.

What are some of the ways you help your kids adjust to the time change?

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November 10, 2011 at 12:19 am
(1) Anne Shaw says:

Its really difficult to handle this kind of situation.When you are working and your schedule is quite different than your child.The only solution is the adjustment with the work schedule,if he is not getting the things then parents have to manage new schedule. Later he/she will understand the things till then try to manage with your work schedule.

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