5 Survival Tips: For the End…of Daylight Savings Time

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Oh daylight savings time, how my household of littles loves you.

NOT! The end of daylight savings time is a day for early morning rises. 6 little feet come running into our room at an ungodly hour. Sweet faces turn their heads in confusion at our refusal to start the day.

If you have kids, you KNOW what I am talking about.

While it seems that everyone else gets to celebrate the extra hour of sleep, the Harris Family grownups are trying to figure out how we are going to restructure our kid’s schedule we have diligently worked all year to master. It is a reset. All our hard work starts back at the beginning…sigh.

Ok, so I have a tendency to be dramatic. But seriously, the sun is sleeping, so should I be.

This year I decided to put together a short list of survival tips to help us get through the reset. May the Lord be with you.

1. Hunker Down The day will inevitably be a bit hard with littles ones. They woke up early and nap time is later in the day than usual. I really can’t blame them. I melt when I get tired too. Don’t you?

2. Invite in the Hero (aka…the “OK to Wake Clock”)- This clock has saved the day in our house a number of times. Young kids can’t tell time, so they don’t understand why you are growling at them at 5am. You can set the clock for the time you would like them to come out of their room. It lights up to tell them it is time. In our house, everyone knows if the light has not come on, I should not see the light of your sweet face.

You can check it out here.

3. Prepare Early This suggestion might be too late for you now, but in the future, it helps if you prepare a few days ahead of time. Set the clock a few minutes later each day. This is a good idea any time you are sleep training. Asking a 4 year old to stop waking up at 5:30 am and setting the clock for 7:30 am is asking too much at once. Increase the time by 15 or 30 minutes each day until you get to your desired time.

4. Have Realistic Expectations When you reset a young person’s schedule, even by an hour, it will take several days or even weeks for them to fully adjust. Don’t expect too much from them. Provide them with realistic boundaries, don’t plan too much in a day, and smile at them when they fail or melt.

5. Enjoy the Season Everything is for a season. These days of preparing for the END…of daylight savings time are only for a season. One day, your kids will grow up. They will be able to tell time. They will want to sleep longer than you. The tides will turn, and you will soon be reading a post on how to get your teenager out of bed. Enjoy this sweet season. Breathe it in.

I will be in the trenches with you tomorrow. Hang in there. It is not the END…of the WORLD.

Have a great weekend!

Cathy

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