This weekend’s kickoff to Daylight Saving time on Sunday morning means that the one day a week parents get to sleep in has been snatched from them, much like their memories of taking showers that last longer than three minutes.
While the end of Daylight Saving in November offers a slight reprieve by promising an extra hour, kids usually don’t get the memo. Anyone under the age of 8-years-old is notorious for being terrible at checking their emails.
The soothing sound of ‘falling back’ in early November, which gives the illusion of floating slowly onto a pile of pillows, really means your kid will continue to get up at 5 am, but now it will be 4 am. Kids are savages that don’t care if you stayed to watch an extra episode of Girls. You’re on their time now.
Springing forward in March is even worse. Professionals recommend putting your child to bed 15 minutes earlier each night in the days leading up to the start of Daylight Saving in March, building up to the extra hour of sleep your child will lose on Sunday. But, if you’re like most people and forgot that Daylight Saving Time is back to break into your home and steal your hour of sleep like the Grinch, the struggle is real.
For parents of young kids, even the end of Daylight Saving feels like a loss.
How did it even get this name?
Who exactly is being saved, because parents sure aren’t saving anything.
It’s supposed to be good for us, but having small children with their own internal clocks has eradicated all the potential benefits.
When your child runs into your room an hour earlier than normal you have to be kind and loving and not say what you really want to say.
Inside you’re crying for your bed.
Even worse, you’ll have to hear about people without small children complaining about losing one hour of sleep.
But you must put on a brave face.
And if it makes you feel any better, your kids’ teachers hate it too.
And remember, there are some upsides to springing ahead.