How do you plan to survive the daylight savings transition? Here are our top tips.
Never have two words divided parents more.
I hear you asking, what two words are those?
Oh you’ll know as soon as you see them.
Parents are firmly split in two camps when it comes to daylight savings:
1. “Woohooo!!!! Yay! There’s more light, more time to play at the park and beach and do stuff I otherwise we couldn’t do in winter when it was dark at 5pm.”
2. “Are you kidding me? It’s not going to get dark till HOW late? How the hell will I get my kids to bed while the sun is still up?”
I sit happily in camp one. EXCEPT for the week leading up to daylight savings and the first week of daylight savings.
During that period, I am firmly in the camp of “I haven’t been on a holiday yet my kids are acting like they have jet lag. This sucks.”
Those two weeks KILL ME. (Not literally, clearly, but damn it they are hard.)
Just in case you didn’t realise, we are currently in that period. On Saturday night, we get to fast forward the clocks, or rely on Mr Apple or Mr Samsung to do it for us, in order to give us an extra hour of sunlight over the warmer months.
But enjoying daylight savings means first having to adjust to daylight savings.
And let me tell you, kids do not go well adjusting to daylight savings.
Put your hand up if your child is currently waking up around 4am because of how light it is.
Put your hand up if you know your kids will fight you when you are forcing them into bed when the sun is still shining in their bedroom window.
The adjustment to daylight savings is hard but there are things you can do to combat the would-be fake jet-lag that may arise next week.
Here are some of the best tips I have learnt over the years.
PREPARE – For the love of God, prepare. A few days of pain this week keeping your child up for an extra hour will result in less pain next week. Their little bodies will already be adjusted to going to bed at a later time. Even though they aren’t technically going to bed at a later time it's just by the clock, not your body thinking it is…or is it? Basically put them to bed later this week and you’re right next week.