cuckoo clock

Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Daylight Savings is Coming!

November 3rd. It’s coming. Hold on to your hats!

It’s that time of year again. Just when we feel like we have finally established a working routine with our children we get thrown for the major loop that is daylight savings time. Watching that little bird poke its head out of a cuckoo clock–tauntingly chirping at us–makes the utter exhaustion all the more real. That might be a little dramatically Hitchcock, but the truth is, time change, and really any major disruption of routine can be a total nightmare for some children.

I’ve put together some tips to try and help you and your little ones from going cuckoo this year.

  • Start on Saturday – give you and your children one extra weekend day to adjust to the new time and prepare you for a better start to your work week.
  • Start slow. Take a few days to allow for the full transition. Start your normal bedtime routine 15-30 minutes earlier than usual, then progress in 15 minute increments back toward normal bed time until you are caught up with the time change.
  • Keep your regular nighttime routine. Maybe you bathe, brush teeth and read books, or something along those lines. Kids respond to routine and when they know what to expect, it helps them transition easier.
  • Adjust dinner time to half an hour earlier as well for the first few days. This will allow enough time after dinner for their regular routine.
  • An hour before bedtime, start dimming the lights and/or playing white noise or soft music to start calming children down and getting their body clocks ready for nighttime.
  • At the end of the day remember that this is hugely disruptive for some children. It may take a couple of weeks to fully transition. Try and be patient with them and yourself.
  • Explain what daylight savings is and discuss its roots. Most research suggests it was Benjamin Franklin who started the change in time to make better use of daylight and to save on candles (and then electricity), which makes for a great household lesson!

Remember that every child is different. Some siblings may handle the change differently, and that’s OK. And as always when children are having a hard time, extra hugs and empathy go a long way!

{Image via Etsy}

 

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