Daylight Savings Time is a little bit of a mixed bag for most of us. Springing forward is depressing in the sense that we lose an hour, but exciting because it means Spring is just around the corner. Personally, I love the fact that I can now get up early to run at 6 a.m. and not be doing so in the dark. But for moms and dads and anyone with a day job, the week after the time change can be brutal.
Ask any parent and they will say most children are "off" for at least a week following the time change.
But we need to buck up. For any parent who travels with their child, this is not unlike a small time change and kids survive those all the time. We moms and dads of the world need to stop complaining and whining about our sleep and start looking on the bright side (literally). Here are some Daylight Savings perks:
- Our children can stay out playing later: Personally, I LOVE Daylight Savings because it means park time after school! Long walks into town to eat dinner outside! Scooter time before dinner! The longer my kids can stay active at night and be outside, the happier we all are.
- Our children will sleep later: My kids slept until 9:25 this morning. I don't know about you, but for us, that was pretty incredible. I got to get up and do my early morning 8-mile run with a friend while my husband got to sleep in. We both won!
- This winter was a winner: I am knocking wood on this one because we are still not out of the woods, but here on the East Coast, my children did not have a single snow day. Not one! That's pretty amazing, no?
- Summer fun is just around the corner: With the summer comes beach time and warm weather and shorts and sundresses and wine (not whine). My goodness, I can scarcely even wait! How can anyone even consider complaining when they think about the fun in store?
Seriously, people, we are losing ONE hour. In the grand scheme of things it is a small price to pay for all that we gain. Besides, for the real whiners, we get it back in the fall.
Spring 2012: BRING it! I say thank goodness and the universe for Daylight Savings!
Do you hate Daylight Savings?
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