Daylight Saving Time: 5 Things Even My 7-Year-Old Hates About It

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sunlightUgh. It's that time of year again. Sunday marks the beginning of daylight saving time, which is a major buzz kill no matter how you look at it.

Yep, moving our clocks forward is basically the same thing as erasing 60 minutes of our lives completely. We lose an hour of sleep. I repeat, we LOSE an HOUR of sleep. We sacrifice an hour of our weekend. And while daylight savings sucks bad enough for adults (especially parents), it throws our kids all out of whack too.

Heck, even my 7-year-old totally hates daylight saving time, and here's why.

  1. He has to go to bed "early." -- Little dude typically turns in between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each night, so with daylight savings, he's actually going to bed between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. even though that's not what the clock says. (And he knows this, and probably thinks we're pulling a fast one on him.) And if it's a school night, he has to go bed when the clock says 8 or 8:30 otherwise he won't be able to get up the next day. But since he's going to bed early, he can't fall asleep, which means he winds up staying up late and stalling, so he goes to bed at the normal time anyway. (My head is spinning.)
  2. He has to get up "early." -- He's an early riser in general, waking somewhere around 6 a.m. every single day. But now, 6 a.m. is really 5 a.m., because the real 6 a.m. is 7 a.m. If he sleeps till 7 a.m., our morning routine gets all thrown off, because he has little to no downtime before school, which he hates. So he has to get up at what used to be 6 a.m. But if he gets up when the clock says 6 a.m., that's way too damn early, and then he's a cranky mess. (It's a total lose-lose.)
  3. There's too much light. -- OMG. The whole thing with it staying light out later into the evening drives him nuts, because he doesn't understand why he has to go to bed when it's still light out. (Can you blame him for being confused?)
  4. It's a huge tease. -- Until school lets out for the summer, it's a major tease for him not to be able to stay outside and run and play until the sun goes down. (Daylight savings is just plain cruel, people.)
  5. I'm unhappy, so he's unhappy. -- The "if Mama ain't happy, nobody's happy" thing also applies to daylight savings time. He hears me bitch and moan about it, which makes him bitch and moan about it too. (Sorry, little man.)

What is the toughest part of daylight saving time for your kids?


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miche... micheledo

Ugh.  I REALLY do not like Daylight Savings Time.  It is much more difficult with little ones.  And we have church in the morning, so we are planning tonight.  Eating dinner right at 5 p.m. and kids going to bed at least 30 minutes early.  They all woke early this morning and are already demonstrating they didn't get enough sleep.  So early bedtime should be easy!  Yay for that anyway.  :)

Loonah Loonah

You know what's worse than Daylight Savings Time? Living in the only place in North America that's NOT on Daylight Savings Time. It's a pain in the a$$ to try and figure out what time it is everywhere else, and when I go to visit my son in University, there's an hour time difference now. That pisses me off!

amnew... amnewlon8982

In our house we aren't exactly thrilled with having to put our kids to bed while it's still sunny outside, however, I have noticed that maintaining a positive attitude about it makes it easier on us and our kids. I refuse to adopt the "if momma ain't happy, nobody is" attitude because I would rather teach my children that while everything in life may not be pleasant and sometimes things can just plain suck, it makes it easier when we go about things with a positive attitude.

Vegeta Vegeta

Jeeze guys its only an hour. The sun will start staying out longer with or without the hour change. It sucks that I have to leave work at 4am instead of 3 and be back at 7am. But oh well its only 2 days a year and I'll get over it by Monday. Your kids will adjust to it in like 2 days.

bills... billsfan1104

I agree with Vegeta. It's only an hour. I am looking forward to the longer day light. I live in Western NY and any amount of light is great. I now know that winter is almost over

nonmember avatar N

The sun will not start staying out longer. There will be the same amount of sunlight there would be this time of year regardless. We just shift the sunlight from morning until early evening which will make it darker in the morning and harder to get moving. We simply need to accept that from about September 22 to about March 22 the nights are longer than the days and stop all this silliness with changing the clocks.

dekumama dekumama

I hate daylight savings time! There is more daylight in the summer already, Mother Nature took care of that. I really can't believe we're still doing this. Is there any point? It's confusing and stressful, almost everyone hates it, and now it's going to be dark in the morning when I need to get up, and light when it's time to put the kids to bed? Great idea! I read somewhere once that Ben Franklin came up with the idea as a way to save energy, but it didn't work. Not sure if it's true, but it's the best explanation I've seen. Let's just stop doing it.

PonyC... PonyChaser

I don't know why we even do it anymore. It's just stupid. I guess it made sense once upon a time, but not anymore. It's just one more thing for all of us to whine about. And now that they've changed it... what 5 years ago? Making the "fall back" even later in the season? I didn't get that, either. We should just stop doing it and accept that we can't change Mother Nature.

nonmember avatar alanthegreat

so what are we saving daylight ?

mamad... mamadee1971

Well my kid gets out of school at 5pm and by the time we get home the sun's almost setting over the horizon.  If you're working 2nd shift and have to commute alone, be it by car or public transportation, at least there's enough time to make it home before it gets dark or too dark.  An extra hour of outdoor activities. 

This has been going on since forever and a day, it's only every six months.  Why nag about it now?!

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