Daylight Savings Time Screws Moms Every Year!

Heather Chaet
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daylight savings timeSoon, we will get an extra hour of sunshine. On March 13, old Daylight Savings Time kicks in and we "spring forward" one hour. I'm just not sure if I'm happy about this or not.

So, 7 a.m. will be 8 a.m., and when 6 p.m. rolls around, it will be like the old 5 p.m. Still relatively sunny. Great news, especially for those of us who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is like Christmas morning in March. More sunshine, more vitamin D, all good things.

However, we do lose an hour of sleep ... which isn't so bad for us grown-ups. We adjust pretty well. But for moms with small kids, it is sleep schedule mayhem.

First, your kid loses an hour of sleep. And then, already down an hour of precious shut-eye, they refuse to go to bed since "the sun is still working, Mama!" Combine those and what do you have? A cranky toddler, complete with whines and a few fits thrown in for good measure.

So what's a mom to do -- celebrate the extra bit of sun or lament the sleep shift?

That dang Daylight Savings Time is giving me agita and it's still two weeks away. I guess I'm just following the advice from the experts -- they all say that planning ahead helps. Going to bed a little earlier in the days before the actual springing occurs is supposed to help the transition.

Still doesn't solve my dilemma. Do I jump for joy and do a sun boo-tay shake or do I loathe these few days with Princess Tired Eyes of Grumperoom?

I have to think my kiddo will get used to the shift. I'll buy some blackout shades. It may take a while, but I'm more willing to deal with a tired tot than my own weather-induced depression. Yes, ladies, I'm selfish. I am a selfish mom. After this harsh winter, I am going to applaud the sun, the extra hour of daylight.

But, wait, I just remembered something. It's still gonna be cold outside. Sunshine or not, I'm still going to be wearing three layers and a parka? Screw it, I'm going back to bed.

Are you looking forward to -- or dreading -- Daylight Savings Time?

 

Image via Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com/Flickr

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