The time change, it messes with kids

As if it wasn’t enough that we adults have to lose a precious hour of sleep every Spring, I would also like to bring it to the attention of everyone that the change to Daylight Savings Time seriously puts a hitch in the gitalong of my kids’ schedules.

Not that we Blakes are very scheduled people, even on our best days.  You know me — I’m totally against good things like order and organization and bedtimes and taking my kids to public school at the same time every morning.  But let me draw a rough sketch for you of what I’m getting at:

Back in Standard Time a couple weeks ago, my kids went to bed at 9 p.m. and woke at 7 a.m.  A good 10 hours of sleep, right?  (Well, assuming they all sleep through the night… which they usually don’t.)

So then we had to spring ahead an hour two Sundays ago.  The kids don’t know the difference (the oldest is just now learning to read the clock), but, looking at the kitchen clock, it would correlate that, keeping the same schedule, the kids would now go to bed at 10 p.m. and wake at 8 a.m.  Still the same 10 hours.

However.  Because we grown-ups have to be, well… grown up, and get up and get going in the mornings in the springtime, we’ve been forced to rearrange the “schedule” in our house.  We started putting the kids to bed at 9 p.m. Daylight Savings Time (DST).  You would think they’d sleep their usual 10 hours and wake at 7 a.m. DST, right?

But no.  For some reason they wake up now at 6 a.m. DST, which means they’re only getting 9 hours of sleep.  It’s not that we discourage them from rising early… and it’s not that I don’t think 9 hours is enough for them… but sheesh… when can a mama get a break around here?

There are probably a couple reasons they’re rolling out earlier and earlier:

  1. Spring work is in full swing around here, which means Daddy and I are rumbling around the house in the wee hours trying to get him out the door to the barn.  Rumbling raises the curiosity of kids.
  2. The days are getting longer and longer here in the Frozen North.  Sure, what used to be 6 p.m. is now 7 p.m., so it’s natural that the sun is staying up “later” than it did a couple weeks ago.  But the simultaneous lengthening of daylight hours means that the sun is coming up in the morning earlier and earlier, too.  We are once again burning the candle at both ends, and in a very real way.  To prove my point, I looked up the time of sunrise for today, March 21:  7:09 a.m. DST.  But just 10 short days ago, on March 11 (the day before we re-entered Daylight Savings Time), the time of sunrise was 6:29 a.m. Standard Time… which, of course, equals 7:29 a.m. DST.  That’s a 20-minute difference in 10 days!  See?  Time really is moving fast, and Daylight Savings Time just creates a double whammy for all of us.  Clearly, folks, it’s some sort of government conspiracy.

Now, I don’t like to admit that anybody’s smarter than me.  But I have to say it:  somebody much smarter than me figured out all of this time business, and it was millennia ago!  Like how the sun and the moon and the earth all interact.  How to determine one’s position on the earth.  Why there are 24 hours in one day.  Why 60 minutes in an hour?  It’s all fascinating to think about.  But I don’t have the time or energy to study the subject.  Maybe I could give it a little more thought…

… if my kids would just sleep in.

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© Tami Blake

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