I hate daylight savings! WHAT A BOTHER! Especialllllllllly if you have kids! Ahhhhhh! But don’t worry, we’ve got your back!
Help! It’s Daylight Savings This Weekend. Some practical tips to keep the sanity.
Watching the news this morning, I stopped dead in my tracks. Say what? Daylight savings — this weekend? Lord, have mercy! Flash-forward to earlier mornings, missed naps, attempts at later bedtimes, meal times, and oh the battles that ensue for all – ugh, the battles… Of course, it comes just as my baby and toddler settled into a nice routine of sleeping, eating, activities, eating, activities and sleeping again. Why is Daylight Savings necessary? Oh the joys of motherhood.
If you live in the state of Arizona or Hawaii consider yourself one of the lucky few to dodge Daylight Savings. For the rest of us, here are three tips and tricks passed down from my mother to you. And they work!
1. Make the Change to Your Household Schedule 15 Minutes at a Time
As soon as you can, preferably a week before Daylight Savings Time Change (Fallback), start everything 15 minutes later. Since I clearly missed that one, I will be starting asap!
For the morning, no matter the age, if they wake up before the adjusted Daylight Savings Time, have them stay in bed or their room for that extra 15 minutes.
To extend the start time for lunch, supper, naps, or bedtime insert simple activities to fill that time. Simple things like extending playtime outside, taking the scenic route while driving, having the fruit or veggies for the meal before supper time (when they cannot wait another minute), turning on some music for a dance party before mealtime, going for a walk, add 15 minutes of TV/Game time (yes, I went there), read a few extra stories at bedtime, and there are so many more. Bottom line? Stretch those 15 minutes out as best as you can even when the kids are tired or hungry.
After three or four days, add an additional 15 minutes onto everything. For example, start suppertime 30 minutes later for three days. Then start supper time 45 minutes later for three days. Finally, you are now at the hour mark, where you originally started. Whew! Thank you Daylight Savings. It may take more time overall but it is so much less of a battle and transition during the time change.
2. Mentally prepare yourself for the week of and week after the time change
Lord have mercy!
Know that it will be harder, longer, and exhausting at times. Know that it will take all of the extra energy you have to make the transition smoother. Know that everyone will be tired, crabby at times and sibling rivalries will flare. BUT know and remember that it will not last long or be as drastic of a change following the 15 minute intervals.
3. Allow for Margin and Take Breaks
Over the next two weeks, allow for a margin. Free your schedule from
back-to-back activities. Only do the majors, and leave the minors for later. Or better yet, skip them all together. Plan for easy prep meals. Take FUN breaks! Breaks for yourself as well! The kids are finally down. There is laundry to be done and dishes to be put away. Leave them, put your feet up and watch a movie, read a book, catch up on Snapmom ;), call a friend, spend time with your spouse, or go to sleep. Remember, give grace to yourself and to your children.
What are some tips and tricks that work for you?
Christina loves to sing, write, worship and live life to the fullest. She is a writer for TheSnapMom.com and CEO of the home;) She has an amazing husband and two sweet littles who stole her heart. Read more from Christina here!