Yesterday in our part of the world, the clocks changed, daylight savings stopped (or started … I don’t know which), and we had to put our clocks back an hour. This morning the kids are all up at 5am, their body clocks telling them that it is morning, and hubby and I are desperately trying to encourage them to stay in bed.
It’s not that we wanted to have a sleep in, it’s just that that hour before the kids get up is usually our time, to do some exercise, or some work, or do some yoga, or meditation … we enjoy and crave that hour before the day starts, and this morning that didn’t happen. We did finally let the kids get up at 6am, which two days ago according to the old time would have been 7am, so actually that is pretty good, it’s just that now, the morning is really dragging.
So, what are some good strategies here? The thing is the kids aren’t really going to get it, they feel it’s morning time, they want to get up, but there are some things that I do that do make it easier… and actually when you think about it, my morning wasn’t really that bad.
Change the clocks straight away and begin referring to the time as it is
As painful as it is, keep the kids up at least a half hour past their previous bedtime on the first couple of nights, which on the clock would look like half an hour earlier
Day two and three are pretty bad, just breathe through it, cause the kids are tired.
The quicker that you can acclimate them to the new time, the easier it will be.
Short term pain, will mean long term gain.
This is also a really good time, since we are coming into the darker months of winter in our part of the world, to encourage a half hour earlier bedtime across the board. Kids do find it easier to settle in to sleep when it is dark outside, and with all the winter sports, potential for winter bugs, and the cold weather, their bodies will appreciate some more sleep and downtime.
For those of you heading into the warmer months, enjoy the spring and summer! Keep the kids up a bit later, and have fun as a family.