Arguably one of the worst things about kids is that many of them have an irrational hatred for sleep. The worst part of parenting is navigating all of the things that mess up our kids already delicate sleep cycles: teething, climate change. But the greatest of these is Daylight Saving Time. We here at The Salty Mamas firmly believe in keeping it real, so we won’t lie to you. Dealing with the time change is going to SUCK. BUT, there are a few things you might be able to do to help cope with the double trouble of kids and Daylight Saving Time.
Good luck, and we’re pulling for you.
Nifty Gadgets for Convincing Kids to Sleep Longer
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, none of these have ever worked on my gremlins. But, I have heard of mythical children for whom these items work wonders. So if sitting in your kids room at 4am praying they go back to sleep isn’t working, one of these might. With relief only a click away, anything is worth a shot.
Okay to Wake Clock
Some of our friends SWEAR by this clock. So if you have the kind of kids that are really into listening and following rules, this might be the magic bullet for you. Or, if you’re so tired you’re willing to try anything, this might be something to try. All you have to do is program the clock with what time is acceptable for your child to get up. When the clock strikes that time o’clock, it will turn green letting your kids know that it’s okay to get up.
They’re not just for babies y’all! While my two and five year old refuse to submit to the darkness, my three year old is more in tune with the sun – or at least the light. And since having two kids awake is less painful than having three up and making me crazy, you bet your butt I put these curtains in Evie’s room. Little diva sleeps so much better in the pitch black, no matter what the clock says.
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Stock Up on Coffee
My husband decided a few weeks ago he was quitting coffee. I didn’t get it, but I’m generally a live and let live gal, so I let him suffer without questions. Sunday morning he was back on the good stuff. Because the kids were up all night and thought morning meant 3:15am. And no one should have to deal with that alone.
Stock up on your good friend coffee, and if you’re like me, their life partner, creamer. Not a coffee person? Cool. Grab your Coke or Mountain Dew or Monster or whatever it’s gonna take. Because getting to bedtime isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon followed by a triathlon and finished with an Iron Man.
I’m usually pretty optimistic, but I can’t lie. This one’s gonna be a struggle.
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Treat it Like a Sick Day
You know how on sick days we watch all the TV and eat the junk and don’t care because our kid is sick? Daylight Saving is like that but there’s absolutely no cure. It’s just something you need to ride out. Maybe for six months until the time changes back. So kick up your feet, relax, watch Incredibles 2 (YES! YOU CAN BUY IT NOW!) four times in a row, and eat mac and cheese.
Repeat until all symptoms have gone away (read: until the kids sleep like normal humans again).
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Have ALL the Snacks Ready
I don’t know why, but my kids have eaten about 275% more food since the time change. Maybe their tummies are confused about what time it is. Maybe they sense a cosmic shift and are eating like they don’t know when their next meal is coming. Or maybe they take after their Mommy and are comforting themselves with food while they figure out what the heck is going on. I’m still not sure of the cause, but I am sure that I’ve had to run back to the store three times since Sunday.
Three breakfasts, two lunches, eight snacks and a two hour dinner of non-stop eating has become the new normal, and my grocery budget will be thrilled when they go back to their normal 6 meals a day.
Hahaha, sorry, that one was just a joke. But tragically, that’s most of the information you can find out there. If you’re like us, you didn’t search Pinterest for handy dandy ways to deal with the time change until AFTER you were in the middle of a sleepless hellscape. At which point, Karen’s twelve step plan to put your kids to bed 4 and a half minutes earlier every day for the 11 days leading up to Daylight Saving Time change are less than helpful.
And if anyone asks why you didn’t prep ahead, you need to walk away. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.
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