How to beat the daylight savings impact – for parents of small kids

Lots of people are worrying about the clocks going back tonight and babies waking early tomorrow morning; here’s my take on it:

My toddler wakes around 6.30am – he will wake at 6.30am tomorrow morning, though it will be considered to be 5.30am due to Daylight Savings.

So I’m not going to change my clock back tonight.
When he wakes at 6.30am, it will be 5.30am everywhere else in the country, but it will be 6.30am in my house, so I won’t feel like crying (at least not any more than every other morning)

Then tomorrow evening, around 5pm, just when I feel like I could do with another hour in my day, I’ll move the clock back to 4pm, and have some cake to make the most of the extra time.

Try it – it works every year in our house!

PS If you’re due at work or in your in-laws for 9am tomorrow morning, don’t do this 🙂

And, remember, your smart phone probably updates automatically so don’t look at that when you wake up in the morning or the whole illusion is ruined!



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8 thoughts on “How to beat the daylight savings impact – for parents of small kids”

    1. Hope it worked Lisa – I suppose it’s more a self-delusion than anything else. But when I hear someone say “oh, my kids were up at 5am instead of 6 this morning” I can’t help thinking about the fact that the kids weren’t up any earlier than usual but it’s driving us all crazy!

    1. If I had realised my bedside clock updates automatically, this morning would have been far less confusing than it was 🙂

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