Friday, March 12, 2010

One hour

Sixty minutes. 3600 seconds.

Doesn't seem like much, does it?

But every mom knows the value of one hour.

A cranky baby down for a one hour nap.

One hour spent alone, whether it's at a grocery store or in your car on your way to work.

All your offspring playing together happily for an entire hour.  (Especially if they're in another room and you get to sit in a chair and read a good book while they're getting along so well!)

This time of year, the power of an hour is quite obvious to mothers.

Yep, I'm talking about Daylight Savings Time.

I like the idea of Daylight Savings.  I like it being lighter later in the evening.  I love knowing that warmer weather is just around the corner.

But the actual process of losing an hour of sleep?  Nope, I don't like that at all.  Especially when it comes to the kids.

How is it that one tiny hour has the power to mess up naps, bedtime, and the general mood of kids everywhere?

It will take my kids a good two weeks to get used to the time change.  When they were smaller, even longer.  And when my kids' sleep schedules are screwed up, the crank monster emerges, making them unrecognizable.

How do you feel about Daylight Savings?  Does it affect your kids?  What would you do with an hour to yourself today?


Suzann said...

oh yes. The dreaded clock change. Time change. Sleep schedule screw up.
Nope. Not. A. Fan.
But the light and sunshine factor?
LOVE it.

E... said...

I'm holding out hope that this time change means N. MIGHT wake up later than 6:15 this week. I'm willing to give up more than one hour one night for that sort of result!

Rebecca Jo said...

Yep... great minds... thinking alike! :)

I hate it even more because I have to be at church at 8 am - which will REALLY be 7 am... I'm going to be DRRAAAAAAAGGGGGGING Sunday... & into the week.

Melissa said...

I much prefer falling back to springing forward. I'm not a springer. I'm a faller. I like that I can convince my kids it's bedtime at 6:30 p.m.

Jen said...

I am SO not looking forward to this.

Shelley said...

you know, to me, they should just leave it on daylight savings time year round. I hate it when it's the standard time way.

brainella said...

It always makes ALL of us cranky. The teachers at Dominic's school always comment on those first few days of the kids acting strangely.

I don't like Daylight savings. I'm a standard time kinda girl.

stephanie said...

we never changed times in arizona. 'cause if it ain't broke don't fix it.

so yes, now that i live in california, i find this time changing business extremely annoying.

mep said...

Wait, is the time changing this weekend? I didn't get the memo. Makes sense though as I was starting to notice and enjoy the extra daylight!

There are so many things I'd love to do with an hour . . . nap, read a novel, blog, watch an episode of Gilmore Girls, just savor some time to myself.

sanjeet said...

I'm willing to give up more than one hour one night for that sort of result!

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bluecottonmemory said...

I Love Falling Back more than Springing Forward. However, I love it when twilight lingers until nine-ish and the children can play outside longer. That I love!

Natalie said...

Crappage....As I read this, I am reminded that it is actually not 10:47 p.m. but 11:47 p.m. and I NEED THAT FREAKING HOUR thank you very much...I must go to bed now...

Love it by the way - so true...

Natalie at Mommy on Fire

VKT said...


I couldn't agree with you more. Your children aren't the only one who have messed up schedules as a result of daylight savings time. I know a kindergarten teacher who will be dragging into work on Monday!


April said...

My sister hates dls too-it must be because ya'll have kids. I don't. But I am also not looking forward to losing an hour of sleep.