The daylight saving time transition can be disorienting for both adults and kids. Here are some tips for preparing your kid for the potentially rough time change.
Daylight Saving Time With Kids
Preparing for daylight saving time with kids may be an intimidating task for some parents. But don’t worry. You’ve got this. Start by talking to your kids about why the time change is happening. During the summer, we get to enjoy extra daylight hours! In order to do so, we move our clocks forward one hour, which means it will stay dark for a longer time in the morning and it will be light later in the evening. Our bodies are unused to this change, so we may feel like sleeping later or even going to bed earlier than we typically do.
Don’t panic over your children’s sleeping schedule. This spring, we will “spring forward” (move our clocks ahead one hour) in the early hours of the morning on March 11, 2018.
As most parents already know, participating in physical activities, drinking a lot of water, and keeping a healthy diet will all help children to sleep better.
Make sleep a priority for the week before we enter daylight saving time and for the week after. Do not adjust your children’s sleeping schedules according to the “old” clock. Keep electronics out of the bedroom and dim the lights in the house in the hour before bedtime.
Did you know?
- Hawaii and most of Arizona do not observe daylight saving time.
- Most countries in North America and Europe observe daylight saving time.
- Daylight saving time was originally implemented as an energy-saving tactic, but it may, in fact, waste energy.
It Will Be OK
Luckily, kids are adaptable and will likely adjust smoothly to the time change over the course of a few days. Unfortunately, we can’t necessarily say the same for grown-ups… good luck, parents! (You’ll be fine.)
Check out this fun video explaining daylight saving time with kids!