Having spent my entire life in Arizona- where there is no “daylight savings clock-changing”- we’re still getting used to “Falling back” and “Springing forward” with the seasons. Most notably when it comes to bedtime.
My children have always been bedtime champions. We started them on a routine as infants and each evening they know that it’s dinner, bath, books then bed. Every night. Until now. Now- with the clocks changing, they are staying up later because the clock says it’s still early, and then they’re getting up at 5 AM- because it feels like 6.
Now, I acknowledge that I am the root cause of this rigid scheduling, but in my defense- they will get up at 6 regardless. If I put them to bed at 7 PM they’ll get up at 6 AM. If I put them to bed at 9 – they’ll get up at 6. If I put them to bed at midnight – they’ll get up at- you guessed it- 6. Guaranteed. I have NEVER- I repeat NEVER- had to wake my children from their slumber. Not for school, not for sports- not for anything (What I wouldn’t give for a few extra hours of beauty sleep). My son especially. He is the CEO in our house. First one up and first one ready for the day. Which is just one reason I am squelching his efforts at actually learning to tell time.
Sooooo… to save my sanity and force a little extra shut-eye as he transitions to the earlier hour of our Fall clock, I have now begun setting his clock ahead by one hour each night and then once he is asleep- returning it to the correct (earlier) time. Win win for mom. His bedtime is 7:30 PM (which still feels like 8:30 to both his body and MINE), but last night I actually got him to bed at 6:30 (though his clock clearly read “7:30”) because I had tried my little trick! And it worked! Fell asleep at 6:30 PM and didn’t get up until 6:00 AM this morning (once I’d changed the clock back to “real” time). Ah, the lengths I will go to and the Mommy lies I will spin….