Daylight Savings Time... do your kids find it challenging? Is it your first time? Read on...

Daylight Savings Time in the fall (when we set the clocks back one hour) can be just what you need for a child who has been waking up late, or the last thing you want for a child who is already waking up early.

In general, I try to avoid making the time on the clock the absolute in bed-time.  We try to talk about ways we know our body is tired, how that usually happens at the same time every day, and how your body can still be tired if the clocks switch.

There is a kind of natural winter rhythm that Daylight Savings Time mimics (though not so extreme), so chances are you'd have to shift around bedtimes a bit anyway at some point before December.

My best suggestions for Daylight Savings Time are...

1. Try 20 minutes a day starting Friday night-- rather than the big push on Saturday night.

2. Avoid talking details with younger kids as much as possible-- this is one subject that doesn't make sense to many adults and has questionable research backing it up.

3. Blackout shades ALWAYS help for sleeping.

4.  If you have a baby and have just managed to get her on a schedule/sleeping pattern, I would not mess with it drastically, and try 5 minutes a day over the next two weeks. 

5.  With babies or toddlers-- if there is a natural event that messes with your schedule, you could try just getting on the new time right away-- one year we flew to Chicago for the weekend, which is an hour earlier anyway, and changed the clocks, but our schedule had been so disrupted, we just went to new time and somehow it all worked out.

and finally, if you scheduled a birthday party, babysitter, or any event for Sunday, send a nice email reminder about moving clocks back and hour to avoid people showing up early!

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