So, tonight we change the clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
If the internet is to be believed, this is the most catastrophic event ever for the parents of young children.
Personally, I think everyone is being a little over dramatic. Sure, it involves some crankiness and adjustment, but it's only for a few days. How is this any different from any other sleep disruption? Let's face it - even the best sleepers have bad nights (weeks?). If you have young kids, you are going to have some nights with little sleep. You are going to have early mornings. It happens. I don't really get why the time change is such a big deal.
Maybe I'm a little naive because I'm still new to all this, but so far it hasn't been a huge problem. Maybe I'm lucky and my kids adapt more quickly. I don't know. Or maybe I'll change my tune by Monday and jump on the "I hate daylight savings" bandwagon. Last time we "sprung forward" the girls were probably 6 months old, so they were still just getting on a sleep schedule. There was really nothing to disrupt. They did fine with the time change in the fall, but we also spent a few days gradually moving their bedtime to get them adjusted. We should have been doing that this week, but it's been a busy week. I was out at work events a couple nights this week and SH was left to do bedtime alone. So it wasn't the best week to make changes. I guess we'll just see what happens. We've traveled to different time zones and they have adjusted within a couple days. I expect this to be about the same.
I also think it's good for kids to learn to adapt to change. I don't really want to create a perfect, unchanging environment for my kids because that isn't going to help them live in the real world. Yes, we have a routine and a schedule, but I want to be able to deviate from it when necessary without it being the end of the world. It's the same reason we never bothered to be quiet while they were napping. I needed them to be able to sleep through anything. I don't live in a particularly quiet area. You know what? It worked. They have actually napped through our neighbor jackhammering tiles off his bathroom floor. So, I'll look at this time change and any consequences of it over the next few days as character building for the girls. How's that for positive spin?
On another note, why do we still do this? Does it still serve a purpose? I love it staying light later, but doesn't that happen with the seasons naturally anyway? Arizona doesn't take part and they seem to be doing just fine.