Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Time change, schmime change

I am not a fan of moving my clock's time forward and back ever year. It seems unnecessary. And once you have children, it causes all kinds of unnecessary anxiety.

A week ago, I was moderately ok with my girls waking up at 7:30 every morning. That's a normal waking hour and it's pretty reasonable to assume that Mom needs to get her day going at that point. We'd wake to sounds of squeals or shrieks or laughter or talking or a mix of all four and I'd get up and start my day. We'd eat by 8 or 8:30 and by 9:30, we'd be ready to go somewhere or do something before lunch.

Suddenly, the time changes and now the girls are waking me up while the clock insists that it's actually just 6:30 am. I am cranky and disoriented and not at all well rested. I beg them to go back to sleep and they do not and we're up and eating breakfast by 7:30 and ready to DO something by 8:30. Meanwhile, nothing interesting is open and it feels too early to grocery shop but we have to if we want to be back home in time for Lily to take her first nap at 9:30. Yes. 9:30AM. My 18 month old is taking a nap at 9:30 AM like she did when she was 4 months old.

Why does this have to happen? The time they wake hasn't really changed. Internally, they sleep and wake by the same clock no matter the time of year and I should be able to follow along and just enjoy being up and half done with the day's tasks before 10am.

It seems to me that the answer to this problem that I'm sure more that one mom faces is to actually USE the time change properly. It was meant to help farmers, right? So we should return to farmers' hours and just enjoy the extra sleep gained by being in bed at 8pm. If I slept from 8:30 till 6:30, I would wake up happy and ready to go, too.

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