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Father Time is Just Cruel

March 13, 2011

Despite the name, it’s obvious Father Time hasn’t experienced a time change with a child. Who else would come up with the idea of a time change being a good one?

I know time changes have something to do with farmers. But I’m not farmer (and I don’t play one on TV). I’m a parent. And a time change is something I really don’t need.

You see, children and time changes don’t mix. It’s hard enough to stay on a consistent sleep and nap schedule on a normal day. Then throw in a time change and it’s like starting from square one.

Today was the first day of “spring forward,” which means we “lost” an hour. But really it just meant I was under the illusion that Sophie let me sleep until 8 a.m. When in reality, it was her normal 7 a.m. wake-up time. And going to bed at the normal 8 p.m bedtime was not going to fly.

But tomorrow will be the killer. Tomorrow when I need to get up for work at, what seems like, an hour earlier than normal. When we’ll have to drag Sophie from a deep sleep in the morning. Yes, tomorrow morning will be joyous.

Before I had Sophie, I looked forward to “fall back.” Who wouldn’t want an extra hour of sleep? Well, let me tell you. Children don’t get that memo. They still wake up at whatever time their biological clocks is ready. Doesn’t matter what numbers are on the clock. When they’re up, they’re up. And so are you.

With both time changes, parents are playing bedtime catch-up for an entire week trying to get back on a schedule. At least now it’s darker in the morning. And while I personally prefer more light in the morning (something about getting ready for work in the dark is not right), I can always tell Sophie she needs to rest some more because it’s still dark outside.

Will she buy it? We’ll see. Of course if she does buy my logic, the evenings will have the opposite effect when we’re getting ready for bed and it’s still light out. I’m sure it will be a matter of minutes before she’ll throw back at me, “But YOU said it’s night-night when it’s dark, and it’s not dark.”

Damn you, Father Time!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2011 1:58 am

    poor you!! i struggle and im in my twenties, im sure acclimatising a child to the clock change is a nightmare!

  2. March 14, 2011 3:54 am

    Leah, funny I wrote about the same thing!

  3. March 14, 2011 7:08 am

    I’m with you, losing that hour is tough! For some reason, I can’t possibly comprehend I go to bed later and get up earlier….what’s up with that?

    Your bedtime stories about your daughter reminded me that as my kids got older, it made for some pretty funny conversations about “what time it would really be, if the time hadn’t changed….so therefore I’m really going to bed at….x time…but if I we hadn’t set the clocks forward/backward…etc.” The convoluted conversations alone would thereby automatically extend the bedtime hour! By the end I would be thoroughly confused (and amused)! Good times and lots of laughs! Thanks for bringing back great memories!

  4. March 14, 2011 8:34 am

    It always seemed to me that I could simply adjust my entire schedule forward or backward one hour, and that the kids would never notice. Not so. Somehow their little internal clocks went completely haywire. Like you said, I had to start from square one every six months. Bleck.

  5. March 14, 2011 2:47 pm

    In Arizona, we don’t change time. But that doesn’t mean the time change doesn’t wreak all kinds of havoc with family and clients on the East Coast. Somehow, that extra hour (we’re now three hours behind EST, vs. 2) makes coordination of phone calls almost impossible. I feel your pain…

    • leahsinger permalink
      March 14, 2011 3:02 pm

      I thought Arizona didn’t have the time change. Lucky you!

  6. March 14, 2011 8:49 pm

    Ha! What an interesting perspective. Here in Arizona, we don’t have Daylight Savings Time. So, I never considered all the mass mayham (did I spell that right?) that one little hour causes. And I’m right there with you: getting ready for work in the dark just seems satanic. There’s something inherently evil and “not right” about it.

    Great observational post!

    Shari

  7. March 18, 2011 5:22 am

    How did it go all week? My two actually adjusted ok and my 5-month old actually is sleeping in “alter” now — by 30 glorious minutes! But I’m with you on the whole getting ready for work when it’s dark thing — pretty much sucks. BUT, I love the daylight when I come home, not quite as depressing that way!

    Have a nice weekend.

    • leahsinger permalink
      March 18, 2011 4:26 pm

      Well, Sophie has actually adjusted quite well. I can’t say the same for me though. I am just not tired at night when I should be, which means I stay up way too late. And then cannot get out of bed in the morning.

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