Every year, I underestimate the impact of daylight saving. In this half of the year, when we “spring forward,” we get to enjoy the benefits of brighter evenings, but the darker mornings are still a challenge. And let’s not forget the adverse effects it seems to have on kids. In some families, this change feels like the end of the world. However, I’m happy to share several steps parents can take to prepare for the beginning of daylight saving time with kids.
Making the Morning Change Easier
Gradually prepare them for the change.
The days leading up to daylight saving, set the alarm a little earlier. If you begin this transition three days before Sunday, you can easily divide the change into intervals of 20 minutes. For young children who are capable of telling time, you will want to consider changing visible clocks as well.
Utilize the power of light.
Light helps convince our minds that it is time to get out of bed. When you wake your child for the day, be sure to turn on lights in the house to give the impression that the sun is up.
Many people use alarms that gently turn on an attached light for a natural, easy wake up.
Be aware of the attitude you demonstrate.
Daylight saving with kids can be difficult, but if your children hear you repeatedly complaining about it, they will likely mimic that sentiment. Try to be positive about the change, or at least appear positive by focusing on all the benefits that are about to come. Besides, the mornings are already getting lighter again. By mid-April the sun will be rising around 6:20 a.m. again.
Enjoying the Warmer, Longer Evenings
Enjoy extra sunlight with friends.
In Southern California, where the weather is already getting warmer, daylight saving seems to bring people outside, and inspire kids to play in the cul-de-sacs. You usually don’t have to convince a child to enjoy riding their bike around the neighborhood, but if they seem to be struggling with the time difference, you may have to.
Show them the benefits of the longer day.
There are so many neat activities you can do with your kids now that the sun is out longer and the evenings are a little warmer. For locals, visiting Descanso Gardens or the LA Zoo are great ways to enjoy the extended day.
If you are in need of more ways to help your children cope with change, please contact me! I would be happy to discuss this with you.