This past weekend, we changed our clocks back an hour. You would think that changing a clock a mere hour would not be that big of a deal. For some reason, it always is. It's just enough to throw things off for the next several days. I wonder if I can do a better job of managing the transition. I just saw a post over at The Intentional Mom with some ideas.
Start shifting bedtime about three nights before the time change
In preparation for the clocks to move backwards, you can do this in small shifts rather than one big shift on the night the clocks actually change.
I find this works best by putting kids in bed 15 minutes late, beginning three nights before. That way your final 15 minute shift will be on the actual night of the time change.
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You have to be organized to do this but it makes sense. Take it in small steps for a couple of days ahead of time so the difference will not be so big.
Shift meals to the new time the day before
Since the new time takes affect on a Sunday, gradually shift the meals to the “new time” the day before in 15 minute increments.
For instance, if you normally have breakfast at 8 a.m., have breakfast at 8:15 instead.
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If lunch is at 12:00, have lunch at 12:30 instead.
If dinner is at 5:15, have dinner at 6:00 instead.
This is kind of a pain and sounds a bit crazy, but it really has worked for me for years.
By following this step, your kids have bodies that are somewhat adjusted to the new time when Sunday hits.
If you can make this work, great. Not all families can adjust so easily when school and work are factored in. Still, i guess getting even a few minutes closer will make the adjustment better.
Set your clocks to the “fall back” time during dinner
By this point, your kids are basically on the new schedule anyway so it’s time to make it official. Your kids will be distracted since they’ll be eating, and when they go to bed at “the right time,” nothing seems amiss.
Speaking of fall back and clocks, this clock right HERE has been a HUGE LIFE SAVER every single day.
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Well, they probably will notice but by changing them earlier, the kids are far more likely to follow the new time.
Take the extra hour
After all the preparations you’ve taken during the week, be sure to take advantage of the extra hour of sleep yourself. Resist the urge to stay up an hour later knowing what the “real time” is. We all could do so much with that extra hour.
Yes, get a little extra rest, you've earned it.
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