Hello Darkness My Old Friend: How to Survive Daylight Saving Time

This Sunday is doomsday. Also known as Daylight Saving Time. Also known as, the stupidest idea ever. Also known as, every parent’s nightmare. Also known as, one more thing to throw off your kid’s sleeping schedule. Also known as, the governments way of ensuring that people with moderate to severe SAD really have something to look forward to each fall.

As if it’s not bad enough that it’s getting dark at 6 PM each day naturally. You have to enforce an archaic and cruel policy that takes a seasonally appropriate sunset and usher it in a whole hour earlier. I love Simon and Garfunkel as much as the next person, but I am not cool with darkness and we are not friends.

Not. Even. Close.

Plus, DST is a real pain in the butt to deal with once you have kids. You go through so much just to get them on a sleep routine of any kind, and then along comes DST and completely ruins everything. Everrrrrrything.

*Open palm. Insert face. Commence sobbing.

Listen people, I know I titled this post “How to Survive Daylight Saving Time” but let’s be honest. I have no clue. I’m just trying to get through “falling back” until that glorious day that we get to “spring forward,” just like the rest of us. And short of storming the White House with all of our sleep deprived children and demanding that they stop – just stop- the madness, I really don’t have any great solutions. Basically, all I can do is offer a few of my favorite coping mechanisms.  Continue reading “Hello Darkness My Old Friend: How to Survive Daylight Saving Time”