I don’t care why we have Daylight Savings Time. I don’t care how it started or the history behind it. All I know is that tonight at 2 a.m., we will force time to jump ahead an hour, and wreak havoc on the sleep patterns of children everywhere.
Why? It just needs to stop. Please. For working moms, and dads (yes, we know you guys suffer too), this is one of the days dreaded the most.
Daylight Savings Time makes my child not want to go to bed on time. Daylight Savings Time also makes my child not want to wake up on time. And it doesn’t mess with us once a year, it messes with us two times a year. Springing forward in the Spring and Falling back in the Fall. UGH.
So welcome to this week’s blog, your personal invitation to my pity party for all the moms out there that have to deal with the switch.
The History of Daylight Savings Time, According to Me
If you google Daylight Savings Time you can come up with all sorts of interesting facts. For example, did you know it’s actually Daylight Saving not Savings? I’ve made it my entire adulting life calling it Daylight Savings Time. Oops. Since it’s such a pain in the butt, it deserves to be called the wrong name though. Right?
I also discovered the origin of this was not to help farmers. Say what? I thought it had something to do with the earth’s cycle, and rotation of its axis, and allowing for maximum growing time. Or something like that. Oops. Wrong again. It was invented to save energy during World War I. I know, all you smarty pants history buffs probably already knew that (picture husbands everywhere pretending like they actually knew this).
Ever since my kid received his Garmin Vivofit (if you’re not familiar, it’s basically a kid’s version of FitBit), he is obsessed with time and steps. Great. Now he can obsess with the fact he is missing an hour of sleep, or that he’s getting an extra hour of sleep. Or that it’s not really his bed time. Or it’s not really time to wake up yet. Or it’s too early to eat. Or it’s too late to eat. Double Ugh.
There had to be One State that Doesn’t Do it
This next fun fact I didn’t even need to Google. Did you know that not all states observe Daylight Savings Time? Yep, there is one smart one that knew better than to mess with time. Arizona, the state my sister and her family live in. Twice a year they get to mock us.
Apparently, my home state of Florida is now considering dropping Daylight Savings Time too. I guess it’s called The Sunshine Protection Act. I’m basically down with any act that has the word sunshine in it, but, this one should make all Floridians happy, right? Oh, but wait. Wouldn’t that mean we would be the only state in the eastern time zone that doesn’t change? So much for being in sync with my friends in the northeast. I am already becoming more and more confused as I write this. Insert another Ugh.
I think the only solution is to ship all of our kids, that are fighting these time zone changes, to the grown-ups who make these laws, so they can deal with it. I’ll volunteer to ship mine first.