No parent, in the history of official seasonal time changes, has ever said to themselves, “Oh, I’m so excited! We’re losing/gaining an hour tonight!” That’s because no kid, in the history of official seasonal time changes, has ever responded favourably to said time changes. The fact is, parents think this ritual is completely useless, and don’t bother disagreeing with us.
Maybe you’re the plan-ahead parent, who started gradually shifting bedtimes by 15 minutes, in the week leading up to the time change, or maybe you’re the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants parent, who forgets it’s even happening until the night it happens. Regardless, there’s a tiny little switch that somehow gets flipped in all babies and children, the night of that time change, and it’s inevitable that at some point, things are going to go south.
That’s right, no matter how much planning you’ve put into adjusting your darling little, something is going to go awry. Here’s a list of all the possibilities:
All of these scenarios are possible, if you have kids. Or, you could be in my shoes: we are flying home from vacation the same night as the time change, and we arrive at midnight. By the time we go through customs, get our car out of the parking lot, and drive home, it will likely be 4:00am. We figured we’d just “select all” when it came to possible fallout, and see how everyone handles it.
After all, how bad could it be?