Fellow parents, if you too are slogging through the post-daylight-saving-time doldrums today, we raise our extra large tankards of coffee to you. What is it about an hour’s time change that can absolutely derail your entire family’s wellbeing?! “Spring forward” sounds like something energetic and fun — like some revolutionary way to put a pep in your step — but really, it’s quite the opposite. There’s no doubt that it can mess with you no matter what your station in life, but for anyone who has to navigate the time change with little kids, it seems like an evil double whammy. And parents feeling the pinch are taking to Twitter to commiserate.
Does anyone hate daylight savings time more than parents of young kids? No. The answer is no.
— Ann Stals (@ann__stals) March 13, 2022
nothing prepares a person for the deep hatred of daylight savings time post-having-kids
— sam (@samuelmehr) March 14, 2022
Well wishes to all my fellow parents of young kids out there as they battle through the semi-annual challenge of trying to align daylight savings time with some semblance of sleep routine for their children. 😀🙏
— Andrew George (@AGeorge1011) March 13, 2022
1st day of daylight savings time: kids wake up a little early but have trouble going to sleep.
2nd day: kids start their day at 3:30am
— Mama Bird (@Mamabird1519) March 14, 2022
The only thing worse than Daylight Saving Time is Daylight Saving Time with kids.
— STDiva (@teenie_lars) March 15, 2021
Daylight Saving Time before kids: Well, my sleep may be messed up but at least it’s going to be light out later.
Daylight Saving Time after kids: Dear god, what is time? What is reality? I can feel my head collapsing in on itself.
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) March 16, 2021
And we sense some major sarcasm here:
Daylight savings time with kids is the best just the absolute best
— Brian (@brian_jenks) March 13, 2022
To be honest, we’re … not even quite sure how to explain this whole mess to the little ones. Or why it’s even still a thing.
Explaining daylight savings time to my kids.
"So it's just like a big prank?"
— Chase and 612 others (@ChaseCaster) March 13, 2022
Trying to explain Daylight Savings Time to a child:
– the sun changes?
– everyone in the world decided together to change clocks?
– why do I have to lose sleep?
– wait, sunrise is later but bedtime is earlier
– does the sun know we’re doing this???
— Nika Serras (@nikaserras) March 10, 2022
I tried to explain daylight saving time to my 9yo and it made me wish that instead of only going back an hour we went back to before I had kids.
— Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) November 3, 2019
My kid is arguing with me about Daylight Saving Time not making sense and A) I feel him and B) I'm so tired, y'all. 😩
— 🌻🇺🇦 Beautiful Battle Kitten 🇺🇦🌻 (@AuthorADJ) March 13, 2022
Because they really, really don’t care — all they (and we!) know is that they’re extra cranky.
Ah, the start of daylight savings time, the semi-annual reminder that kids and dogs dgaf about clock time.
— Kieran 🚲🔋🌉 🏞️ (@kfculligan) March 14, 2022
The people who don’t want to abolish Daylight Savings Time can come take care of my sleep-deprived kids today. How about the rest of the week?
— Tess (@tqlpz) March 14, 2022
… And that they don’t get why they’re suddenly having to go to bed when it’s “not even night time.”
Oh, Daylight Savings Time. When every kid at bedtime says, "but it's still light outside!"
— Steve Bryant (@SteveBryantKY) March 13, 2022
20% of parenting is convincing your kids it’s bedtime during daylight savings time when it’s still light outside.
— Snot Boogie (@stevenusdavis) March 13, 2022
this sunday please remember the victims of daylight savings time – parents who have to try to get their kids down at the right bedtime even though the fucking sun is still up
— Nic McConnell 🔜 GDC (@NicMcC83) March 10, 2022
As a result, parents are suffering the consequences – and we’re just straight up not having a good time, bro.
Why does the day after daylight savings time feel like I went on a drunk college bender…. Only difference being the kids still want breakfast
— Brokedad (@15Royals15Chief) March 14, 2022
“DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME blah blah blah TIRED blah blah blah KIDS blah blah blah AS*HOLES blah blah blah STILL LIGHT OUT blah blah blah COFFEE blah blah blah THIS IS WHEN I WISH I DID DRUGS.”
-All parents for the next two weeks
— Becky Vieira | Witty Otter (@wittyotter_) March 13, 2022
Just experienced my first "Monday morning post-Daylight Saving Time spring forward" as a parent… oof. How many more years of this? 😂
— Brittany Anderson Laseak (@CFCoachBA) March 14, 2022
It’s even messing with our Wordle scores. Hmmph.
In honor of how daylight savings time affected my kids’ sleep, this is how my wordling will commence today pic.twitter.com/RqVuaH8tmd
— Jamie Calandro DFS (@jac3600) March 13, 2022
There may be arguments for daylight saving time, but if there are any that make up for the hell that is enduring daylight saving time when you’re a parent, we have yet to hear them. All we hear is the sound of our cranky kids … and our jaws cracking when we yawn.
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