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, in either direction, that can absolutely derail your entire family’s wellbeing?! “Spring forward” and “fall back” sounds like something energetic and fun — like some revolutionary way to put a pep in your step — but really, it’s just code for “let’s throw everyone’s sleep schedules into a tailspin, bwahahaha.” 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.
I used to dread the start of Daylight Saving Time. Then I had kids.— David Gouldin (@dgouldin) November 4, 2022
Now I dread both the start and end of Daylight Saving Time.
Thanks to daylight saving time, my kids now have an extra hour to fight with each other.— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) November 6, 2022
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
The only thing worse than Daylight Saving Time is Daylight Saving Time with kids.— STDiva (@teenie_lars) March 15, 2021
Having three young kids during daylight saving time changes should entitle me to financial compensation.— Salena Koster (@Salencita) November 7, 2022
And we sense some major sarcasm here:
Daylight savings time with kids is the best just the absolute best— fire glenn rivers (@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.— Chase 🧙♂️ (@ChaseCaster) March 13, 2022
"So it's just like a big prank?"
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
Daylight Savings Time: When you put the kid to bed an hour later, he wakes up at the same time, but is now cranky bc he missed an hour of sleep.— Sarah Isgur (@whignewtons) November 6, 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
Not even celebrity parents are immune to the wrath of daylight saving time.
🚨 daylight savings is NO FUN with kids in the house 🚨— Andy Cohen (@Andy) November 6, 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
We can hope all we want to that this will finally be the age where we’ll find that mysterious “extra hour” that daylight saving time reportedly brings, buuuuut …
In case anyone was wondering, age 6 is not when kids start sleeping later and taking advantage of Daylight Saving Time. #sleepy #whatextrahour— Dr. Almond (@MrsErinAlmond) November 6, 2022
Every year I hope that THIS is the time my kids are going to be old enough to sleep in when daylight saving time ends, and every year I find myself roused from bed at 5:30am (née 6:30am) and filled with profound disappointment— Nate E-K (@NEwertKrocker) November 6, 2022
Who actually gets to sleep in on daylight savings day? Because my kids are older and it’s still not me.— Jennifer (@failingatmommin) November 6, 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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