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Damn you Daylight Savings! One hour less sleep this weekend…

At 1am this Sunday night, we will all be magically transported into the future as the clocks around the country go forward by an hour, in line with British Daylight Savings time.

While for most people this will only have the tiniest impact on their lazy Sunday lie in, my thoughts turn to all the parents out there who must usually dread this time of year.

As, although the clocks have moved forward, our body clocks (and those of our children) definitely have not, resulting in serious issues when it comes to bedtime on Sunday night and getting out of bed come Monday morning.

Daylight Savings clock design by British illustrator n0meo

Thank the Lord though that this year’s Spring Daylight Savings not only coincides with the Easter weekend (RESULT!) but it’s also smack bang in the middle of Half Term (DOUBLE RESULT!!).

Unfortunately, you won’t be so lucky next year…Daylight Savings falls on 26 March 2017, although Half Term isn’t until a week later on 31 March, while Easter is much later on 16 April.  But in true parent style, we’ll deal with that when the time comes…

As a soon to be first-time parent, with our baby arriving in late September, I now realise that I must begrudgingly join the nation’s exhausted parents when it comes to hating Daylight Savings.

Never again will I enjoy the extra hour’s sleep that comes with Daylight Savings in October (something only childless folk benefit from when the clocks turn back an hour).

This year, the (usually) wonderful event is scheduled for 30 October – a month after our baby is born – so I’m pretty sure that any thoughts of a lie in on that morning will be a mere pipe dream, as the night time feeds and irregular sleeping patterns of our little one take their toll on our slumber.

But hey-ho…at least I know that, when the time comes, and for years thereafter, I’ll have a whole load of new parent friends (you included) to support me through the process.

So, solidarity Brothers and Sisters! Wishing you all a Happy Easter (with a bucket load of chocolate) and please accept my personal mini fist pump to you all this weekend!

And of course, don’t forgot to turn your clocks forward on Sunday!

Just 25 weeks and 6 days left to go…

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog. For all you parents out there, what are your thoughts on Daylight Savings time? Do you love or hate it?! How do you make sure it doesn’t ruin your kids’ daily routine?

As always, we’d love to hear about your experiences so please do share your stories and advice with the group via the comments section below!

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4 Comments

  1. 31st March 2016 / 4:19 pm

    My kids always wakes up very early on any days anyway – except school days. What a bum that is? lol! Happy Easter to you and family too! 🙂 Thank you so much for linking with us again on #FabFridayPost

    • youthedaddy
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      31st March 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Thank you! Hope you had a good Easter too!

  2. 26th March 2016 / 9:45 am

    It will be hit or miss with my kids on Sunday. They will either be up with the birds, or I may be lucky and wake at a semi-decent hour. Your post is spot on! Thanks for linking with #FabFridayPost

  3. 25th March 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Urgh! Forwards , backwards,I hate it either time “Ooooh Mummy, Mummy it’s sooooooo bright, wakey wakey! Or “Ooooh Mummy, Mummy it’s sooooooo bright, it’s not BEDTIME silly!!” #FabFridayPost