5 Ways to Prepare Kids for Daylight Saving Time

 

Fall back, spring forward, get an hour, lose an hour — no matter what time of the year it is, a Daylight Saving Time Sunday is bound to feel “off.” Here’s some tips to help ease the transition and avoid sleep-deprived meltdowns (from kids or parents!), long school days, and routine changes.

 


 

When is Daylight Saving Time for 2021?

Ends Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 2am. This is when we “fall back” an hour and set our clocks back before we fall asleep on Saturday, November 6.

Next year, DST starts Sunday, March 13, 2022. We’ll “spring forward” an hour and set our clocks forward before we fall asleep on Saturday, March 12.

 

1. Start adjusting a few days early

Try adjusting routine times a little later (in the fall) or earlier (in the spring). Routines like meals, snacks, showering, and bed time can be adjusted by 15-30 minutes, gradually working your way up to a full hour. Try smaller increments for younger children.

 

2. Keep them energized

FALLING BACK. Their day at school will seem to drag on forever. When your kids are used to getting out of school at 2:40, but the clock seems lightyears behind, remind them of small ways to stay alert and energized. Eat snacks, stay hydrated, stretch in their seat, actively participate in class, and sit up straight—or plan to do something extra exciting after school, so they have something to look forward to.

 

3. Wear them out

SPRINGING FORWARD. To prep for an earlier bedtime, go for a jam-packed, energy-sucking, fun-filled Sunday. Visit the museum, walk to the park, go on a family hike, play until dark — whatever it takes to wear them out so they’ll go to bed earlier.

 

4. Make sure they know that you won’t forget to pick them up

FALLING BACK. If your child usually stays at school/daycare or participates in an after school activity that ends around 5pm, make sure they know you won’t forget to pick them up. Kids who don’t quite understand the concept of time yet, may get worried or upset that it’s now dark outside and they haven’t seen their parent.

 

5. Take it easy

Even if you try these tips and tricks, a time change will always feel wonky. Take it easy, avoid a crazy schedule, and plan for a little more quiet time so your little one has room to adjust to the transition.

 

 

 

 

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This post was written by Alina Na

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