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I hate daylight savings time.  I mean I REALLY hate daylight savings time.  But this year, I've discovered an entirely new reason to hate daylight savings time aside from the change in sleep patterns and disruption in my seratonin levels.

I have a six year old son who is in the first grade at the local elementary school.  They start school at 7:30 in the morning.  And in order for me to get him up, dressed, fed & at school by 7:30, I have to get up at 6 AM and get him up at 6:30.

This means he's got to be in bed by 8 PM otherwise he's the crankiest kid around (makes Damien look like a saint).

There's only one problem....now that the clocks have been clicked forward an hour....he went from going to bed just after sunset and getting up just at dawn..to going to bed an hour before the sun sets and getting up an hour before it rises.  TOTALLY BACKWARDS, in my estimate.

Does anyone know how hard it is to get a child to go to sleep when its still light out??  AND the neighbor kids are still playing outside!!?????

This whole we're gonna change the time to give more light in the evenings to save energy is total bunk.  I mean, so now instead of turning the lights on in the evenings, I'm turning them on in the mornings.  You just moved the problem...how does that save energy.

I WISH the government would just leave the clocks alone.......

 

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 12:03 PM Personal Geekness | Back to top


Comments on this post: Why This Geek Hates Daylight Savings Time

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Try living in areas where days/nights are skewed even more. I remember many nights as a child living in northern Italy going to be while it was still light out, and as I was older living in Germany and skateboarding while it was still light out well after 9PM in the summer...while conversely in the winter getting up for school, riding the school bus, and sitting almost all the way through 1st period before the sun came up sometimes.
Left by Lou on Mar 12, 2008 12:24 PM

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Oh I know! The fourth of July fireworks where I live don't start till nearly 10 PM at the height of summer. BUT since the US gov't decided to extend the hours of Daylight savings time by a month on either end, meaning they moved up Spring Forward by a month and Fall back backward by a month, I have to deal with the embattled six year old for a lot longer. Before it was nearly summer break when we leaped forward and only a scant month into school when we fell back. (GRRRR)
Left by Maryanne Sweat on Mar 12, 2008 2:32 PM

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Oh my God. That was so from an episode of The Simpsons -- the one where Bart, Lisa and Maggie are living with the Flanderses, and they have to go to bed at some ungodly hour. They're tucked in bed, roll up the shade, and all the neighborhood kids are all outside playing in the sunshine.

Poor Maryanne. Make Children's NyQuil your friend. ;D
Left by Nicole on Mar 13, 2008 8:31 AM

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yeah yeah I know...I know..
Left by Maryanne Sweat on Mar 31, 2008 7:46 PM

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