Time change coming for US and Canada

If you’re in the US or Canada, the time changes from Daylight Savings Time back to Standard Time on November 3rd in the middle of the night. This is next Sunday. We are falling back so the current 6 pm will be the new 5 pm. Here’s the plan if you want to be proactive:

Starting Monday (today) OR Tuesday (tomorrow) night, put your kids to bed 10 minutes later each night. So if you start Monday, if they normally go to bed at 8:00, put them to bed at 8:10. Then the next night at 8:20, then 8:30, etc.

If you start Monday, on Saturday night you’ll put them to bed at 9:00, and then the next day that 9:00 will have become 8:00 and you’ll be back on schedule. If you start Tuesday, on Saturday night you’ll put them to bed at 8:50 and then on Sunday put them to bed at 8:00.

Remember that the worst day is not the Sunday of the change or even Monday, it’s Tuesday.
So be prepared. Build in some naps for yourself if you can. The kids
will have problems staying away at night for the first week or two.
You’ll have problems with the kids waking up too early for the first
week or two.

We can all do this.

Also, heads up that Candletime starts this coming Friday!

2013 is the fifth year
of Candletime, the holiday I made up in 2009 to stop Christmas from
pushing back to Halloween. Candletime runs from November 1 through the day before American Thanksgiving (November 27th
this year). To celebrate, when you come home at night, light some
candles (or use electric candles) and sit enjoying the sparkly light
while drinking a beverage of your choice. Popular beverage choices
include tea, hot cider, cold cider, water, wine, beer, hot cocoa,
coffee, soda, and bourbon. Candletime can be celebrated alone or with
others, and you can observe as many days of the holiday period as you
choose.

(Since the last day of Candletime this year is also the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, maybe we should do some big finale.)

Go here to the Like the Candletime Facebook page

 

8 thoughts on “Time change coming for US and Canada”

  1. So I’m all good with going to bed earlier each day before Saturday EXCEPT then there is Halloween on Thursday which messes it all up. angry face emoticon

  2. MomPlusKid: It’s actually LATER each day, so maybe tonight will help us all jump-start the new schedule. 😉

    Moxie: Thanks for the note about Tuesday being rough. I probably haven’t noticed in the past with just one kiddo, but now with two, the second of which is more likely to react, at least I’ll be able to mentally prepare (and have some candles and wine available for once they are in bed and we’ve survived the tired day. 😉
    ~Andrea
    (PS: when I comment, it won’t let me adjust the name at the top. Am I doing something wrong? Plus if I preview then edit, I lose everything. Just as well, because yesterday I was about to post a rant about my youngest suddenly screaming at bedtime if we try to leave him, but then last night’s bedtime went great, so maybe just trying to post and accidentally deleting solved it. HA, as if life is truly that easy. If so, I’ll be "not-posting" here all the time!)
    PPS: Can’t find your past posts about sleep regression (mine’s 16 months, is there one around this age?)

    1. Of course you are right! Later each night… except my son wakes up at the same time every morning regardless of bedtime. So it will just be a week or so of a more tired boy.

  3. MomPlusKid: It’s actually LATER each day, so maybe tonight will help us all jump-start the new schedule. 😉

    Moxie: Thanks for the note about Tuesday being rough. I probably haven’t noticed in the past with just one kiddo, but now with two, the second of which is more likely to react, at least I’ll be able to mentally prepare (and have some candles and wine available for once they are in bed and we’ve survived the tired day. 😉
    ~Andrea
    (PS: when I comment, it won’t let me adjust the name at the top. Am I doing something wrong? Plus if I preview then edit, I lose everything. Just as well, because yesterday I was about to post a rant about my youngest suddenly screaming at bedtime if we try to leave him, but then last night’s bedtime went great, so maybe just trying to post and accidentally deleting solved it. HA, as if life is truly that easy. If so, I’ll be "not-posting" here all the time!)
    PPS: Can’t find your past posts about sleep regression (mine’s 16 months, is there one around this age?)

  4. The idea is good, but if they go to bed later, they’ll wake up later and then we’ll end up late for school…
    So I’m going to pretend we change time on Friday night. It’s just as arbitrary.
    And we’ll suffer through early wake ups next week…

  5. We tried this plan for our 19 month old starting on Monday and it seems to have gone really well. Last night he went to bed a full hour later and he slept until 6 (7 before the change), which is much better than I expected. Going to bed late generally means he wakes earlier than usual, and last year at this time that meant he and I got up at 4 for a few days in a row, which was pretty grim. If 6 is the earliest he wakes this time, I will be so very happy.

  6. I wish I had followed your advice but applied it to medication dosing! It’ll take a little bit before that gets regulated.

  7. I am probably one of the few moms who got their kid a tardy slip on the first day of the time change. I have major time issues!

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