Daylight Savings Time cometh

(Earlybird pricing and registration for the Kindergarten support group starting April 24 for kids starting K or SK this fall is open. Info here. Regular registration and pricing starts March 24.)

(My friend Roosevelt Credit is on the soundtrack for "12 Years A Slave," and it won an Oscar for Best Soundtrack last night. Here's Roo's song.)

(Today is my older son's 12th birthday! I've been a mother for 12 years, and he's almost a teenager.)

Daylight Savings Time is here this Sunday, March 9, for the US and Canada and Mexico at 2 am. We are springing forward so we lose an hour of sleep, and what's 6 pm today will be 7 pm after the time change. Benefit: lighter later in the evening, for the illusion of summer despite the piles of snow everywhere.

(We're switching FROM Standard Time TO Daylight Savings Time, and we won't switch back to Standard Time until November 2.)

There are three ways you can handle it. (There are more, of course, but I'm only describing three):

1. Starting tonight (Monday), put your kid to bed 10 minutes EARLIER each night. So if your kid normally goes to bed at 8, tonight put them to bed at 7:50, then Tuesday at 7:40, then Wednesday at 7:30, etc. On Saturday night they'll go to bed at 7 pm, but through the magic of the time change, that will be 8 pm on Sunday night.

2. Starting Wednesday night, put your kid to bed 15 minutes earlier each night. So Wednesday at 7:45, Thursday at 7:30, Friday at 7:15, and Saturday at 7, and then 7 will be 8 again on Sunday.

3. Do nothing different and then just let it sort itself out next week.

No matter what you do, Sunday probably won't be bad, but Monday and Tuesday will suck, and then it'll be better by Wednesday and by Thursday or Friday you should be mostly ok with it. Try to get everyone (including you) a nap on Sunday and Monday, if possible.

IME, babies and kids over the age of 7 seem to do just fine with the time change, while toddlers through Kindergarten or 1st grade and adults over the age of 35 seem to be hit pretty hard and can be really cranky for days and days.