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Hello darkness, my old friend

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When the time change hits you know it not so much from the surge of darkness as the surge of angry ranting on Facebook from frustrated parents. Frustrated that months of detailed scheduling and bedtime routines are flushed down the toilet by an antiquated system of time that makes sense to no one.

I rarely come out for or against anything in this column but this is it. The gloves are off. Let's pick a time and stick with it. If you want your extra hour? Keep it. If you like the extra daylight fine. Flip a coin, I don't care, but pick the one you want and stop messing with my brain. And my kids' brains.

How unfair is for our kids it that we move mealtimes and bedtimes around after strictly enforcing them for months? Then just one day, everything is off. And mom and dad are acting annoyed because you haven't caught on and you haven't caught on because it doesn't make sense. We pick a day, seemingly at random and just wind the clocks back. Then we get to wallow in early darkness for the next five months and pretend it makes sense.

Thinking I was being clever, I decided I'd keep getting up at the 'same' time (i.e. instead of 5:50 a.m., I'd get up at 4:50 a.m., because it would feel the same). Well, funny thing, the kids had the same idea. Except they don't need to be at ready for school for another hour. So convincing them to stay in bed was fun (read, pointless). Window shades don't help because the clock is as much internal as it has to do with what little light is in the sky at that point.

And they're ready to be in bed by 6 p.m. now. Which would be great, if that didn't mean they were getting up around 4:30 in the morning. And I know I'm not alone in this feeling. Countless parents on my Facebook feed have posted their frustrations. Cartoonists for great parenting comics like 'Fowl Language' have captured the essence of the time change for parents. Heck, I feel like going to bed at 8 p.m. these days and will literally force myself to stay up a little later to try to counterbalance the weirdness. It doesn't help much.

I probably wouldn't be so grouchy about this if the sun wasn't going down at 4 p.m., but it is, so I am. This charade has gone on long enough! It's time to stop pretending we can make the days longer and shorter by changing the hours on the clock. We're just living a lie. An annoying, useless lie that makes me cranky!

Last modified on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 20:28

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