Have You Put Your Clocks Back?

Many years ago before we had children, the clocks going back was such a welcome relief. An extra hour in bed on Monday before work, a whole extra hour tagged on to our weekend. I look back at all those hours we gained and didn’t fully appreciate, I hate what we were.

Now I’m being reminded to turn our clocks back in every other status on Facebook and sporadically on Twitter. Actually, I didn’t know the clocks were going back this weekend until I signed on to Facebook this morning. I’m being serious. I live in a world where my phone dictates everything, you see, it automatically changes the time and I don’t even need to know. Maybe it’s best I don’t know then I can experience the full surprise of my children charging into our room at 5am (which would have been 6am) then looking at my phone and wondering what the hell is this they’re doing to us.

There is no longer an extra hour in bed, it’s just an extra hour in the day we need to be awake. It’s technically an extra hour earlier we need to get up. These daylight savings have the opposite effect on us parents. There’ll never be any lay-ins or ‘extra hours in bed’, the clocks going back means nothing. But, during the summer you could go as far as to say do you get that extra hour in bed. If you think really hard about it.

Oh lets just be honest, all year round we draw the short straw and grind our teeth as we listen to those without kids brag about all the rest they had in the winter and complain about the lack of sleep in the summer. Summer brings early sunrises meaning 4am is occasionally the rise of your child too. Winter means they may, possibly, sleep in until 7am. Since when did 7am become a ‘lay-in’? Three years ago for us, I even remember the shock I felt when I realized this is our life now.

It’s a life we love but daylight savings is just one of the many psychological torments we go through as parents. Looking over at the clock and seeing the proud glow of 5am does something to our mental state.

But don’t worry, if you’re lucky enough to escape the 6am start (which could be 5am, or could it be 7am? Did you turn your clocks back – I don’t know) then you’ll still get to enjoy an extra hour or three with your little babes, because it’s Halloween and the trick-or-treaters are out in force this weekend. If your doorbell doesn’t work, they’ll knock. They’ll knock loudly.

Enjoy your extra hour in bed – or extra hour to inhale your morning coffee.

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  1. Adventures of Mummy and Me
    October 30, 2016 / 12:25 am

    I’m dreading tomorrow. Especially as it’s currently 01:30am and I’m not only still sitting at my laptop, but suffering yet another night of insomnia 🙁 We’ve been slowly putting bedtime back all week, and this morning little man woke up at 9AM! Frikkin 9am! It was heaven! HOWEVER, I’m predicting that to have been a one off, and fully expecting to be woken up at some ungodly hour tomorrow morning to make up for it… Hopefully your wake-up time is a semi-acceptable one! #KCACOLS

  2. Ellamentalmama
    October 30, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Oh yes I felt this one this morning! #KCACOLS

    October 30, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    I didn’t stay in bed for that extra hour. I actually got up and made my Christms Cake!

    Thanks for linking up at #KCACOLS.
    Hope you join up again next Sunday.

  4. Geraldine
    October 30, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    I put the bloody gro clock forward an hour last night. Total parenting fail!!! #kcacols

  5. Moderate Mum
    October 30, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    I was so excited that my son might fall asleep easily tonight as 8PM was really 9PM. Then I realised it means he’ll be up at 6AM 🙁 #KCACOLS

  6. Poppy Reflects
    October 31, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Oh yes it’s like being jet lagged for me. I just left my daughter chatting to herself in bed for the hour early she woke up and fingers crossed she’ll get the hint in a couple of days. x #KCACOLS

  7. Becky @ Educating Roversi
    October 31, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Little L woke at 4:30am on Sunday. For a kid that normally sleeps till at least past 6, it was painful. #KCACOLS

  8. Devon Mama
    October 31, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    Ha! We were up ridiculously early – we ended up going out at about half eight ON A SUNDAY! Then in the evening he was trying to sleep from about 5 which was a nightmare. I’m sorry pre-baby me for not fully appreciating the wonder of the clock change! #kcacols

  9. Now I am Mum
    November 2, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Everything got blamed on the extra hour in my house on sunday morning… mistimed naps, badly timed feeds, confused bedtimes, it had a lot to answer for. Carnage! #kcacols

  10. Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn
    November 2, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    Lets see he woke up at 6am on my day off and decided to sleep in when I needed him to wake up at 6am! Typical! x #KCACOLS

  11. Emma Plus Three
    November 2, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    My daughter has been getting up at 6am since the clocks changed, it was 7am before that. I’m just hoping she’ll adjust eventually x #KCACOLS

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