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.