Daylight Saving Time: Don’t Forget to “Spring Forward”

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It seems like only yesterday we were reminding you to “fall back,” but believe it or not, it’s already time to spring forward!

That’s right – this weekend marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.

At 2:00 am on March 9 (also known as Sunday), clocks will move forward one hour. But since most of us aren’t awake at 2:00 am, you probably want to set your clocks forward an hour before you go to sleep or as soon as you wake up.

How can parents help their kids to adjust to the schedule change?

1. Shift bedtime gradually. 

Start putting your little one to bed 10 or 15 minutes earlier each night. So if bedtime is usually at 8:30, move it to 8:15 and then 8:00. The small change will be easier to handle and less of a shock to your child’s system.

2. Change the lighting. 

Expose your child to bright light in the morning and make the room as dark as possible in the evening. This helps reprogram the body’s internal clock.

3. Stay on schedule. 

Do your best to maintain your child’s regular nap time, have meals at the same time, etc. 

And remember, while it may feel like a major annoyance to wake up earlier in the morning, you’ll also get more sunlight in the evening!

What will you do with the extra daylight?

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