How to Help Your Kid Adjust to the Time Change
November 5, 2010
by Kate Goodin
Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday at 2 a.m., which means the clocks get set back 1 hour (fall back!). Even though gaining an extra hour of sleep is bliss to us adults, turns out it has a pretty big effect on kids, too: To them, the time change is akin to flying cross-country into a new time zone.
Here are three tips for minimizing Daylight Saving Time "jet lag" for your kids:
1. Begin shifting your child's bedtime a day before the time change. If she usually goes down at 8:00, for example, have her under the covers by 7:45 the first night and 7:30 the next.
2. Stick to your current daytime routine. Once the time change occurs, continue to have your child's meals, snacks, naps, bedtimes, everything, at the same time as usual.
3. Expose your child to bright light first thing in the morning (the indoor kind works) to reprogram her internal clock faster.
Tips adapted from "3 Daylight Saving Tips" by Shaun Dreisbach.