With spring within touching distance there’s just one final hurdle to jump before the excitement of summer can really begin – the changing of the clocks.
Back in the day – aka before you reproduced – daylight saving was just one of those things you did but gave little thought to. Sure, you lost an hours sleep in the spring but the summer nights soon made up for it. Evenings spent in the beer garden with work colleagues or heading home to enjoy a spontaneous midweek BBQ. Heck you even mustered the motivation to go for run!
Now fast forward ten years. Summer opens up a world of opportunity (let’s face it by February everyone’s crafted out and there’s only so much Nick Jr you can watch before your brain starts to melt) but the light nights are a massive pain in the ass. Losing an hours sleep is the least of your worries – hello I’m a parent, I function on 3 hours kip, twelve cups of coffee and the promise that one day they’ll leave home – now your main priority is how you can convince the toddler it’s bedtime when it’s still light outside!
Step One – Prepare in Advance
Don’t wait until Saturday night before realising the black out blind is knackered. Send hubby to B&Q bright and early while you head to ASDA to stock up on wine, you’re going to need it!
Step Two – It’s OK, Summer is Coming
Take a moment to remind yourself that everything will be worthwhile once the sun is shining. Your kids might be over tired arseholes but just think how great your G&T will taste outside once they’ve finally burnt themselves out.
Step Three – Try Bribery
I’m not recommending you bribe the kids – we’ve all done it, there’s no judgment here – but there’s nothing in the ultimate guide to excellent parenting which says it’s wrong to bribe your other half! Who knows, maybe a week of unloading the dishwasher will earn you a few extra nights off toddler watch.
Step Four – Consider Moving to Barbados
Not only is it incredibly sunny but the clocks remain the same 365 days a year. That means all the happiness of summer with none of the disruption to the kids bedtime routine.
Step Five – The Realisation
There’s no doubt it’s going to be rough. Everyone will be cranky, you’ll lose your shit and there will be tantrums of an epic proportion but we’re all in the same boat. Batten down the hatches and prepare for the worst, before you know it summer will be over and it’ll be time to put the clocks back!
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