With clocks ticking second-by-second towards springtime in Lawrence, the question for many parents of young children and toddlers becomes: how does a parent help a child make the time change adjustment, which in turn makes the transition easier on the parent?
Saturday, March 13th, is the day parents move clock hands to show an hour's loss.
Local childcare providers and parents share some tips they've learned over the years to help make the transition easier.
Split it - some parents say splitting the loss over a two - or even three - day span makes the loss easier.
Tiva Bruns, 303 Bowstring Drive, area daycare provider and mother of two says, " Take the loss on Friday night so the child and parent feel like their regular weekend hours aren't affected."
The rationale is that everyone is extra tired on Friday nights anyway, so eat dinner and hit the sack early. Just be careful not to miss any Saturday appointments!
What do you tell your super aware grade-school-aged child when they suspiciously ask why you're putting them to bed when it's still light outside?
If they're old enough to notice, then they are old enough for a simple explanation, clock in hand, about why this practice has been adopted.
Gabe Gutierrez, father of a six year old daughter and two year old son, adds that he explains how a growing body still needs a great deal of sleep, regardless of what signals the sun may be giving.
Most children have heard about saving energy when it comes to water and electricity usage; explain how it works with daylight too.
Make it fun! Jump out of bed for spring ahead, and fall back onto their bed for that extra hour gained in fall.
Give your child away for the weekend. This is the perfect time for divorced parents to suddenly see the light of day and graciously extend an offer to allow the other parent, or a grandparent, to have the child for the weekend.
Play extra hard. If the weather is nice enough, take the children to the park and let them get their ya ya's out. If they're tired, it will be especially easy to get everyone to bed early and they'll awaken refreshed and on the new time.
Parents need to take heed and go to bed early too, or they might receive a double whammy on Sunday morning!