It is that time of year again. That time of year most mothers of young children despise and most teenagers love. Time change. We "Fall Back" and "gain" one hour. This means what your child knows as 7 AM will become the new 6 AM. If you have never experienced a fall time change, let me inform you that for most babies, this one is pretty hard.
If you live in most of Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or American Samoa, go ahead and go back to your nice weather and stop reading this post. Unless you just want to feel happy you aren't dealing with it.
If you live in the Southern Hemisphere and your area observes Daylight Saving Time, you are going to enjoy the easier side of Daylight Saving Time when you move forward.
The time change for the United States is November 7 (first Sunday in November). For most of Europe, it is October 31. Although I would assume most people know what is going on where they are, a list of countries in the world and their DST status can be found here. Most Southern Hemisphere countries seem to be moving in early October, so take note of that.
Now on to the how. Never fear, I have posts to help you.
Start with Time Change Strategies.
If you have older children, be sure to read Time Change with Older Children. I would classify "older" in this case anyone over 12 months old.
Also, read through Time Change: Troubleshooting. This was written in response to common questions I saw people have over the first year of this blog.
Here is a quick summary on my recommendations.
For children two and younger, I really like the slow approach outlined in Time Change Strategies. I spend a solid month moving the clock in 15 minute intervals each week. If you have a more flexible child, you could try doing this in two weeks with 30 minute intervals, or even 15 minute intervals every few days. This is for you to decide.
For two and older, I usually take it faster. I will do one week before the time change and one week after the time change, adjusting 30 minutes as I go.
If you have early time constraints in the morning (you work, your child is in school, your child has a lesson of some sort), be sure to take that into consideration so you can make it to these things on time on either side of the time change. For the "falling back" time change, you might need to wait until after the time change to shift things. This might also be true if you have evening time constraints because shifting the schedule means a changing bedtime.
I have never had any major issues with the time change. My kids have all done well with my slow and steady approach. I do get a lot of questions following a time change that start "everything was perfect until the time change....", so do take the time to think through and plan ahead. That is why I am giving you such an early warning. Good luck! And even though I call this your "warning"--don't be scared :)
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