MADS: Mothers Against Daylight Savings (updated)


Growing up, I loved Daylight Savings Time. I dreaded Spring Forward, but like every self respecting kid, loved the late daylight.

As a parent, daylight savings time stinks.

It’s the flips—spring forward and fall back. Families run on routine. The measly one hour flip has just enough shift to be a nuisance. When kids are infants and toddlers, the time change messes with feeding and bedtime schedules. You can’t just push your 14 month old’s meal back an hour. Well, actually you can, but you’ll pay for it by having to soothe an unnecessarily cranky baby. When kids are older, the hour messes with parents, for instance blogging moms who were still at the computer at dinner time because their internal clock was off by an hour. (Whoops.) Wake up times are off. Bedtimes are off.

The nuisance only lasts for a few days, but since daylight savings was created for a pre-electricity agricultural society that dwells in history, can’t we just skip the nuisance?

UPDATE: It’s a few years later now, fall back in 2015 on Halloween. The funny folks @NachoPunch made a movie trailer for the horror that is the time change. This might be the only time a Texan ever says, “Retreat to Arizona!”

Saving Daylight


  1. edge of the sandbox said:

    How do I join?
    I actually think we should be perpetually in spring forward mode because DS is sensitive to light. He wakes up as soon as the sun rises.

  2. Megs said:

    I agree with edge. I think we should only do DST all year round. That way we have no time shifts and we have sun late during the summer.

    And actually, farmers were very much opposed to DST. It was created for the golfers who wanted to be able to fit in a round after work.

  3. Leslie Loftis said:

    Left to my own devices, I do the same thing although my data point for that is my time in the BVI where daylight doesn’t vary much. I think I’d keep year round standard. I like late daylight, but dark mornings wreck my days.

  4. awindram said:

    Ah, that explains why the cat has been so unhappy of late.

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