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What Is Daylight Savings? Teaching Your Kids About the Time Change

Everyone has an internal clock that tells them when it’s time to sleep, eat and do all sorts of other activities. When Daylight Saving Time rolls around, it’s like resetting that clock without much warning. Luckily, it only takes about a week for your body to adjust and get back into a normal rhythm. In the meantime, Pottery Barn Kids has several suggestions to make the transition easier for children who aren’t yet used to the time changes.  

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Teach Your Kids About DST

A simple way to explain the phenomenon is to tell them that Daylight Saving Time is when clocks move one hour ahead. If it used to be 9 a.m., now it’s 10 a.m. This change usually lasts from March to October. When it ends, things go back to the way they were before; 10 a.m. becomes 9 a.m. again, and we get one more hour to enjoy in the day!

What’s the Big Deal with Daylight Saving Time?

The transition to Daylight Saving Time is much easier for youngsters when they understand the reasons behind it. But why is DST important? In essence, the premise behind DST is to give people as much sunlight as possible while they’re awake. Plants and flowers will grow healthily and there will be more time in the day to play outside in the sun.

Fun Time Zone Activities

It’s easier for kids to understand the concept of playing around with the clock if they first understand time zones. With this in mind, here are some easy ways to help them understand the change! First, grab a globe and a flashlight and tell them to imagine they have friends living in different parts of the world. The flashlight is the sun. Show kids that when it’s light in one part of the world, it’s dark still somewhere else. That’s why each area has its own time zone. You can also make some homemade clocks and let kids play around with the time.

Other Benefits of Daylight Saving Time

The idea behind DST is that when there’s natural sunlight, people don’t use as much electricity on lights and heating. So, you can explain to kids that DST is good for the planet. It’s safer for mom and dad to drive to work since they can see the road, and kids can spend more time playing at the park or at a friend’s house since the sun is out longer.

The History of Daylight Saving Time

The concept was first invented by George Hudson in 1895, a man in New Zealand who studied bugs and wanted to have more time to look at them. In 1905, William Willet tried to get the British government to help everyone there use DST, but no one listened to him. Actually, it wasn’t until April 30, 1916 that Germany decided to follow Daylight Saving Time. A few weeks later, other countries followed their example and did the same thing.

Fun Facts and Popular Myths

The history of Daylight Saving Time is actually pretty funny. Here are a few of the highlights. Benjamin Franklin didn’t invent Daylight Saving Time, like many people think. He did joke that French people needed to get up earlier, though. He recommended taxes on window shutters and firing cannons on every street corner to wake people up. He was joking, of course, but it makes for a fun history lesson! Before 1965, every state had its own starting dates for DST; if you were on a bus ride back then, you might pass through up to seven different time zones!

Ways to Help Your Kids Get Up in the Morning

There are several fun ways to make sure your kids are awake and ready for school after it’s time to set the clocks ahead. Make something delicious for breakfast, such as their favorite waffles, to get them excited about the earlier rise time. Wake them up gently, and then open the shades. Make sure their bedroom has as much light as possible so they can feel refreshed after they’ve had a little time to wake up.