I hate Daylight Saving Time.
Well, I do kind of like that the sun doesn’t rise at 3:30 in the morning in June. And I do like having extra light in the evenings to run, or go for a walk, or stop by the playground. But the switch from “standard” to “saving” time apparently makes my entire family crazy.
It doesn’t just feel like we moved our clocks ahead by an hour, it feels like we travelled back in time 6 months (or more). We all make progress, all the time — the kids grow up, learn to do and handle new things while I try to work on myself, improve my perspective and weed out bad habits and thought processes. The last 36 hours (we just had our time change this past weekend here in Europe) have been like stepping back to last summer or fall, and not in a good way.
Liam has been throwing more tantrums. Liam has been throwing more toys. Liam has been throwing more food. (There’s been a lot of throwing.) Liam has been hitting Benjamin, Dan & I — not something we’ve gotten rid of entirely, but something we had made massive progress on in the past few months. Liam, who recently transitioned to not wearing diapers at all during school hours, refused to leave the house without one this morning and had a crying meltdown at preschool drop off. Benjamin has been tearful over his toys. Benjamin has been tearful over the arrangement of his pillows and blankets. Benjamin has been tearful (and angry) about pretty much every single thing Liam has done in the past day and a half. Both kids seem to have forgotten how to listen. And I have handled all of this with hard-won wisdom and maturity — I’ve screamed, threatened, begged and cried. Let me just say — it has been a massively charming day and a half around here.
I suppose it’s possible that it’s a complete coincidence and we all just woke up in terrible moods and without any flexibility yesterday morning. Maybe we’re coming down with something. Maybe there’s just something in the air. I mean, how could one little shifted hour wreak so much havoc? This feels like jet lag on steroids. We’re all out of patience, empathy, maturity and resilience here right now. Fingers crossed that we get through this transition QUICKLY, and with a whole new appreciation for the progress we’ve all made over the past few months after this temporary reminder of how far we’ve come.