RVA Parenting: 5 tips to adjust kids to time change

(WWBT) - We all dread giving up that hour of sleep during the daylight saving time change. For the already sleep-deprived parents, springing forward with little ones, feels pretty close to a living nightmare.

We're here to help.

This article from Parents.com breaks down five quick tips to help smooth this transition for you:

  • Start now with baby steps: Don't expect your kids to get in sync with the new schedule overnight. Make bedtime earlier each night. And if that doesn't work, wake them up earlier each day to help them adjust.
  • Control the lights: Darkness helps our bodies get ready to sleep. About an hour to 30 minutes before bed, cut the electronics, and dim the lights. This will help your kids bodies adjust naturally.
  • Have a routine and stick to it: This will help your child adjust because the routine will be familiar and signal to them that it's time to rest.
  • Sleep begets sleep: Get enough sleep NOW to keep your kid from becoming cranky or overtired, which will make the adjustment tougher.
  • Be sympathetic: Realistically your child may be moody or throw fits. Part of that is the adjustment. Your understanding can make it all easier.

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