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March 4, 2013

Kids will adjust to time change with some help

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 10.

The start of daylight saving time used to just mean one less hour of sleep, but as parents, that hour time change often means disaster for your kids’ sleep, bedtimes and nap schedules.

So how do you deal with daylight saving time changes?

There are two general ways:

• The gradual approach, which involves making small, incremental changes to your child’s bedtime in the nights before the actual time change.

For instance, to make up for the hour change, put your kid to bed 15 minutes earlier in the four nights leading up to the time change, so that by the time it’s actually time to change the clocks, you’re already there.

• Going “cold turkey” is perfect for slackers who didn’t even realize daylight saving time was starting.

This basically involves putting your kids to bed at their normal bedtime and then realizing — shoot! — we have to change the clocks tonight!

No matter which camp you fall into, here’s the heartening news: It’s probably going to take your kids close to a week to adjust either way.

For more information, visit http://www.parentsconnect.com/parenting-your-kids/kids-sleeping/daylight-savings-time-change-kids-sleep.html.

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