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Daddy Rants about Daylight Savings Time

By Michael Schmid |

What time is it?What time is it? A lot of people are asking that question right now. Yep, it’s Daylight Savings Day… or what I like to call: “Tell Me Again Why the Heck We Do this Day”! But I digress; you asked what time it is. I’ll rant… I mean write… about this ridiculous bi-annual imposition on the people of the world in a sec. But to answer your question, here is the official 2012 Day Light Savings Time:





This widget is a public service provided by the Time and Frequency Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It is a web clock showing the official time of day from NIST, displayed as a 12 or 24-hour clock, in a user-selectable time zone. The default time zone comes from the time zone setting on your computer.

We spring forward on Sunday, March 11 at 2am

Oh, you’re still here? I figured you’d find out the time and be on your merry way. Well, perhaps not so merry way because you just lost an hour of sleep? We’re supposed to remember it by using the expression “spring forward”, but personally I’ve always thought of it as more of a “lurch forward”… toward Starbucks, that is.

This time change has become even harder since I’ve become a parent. You? First of all, there’s the ever present sleep deprivation. And no sooner do we get our finely tuned blood/caffeine balance calibrated to perfection, they switch things up. Then there’s our children. Anyone have tips on getting our kids onto the new time?

So how do you feel about this so called Daylight Saving? Personally I’d like everyone in the world to pick a time (maybe split the difference?) and just do away with the whole thing, but I’m probably not smart enough to understand the consequences? Please leave a comment and enlighten me.

I think Benjamin Franklin thought daylight saving up; of course he also flew kites in thunderstorms? Can you tell me why it originally did and/or still does makes sense? Personally it just seems like Daylight Shifting Time to me. We don’t change the number of daylight hours, but maybe I’m missing something?

Why throw our finely tuned circadian rhythms off twice each year, or our finely balanced blood caffeine levels, as the case may be? There’s plenty of evidence the severity of auto accidents increases and work productivity decreases as people try to adjust. It’s also particularly hard on people with sleep disorders.

Daylight Saving—Love it, hate it, don’t care?

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Michael Schmid is founder & editor of A Daddy Blog, and shares a home in Dallas with his beautiful bride and their 4 year old girl. He blogs about fatherhood, social media, technology, coffee, cars & cuddles. He contributed to the Dad channel at Babble.

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9 thoughts on “Daddy Rants about Daylight Savings Time

  1. melissa says:

    I was thinking about this this morning. DST never, ever bothered me before. I don’t remember it mattering when I was a kid. Yeah sure “losing” an hour of sleep stunk, but I don’t remember it throwing me off to the point of exhaustion for days.

    But the last 2 days I’ve felt like I have been hit by a mack truck and my eyelids feel like they have weights on them. My son seems to be handling it ok, but Mommy is a mess. Another cup of coffee please? Thanks.

  2. Gypsie says:

    i think i read somewhere it was started to help the farmers get “more time” out in their fields. – back before all the technology and crap we have today. As the amount of “daylight hours” grow longer, the amount of time the farmers had to work in the fields expanded, allowing them more production time to work. Today however, this is no longer a necessity. I think people should pull together and ask to do away with this ridiculous thing. there is an area in the States that doesn’t ‘play along’ with this transition. somewhere in the Midwest i think. but that doesn’t help us here on the east coast..unless we start our own community and decide to live life completely “Off Grid” .. good luck adjusting.

  3. @Melissa: Yes, it’s gotten much harder now that we are parents, hasn’t it? I’m on my second coffee… and I’m sure it won’t be my last of the day. Our 3 year old wasn’t much phased by it, even though I got her to bed more or less on the new time schedule. [fingers crossed for tonight]
    @Gypsie: Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve never quite bought the whole farmer excuse, since they get up when the sun comes up and go to bed when it gets dark. I doubt they have ever relied on clocks. But, yeah, that’s what I was told when I was a kid. Have a day everyone! ;)

  4. Dadsaster says:

    Daylight savings?
    Forget it.
    The only way to go is Dadlight Saving Time.
    Check it out at

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