Daylight Savings Time: What To Do With The Later Sunset


Springing forward with daylight savings time tomorrow will cost us an hour of sleep tonight. It’ll make bedtimes rough for at least a few days, as we all adjust to the new time.

There’s a silver lining to the time shift, though. Starting tomorrow, we get an extra hour of sunlight at the end of each day. I’m happy to suffer through one 23-hour day and a string of difficult bedtimes in exchange for that golden hour.

My family are blessedly late sleepers: we have a fairly late bedtime and the kids sleep until a whopping 7:30 a.m. every day. Sometimes they go as late as 8.

I realize this is the parenting equivalent of sleeping in until noon, and I never complain about our early mornings to anyone who’s been blearily rising at 6 with a young’un for years. Even if I’d rather be sleeping in till noon for reals like a college student.

Being late risers, we won’t miss the morning hour. We’ll treasure the evening one. I think most families get more mileage out of the later daylight. That’s why we do this, right?

We’ll be using our extra hour of sunshine for a host of fun family activities, including:

  • Family bike rides
  • Walks around the neighborhood
  • Trips to playgrounds
  • Eating dinner out on the deck
  • Visiting with neighbors

What will you do with your extra hours of evening daylight?

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