STFU Parents: Parents Will Never Stop Complaining About Daylight Saving Time
It’s been nearly a week since daylight saving time ended and most of us rolled our clocks back an hour, and as usual, a certain segment of the population was like, “Oh HELL yeah!” while another, more dependents-heavy segment of the population was like, “Aaarrghhh, now my kids will never be back on schedule!!” What’s funny is that everyone seems to agree thatÂ daylight saving time sucks in general, and yet every six months, itÂ almost feels like a competition on social mediaÂ to see who has it worse (or better, depending on your perspective and the time of year).
In the spring, nearly everyone hates life for the first 48-72 hours after daylight saving time begins, andÂ parents make valid argumentsÂ for getting the extra-short end of the stick. Their kids already wake up super early, so losing an hour of sleep is akin to medieval torture. I’m guessing most parents would rather attend a dozen additional Chuck E. Cheese birthday parties per year if it meant never dealing with “spring forward” ever again, and understandably so. But in the not-so-distant future, when we all “fall back,” you’d think most parents would keep theÂ whining to a minimum. After all, things could be worse, and in fact they will be again come March. So how about inÂ autumn, parents consider taking a break from this particular gripe?
Yes, it’s still annoying dealing with babies and toddlers who don’t get the concept of “falling back” (unless it’s in reference to physically toppling over because they can’t hold their heads up and/or walk upright) — but this snafu shouldn’t be a surprise. Complaining about it every six months is the equivalent of complaining that the grass needs to be mowed again. We all know that children can’t grasp the finer points of tying their shoes, much less grasp the inane practice of rolling clocks forward and backward like some kind of ancient civilization. Is it really worth discussing on social media bi-annually like it’s brand new? If I know my apartment’s water line will be turned off next Thursday for city construction, would it make sense for me to post my disillusionment when I’m inevitably unable to take a shower?
I know daylight saving time can be a hardship for parents regardless of the time of year, but c’mom, it’s not that bad. It’s a nuisance, but it’s easier to deal with than abject poverty, or theÂ Frozen merchandise shortage. I just wish the parents who continue to post their hatred of daylight saving time year in and year out agreed with me. Instead, we’ve now got stupid ad campaigns like theÂ diapers.com petition onÂ change.orgÂ encouraging parents to grumble online with the hashtag #ParentsAgainstDST. The tagline? “Join the movement and help us tell DST to stick it where the sun don’t shine.” Ugh. You know parents are over-complaining about a specific subject on social media when a diaper website creates a gimmicky hashtag campaign around it.
So the next time we experience daylight saving time going into effect (March 13th!), how about pressing the brakes on the woe is mom whining on social media? You can still commiserate with friends as you sleepwalk together to the playground, but ask yourself if it’s even worth posting about on Facebook. Are your complaints any different than boring status updates about 5pm gridlock and traffic stalls? At least with daylight saving time, everyone — kids included — adapts to the time change eventually. And then we all just move on.
Until that sweet, sweet day comes in which daylight saving time is eradicated altogether, here are some parents who are stating the obvious about their irritation with the time change.