Did everyone have a good weekend? Clocks went back and all that – so we all got an extra hour added to our time. Yippee!
Everyone spends their time complaining about not having enough time in their lives. For the most part, it’s true. We’re time poor, and since having kids, I’ve really noticed that the time seems to fly.
So with the clocks going back this weekend just gone, you’d think that people would be happy to have a whole extra hour gifted to them. I mean, think of all the extra things you can do in an hour!
But typically, there are swathes of idiots who find something to complain about. I spotted so many parents taking to social media to complain and rant about how absolutely dreadful it is for them having to deal with their children waking them up at 04:40 on Sunday morning, when the rest of the nation would be blissfully enjoying their lie-ins until 10am.
Get a grip, people.
Firstly, it isn’t that difficult to put your kids to bed a little later than their usual bedtime to counteract the minor time shift. That’s what I did. It worked. They were up slightly earlier than usual this morning (Monday), but give it a couple of days, and they’ll be back to their normal rhythm.
Secondly, so what if you had to wake up a bit earlier with your kids on Sunday morning? If you’ve had a decent night’s sleep, what does it matter that it’s early? The morning is a magical part of the day, particularly when everyone else is in bed and places which are normally heaving are quiet.
Get out of bed, stop being miserable and seize the day.
Thirdly, you really do not have anything to complain about. For the most part, you’ll get to go to bed and lie in it, with your eyes closed, for most of the Saturday night. There are, of course, exceptions to this where some children do not settle in the night at all – but the clocks going back will make zero difference to a child with existing frequent night waking.
When those parents took to social media to bang their ‘woe is me’ drums about the changing time, I wonder if they considered all of the shift workers working through the night. The police, keeping the streets as safe as they can. Firefighters on-call in case anyone is in dire need of rescuing. Doctors and nurses, working through the night taking care of the sick and injured in our hospitals.
I can absolutely testify that nurses working Saturday night would have to spend one extra hour awake during the night, functioning to keep people alive, and with no extra pay for their extra hour of service. They’re not allowed to lie down and shut their tired eyes during this time.
And of the 24 of my nurse friends on Facebook, did I see one post from any of them complaining about night shifts and the clocks going back? No.
I wouldn’t blame you for believing I’m lacking in a sense of humour, as many of the posts I’m talking about were meant in jest. But frankly, people constantly, repetitively and publicly mocking their kids and complaining about having to parent them is grating on me.
Anyway, I am feeling grateful for the extra hour and am refusing to subscribe to endless, empty, inane complaints. I can’t say I filled my extra hour with lots of extra activity, but I did have a fun later evening with the kids on Saturday before they flaked out at just gone 8pm.
So onwards. It’s half-term! Yippee! (Cue a week’s worth of complaints about not knowing what to do with the kids.)