Screw you time change

I don’t know how many of you out there are experiencing the same problem but my kids really have a rough time with the the whole time change thing. I understand the principle behind the time change but I have sneaking suspicion that whoever came up with the idea did not have an Autistic child.

I hate the time change. It throws chaos in to the Lost and Tired family’s otherwise, well oiled machine. Alright, that was sarcasm, but seriously, the time change just sucks.

While my kids don’t necessarily understand the concept,  they do feel the change and it disrupts their routine.

It’s like their internal clocks just won’t adjust to the difference. Their bodies are telling them that it’s 5pm and time to have dinner but the clock tells them it’s only 4pm.

Bedtime and waking up in the morning is also a challenge for us as well.

Simply put, anything that’s scheduled to happen at a certain time, meals, school, therapy, bedtime ect, is all thrown off. Last year it took Gavin and Emmett weeks to adjust to the change.

So, time change, I feel that the obligatory, screw you, is called for here. Thank you for once again, disrupting our delicate balance and confusing the heck out of my kids. 😛

How do your kids adjust to the time change? Do you find it a challenge or do they adjust pretty well?

Any tricks or advice you would like to share with the rest of the class? I, for one, could definitely use it. 🙂

Rob Gorski

Full time, work from home single Dad to my 3 amazing boys. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)
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Beth Olds on Facebook

I hate the time change! it takes Chris forever to adjust, even though I start working several days ahead to try to get his meds, etc, worked out. and this year, the school called me, wondering why Chris was so sleepy, and he had some strange seizure behavior, and what has changed at home? I politely answered that he has difficulty dealing with the time change, and that it takes some time. but it seems to get worse each year 🙁 good luck to everyone, much love and hugs all the way around!

It takes us almost a month to get back on schedule. This time around has been worse since my boy has almost completely stoped taking naps.

Toni Smith

I have a digitial clock in my son's room and I never set it back. so when I tell him it's time to go to bed and he sees the time there's no confusion for him. this probably won't work once he can actual tell time and he doesn't notice yet the variance between that clock and the one on our DVR. (he's only 5). Plus it getting darker earlier helps too. He knows that dark = sleepy time. Again once he gets older I don't think my lil game is going to work. But we'll see. I do wish you the best of luck with your boys and the scheduling change.


Our routine is in total chaos since Sunday morning, we're heading into day 3 of school refusal and everything is a mess. Every time the clocks change I think it will be fine, it never is. Upside – it seems to last about a week and then settles down. Good luck!


Thanks for sharing. I\’m hoping that someone will have a magical piece of advice that will help to smooth out the wrinkles, so to speak. 🙂

Best of luck to you.

Every few days adjust by 5 to 10 min. until they are on the new schedule almost completely.

I forgot this year but I usually try to slowly adjust the times before the time change. 5 or 10 min. different for meal times etc. If they go to school the time they leave and everything can`t be adjusted (maybe talk to the school if they can accomidate). But meal times and when they wake up and go to sleep can be.


My siblings don't seem to be bothered by it at all. On the other hand, I hate it. The extra hour of "sleep" is nice, but everything else sucks.


Thank you. So it\’s not just me:-)