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Daylight Savings Time Is A Slap In The Face To Parenting

I hear the little pitter patter of feet down the hall, into our room and onto our bed. As I crack an eye open I see the clock reads 5am.  Not so softly whispered in my ear “Mom, Can you make me breakfast?”

WTF?!?

This is the 3rd morning in a row like this and as I get up I feel a familiar anger welling up inside me. I feel this fury twice a year. Two times a year, our schedules are completely thrown out of whack, our bodies out of sync and I wonder who in the government I can convince that DayLight Savings is slowly killing society.

Any parent knows how crucial the daily schedule and our sleep is to the well-balance of a family. When something throws both of those out of whack, the entire family ship starts sinking. Some of those things cannot be helped. Sickness, start of school, a new baby. But when that thing that throws everything off kilter is pointless, fury starts to take over.

As far as I understand, Daylight Savings was to aid farmers way back in the day and currently to save energy. I have no idea if these are true. What I do know is it sucks.

My toddlers have no respect for the “extra hour” of sleep we were supposed to have. Everyone in our house is exhausted by 4 o’clock. Suddenly we all have colds (mostly likely from school, but I am annoyed so I am blaming on DST). The shorter day is killing my daily to do list.

All in all, Day Light Savings Time blows.

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Summer Reading List for Toddlers. My Twins Favorite Books This Summer

toddler readingEver wonder how to handle the mundane aspects of parenting? One of the more challenging parts to parenting toddlers is their penchant for repetition. I am always shocked to hear them laugh at a show they have watched at least 30 times. However, at least with TV I can leave the room. But when it comes to books, I am called into the game at least 75% of the time.

Motivated by selfishness, I am always on the look out for new books that both the kids and I will enjoy reading. Here are some our favorite books from our summer reading list.

 

It all started with distress calls from the Breakfast Cluster. Space Dog is a clever story of sworn enemies, Space Dog, Astrocat, & Moustronaut, who have to work together to save the universe. It is a fun read for both parents and kids.

 

 

Hey, be careful with that stick. It’s not a stick. Not A Stick is the epitome of a child’s imagination verses parent’s caution. It is a celebration of being a kid.

 

 

 

How come that man can’t see? Boy what do you know about seeing? Nana told him. Some people watch the world with their ears. Last Stop on Market Street is an award-winning book about a boy and his grandmother who ride the bus across town every Sunday. This lovely story is about seeing the beauty in the world around.

 

 

 

In a place where colors ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch, and she was a color tamer. She was small, but she was not afraid. I LOVE Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color. It is beautifully illustrated, with a story that will make all readers wish they could be Swatch. 

 

 

 

We all went on safari, past an old acacia tree. Nearby giraffes were grazing, so Tumpe counted three. This is a fantastic book for helping children with their numbers. But, We All Went on Safari, is so much more than a counting book. There are facts about Tanzania, each animal, and the Maasi people.

 

 

But Superheroes have all sorts of choice…Instead of destruction and loud, livid voices they burn angry steam off with speed of light hiking or super-Xtreme outer space mountain biking. Even Superheroes Have Bad Days is a fun book to help out little ones as they navigate feelings and choices. It shows kids that it’s ok to get angry and upset, it’s how we handle those feelings.

 

 

I’ll teach you how to jump on the wind’s back, and then away we go. I have always loved this classic. And while we are reading a much watered down version of Peter Pan, my boys love the adventure of it. We often listen to the audio in the car, and every time it is completely silent as they listen to the tale of the boys who never grew up.

 

 

 

 

Some families have two moms or two dads. Some families have one parent instead of two. The Family Book is a sweet book that celebrates how all families are different. It is a great introduction for toddlers about how regardless of what makes up a family, every family is full of love.

 

 

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