Curly Hair, Take Care:: Learning What Works

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Where my Curlies at? For a long time, I felt like an outsider in the hair department. Why did my curly hair try to emulate a poodle every time I wore it straight? How come when I tried to style my hair, the product made it crunchy? Why were summers so hard?!

After many trying years during childhood and adolescence, one thing became clear. My curly hair is glorious.

OK, I had to figure out how to do my hair, but once I began working with my hair instead of against it, I had it made.

Day 1: Co-wash, condish, oil, gel-cast, and diffuse

Day 2: Water and condish rinse, oil, gel-cast, and go

Day 3: Water and condish rinse, oil, and go

Day 4: Updo and go

Day 5: Updo and go

Day 6: Repeat Steps 1-5

Am I speaking a foreign language?

No. But I am speaking a special dialect curlies everywhere should learn.

When I was young, my hair was simple. I was in my prime; my hair was youthful and full of life. Haircare was easy. Wash, rinse, condish, gel, and GO.

But what was hard was straightening my hair to look like everyone else.

Once I realized I have something almost everyone wants, I ran with it. My already healthy hair got healthier. Before I knew there was a different way to care for curly hair, I was naturally implementing many of the necessities.

Stay away from sulfates (i.e., shampoo).
Condition – A LOT.
Refresh instead of a total wet-down.

After babies, everything changed. My once beauteous hair became limp and looked downright sick. What’s a girl to do?

Research.

Finally, I’ll tell you what you should be doing to care for your curly or wavy hair.

Enter the Curly Girl Method.

I see many social media posts consumed with curly kid hair.

What do I DO?!” cry mamas desperate for the secrets to unlocking the lustrous, smooth curls they know their kids must have beneath the matted rat’s nest their child’s head has become.

Here are the skinny 10-steps to get you started, after which, I’ll tell you what I do for my 3.5-year-old curly girl. (Side-note, wavies—you’re curly girls too, don’t deny yourself the glory.)

  1. Do a “final” wash on your kid’s hair. Use a clarifying shampoo, even dish soap. The goal is to strip the hair of anything sticking to it.
  2. Have a deep conditioner, regular conditioner, and creme styling agent on hand—all free of SILICONES
  3. Put on a deep conditioner as long as your kid will allow it. Rinse.
  4. From here on out, AVOID ALL SULFATES. They make sulfate-free shampoo if you really feel like shampoo is a must. But it’s not. 
  5. Avoid washing hair every day. If you’re a daily bather, skip the hair portion of the event. Chances are the tighter the curls, the less washing you’ll want to do. I co-wash weekly, but I don’t shampoo my hair more than once every few months. Yes – every FEW months.
  6. When you do get hair wet, co-wash, use a conditioner, and scrub the scalp. Scalp massagers are great for this. Let the hair sit in the conditioner for the length of the bath/shower.
  7. Rinse conditioner, then put fresh conditioner in. Put in as much conditioner as the hair can hold. You will squeeze the hair in a pulsing fashion (scrunch in hands then squeeze in quick successions). Do this until you are getting little to no conditioner/water out of the hair. Leave this conditioner in. If your kiddo has fine hair, you won’t likely need to put in anything else.
  8. Finger comb the hair or use a wide-tooth comb. THROW THE BRUSHES AWAY.
  9. Scrunch with a microfiber towel or t-shirt and air-dry. Do not use a cotton towel for the love of frizz.
  10. Again, never use a brush. Brushes break curls making for a frizzy, nasty mess.
  11. On day two, spray down with a conditioner and water mixture. Mix essential oil for scent if you want. Remember, you really can’t have too much conditioner. Finger comb after spraying to gently separate tangles and add a light holding product (if you want).

My curly girl enjoys weekly hair co-washing and daily conditioner spritz to detangle. If only she knew how good she has it! I personally have to go to much greater lengths to whip my hair into presentable shape, but that’s another story.

Taking Cold Brew Coffee to New Heights with Elevated Aspect

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Elevated Aspect Cold Brew
Elevated Aspect

Something happened to me over the summer that I did not see happening. It was an impulse purchase at the grocery store on a hot summer day. At first, it seemed innocent, almost trivial. But my love grew the more I consumed. I naively introduced my husband to the product, not realizing our obsession would drain our supply rather quickly. Don’t worry. This was not a dangerous obsession or anything illegal…it was good ol’ innocent, mother-lovin’ cold brew coffee. 

The thing is that I thought I knew a good cold brew coffee.

I thought of myself as a sommelier of the cold brew business. That was until I was asked to review Elevated Aspect’s coffee! Holy YUM. Whether you are a cold brew aficionado (ahem, ME) or a newbie coffee explorer, you need to get your hands on a handle of this quality cafe goodness ASAP!

And please don’t be fooled! Cold brew is not just for the steamy hot days of summer like I gullibly used to believe. Oh, no, no, no, no. Cold brew coffee is for all seasons! I can tell you this because I took one sip of the pumpkin spice version, and I was sold. Let me be honest—I am not a PSL gal. It takes a lot for me to admit that because I love all things fall. I prefer to keep it out of my coffee. I was hesitant to try something out of my usual coffee zone, but the pumpkin spice version ended up being my preferred choice! It has just the right balance of flavor without being too in your face powerful. 

Elevated Aspect’s Cold Brew Coffee is No Fuss

I approached cold brew this summer because I tried to find a delicious coffee treat without all the added sugar. Easier said than done. But Elevated Aspect is just that! I enjoyed it plain, over ice most mornings, but now and then, a little splash of cream was a nice morning indulgence. Elevated Aspect is made without flavor degrading pasteurization and without preservatives, which gives you endless possibilities to customize your cold brew into a fun treat. Elevated Aspect Cold Brew

I can’t end this without telling you about their speedy delivery service and ultimate charm.

Remind you, I so innocently introduced my husband to this new love interest of mine. He had the same obsession affection for it as I and instantly started telling others about Elevated Aspect. Late one night, I saw him scanning his phone before we fell asleep. Come to find out, he too couldn’t stop thinking about that Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew, and he was ordering two more bottles. Our Pumpkin Spice was hand-delivered to our doorstep! And they say romance is dead. If you are not local to Omaha, don’t fret! Elevated Aspect offers FREE shipping on orders over $30 to anywhere in the United States. Shipped orders are packed in insulated coolers to ensure your cold brew arrives as fresh and ready to enjoy as the day it was brewed. 

What’s better than amazing, cafe-quality cold brew delivered to your doorstep?

Cafe quality cold brew from a company pledging 4% of their proceeds to local organizations benefitting children and families! We have already started thinking about who we can gift this deliciousness to this holiday season. A gift for the impossible to shop for is no longer a burden for us! Grab them a bottle of Elevated Aspect, and it’s probably best if you secure one for yourself, too.

Make sure to check out their website for special deals and new flavors!

Parenting Wholeheartedly with Danielle Bettmann

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Family Recipe Vault:: Soups for the Soul

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This is the time of year when people start posting their amazing holiday recipes and sharing mouth-watering photos on social media. I will frequently comment and ask friends to share their recipe if it looks particularly delicious; however, I’m often met with…“no, that’s a secret family recipe.” My sons are 9, 7, and 4 and basically in arranged marriages to get some recipes.

Is your family recipe on lockdown? For the love of food…share the recipe!

I don’t get it. I understand the love and memories attached to recipes and food, but why not spread that love and tradition. Whenever I get a recipe from a friend, I put their name in the title and think about them every time I make that meal. Every time I make “Sarah’s Apple Pie,” I think about my friendship with her and when I first got to try her pie at a squadron function in North Dakota.  Now I get to have memories with my kids making her apple pie.

Here are some tasty soups that I think you’ll love, that were shared by my dear friends.

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Katie's White Chicken Chili
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  1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, sauté onions in oil until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients except for sour cream and cheese.
  2. Simmer for 30 minutes, frequently stirring, until heated through. Shortly before serving, add sour cream and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. If you like a little kick, add a few shakes of Tabasco sauce.
  3. Slow Cooker Version: Saute onion until soft and throw everything except for the sour cream and cheese in a crockpot on low for 3-4 hours. Shortly before serving, add sour cream and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and add Tabasco sauce if desired.
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Meg's Baked Potato Soup
This is one of my favorite soups to make during Fall and Winter.
Prep Time 15 minutes
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  1. Bake potatoes until done. Cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out pulp and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth—Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Add potato pulp, salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons of the green onion, 1/2 cup bacon, and 1 cup cheese. Cook until heated thoroughly and stir in sour cream. Add more milk if necessary (but it should be served thick).
  3. Serve with remaining green onions, bacon, and cheese on top.
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Meghann's Tortilla Soup
Perfect to make in a slow cooker and let it cook all day, or you can cook it fresh for dinner time.
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  1. From Meghann: So I have adjusted it a bit over the years. I actually add 8 cups of chicken broth, and then on top of that, I add two bouillon cubes to add more flavor. I add a hearty palm-full of cumin and about a teaspoon of chili powder. Add all of it but the corn and cilantro and allow it to simmer. Then add the corn and cilantro and simmer a bit more. Yes - none of this is technical, but once you make it on your own once, you will see that it's just so simple and can be tweaked to your liking. We serve it by breaking up tortilla chips in the bottom of a soup bowl, pouring the soup over the top, then adding cheese, sour cream, avocado, and hot sauce.

 

 

How We Braved Traveling With Kids Under 5 Years old

airport with kidsWe lived 1500 miles from family until we had our fourth child. We decided we needed to be closer to my family because we needed the support. Traveling back and forth from Florida to Nebraska for birthdays and holidays with 4 kids was hard, but we learned to execute with precision with experience. There are some things I learned by doing and getting it wrong and trying the next time again.

These are 5 of the best tips I received and that we practice, anytime we are traveling with kids.

Book a Hotel that Provides Breakfast

We always book a hotel that provides breakfast. Many of the Hilton and Marriott hotels have a hot breakfast every morning, and the best part, sometimes it’s free! This makes it super easy for a parent to grab breakfast and bring it back to the kids’ room. I used to believe that I would save money by booking a cheaper room and buying breakfast at a restaurant. That is great for self-sufficient adults, but with kids, it can become hectic.

Don’t Overbook

Don’t over-extend yourselves. Especially if the kids are really little and still nap, only plan for an activity that lasts a few hours in the morning or afternoon. I have been guilty of trying to do everything—and with kids, they get tired, they cry, they need a nap, and it ends up being more stressful in the long run. It is unreasonable to think that kids will behave all day because you are on vacation.

airport with 4 kidsPack Early

About 10-14 days before we leave anywhere, I pull out the suitcases. As I do laundry over those next couple of weeks, I set aside the clothes that we will take. Kids are unpredictable, so I usually overpack their clothes just if I don’t have time to do laundry or don’t feel like doing laundry on the trip. This has been so helpful because it eliminates running around at the last minute, trying to find specific outfits for the kids.

Make a List

I am kind of a nerd, so whenever I have something big on my calendar or anything that is complex and has many moving parts, I make a list. A list can be in many forms, and it can be as detailed or as general as you like. You may be okay with adding “kids’ snacks” to the list. Or, if you’re like me, I specify on my list what bag I need to put the snack in, so the snacks aren’t accidentally checked in at the ticket counter, or when we get on the plane, the kids’ snacks are placed inconveniently in the overhead bin. A list can also ensure that tasks are done in a certain order. For example, I need to get my son’s hair cut three days before departure, and the yard needs to be done two days before departure, and the car needs to be cleaned the day before, making a list leads to increased productivity.

Double Strollers

Double Strollers can be helpful when traveling with kids. We have twins, so a double stroller is a necessity. Even if you don’t have twins, but you have small kids who can fit in a stroller, a double stroller can be useful. At one point, when all the kids were under five years old, we had two double strollers! We were a spectacle anywhere we went. The double strollers can be hard to maneuver, especially when dealing with rental cars or rideshares because they are so big. But if you have the extra space, the double stroller really gave us peace of mind because we could strap the kids in, and the only time we had to pull them out was to go through airport security. Also, we could use the bottom of the double stroller for storage.

What are your favorite tips when you brave the airport ?

Millard Family Hospital :: Family Fundamentals

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Millard Family Health

Our pre-pandemic lives seem so far away.

Life doesn’t look the way it did eight months ago. What we once took for granted is now a bittersweet memory. It is natural to wonder if life will ever go back to the way it was. While we can’t answer that for certain, we can take comfort in knowing there has been good to come from these challenging times. We have seen neighbors take an interest in those who need a helping hand. We have watched our businesses change direction almost instantaneously. We have seen our communities rise to the occasion of protecting the most vulnerable among us.

Yet, we all can feel that there is something missing. Our schools cannot simply go back to the way things were seven months ago. We no longer have the luxury of taking hand sanitizer for granted. Fear of the unknown is far more pervasive now, and now is the time to combat that feeling.

It is imperative that we keep our families safe and healthy. Millard Family Hospital is
proud to continue person-centered care for all of Greater Omaha’s healthcare
needs, from bumps and bruises to COVID testing and every emergency in
between.

We must be proactive in caring for ourselves and our families.

This means maintaining our physical and mental health by exercising, eating right,
and reaching out to our friends and loved ones for conversation and connection. At
MFH, our facilities maintain the highest safety standards while providing
exemplary care. We maintain social distance by offering drive-thru COVID testing
for any age, including young children.

When life throws uncertainty, you can count on Millard Family Hospital to provide the same great care that we’ve provided Greater Omaha since opening our doors.

Open 24/7 and 365 days a year, Millard Family Hospital is here for the unexpected. We look forward to our family, helping your family stay safe and healthy. 

The Tween Years:: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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I have taught 10- to 12-year-olds for 17 years—I love that age group. Fifth-graders are some of my favorite people! The parents, I would say that to in conferences or school conversations would always look at me like I was crazy, and I never understood why. Now that I have an 11-year-old and a 10-year-old of my own, I totally comprehend those questioning looks of concern for my sanity. Let me tell you, tweens at home are VERY different from tweens at school!

Let me share some of my observations of the good, the bad, and the ugly of those tween years.

The Tween Good

Developing Their Own Personalities

Kids in the tween years start to really explore their own interests, whether in sports, art, theater, or academics. They are starting to grasp sarcasm and develop a sense of humor. The rambling jokes of first-graders give way to actual punchlines! They can carry on conversations and give more developed answers to questions. They are learning to give and take in social relationships beyond just “sharing their toys.” Tweens are really fun to get to know!

More Independence & Responsibility

With getting a little older, especially when they hit double-digits, comes more independence and responsibility. Tweens can make more choices for themselves, like what to wear, what to read, who to hang out with at lunch or recess. They can really take ownership of their successes and also of their mistakes. They may get to go places with their friends without direct supervision, start staying home alone or even babysit other kids. They can prepare their own food, find their own snacks, do their own homework. They can do some of the bigger chores like laundry and mowing the lawn. They are learning work ethic through all of these things!

Sweet Spot

I always considered fifth-graders to be in a sweet spot. As a teacher, I would say that I didn’t have to wipe noses and tie shoes, but they also still had some respect for authority and thought their teachers could be kind of cool. As a mom, I love that I can leave them home for short errands, but they still want to snuggle up on the couch sometimes!

The Tween Years

The Tween Bad

Testing Limits

If you thought your three-year-old was pushing limits, beware! Tweens now push limits in new ways because they are developing logic and reasoning skills. Good things to have, yes! But potentially frustrating when some things have to be done “because I said so.” Tweens will test those boundaries in many ways and can sometimes be pretty sneaky or manipulative. Parents have to establish firm expectations and consequences.

Peer Pressure Kicks In

As tweens start to spend more independent time with friends, those opinions can start to matter more to them. They may try to show off for their friends. Friends may encourage behaviors that go against what you want for your child. Parents must know who their tween is hanging out with and start having those conversations about peer pressure.

School Gets Harder

From ages 9 to 12, students are starting 4th grade and ending in 7th grade! They go from learning basic math facts to possibly pre-Algebra! There is SO much content taught in these years. Homework loads pick up—they may have more teachers if they switch classes. They may start at a new school building for middle school, depending on your district. That is a lot of change! It can be tough on tweens and parents alike.

The Tween Ugly

Puberty

Need I say more? Probably not, but I’m wordy, so I will. We have all been through it and remember the various stages of awkwardness and feelings of weirdness. Tweens hit puberty at various points. Some are in full voice-dropping, growth-spurt-having by age 11; others will be desperately waiting for any sign of growth at 13. Each kid is different, making it tough as this age group constantly compares themselves to each other.

Technology

The tech that tweens have and use is probably the one thing that is most different from their parents’ tween years. Each family will handle this with what they think works best for their situation. No matter what the decision is, parents still have to remember that they are in charge of the technology and that tweens must be monitored. As a teacher/library media specialist, I encourage parents to learn about COPPA laws and understand that many of the apps and sites tweens use are really designed for age 13 and up.

Closer to Gone

Realizing your child has gone from being a “kid” to a “tween” is just one more step on the road to them being gone. All the clichés are true. They grow up so fast! You blink, and they’re in college! Going from little kidhood to tweenage years is one more stage of learning how to grow toward independence and leaving the proverbial nest. Yes, they will drive us crazy as they test limits, require rides everywhere, suffer through mood swings, and outgrow clothes and shoes faster than we can buy them. But they will amaze us with their emerging personalities and interests. They will make us laugh and cry and roll our eyes. And then they will astound us further by going from Tween to Teen.

Fundraising Fatigue:: Alternative Ways to Support Organizations

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I don’t need another discount card to get lost in my purse or to bid on a silent auction item that I do not need and frankly can’t afford. There is plenty of pressure to participate in each and every single fundraising effort. If your child is involved in extra-curricular activities, you can bet it isn’t only the PTO.
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How do you navigate boundary-setting without damaging relationships? I suggest being very direct. Figure out what you can afford to donate to the child or the school and have an honest conversation. That honest conversation can be between you and your child, your family members, or even the organization hosting the fundraiser

How to Prioritize Contributions for Fundraising

Think about your contribution as an annual amount. You can decide to give a large sum or divide the amount and contribute fundraiser to fundraiser. You can be intentional about contributing to the fundraiser that impacts the school or the child in the greatest way.
If you don’t need “extra things” like gift wrap or your diet doesn’t do well with butter braids, tell them. Instead, give the organization a direct monetary donation. 

Alternative Ways to Support  

Support your children (or nieces and nephews) by contributing to their book fair. Most often, the school will get a kickback off of student purchases. While not a formal fundraiser, it is a win-win for all involved.
 
Offer to share the fundraiser via social media. Provide a few kind words, a link, and offer friends of friends to contribute if they would like to. I am not sure how effective this is, but I imagine it can’t hurt.

What the Heck—Write a Check Fundraiser

Now, this is something I could get behind! What if your school or organization offered the opportunity to opt-out of all fundraisers for the year if you sent a check?
 
I have seen this exact fundraiser done. The organization suggests a family contribution of $35. Quite a few families send more than the suggested $35. They round up to $40 or justify giving more because they have the means or they have 4 kids. This fundraiser (can we call it a fundraiser?) makes the revenue go directly to the cause and often raises more than the anticipated goal.check fundraising

What do you think? Would you rather write a check, or should we put you down for some overpriced popcorn?

Spark Their Passion for Reading:: Valerie Doherty and Her Books

We're so excited to partner with Valerie Doherty, a local author, to bring you this review! Our contributor received these books for free in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t know about you, but I want children to begin a passion for reading when they can hold a book. Not just my own children, but any child I may come to impact.

I’m so proud of the love for books we’ve helped instill in our own children.

To help with this goal, we started reading to our girls right after they were born. I’ve also scheduled two timeframes throughout the day for my preschoolers to sit down with a book of their choosing. Can they read? No. But can they look at the illustrations, recognize that there are words on the page meant to tell a story, seek out letters they already know, and begin to create their own story based on what they gain from when books are read aloud to them? Absolutely!

That’s why it’s important to have authors create books with this same desire to light a passion for reading in young children—authors like Valerie Doherty.

Photo Credit: valeriedohertyauthor.com

Valerie is native to the Midwest, splitting her time between Nebraska and Chicago. Through her years as a speech-language pathologist and childhood educator, Valerie took her passion for early language and literacy development and became a children’s book author. Currently, with three publications, the fun rhymes and simple words with appealing illustrations capture a young reader’s attention and holds it to the end.

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Current Titles, available on Amazon

Wonderful Things

This story is written in simple rhymes with an incredible message that’s truly about wonderful things. Each page is a reminder of how wonderful something so simple can truly be. It’s an easy read that is a great way to finish off your bedtime routine. Some things my preschool class (ages 4-5) said about this book were; “It was good because it had wonderful things in it” and “I liked the mountains, beach, beautiful sky, and flowers.”

The Big City Dance

What kid doesn’t like a book with talking animals doing the same things that children enjoy doing? The Big City Dance follows a mouse with a dream for something new, exciting, and fun. He finds himself in the big city where he learns to dance, something many young readers love to do and can easily relate to. Did I mention the farm animals that kids, even younger than age three, can recognize and enjoy?

Husker Game Day

My personal favorite for very biased reasons (GO BIG RED!!). As Valerie’s first publication, it was created for the biggest of Husker fans. The rhymes have a flow that leads you through one of the best days of the week—Football Saturday. With the beautiful illustrations, you and your young reader will be taken through the whole season of Husker Football. This book is a great addition to your child’s fandom library.

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The illustrations are appealing to even your youngest of readers (Hannah, age 2)

Valerie’s books are available on Amazon! Children deserve good books that will encourage them to keep picking up stories well into adulthood. There’s truly no risk of taking a chance with a new book when it comes to young readers. Let Valerie’s books be that next chance you take!

Daylight Saving Time:: It’s the Most Horrible Time of the Year

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November 1 marks the end of Daylight Saving Time.

It’s time to change your clocks!

Spring forward or fall back: It doesn’t matter which season it is; it makes for very confused kids and unhappy mamas when the time changes. 

(Perhaps I’m a little dramatic and egocentric, but let’s pause and think about it for a second.)

Pick a mom. Any mom. Imagine yourself. Whether in the baby, toddler, or teenage stage of motherhood (or perhaps all three!), a good night’s sleep is hard to come by. This is true not only for moms but for lots of Americans! But even with the lack of sleep, your body is used to the hour-upon-hour duties moms perform every day: 

Change diapers. 

Do the laundry. 

Feed the children. (Because, yes, they need to be fed every day!)

Then, out of nowhere, you have to readjust to an extra hour–or you lose an hour completely! No one else in your household is going to adjust. It’s your responsibility to change the clocks, wake your children an hour earlier (or get up when they wake you an hour earlier), and rush everyone to wherever they need to be (because you know whether you lose or gain an hour, you’re going to be late getting out the door). 

It’s the looking-at-the-clock-a-million-times-a-day that has me wondering what time is it and when can we START our bedtime routine?

But this doesn’t just happen for one day. Oh, no! The struggle happens ALL WEEK LONG! Like jetlag, it takes a few days for our bodies to acclimate to the change. 

Daylight Saving Time__ It’s the Most Horrible Time of the Year Omaha Mom

Did you know that people are more likely to get into car accidents or have a heart attack during the daylight saving shift?  

That extra hour to move sunlight from the morning to the evening complicates many people’s lives. Although the idea is nice, do we really need that extra hour? What if we didn’t change the time?

(Now remember, we aren’t actually changing the amount of sunlight we receive. We’re just CHANGING the time of when we receive it. We can’t change the sundials.) 

The earliest summer sunrise in Omaha is between 5:30 and 6 a.m. If we didn’t change our clocks, that would mean a 4:30 a.m. wake up call. 

Now that could be a pretty early morning if you have a little one who rises with the sun! 

Who should we thank for Daylight Saving Time?

According to National Geographic, several people came up with the idea independently; however, my favorite story comes from George Hudson. It goes like this:

Once upon a time, in 1895, there was an entomologist who thought, “I’d like to have a couple of extra hours for bug hunting. What if we moved the clock two hours forward in the summer and then moved it back in the winter?”  

Hm. 

Does Daylight Saving Time still work for lifestyles today?

Today we have electricity. We have varied schedules. Most people don’t work 9-5. They have night shifts or day shifts. We have phones where we are available 24 hours a day. 

Many countries around the world don’t observe Daylight Saving Time.

Do we really need to make our lives harder by telling our internal clocks that it’s wrong? Our internal clocks are generally messed up anyway (especially moms!). 

So for mothers far and wide, I’m standing up. I refuse to participate in Daylight Saving Time! 

Okay, just kidding. (I remember the 4:30 a.m. wake up call!)

But, seriously, moms, here’s to you—stock up on your chocolate and coffee (and your kids’ favorite snacks for bribing). Implement your healthy sleeping habits now! 

If anything, 2020 has shown mamas how strong we are.

Every year I dread the change, but this year I will embrace it. 

(Especially since we get an extra hour of sleep during this season.)

Bring on the end of Daylight Saving Time and all the turmoil it brings.

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