I woke up the day after Daylight Savings Time at 4:15am to a wail from my 2 year old. I could’ve been curious. I could’ve checked her out to make sure she was okay. But I didn’t. I promptly rolled over and put my pillow over my head. That’s not bad parenting. That’s Daylight Savings Time.
Eventually my daughter fell back asleep (at least I think she did, but my pillow created such delicious ignorance I couldn’t really say), but then my MIDDLE child got up an hour later, sending the floorboards into a melancholy chorus of Whyyyyyyyyyy throughout our hallway, echoing my own sad sentiments. Yep. I had officially entered the dark place.
Mornings are already tough enough with three little ones (plus a large human) to try and dress, feed, wipe, and push out the door…on time!??! I don’t need Daylight Savings to hijack my day FOR NO GOOD REASON! Because, come on people, we are NOT in the agriculture age anymore, right!?!!? I just don’t get it.
BUT, this year I decided to take control and let my kids eat popcorn for breakfast so I could spend some time researching why on God’s green earth DST still exists. Well…….
Did you know that farmers get blamed for this ritual every year when, in fact, they lobbied AGAINST it in 1918??!
Oh my corn crops. Stop me right there…you mean the farmers hated it too! Apparently they also knew just how disruptive this time change would be for the animals they were trying to raise! (And correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t piglets and two-year olds an awful lot alike? Just sayin’.)
Well, (spoiler alert!) the farmers lost the battle, so flash forward a hundred years later and we’re STILL practicing DST and they’re STILL getting blamed for it! (I’m writing them all an “I’m sorry card” this week.)
So all of this blaming and bitterness (on my end) got me thinking …
How often do we do this? How often do we hear something as “fact” and let our emotions color our ability to investigate it further? All.the.time.
Just visit facebook or an ECFE parenting class and you’ll know what I’m talking about. A mom may say very “assuredly” that the only way to get your baby to sleep is to “cry it out”. Or what about family drama? There’s always a bit of bias in those debates or arguments, right?
Well, in an attempt to spare us all from putting our heads in the sand (and because I know not everyone’s holidays are full of cocoa and Bing Crosby), I encourage us all to move beyond our instincts “to be right” and become “researchers” instead.
Let’s not let our opinions get dusty without hearing the “other side”. Let’s find out WHY something exists, or WHY someone feels the way they do, BEFORE we form solidified opinions or judgments. This goes for ALL things, like how to make popcorn properly to who you should vote for. (And if you MUST know, popcorn is best made with an oiled pan you’ve never washed since college. See? I’m well on my way to humility already.)
This is not easy to do. The journey to open-mindedness is never easy because it begs us to get out of our comfort zones and become critical thinkers. And that can be downright scary, especially if you’ve never left your sphere of influence before!
But just remember “the farmers”. Don’t let the assumptions carry on for “one hundred years” before seeking answers and doing some research. (Because what else are we gonna do with that extra hour anyway, right?!). And let’s talk to people who think differently than us too. Because maybe, just maybe, we will learn something new.