Stapleton “Fall Back Preppers” Have Successful Daylight Savings Transition

preppersFor many Stapleton parents, daylight savings time creates all sorts of havoc. Nap times, bed times, eating times can all get out of whack. “It takes at least two weeks to get my kids back on the right schedule,” said Stapleton mother of three Julie Farrell. “I hate the spring forward, and I hate the fall back. I remember when I used to enjoy the ‘extra hour’ before I had kids. I even enjoyed the spring forward knowing we were going to get a longer day. But daylight savings is only a pain in the ass once you have kids.” Angie Mason is in complete agreement. “You can’t explain to your kids that they need to be awake or in bed based on the time,” said Mason. “If they’re not tired, or not hungry, that’s their rationale. It really sucks.” Although most Stapleton residents with kids have a difficult time with daylight savings time, there is one group who has figured out a way to make it through daylight savings time with little difficulty. The group calls themselves “fall back preppers.” “A small group of us started doing it about six years ago,” said fall back prepper Dave Graham. “We were discussing all of the difficulties we were having adjusting our families to the time change, and decided something could be done. So, we started brainstorming how we would prepare for the event every year.” Graham says being a prepper just means being willing to make some small changes. “It’s not rocket science. It’s just the willingness to change your schedule slightly every day for a week.” Graham says his group has about 35 families committed to fall back prepping. “It is not about money, as there is not a financial commitment. We just have a blog that people go to to discuss different ideas.” Fellow prepper Marc Koellner outlines the changes prepper families make. “We literally adjust everything by 10 minutes each day,” said Koellner. “So, Monday, if the kids normally get up by 7, we have them get up at 7:10. If they eat at noon, we don’t feed them until 12:10. And then bedtime becomes 8:40 instead of 8:30. Then, Tuesday, we add ten more minutes. They get up at 7:20, eat at 12:20, bed at 8:50. By Saturday, it’s a full sixty minutes, and we are all set when things move back an hour.” Graham says that although time is the big factor, there is other things the group does. “Some of us work on light simulation, making it seem lighter in the morning during that week,” said Graham. “But for the most part, just adjusting body clocks is the issue.” ]]>

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