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Daylight savings time and my three sons at home: the exception, futile, and outdated

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PR Newswire / Torneau

(Read caption) When is daylight savings time? March 10, 2013. Make sure to spring forward your clocks by an hour. The storefront at Torneau in New York, one of the largest watch retailers in the world.

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When you raise kids to be smart, you often end up taking all the tests. That’s what happened last night when I tried to explain daylight saving time (DST) to my youngest son and suddenly found myself in the middle of a heated debate as my teens argued the necessity, effectiveness, linguistics, and the fact that there’s actually no rule or law making it mandatory.

Gone are the days when my first son thought saving daylight meant putting it in a piggy bank to use as a night light and that “Spring ahead; Fall back,” was all about jumping on the furniture for half the year.


My son Avery, 14, pointed out “It’s not a law either. Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands all leave their clocks alone.”


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