Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager Stir Up Debate Over Daylight Saving Time

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Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb

On Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 a.m., folks across the U.S. will turn their clocks back one hour for Daylight Saving—effectively messing up the routes of young children in the process.

But for parents dreading a shift in eating schedules and bedtimes, Today co-host Hoda Kotb has an interesting way of looking at the time change. The mom of two and her fellow co-host, Jenna Bush Hager (who has three kids of her own), debated over the pros and cons of Daylight Saving. And both made valid points.

"I'm trying to be cheery about it," Bush Hager said. "But honestly, will it ever go away?"

She added: "The only reason why I suggest it—you know what I mean, if I was going to run for something, I would maybe champion this even though we know there's bigger things to champion—is that people are tired."

Bush Hager also shared that the sun setting earlier in the day makes her "want to go to sleep," which isn't possible at 4 p.m. because she's a mom.

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That's when Kotb stepped in to play devil's advocate, spinning the time change into a tactic that could be an advantage to parents

"OK, so once it gets darker earlier, the kids already start calming down. It's not like they're looking outside, they're hearing fun, the sun's out," she said. "You know what happens? It's night night all the time at 6 o'clock."

Kotb continued: "Girl, dinner is over, 'Oh, kids, come on, let's start getting ready.' Take a bath, come wind it down, wind it down. Easier bedtimes. And plus, sometimes I think there's a reason to hibernate, to be cozy."

Bush Hager relented to Kotb's take, contemplating how she might use this tactic in her household.

"You know what, I've got to take all the clocks out of my house so I can somehow manipulate my children, so that they don't know that it's 6:30 instead of 7:30."

Honestly, that sounds like a solid plan. What do you think about Daylight Saving time?

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