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Streamlining Bedtime

On the surface, bedtime is a series of tasks to be checked off: pajamas, teeth, books, kisses. But for kids and parents, it's also a tricky transition from a day of activity to a night of rest, from being together to being separate. At any point, the routine can plunge into a time sinkhole. Here's a guide to avoid the biggest barriers:

Contributing editor Jane Meredith Adams writes for the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco magazine, and Health.