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You’re going to need double the time, preparation, and patience. Photo: SeventyFour (Shutterstock) If you’re a parent of small children, you probably face the nightly bedtime routine with some amount of dread. There are so many to-do’s, moving, slippery parts, hyper children, and hygiene perils (see: bathwater, drinking) to deal with—plus an unparalleled appetite for chaos and stalling that seem to hit as soon as the bedtime countdown clock begins. In my house, there are naked cartwheels, hallway chases that sound like a stampede, and enough screams to damage an ear drum. All while I nurse the low-grade anxiety that the kitchen isn’t cleaned up from dinner, and I’ll have that waiting for me when all the cacophony wraps up around 9 p.m. And this is on a good night of minimal quarrels. The only thing worse than trying to manage all the frantic energy as part of a bedraggled parental tag team? Doing it by yourself. We salute single parents who do this day in and day out—you probably mastered this game long ago. For those thrust into solo bedtime due to a spouse’s occasional absence, though, here are some tips to help you make it to the other side of bedtime unscathed. Start their bedtime routine early If you and your partner can get it done together in 45 minutes, you should budget at least an hour and a half to get it done yourself. Anticipate that everything will take longer, and budget for double the time […]