My DD is a bright little girl but can be very willful and difficult.
I have tried and failed many techniques to deal with the 'hot spots' of our day. The main one being bathtime.
She is a very early riser (anytime from 5), I have given up on trying to deal with that, have tried and failed for 3 years. however it means that by 6 she is really tired. She doesn't nap at all and so this doesn't help.
I have to bath her at least every 2 days due to her excema. There is a whole ritual around bath and bedtime which she has slowly extended - piggy back upstairs, tickles on the bed, hop to the bathroom, hide in the cupboard................I am totally fed up with the cajoling and when I try to say 'no we're going straight in the bath' we have meltdown.
What's worse is that when she is like this she insists on only me bathing her and not her dad. Unfortunately have given in on this a few times for an easy life but it's set a precedent. She always wants me about DH when she is cranky, upset etc.
What can I do? She ends up screaming and running away from us so can't actually put her in the bath. She sometimes gets so angry she hits us and bites us. When she calms down she says she is sorry but we don't want her to act that way in the first place!