My daughter turned 4 last week, and a switch flipped or something. We have power struggles every night over the bath time/bedtime routine. I used to have strategies that worked like a charm (giving her multiple "heads up" announcements that a transition is coming, using a timer to signal that it was time to do something else, offering a "forced choice", using humor/silly songs, etc.). She has learned amazing new ways to annoy the crap out of me, most notably, she bites my shirt and won't let go.
I do not want to resort to punishments and I don't want to manhandle her. But I am losing my cool, and I do need to get through the nighttime routine and get her to bed.
What works with your 4-year-old?
And can anyone give me perspective on 4-year-olds? Is this normal? Am I supposed to give her more independence? What happened to my daughter???