I have a 3.5 year old who tends to get very out of control. We've been making a lot of progress but I still have A LOT of challenging days so I feel you. Someone recommended a book to me called 1-2-3 Magic. I read it and started implementing the tactics and it has done WONDERS!!!
My daughter also gave up naps very early on however, if we're driving around and she falls asleep (which is very often), she's out for the count and I'm able to transfer her into bed to sleep. For me, I think a large portion of our issues is due to lack of sleep. We have a very calming bedtime routine every night but she still fights me tooth and nail and many nights I can't get her down until past 10pm...it's ridiculous!!! I know she needs a nap during the day but I work full time and my caregivers just aren't persistent enough to get her down (argh!). Sometimes I insist on her having "quiet time" in her room when I know she is over tired. At least that gives us both time to decompress. How does your child sleep? Could that be a contributing factor?
I feel your pain...hang in there because this WILL pass just like everything else...as long as you can establish who is in control ;) Try the book too...I think it's great!
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