My generally calm and pleasant kid is not a morning person, to put it mildly. Unfortunately, due to work and commute, we have to wake her up about an hour before she's ready (based on her normal weekend wake up time) to get her to school, so I realize that I'm messing with her rhythm but we don't have much flexibility, sadly. And she won't go to bed any earlier to shift the sleep time. So I'm trying to figure out how to help her and how to deal myself because it's becoming unmanageable. She wakes up slowly and mad, usually kicks around in bed while I'm trying to calm her, cuddle, be playful, etc. Eventually we lift her out of bed, that's usually when she starts crying and screaming. She doesn't want to go to school, she doesn't want to put on clothes, she wants to go to back to bed, etc. Most of the time we manage to at least keep her calm and distracted, other mornings it's just a complete meltdown as we try to stay calm, get her dressed (while she's screaming and fighting us at every turn), and usually by the time she gets settled for breakfast she's calmed down. We do everything we can think of- don't fight over clothes/pick our battles, give her choices, try to give her as much time to linger as we can. The biggest complaints are she doesn't want to go to school (but she's happy at school and then doesn't want to leave when we pick her up), and she doesn't want to get out of bed. Anyone have strategies that help get through this?