Posted on 8:35pm Saturday 10th Nov 2012
I have zero tolerance of biting, whatever the reason, whether it be frustration or temper, I think it is unacceptable.
I remember many years ago when my eldest daughter bit her friend whilst on a play date, I was mortified. I will openly admit that I was very happy sitting on my moral high ground thinking that my daughter would never be "that" child, so I apologised profusely and in my fury, almost dragged my daughter down the stairs and frog marched her to the car and home.
She sobbed. Alot.
She never bit anyone ever again and her little friend will say to this date, some 4 years later, "that we don't bite because Auntie Donna doesnt like it" I think I must have made my point.
I always knew that she had bitten in frustration because she was the petite one, the cute one, the little one and she never had size or strength to win in an argument, so whilst I understood it still didnt mean I was more tolerant. Biting is something that children need to learn is unacceptable.
So fast forward 4 and a half years, right up to this morning when my youngest daughter was trying to move me out of the way and she bit me!
I squealed. Alot.
I looked down with a mixture of amazement and horror. Had my one year old really just bitten my leg? The bruise on my thigh confirms this to be true. I was gobsmacked. She has never been the petite or the little one (she is very cute though), so whilst I understood her inability to ask me to move but biting is unacceptable. She got sat down on the floor.
She cried. Alot.
Trying to instill discipline into a small child that has no concept that she may actually be hurting you is difficult. I am a firm believer in boundaries and discipline but at 14 months old, she isnt going to understand the naughty step or time out but I love this idea I found online. A woman wrote that she used this idea and it is so simple: "My daughter would bite when she was angry, sad...anything. I would look at her in the face after the bite and calmly say, "We don't bite. We HUG." I think this is lovely and whilst I hope that I dont have another biting experience, I can cope with a hug too.
We like hugs. Alot.
Posted on 7:39pm Saturday 10th Nov 2012
Listed under: Reviews
Everyone loves Frankie and Bennys dont they? Its a fabulous old fashioned family diner style experience so when they told us that they were launching a new cocktail menu, we were delighted at the chance to try it. Let be honest, being a mum can be a juggling act between cooking family meals, getting kids ready for school and running the house, plus often working a full time job, it’s easy to see how many mums never get any "me" time. So we were told that Frankie & Benny’s has launched its new cocktail menu to encourage mums to take time out and sip on a delicious cocktail. Sounded almost like a challenge to me!
The new cocktail menu has something for everyone, including non alcoholic cocktails ( which I hasten to add we didn't try as felt it would be a little insulting .... that's my excuse anyway!)
Anyone that knows me, laughs that I love a cheeky martini, so it was almost predicatable that I would go for the French Martini. The menu tells me that it is the ultimate in chic (a little like me then - ahem), a pink and frothy concoction comprising of Eristoff vodka, Chambord black-raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice. It wasnt a strong drink, it was refreshing and VERY moreish, which wasnt ideal at lunchtime!!
My gorgeous other half indulged with a Long Island Iced Tea, which was a combination of Eristoff vodka, Bacardi, Bombay Sapphire, Jose Cuervo tequila and triple sec shaken with fresh lemon juice and sugar, lengthened with Coca Cola. As a result of a bad experience with tequila during my mis-spent youth, I couldnt think of anything worse than a drink with tequila in it but he said it was delicious.
The majority of the cocktails are reasonably priced around £4.95 and my only complaint about the whole experience? That I had no one to look after the children so we could spent the rest of the afternoon and evening tasting the whole cocktail menu!
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