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EDEN’S GIVING AWAY 50 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO THE LONDON ART & ANTIQUES FAIR, OLYMPIA

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia returns for its 25th year this year giving art and antique enthusiasts the chance to purchase often never displayed pieces from some of the best dealers in the UK.  Running from 26th June until 2nd July it is heralded a key event in the London art calendar. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a pair of free tickets worth £40, then email us: Marketing@edenprivat

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What Makes a Great Children’s Book

Children who take an interest in books at a very young age often go on to become prolific readers in later life. I have often sat in low lighting on the bedroom floor reading away, long after my children have left for the land of nod, engrossed in a wonderful story! If you are an avid reader yourself it is very likely that you will still recall the details of your most beloved tales from your childhood but it’s r

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FUTURE ACADEMIC SUCCESS – PART 1

Heathrow Airport launched a new initiative this month, highlighting the need to encourage Britain’s children to learn a second language. A new survey of over 2,000 UK adults with children under 18, found that kids up and down the country aren’t making the most of the opportunities languages present them with. Nearly one in five children (19%) are not interested in learning new languages while one in ten (10%) s

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6 Ways to beat Anxiety

Many of us suffer from varying levels of anxiety at some point in our lives but quite often we fail to recognise the symptoms; stress over work, money or family matters are some of the main things that can turn a little general background worry into a sudden and extremely frightening panic. Often we don’t even know what caused it or how to deal with it. For some people, anxiety can become so frequent or so extrem

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How to boost your child’s confidence

Self-esteem is the keystone to self-confidence and happiness and begins in early childhood. Imagine what would happen if you constantly criticised your child. By the time they reached their teens they would be plagued with relentless self-doubt and probably exhibit behavioural problems. On the other hand if you support and praise your child you will reap untold rewards; your child will grow up feeling confident, op

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Martial Arts For Kids

Despite common misconceptions, studying a martial art is not a vicious or brutal way for children to spend their time; in fact, this is far from the truth. Activities like Tae Kwon Do, Judo or Kung Fu are only a tiny selection of the martial arts available for your child’s enjoyment and whilst they are all fun ways for both boys and girls to keep fit, there are many more benefits, some of which may come as a bit

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Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

Sometimes just getting your children to eat anything other than junk food can be a challenge but with the rise in childhood obesity, it is becoming more and more important that we encourage our offspring to eat a nutritious and balanced diet right from the start.   Children need to absorb the right vitamins and minerals for a multitude of reasons; not only to enable them to grow and develop well but also so that

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Keeping Your Hair On in the Digital Maelstrom or Why, More than Ever, Your Children Need Books

Looking at the technical data relating to our online lives is a very sobering experience.  According to their own technical information, limits for Twitter accounts are 1,000 messages per day, tweets 2,400 per day, following (daily) 1,000 per day, with the caveat that ‘once an account is following 5,000 other users, additional follow attempts are limited by account-specific ratios.’  If the thought of followi

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Happy Easter!

Easter  Beliefs, Customs and Traditions  It is commonly believed that the word Easter comes from a pagan figure called Eastre (or Eostre), the celebrated goddess of spring for the Saxons of Northern Europe. The existence of a goddess named Eastre or a spring festival in her honour is however based on conjecture and not historical fact. Some say that the word Easter is probably related to the word  (ost   i

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The Sympathetic Mind – Telling the Stories of the Local Landscape

I have been reading the collected essays of writer, poet and farmer, Wendell Berry, and have almost been sunk under the avalanche of ideas that the book has provoked, ideas as much for my classroom and its ethos, as for the way I live my life.  Berry believes absolutely in the local landscape to provide necessary definition to our lives and in particular the richness of stories to help root us to our homes; which

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IS YOUR LIFESTYLE FERTILE?

1 in 6 British couples are infertile, and next to age, lifestyle is widely to blame. Dr. Jaya Parikh, a Fertility Specialist at the world- class private health establishment, The Lister Fertility Clinic, talked to Eden about influential lifestyle factors worth considering when planning a pregnancy. Nutrition Consuming a well-balanced diet rich in carbohydrates, fiber, folate as well as consuming fruit and vegetabl

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THE EDEN INTERVIEW

Would you, could you, should you… be a Live Out Nanny? One of the greatest aspects of writing for Eden is finding out about how the private staff we place are getting on. Here we speak to Rachel McNally about her role as a live out nanny. We began by asking… How did you end up in this particular line of work? Oh that’s easy, it was vocational for me. Something I always wanted to do from being a little girl a

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THE RISE OF THE AIR NANNY

At Eden we have been fulfilling high profile and bespoke requests for over sixteen years. During this time, our team of highly-skilled search consultants have matched client to staff and staff to client, ultimately helping each to find their ideal solution. When it comes to recruiting specialised private staff, we receive requests daily, and whether they are quirky or familiar, at Eden, our aim is to help our clien

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Books in Translation

My 6 month old spaniel puppy, currently very much at the chewing stage, recently helped himself to a favourite book of mine, as it lay on the settee.  Although small pieces of the text were still dangling from the corner of his mouth, the front cover and the lovely introduction by the book’s translator, Giovanni Pontiero, were already beyond rescuing and there was nothing I could do to salvage the rest. The Hist

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Family protection – one of the considerations in layered security

I have previously written about the layers and priorities considered during a Residential security survey but this editorial will focus on the core incentive for taking professional advice on security. The security and sanctuary your home affords you and your Family. Safety and security for the ones you love is a basic human need. When your wealth or status expose you to an increased risk of targeted burglary, Kidn

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Pensions For Nannies 2017

By February, 2018 every employer, with at least one member of staff, will be required by law to provide a workplace pension, as long as their employees meet the qualifying criteria. Many people have assumed, mistakenly, that this is directed toward small business owners and their employees rather than the individual. In reality the new law means that people who employ a children’s nanny, gardener, carer, housekee

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Social Media Threats Can Be Extreme

How to Keep Children Safe on Social Networks While Facebook has its age limit set at 13 years old, a majority of kids from 10 to 12 own social media accounts, a new study shows, and 96 percent of teens from 13 to 18 participate in social networks. Social media world, which is a socially enriching tool inseparable from modern society, has become a dangerous place for children and teens who are not correctly supervis

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10 Great Reasons to Hire A PA

As a company executive or owner you may find yourself buried under a whole host of business minutiae when you should be focussing on the health and growth of your company. If you find yourself so stretched that all of your work is suffering and you are heading for burnout, it is probably time to delegate. Equally many larger businesses rely on a few key individuals to bring in clients, devise innovative marketing s

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MOTHER’S DAY

Why not treat Mum on Mothering Sunday to afternoon tea and spectacular views, a luxurious jazz luncheon or a seaside sojourn? Here Eden brings you a few of the treats on offer around the UK guaranteed to make the 26th of March a special day to remember… Incredible views and elegant dining this Mother’s Day at The Petersham, Richmond Boasting outstanding panoramic views of the River Thames from Richmond hill, th

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Boost Your Child’s Academic Success with a Private Tutor

There could be a number of reasons why you would consider hiring a tutor for your child; perhaps they are a little behind in certain subjects, have impending exams or they could, equally, be gifted and a bit held back in their conventional school. Whilst many of us, at one time or another, may have thought that a little extra help could benefit our child, increasingly a number of parents are considering the option

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