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15 Really Useful Items For New Parents

New parents have an awful lot to think about, both during the latter weeks of pregnancy and immediately after the birth. Although most future parents will have themselves organised well before the main event, there are still plenty of useful and thoughtful gifts you could buy, to either help, smooth or soothe them into their new role. Read on for a list of useful items for both baby and new parents – which ma

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FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL & EMPTY NEST SYNDROME

If your child is leaving to go to school, you may be feeling a little bereft. But remember the transition will be challenging for them too, even if they don’t let on that they’re nervous. After all, they’re the one taking the leap. The good news? The first day at school is a transition that you as a parent can help your child with. Plus, it’ll make you feel better to know that they can manage on their own.

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How to make your pregnancy go smoother

Although looking forward to becoming parents is a wonderful and exciting time in life, not everyone can have an easy and worry free pregnancy. There are a multitude of different things to think about and an equal number of inexplicable aches and pains to contend with, not to mention morning sickness, heartburn, aching legs, swollen feet and stretch marks. In fact, the list is so long is amazing that anyone ever doe

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EDEN’S TOP TEN STRESS ANTIDOTES

Summer is coming to a close and it’s back to school and work. This means rushing around from pillar to post. But don’t get stressed about it, turn your attention to the simpler things in life and find calm when it’s needed. Try our ten top tips, aka stress antidotes. 1) Spending time with friends. Scientists at Harvard University found that happiness is catching – if you are friends with a positive person t

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5 Fun Ways to Introduce Mindfulness To Your Child

When your life feels like it is whizzing around at high speed and everything is just too stressful, too tiring and too tough, it can be difficult to step aside from the onslaught and just be. This is the exact point when you need to embrace mindfulness. But what exactly is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of focusing our awareness on the present moment, of accepting our inner feelings, thoughts and sensatio

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SHOOTING SEASON…

…Kicks off this month with Red and Black Grouse, and as the summer ends, duck, goose, partridge and pheasant follow. But what to wear and what to take with you? Eden’s been investigating the shooting clothing protocol. HAT A tweed flat cap is traditional, but anything from baseball caps to beanies in appropriate colours are acceptable on most shoots. EAR PROTECTION Whether you wear disposable earplugs or high e

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Coping With the Transition To Secondary School

Any kind of change can and will affect each individual child to varying degrees. However, something as monumental as moving up from Primary School to Secondary School is likely to be extremely daunting to even the most outgoing child, so even if their outward stance is one of excitement it is likely that your offspring may be feeling a little intimidated at this stage. Most Primary Schools will have spent a good de

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A SCREEN FREE SUMMER

The headmaster of a leading independent school hit the national headlines recently when he encouraged his pupils to complete a week-long digital detox over the summer holidays. As a parent of two girls ages 9 and 6, I thoroughly support this school of thought, particularly as given the opportunity my youngest would happily sit in front of the television all day long. She’s not alone. According to a study by the m

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The Real Reasons To Get Outdoors

It is becoming increasingly obvious that we now exist in a society where people spend most of their time indoors, and worse still, in front of a screen. I can certainly appreciate that we all have to work and make a living and for the majority of us that occurs enclosed inside four walls and staring at a monitor for hours on end. Sadly, our children are also now slaves to the screen, with more and more schools util

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Future Academic Success Part 2

Investing in a governess Whether employed part time to teach your child a smaller number of subjects, or required full time to replace your child’s formal schooling altogether, a private governess is a great investment when it comes to helping your child’s education. A professional educator in the private home, a governess is responsible for the intellectual and social development of a child, focusing on academ

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Ease The Transition From Cot To Bed

As parents, there are going to be many times when you have to make a decision which will make you anxious. One of those occasions is likely to be moving your child from the relative safety of a cot and into their first ‘big’ bed. This will usually occur sometime between eighteen months and three years. There are probably three main reasons to move your child from a cot to a bed: You suddenly find that your chi

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Is Your Nanny Vaccinated?

The subject of vaccinations can be a contentious one and, unfortunately, the available advice is not always easy to navigate or even particularly clear. Over the past decade or two, many have claimed that the effects of the vaccinations are worse than the illnesses themselves. However, most of the claims are controversial and as yet unproven. Unfortunately, this leaves most parents with a difficult decision to make

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ARE YOU GAME?

Delving into the role of the gamekeeper The countryside plays an important part in all our lives. No one knows this better than perhaps the gamekeeper, employed for centuries to oversee its general health: To sustain its growth, and conserve and preserve and manage its wildlife. Astonishingly, if you times the amount of land in Britain’s nature reserves and National Parks by nine, then you get some idea of the a

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REPRESENTING THE PERFECT CANDIDATE

CVs and résumés At Eden, we spend a lot of time fact checking CVs and résumés. Our clients know we can cherry pick from the highest calibre of private staff on their behalf in order to deliver impeccable standards of service and integrity. If you are a candidate looking to register with us at Eden, it will help us enormously if your CV/résumé is complete and current. Your CV/résumé is the first thing we at

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Searching For A New Nanny – Spot The Early Warning Signs

Finding the perfect nanny can be a worrying process for you and for your children. For you, it is entirely possible that endless advertising and interviewing could potentially result in an ill-considered choice – simply because it’s stressful and exhausting searching for that one perfect candidate. For the children, having another significant adult organising their lives can be stressful too; after all, it

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A BASIC GUIDE TO HYGIENE

Whether that’s personal or food related, maintaining a stringent level of hygiene is essential when working in the private sector THE SAFE HANDLING & STORAGE OF FOOD If you happen to be taking a food delivery, do remember to check date codes on the produce that arrives. Also check the condition of the food itself; use sense and look for any signs of mould or indeed smell for any unsavoury odour. Also highligh

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Coping with Sibling Rivalry

Even when your children get along really well there are still going to be moments of sibling rivalry; tempers rise and suddenly you find yourself with a battle on your hands. Personality clashes can erupt over anything and generally occur totally out of the blue. Jealousy is usually the greatest cause of rivalry and it can be triggered by a perceived lack of attention or may centre around particular toys and clothe

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Preparing For A Holiday With Your Nanny

Whilst envisaging any forthcoming holiday many of us will probably be blissfully focussing on endless sandy beaches, calming cool breezes and evenings spent sipping exotic cocktails and sampling local delicacies. However, if your family consists of two fraught and overworked adults and one or more children you might well be about to embark on a hectic roller coaster ride of mayhem. Younger children, in particular,

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Teaching your child to be safe – Part Two

The goal here is to instill safety without creating fear… As we previously discussed in the previous blog on this topic, becoming a parent is a wonderful experience but it can be fraught with fears, and none more so than fear for the safety of our beloved children. However, our fears can transfer to our offspring and make them even more nervous than necessary. However much we feel the need to protect them fro

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SILVER SERVICE – All you need to know

Silver service originated in the upper class estates of 19th century Britain and to this day continues as a practice that brings a sense of class to formal occasions. It is the term given to the skilled serving of food from a platter using a spoon and fork to seated guests at a table, and is a technique requiring much practice and dexterity. Plates, platters and service cutlery must be spotless and waiting staff sh

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