Frontera Foods

June 27, 2013
Thank you Frontera Kitchen for sending us your wonderful products for families to try.    We adored your chile infused  tacos sauces.. We reminice and crave the tasty enchiladas sauce.   We are still dreaming about the marinades.  These full-flavored sauces are made with fresh ingredients and fire-roasted chiles for extraordinary Mexican dishes easy enough for everyday meals for real families.

All Frontera products are made in small batches from fresh, classic ingredients including Frontera’s authentic, chile-infused salsas. Frontera Food’s specialty food products feature the gamut of robust and spirited regional flavors that represent the very soul of Mexican cuisine.

Frontera Foods is a staple of my family’s pantry.   It makes meal preparation for busy families like mine a snap. Best of all, so deliciously good.

Love,

Cambridge Nanny Group

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Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Serves 4 
  • 8 ounces shredded cheese, such as Monterey Jack
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Chopped white onion and cilantro for garnish
  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Spread ¼ cup of the Sauce over the bottom of an 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Mix 1/2 of the cheese with the chicken in a bowl.
  2. Wrap the tortillas in microwave-safe plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 1 minute, just until softened. Fill each warm tortilla with 1/8 of the cheese-chicken mixture, roll up and place in prepared dish.
  3. Completely cover filled tortillas with remaining sauce and remaining cheese. Bake until bubbly and browned, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with onion and cilantro and serve.

Wow!

June 24, 2013
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Cambridge Nanny Group Happiness Ambassador – Giovanna E.

Nanny Wow Story of the Month!

If you are a working parent your day is probably jammed full of meetings, phone calls, lunches, deadlines, and projects.  You understand how difficult it can be to find the very best  nanny. Our client is a successful – and  busy – professional couple seeking a very specific skill set – a wonderful nanny who was also a native Italian speaker with a Northern Italian dialect.      Giovanna interviewed with the family and they LOVED her.   Giovanna interviewed with the grandparents and they LOVED her too!   After several successful interviews and trial days Giovanna was hired.    She’s over the moon with her new position and the family calls her “fabulous”.  Congratulations Giovanna for being a Cambridge Nanny Group happiness ambassador.   You are appreciated!

 

 

 

Are You Ready for Baby?

June 10, 2013

Cambridge Nanny Group founder, Ingrid Kellaghan, shares tips with Mom.me on getting ready for baby.  Read the whole article and discover 10 things to know and do before you take the plunge.

 

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Kids Room Chaos

June 9, 2013

Cambridge Nanny Group Founder and President, Ingrid Kellaghan,  discusses Kids Room chaos with Education.com readers. 

Kids Room Chaos: 7 Things to Never Allow in Your Child’s Bedroom

by Jae Curtis

Once upon a time, your baby’s room was stocked with soft, safe staples like a cushy change table and a nostalgic rocking chair. Of course, as he gets older, the change table is moved out in favor of a TV stand. And that rocking chair? It makes way for a box full of noisy toys. While you want your child to feel like his room is his private space, you might be fostering poor habits and bad behavior by allowing your child to keep certain items in his room. Make sure that a kid’s room is a safe place—not one that gets him into trouble.

A Television

One of the most obvious no-nos is allowing your child to have a TV in his room. While it might not seem like a big deal at first (Hey, it gets you a few minutes of quiet time!), it could have some seriously detrimental effects on your child’s health. A 2010 study from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University found that kids with TVs in their rooms were 2.5 times more likely to be overweight, while a 1999 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found a link between kids room TVs and sleep disturbances. Sure, a TV might give you a few minutes of peace and quiet, but at what price?

Food

Let’s face it: Your child probably isn’t equipped to make genius nutrition choices all on his own. That’s why giving him constant access to food—especially junk food—in his room is a bad idea. Rhonda Franz, managing editor for ParentingSquad.com, warns against making a kid’s room into a kitchen. “Besides the fact it’s messy and unnecessary, allowing children to eat at will in their bedrooms sets up bad eating habits,” she says. “Young children aren’t conscientious enough to create their own boundaries with meal times and snack times, or cleaning up a mess.” Can we say mice?

Noisy Toys

While you might not want your child’s noisy toys lying around the house, think twice before you banish them to the bedroom. Sure, they might be out of the way, but they can also be mighty tempting to a child trying to get to sleep. “One of the worst things parents can do is decorate the bedroom to be a playroom instead of creating a calming room for sleep,” warns child development expert Ingrid Kellaghan. “Before nap or bedtime, toys should be tucked away, stored and out of sight. When a child’s bedroom is used for other activities, merely walking into the bedroom causes the brain to literally wake up because it automatically associates being in that room with mental alertness and fun.”

Discipline

“Go to your room!” Is there any parent who hasn’t uttered these very words in a bout of frustration? While a child’s room might seem like the natural place for discipline, it could create a problem for your child at bedtime. When his room is constantly used as a method of punishment, you might find your little one sneaking out to your bed in the night and resisting quiet time in his personal abode. Instead of disciplining your child in his room, try a neutral area instead. That way, your child’s room becomes a safe haven instead of a torture chamber.

A Computer

Here’s another no-brainer for savvy parents. While you might want your child to have the best advantage when it comes to school and learning, leaving a computer in his room permanently can cause some serious problems. Even young children can be tempted by the lure of 24/7 games, especially after Mom and Dad hit the sack. What’s more, without proper supervision or computer protection, your little one might wander onto websites not meant for little eyes. It’s best to move a computer to a shared area of the home and create an atmosphere where it’s only okay to use the computer when you’re nearby.

A Lock

Whether you have a toddler or a teen, no dependent in your house should be so independent that he needs his own private and impenetrable space. Besides the fact that a lock can be dangerous for younger kids who accidentally trap themselves in their rooms, you should always have access to your child’s space. Does that mean spying and snooping? No, but it should mean that your child knows you could come in at any time for inspection.

Unsafe Gear

Most moms know that silence is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s that blissful sound that gives you a few moments to catch up onDownton Abbey. On the other hand, it usually means that your little one is occupied—for better or for worse. That’s why you need to head into your child’s room and do a once-over for anything that could be dangerous. Even a pair of scissors could become dangerous when your child learns that they cut hair, skin and anything else. Get down on the floor and check for danger at eye level. An unanchored chest of drawers, loose cord from the blinds and electrical sockets should all be taken care of so you can relish—not fear—a few minutes of silence.

Your little one’s room should be a sanctuary for both of you. While the days of languid rocking in a chair might be long over, it can still be a place of storybooks, lullabies and kisses goodnight. By keeping excess stimulation and temptation out of your child’s room, you might be able to snag a few more years of quiet moments before a raucous teen occupies the space instead.

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Stand Up for Domestic Workers

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Watch and share this inspiring video of artists sharing their own immigration stories 

Stand Uo for Domestic Workers. Yesterday, the full Senate took up an immigration reform bill that could help the millions of domestic workers whose labor makes all other work possible in the United States.  tion reform.

 

Over the next few weeks they’ll be making decisions about immigration reform that will impact the lives of millions of domestic workers and their families.

 

That’s why We Belong Together launched an exciting new photo and video campaign featuring celebrities like Rosie Perez, Julianne Moore, and Christy Turlington Burns standing up for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly. 

 

We need your help to make sure that the message of the photos and video get all the way to Congress on Monday morning — can you share the photos and video today?  

 

By sharing the video and photos, and by taking your own #Fairdora photos, we can send a strong message to Congress — it’s time for immigration reform that treats women fairly and keeps families together!

 

Why are we asking folks to wear fedoras? Women wear many hats — as community leaders, mothers, workers, volunteers, and more.  The fedora is a metaphor for women’s multiple roles and identities and a symbol of support for reform legislation that is inclusive of the needs of women including the right to earn minimum wage.

 

Thank you, and we can’t wait to see you in your #fairdora!

 

 

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Parenting with Presence

June 8, 2013

Hello Parents,
Well the Parenting with Presence Summit is over but you still have time to listen to the replays from Friday with Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly HuntSeane CornKathering Woodward Thomas and Trudy Goodman and Kathy Eldon. Just go to the Program Page and click on any of the Friday sessions in the sidebar. That will open up that session for you so you can access the online replay.I want to thank you for participating in our first parenting summit and making a commitment to being the best parent (grandparent, caregiver, friend, etc.) for the children in your life.And I want to send a big wave of appreciation to our partner and host for this summit, Susan Stiffelman. She did such a fantastic job of rounding up such an awesome array of parenting experts and getting them to share so many valuable insights, strategies, tools and resources for you.

Susan is taking a well deserved weekend off! But she did send me this beautiful thank you note she wanted to share with you:

Dear friends, 

Thank you so much for being part of the Parenting With Presence summit! We had thousands of people from over eighty countries register for this event, all focused on growing more fully into being and becoming the best version of their parenting selves. What a week it has been! 

For years I have wanted to explore the potential for growth that arises when we embrace our day to day parenting lives as integral to our personal or spiritual development. The Parenting With Presence summit fulfilled a long-held dream of just that, providing the opportunity to engage with brilliant teachers who each brought their unique knowledge, insight and experience about parenting with consciousness to all of us. I was humbled, I was awed, and I was profoundly affected by the conversations I was able to have with such extraordinary people. 

Each and every speaker brought so much to our dialogues. Marci Shimoff shared practical exercises that parents can do with their children to raise their happiness set point, regardless of genetics or circumstances. Thupten Jinpa spoke with great candor about embracing family life after being a Tibetan monk. Marianne Williamson eloquently spoke about bringing spirituality into our every day parenting life. Katherine Woodward Thomas offered guidance for consciously uncoupling in a way that preserves a child’s sense of safety and well being. I could go on and on. After each and every call, I sat quietly, simply absorbing the richness of what had been shared. I can’t wait to listen again so I can absorb even more. 

I hope you, too, have been inspired to apply what you have learned this week to your own parenting life. Thank you again for taking part in the summit. I am grateful for your participation, inspired by your passion, and filled with joy at having been allowed to learn more about parenting with wholehearted and loving presence. 

With gratitude and joy, 

Susan


Thank you again!

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Beating Tween Boredom

June 6, 2013

Cambridge Nanny Group  founder and president,  Ingrid Kellaghan,  was asked by Mom.me to share her  ideas on Beating Tween Boredom.  Read how you can add a little fun into the lazy days of summer.


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Baby Proofing: 6 Things you probably forgot

Baby-proofing: 6 Things you probably forgot

Cambridge Nanny Group founder and President, Ingrid Kellaghan discusses baby proofing with www.Pregnancyandbaby.com

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KEEP BABY SAFE

You’ve gotten down to baby level; eliminated small objects and hanging cords; made cabinets, windows, drawers, knobs and toilets impervious to small hands; and set your hot water heater for a max of 120 degrees. Your baby-proofing job is done, right? Don’t be so sure.

Laundry detergent capsules

Those little pods of laundry detergent are certainly convenient, but they can pose a big threat to your baby. Carolyn Stulberg, founder and executive director of Alexandria School, says the capsules are one of the new dangers she is stressing in nanny training this year. “Detergent pods are new in the U.S. market and gaining popularity,” says Stulberg. “These pods look like candy. They are colorful and easy to swallow. Children are ingesting them because they look like they would taste good.” Nearly 500 kids visited the emergency room during a 30-day period this summer because they ingested laundry pods, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released in October. Stulberg advises parents to store all detergent up high, out of reach of children, and to buy only liquid or powder detergent.

Magnet balls

Magnets — especially small ones — can be fatal if ingested. Stulberg teaches nannies to pay particular attention to magnetic balls. These balls — sold under different names like Buckyballs, Zen Magnets or Neo Cube — are made for adults to help in relieving stress. Recently banned by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, these balls are made of the rare earth mineral neodymium which is 15 times more powerful than standard magnet minerals. “Because they are so powerful, if a child swallows a couple of balls, then they stick together and can cause loops of bowel to adhere to each other and can bore holes in the intestine, with life threatening complications,” says Stulberg. “My advice to parents is to not have any of these magnetic balls in their home.”

Secure large and heavy items

Babies may seem tiny and helpless, but before you know it, they’ll be pulling up on bookshelves and furniture as they cruise around the house. The key is to prepare for the next stage before your child gets there. “Secure large and heavy items such as TVs, microwaves, fish tanks, bookcases, furniture and appliances to the wall to prevent them from tipping or falling,” says Debra Holtzman, J.D., national child safety expert and best-selling author of The Safe Baby: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Home Safety and Healthy Living. She recommends securing a stud in the wall using brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps, and always reading the manufacturer’s instructions for tips or warnings regarding placement of your TV or furniture.

Leave the toxins at the door

If you’ve never implemented a “shoes-off” policy in your home, having a baby is a good reason to do so. “Pesticides and other toxins that cause harm to humans can be easily tracked into the home on the soles of shoes, and can settle into the carpet — where your child plays, sits and crawls.” says Holtzman. If you don’t feel comfortable asking guests to remove their shoes, at least add a welcome mat at your front door for family members and guests to wipe their feet before entering.

Get rid of latex balloons

Holtzman says more children have suffocated on un-inflated balloons and pieces of balloons than on any other type of toy. She recommends keeping latex balloons away from children under 8 and choosing shiny, metallic Mylar balloons instead.

Batteries

Button batteries are particularly dangerous. When swallowed, these small lithium batteries can burn the esophagus with a potentially fatal outcome. Keep button batteries and things that contain button batteries (remote controls, toys, musical greeting cards, flameless candles, calculators, watches and other electronics) away from babies and small children.

*Remember: This is not a complete baby-proofing list. For more information on child-proofing your home, visit thesafetyexpert.com.

EXPERT TIP

Ingrid Kellaghan, parenting expert and founder of Cambridge Nanny Group in Chicago, says, “Preventing accidents is important, but knowing what to do should an accident occur should not be overlooked.” Make sure you’re prepared by taking First Aid, CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) classes.

 

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Preschool Schedule

June 5, 2013

Original Post: http://www.allparenting.com/my-family/articles/965995/moms-and-experts-discuss-preschooler-schedules

Real moms: Do you schedule your preschooler?

Routines are good for preschoolers, but is it possible to over-schedule your child? Moms and experts chime in.

“It’s very important that toddlers have a structure and routine, but parents should not be the recreational activity director for their preschoolers,” says Ingrid Kellaghan, mother of two and founder of Cambridge Nanny Group.

“Some preschoolers are so used to parents or caregivers running them from activity to activity that they aren’t learning how to create their own fun or develop self-awareness,” says Kellaghan.

What things should be scheduled?

Meals, bedtime and naps all should be scheduled and built into your child’s daily routine. “Having a routine allows preschoolers to feel safe so they can develop the emotional security they’ll carry with them their entire lives,” says Kellaghan.

“Besides bedtime and meals, I did not have much of a schedule for my preschoolers,” said Karen, a mother of triplets. “There were times when we couldn’t stick to the schedule, but things were easier when we did. Tired or hungry kids can be cranky.”

Build in downtime

“Every preschooler needs downtime,” explains Kellaghan, but downtime doesn’t always mean nap. “I knew it was downtime when my daughter started to twirl her hair,” says Kellaghan. “It didn’t necessarily mean she was sleepy — she may simply have needed time to spend in her room with a quiet activity.”

Alice’s daughter gave up naps completely at just 18 months old. “Being with her non-stop from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. was brutal for both of us,” said Alice. “So I started putting her in her room after lunch (with the monitor on). She found ways to occupy herself for an hour or so, and I used the time to call a friend, catch up on some housework or just gather my senses.”

Downtime gives kids time to sort things out, to process life around them and the confidence to feel that they don’t have to look to Mom or Dad to be their 24/7 activity coordinator.

Don’t overschedule

“The lives of today’s children are so scheduled and mapped out for them that they scarcely have time to themselves,” says Kellaghan. Unfortunately, overscheduled preschoolers may lose the opportunity and ability to use their imagination.

“Downtime is a very important and often overlooked part of preschoolers’ development,” says Kellaghan. “Downtime gives kids time to sort things out, to process life around them and the confidence to feel that they don’t have to look to Mom or Dad to be their 24/7 activity coordinator.”

Says Sabrina, a mom of two young boys: “All of our friends have their kids in soccer, dance and other activities, but we haven’t signed up our kids yet. They’ll have plenty of time for those things when they are bigger. Right now, they’re busy enough just being boys at home!”

Adds Kellaghan: “Combining a structured routine with unscheduled downtime sets the framework for healthy independence.”

Developmental phases: There’s a book for that!

The founder of Cambridge Nanny Group discusses with sheknows.com how children’s books can help children prepare for many of life’s milestones while calming their tender nerves.

PREPARE FOR THE MILESTONES

From starting preschool to introducing a sibling, potty training to visiting the dentist for the first time, books can help children prepare for many of life’s milestones while calming their tender nerves.

For most parents, cuddling up at the end of a long day with your child after they have had a bath to read a bedtime story is one of the best times of the day. But what if the following day’s event has your child wound up and anxious, full of questions and doubt? A peaceful night’s rest is highly unlikely for either of you. On these occasions, we recommend heading to your local library or bookstore in search of assistance.

No matter the topic or theme, books help children (and their parents) prepare for some of life’s scariest firsts.

Books help break down what to expect, describe first-time jitters and present realistic scenarios that children can identify with, and because they are children’s books, they are non-threatening, use language that is easy to understand and are often beautifully illustrated.

Best of all, books encourage an open dialogue with your child and provide a point of reference for parents who might not normally have the right words to address the situation.

It’s not just about reading the books

According to Ingrid Kellaghan, child-development expert and founder of Cambridge Nanny Group in Chicago, “The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) advises that reading books that feature simple text, illustrations, and everyday situations engage young children and can prepare them for many of life’s milestones. But it’s not just reading the books; the NAEYC advises parents and caregivers to also discuss the books. While reading a story, pause and ask the children how a character in a story might feel or ask them to suggest ideas for solving the character’s problems.”

As parents it is our jobs to help our children adjust and embrace any given situation with comfort and ease and having a guideline is the perfect way to tame those butterflies and ease young worried minds.

SheKnows recommendations

No child’s bookshelf should be without a title or two from The Berenstain Bears series, which has been around for over 50 years. This delightful series created by Stan and Jan Berenstain covers dozens of issues our children face every day, including: Bullying, greediness, bad manners, poor sportsmanship, visiting the doctor and dentist for the first time, online safety and childhood obesity.

Some of our other family favorites suitable for children ages 3-8 include:

More about helping children with their fears and anxiety

Books that help kids overcome fears
Tackle or dismiss your child’s fears?

Teaching children to think positively

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Developmental phases: There’s a book for that!