The Importance of Play

March 9, 2016











According to Psychology Today, Children who aren’t exposed to free play have a higher levels of depression and anxiety.

Free Play. Everyday. Play Matters. Put down the smart phones. Log off the computers. Get outside and have some good old fashioned fun.     Ask your caregiver how much play and un



June 15, 2015








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#DaddysDay with MAM

June 13, 2015

Our friends at MAM are celebrating Father’s Day with a GREAT contest.

Many men can be fathers but it takes a real heroine with special qualities to be a great daddy!

Share a personal story that exemplifies what makes you or your spouse a great daddy with #DaddysDay; MAM will select their favorite story to win a $500 prepaid card or tickets to an MLB game of your choice!

Also, read MAM’s Q & A with Tom Riles’ of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Life of Dad and learn why MAM is donating $500 to the Children Hospital of Los Angeles’ Heart Institute this Father’s Day:

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Enter Win a Family Getaway from Pediped and Disney

March 3, 2015

In celebration of the all new movie “Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast”, our friends at pediped Footwear and Disney invites you to enter for a chance to win a Funjet Vacations family trip for four to San Diego.

Enter by visiting between now and March 31, 2015.

The prize from Funjet Vacations includes airfare and a four night stay at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in sunny San Diego plus a $200 Visa gift card!

Our favorite children’s shoe pediped® will celebrate the launch of its Spring/Summer 2015 Collection throughout the promotion that includes the beach-friendly and water-safe Adventure Line. The Adventure Line is available at and retails at $49. Over 20 different styles are offered for both girls and boys in sizes EU 20-36 (US kids 4 – Youth 4.5).

About the promotion
No purchase is required to enter. A purchase will not improve chances of winning. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older. Entries must be received between 12:01 a.m. EST on February 15, 2015 and 11:59 p.m. EST on March 31, 2015. For official rules and to enter, go Void where prohibited.










Shop Like A Chef, Launder Like A Laundress

February 23, 2015



New York Nannies, House Managers, Family Assistants and Personal Chefs are always on the look-out for great city resources – here’s a really good one.

Since the opening of its first storefront in the 1980s, Gourmet Garage has allowed New Yorkers to “Shop Like a Chef.” Now in February of 2015, they are inviting customers to launder like a Laundress! The grocer-extrodinares are now offering a curated selection of  The Laundress laundry detergents, fabric care, and home cleaning products at their Soho, Upper East Side, and Greenwich Village locations.

Happy Shopping! Your welcome.




Parenting Resource: The Opposite of Spoiled

February 9, 2015

My youngest daughter celebrated her sixth birthday this year and like many little girls, she’s obsessed with all things Frozen. She was at the height of her Frozen frenzy and for her birthday she wanted the FULL Elsa character costume:  gown, wig,  tiera, magical wand and shoes.

I went shopping for these Frozen dress-up items with my list in hand.  I presented it to the salesclerk.  When she found exactly what my daughter wanted, it was time to ask the question:  ”How much are they”?

The salesclerk typed each item into her cash register.

“The subtotal comes to $162.50″, she replied.

My draw dropped.  For dress-up play clothes? Holy ####.

Well, it was an authentic Disney costume which dazzled with glitter and lace. There was an attached organza cape with glittering iridescent snowflakes. Oh – and it comes with a padded satin hanger.  Nothing says special like a custom hanger.

The items were indeed lovely but this purchase would blow her birthday budget out of the water. There were other presents that I wanted to purchase (i.e. books and educational toys) and of course all the items for the family birthday party itself.

I stood at the register touching the dress.  It really was beautiful.

Life gives the test first then the lesson afterward.

I reminded myself that the way I respond to her desire for the latest and greatest “stuff” now will set up a pattern for her entire lifetime.

I thanked the salesclerk for her help and left the story empty handed.

I ending up purchasing  a perfectly lovely Frozen dress at a big box retail store for 2/3 the cost.  The dress wasn’t as intricate as the one I passed on,  but you know what – my daughter LOVED it.  In fact, she wore it for almost two weeks straight.  Then it was over.  She was bored with it.  She moved onto a new obsession….. American Girl.

Like many parents, regardless of income, I strive to teach both my daughters financial traits and virtues – like modesty, patience, generosity, thriftiness and perspective.  Important stuff.  Early life lessons that show up when you least expect it.

If your a regular to my blog, I remind readers that so much I’ve learned about value centered parenting principles come from reading the work of super wise parenting experts, psychologists, and educators.   Today I want to give a hat tip to a wonderful author  and financial expert: ‪#‎RonLieber‬ and his book The Opposite of Spoiled.  In The Opposite of Spoiled, Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that will help every parent embrace the connection between money and values to help them raise young adults who are grounded, unmaterialistic, and financially wise beyond their years.

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We may not realize it, but children are hyperaware of money. They have scores of questions about its nuances that parents often don’t answer, or know how to answer well. But for Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, good parenting means talking about money with our kids much more often. When parents avoid these conversations, they lose a tremendous opportunity—not just to model important financial behaviors, but also to imprint lessons about what their family cares about most.

Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is a practical guidebook for parents that is rooted in timeless values. Lieber covers all the basics: the best ways to handle the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, savings, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, splurging, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition.


Ron Lieber is the “Your Money” columnist for The New York Times. Before joining The Times in 2008, he wrote The Wall Street Journal’s “Green Thumb” personal finance column, was part of the start-up team at the paper’s “Personal Journal” section, and worked at Fortune and Fast Company magazines. He is the author or coauthor of three books, including The New York Times bestseller Taking Time Off. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, fellow New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, and their daughter.




I hope you find you find this resource helpful.

Every Blessing,

Ingrid Kellaghan

Founder and President, Cambridge Nanny Group 


New Sleep Guidelines

NEW SLEEP GUIDELINES–It is critical for brain development to get children to have a good nights sleep. Here are the new guidelines. If possible try to move bedtime earlier even by 15 minutes and take the time to cuddle and turn off so you can truly connect with your child.



Heroes: Inspiring the Next Generation of History Makers

January 29, 2015
Credit:  A Mighty Girl.  Inspiring the Next Generation of History Makers.

Credit: A Mighty Girl. Inspiring the Next Generation of History Makers.


Licia Ronzulli is an Italian member of the European Parliament known for bringing her daughter, Vittoria, to the Parliament’s plenary sessions. She first brought her daughter to a plenary session when she was 44 days old as a symbolic gesture to support more rights for women in reconciling work and family life. This composite picture shows the mother-daughter duo at Parliament sessions from September 22, 2010 to November 19, 2013.

Vittoria is one little Mighty Girl who will be well-prepared to run for office herself one day!

News coverage of Ronzulli’s story has generated a lot of discussion on family leave policies, especially around the fact that, as Bloomberg News reported today, “According to the United Nations’ International Labour Organization, there are only two countries in the world that don’t have some form of legally protected, partially paid time off for working women who’ve just had a baby: Papua New Guinea and the U.S.” To read the new Bloomberg article on maternity leave, visit

To learn more about the lack of paid family leave in the U.S. and a group working to give all Americans access to paid family leave, check out at

To inspire your Mighty Girl with more stories about women in politics and government, visit our “Political Leaders” biography section at

For two picture books about young girls who aspire to be president one day – both for ages 4 to 8 – check out “Grace for President” ( and “Madam President” (

And, if your Mighty Girl has presidential ambitions, check out the “Why be a Princess when you can be a President” t-shirt at

Photo credit: Vincent Kessler and Jean-Marc Loos/Reuter
Credit: A Mighty Girl

New Disney Princess is Latina

January 28, 2015


There’s a new Disney princess in town – and for the first time, she’s Latina. Meet Princess Elena of Avalor!

Princess Elena of Avalor will make her debut in a “special episode” of Sofia the First, set to air next year.

Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience,” Nancy Kanter, executive VP and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, said in a statement. “What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latina families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale.”

Elena will be voiced by Aimee Carrero (Young & Hungry), and will be advised on how to rule a whole kingdom by a grand council made up of her grandfather Tito, grandmother Cici, and a royal advisor named Duke Esteban. Plus, she’ll have some help from a couple of friends, including a wizard-in-training named Mateo and a magical flying creature named Skylar.

#Disney #Princess #Latina #Diversity #Multicultural #Awesome

Household Case Study

January 21, 2015

Budgeting for Around-the-Clock Care and Sleep Time

In the nanny and senior care world, it’s common for families to need their caregiver to work long shifts from time to time. Whether it’s watching the kids for a whole weekend while Mom and Dad are out of town or taking an around-the-clock shift as part of an eldercare team, payroll can get tricky when overnight shifts are involved.

The Situation


A family wanted to take a weekend vacation and offered their nanny an extra $300 to watch the kids while they were gone. They normally paid her $10 per hour and felt this was more than fair compensation for her work over the weekend. However, while cancelling plans with a friend, the nanny’s friend told her she should receive overtime for working these additional hours. By her friend’s calculation, the nanny would be working her normal 30 hours during the week and then an additional 48 hours over the weekend for a total of 78 hours. If she was paid 40 hours at her regular $10 per hour and 38 overtime hours at $15 per hour, she should be paid $970 for the week instead of $600. The nanny brought this up with the family who didn’t know what to do.

The Law

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that overtime must be paid for any hour over 40 that a non-exempt employee works in a 7-day work period. The rate at which overtime must be paid is 1.5 times the employee’s regular rate of pay. The Fair Labor Standards Act classifies household employees such as nannies and senior caregivers as non-exempt workers.

If an employee is required to be on duty for 24 hours or more, the FLSA permits a sleeping period of up to 8 hours to be excluded from hours worked. This exclusion applies if the employee is provided adequate sleeping facilities and is able to sleep for at least 5 consecutive hours uninterrupted by work-related duties.

NOTE: In California, the state Supreme Court recently ruled that the federal sleep time exemption is not permissible unless it is specifically stated in a Wage Order. Since sleep time is not addressed in Wage Order 15 (the Wage Order for household employees), California families cannot exclude sleep time for 24-hour shifts.

The Outcome

The family contacted HomePay to determine what their legal requirements were. A consultant explained they were not required to pay their nanny for up to 8 hours of sleep during her 2 overnight stays since she would have her own room and the kids generally slept through the night just fine. This meant they needed to pay their nanny for 40 regular hours and 22 overtime hours (excluding 16 hours for sleep time), for a total of $730 for the week. Even though it was still more than the $600 the family budgeted for, they understood the reasoning behind the law and were ultimately grateful they were able to resolve the situation before they left for the weekend.

What could have been an ugly overtime situation was prevented by the family contacting HomePay before they paid their nanny. As trusted partners, we encourage you to contact us at any time if you or a client has a question about payroll, taxes or labor law. We’re here to help. And it’s always easier to prevent mistakes than fix them.
Quick Tax Facts
$1,900: Annual wage threshold for Social Security & Medicare (FICA) reporting in 2014
$1,000: Quarterly wage threshold for Unemployment reporting (some state thresholds are lower)
$2,500: Total childcare tax breaks available for families
1.5: Overtime rate of pay when work exceeds 40 hours
$0.56: Federal mileage reimbursement rate in 2014
$7.25: Federal minimum wage (some state rates are higher)
$2: Approximate daily cost to have HomePay by Breedlove handle all payroll and tax compliance duties with no work and no worry.

Contact Home Pay: 
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