Important Things to Remember When Hiring a Nanny

Nanny pushing stroller

When you hire a nanny, you become a “household employer”. And the nanny – or any other person performing work in or near your home, like a health aide, housekeeper, gardener, cook, personal assistant, estate manager, etc. — is considered an employee of the family. Misclassifying an employee as an “independent contractor” is viewed as tax evasion by the IRS.

If a household employee is paid more than $2,100 in a calendar year, the household employer is required to withhold and remit payroll taxes to the state and the IRS. If a household pays an employee less than the threshold in a calendar year, payroll taxes are not required to be withheld and remitted; however, the household is still legally considered an employer and, therefore, must adhere to federal and state labor laws.

In this post, we review your responsibilities as a household employer, and suggest a done-for-you solution by our partner, HomePay.

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Summer activities

Summer has arrived! While your children may have been out of school for a while now, the weather is finally warming up enough for it to really feel like summer. We’ve compiled a list of 25 activities to cross off your list before summer ends. We have everything from swimming to fruit picking – enjoy!

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Ending the battle of sleep, tips to get your kids to bed

Getting your children to go to sleep quickly, easily and early can be a battle. Having these issues can not only affect your children’s mood and health but also your own. (Your sleep is important as well, so check out our post on getting a good night’s sleep here!) Below are some tips to help get your children to bed.

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Get a better night of sleep

Sleep is incredibly important. It affects both your mental and physical health. If you don’t get enough sleep, your productivity, emotional health, and even your weight can be negatively affected. The problem is, sleep is often not a priority or there are outside factors that interfere with a restful night. Here are some tips to make sure you are getting the rest that your body needs.

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Tips for smoother, calmer mornings

Mornings are infamous for being chaotic and hectic. There is always an element of urgency in getting yourself and your kids ready, fed and out the door in time. While going to sleep early and waking up an hours before having to leave is ideal, it is not always the most realistic for families to be able to do. Instead, here are some tips to help make your mornings easier. Read more

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for Families

Breakfast time can be extremely hectic. Make your life a little simpler by teaching your kids some simple meals that they can make themselves. If they get good enough, maybe they can use some of these easy recipes to surprise you with breakfast in bed!

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Summer Survival Guide for Busy Parents


Summer is almost here! Summer is a happy time for kids. But for many working parents, summers can be stressful. You might only be able to take one or two weeks off for a summer vacation with your family. How do you keep your kids busy, happy, and safe the rest of the time?

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Are Your Kids Ready for a Sleepaway Camp?


Most kids start showing interest in sleepaway camps when they are between 7 and 9 years old. But every child is different. Here are some tips for how to decide when your kids are ready for an overnight camp, and how to prepare them for their first sleepaway camp experience.

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How to Find the Best Summer Camp for Your Kid



Summer is almost here! Hopefully your summer is already (mostly) planned. But if you still need to arrange some summer camps, don’t panic. It’s not too late!

Follow the handy step-by-step guide below to choose the best summer camp for your child.

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8 Tips to Help Make Spring Cleaning a Breeze

It’s finally Spring! With the introduction of the sun, also comes spring cleaning. It is finally time to do all those little chores that you have been putting off. While the prospect of deep cleaning your entire house may be daunting, we are here with some crucial tips to make this process as satisfying and painless as possible.

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