Monday, October 2, 2017

How to Run A Child Care Business in Your Own Home?

Early Care Education has been my passion for years. I have 20 years of experience in running a child care business in my home for little ones as a licensed child care provider. In addition, I am an author of Precious Years Leaps & Bound and a writer for articles posted in Precious Years Blogger. These sources are guides to help parents and caregivers to minimize frustrations and maximize success when caring for little ones.


Currently, I have started a business under the name of Precious Years Consulting Service in the state of Arizona to help:
·         anyone that has an interest in starting a child care business in their own home
·         anyone that has been in the business (licensed or unlicensed) and looking for ways to minimize frustrations and maximize success

Have you thought about different ways to stay home with your child or children while bringing in an income? Running a child care business in your home can become a rewarding experience overtime.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Precious Years Consulting Service



Precious Years Consulting Service
consults to inspire parents, grandparents and Child Care Providers to create an educational in-home environment that is safe as well as enjoyable. In addition, this service offers valuable advice and research for Child Care Providers  (licensed, unlicensed, or certified) who are in the business of caring for little ones in their home throughout the state of Arizona. Iva can help get your home:

  • Childproofed
  • Qualified for Department of Health Services and/or Department of Economic Services requirements for licensing and/or certification
  • Ready for business with a business plan relating to rates, contracts, and policies
  • Organized for little ones to play, activity planning, as well as how to organize your paperwork

Hello, my name is Iva. I'm looking forward to chatting with you on how my consulting services can benefit someone like you. E-mails at ivajd64@hotmail.com. Your are welcome to ask questions about my service at no charge. FREE for first initial 30 minutes consult via phone or face to face meeting.

Coming from 20 years of Certified and Licensed child care experience, I offer valuable advice relating to various levels of the business of in-home child care.
For more on Iva's background you are welcome to view Iva's Resume

Here is a brief breakdown of fees for one-on-one consultation:
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Oh My Anxious Heart


What to do when filled with anxious feelings? There are so many reasons women feel stressed out, full of anxiety, and have overwhelming worried thoughts. Some reasons that come to mind are unexpected events like loss of job, illness in the family, major changes like a big move, financial struggles, relationships with a spouse, children, adult children, siblings, in-laws, job or career related relations. This list can go on with countless circumstances that women are currently facing.
I have recently been following this wonderful inspiring book

Monday, May 29, 2017

Diaper Changing for Newborns & Toddler Age

Diaper changing can be daunting from day 1 after your little one is home from the hospital. There are a few things to consider; like how to care for the umbilical cord stump, and the circumcision area if your newborn boy had this procedure done. In addition, you will need to choose as to whether you want to start with cloth diapers or disposable diapers. And of course deciding on what added supplies you will need that come with diaper changing.

Newborns
A newborn baby is tiny with tiny bum and legs. Your little one will have some sensitive issues like

Thursday, March 9, 2017

10 Ways to Banish the Stay-at-Home Mom Blues

I’m promoting another article in which I appreciate and completely agree with the author’s suggestions for Stay at Home Mom’s. Kuddos to the author: Sheila Wray Gregoire.

Here is a portion of the author's suggestions:

1. Think Outings, not Hibernation
We go about stay at home parenting all wrong. We start by buying tons of equipment (ExerSaucers, swing sets, trampolines) to ensure that we never have to leave the house. But what happens if we’re home alone all the time? Our kids may go stir crazy and whine, cry and vomit. Then we cry. Probably we whine, too. And if we’re pregnant, we definitely vomit. So let’s take a step back and approach this stay at home thing differently.
Instead of spending all day cooped up with the kids, plan for a daily outing, if possible. When my kids were little, we went out every single day. We went to the library. We went to a playgroup. We walked to a nearby park. We went to the museum (it was free on Thursday mornings).
The benefit was that the kids had fun, but they were tired out, and then they would nap better for me later. And if we were out, I could focus completely on them, so when we got home, it was easier to get them to give me time to myself.

2. Enforce Quiet Time
We count the minutes until we can put a child down for a nap. We rejoice when more than one child manages to nap at the same time. Sometimes we even grab a nap, too, wondering how long it will last.
And then an older child stops napping, and it all falls apart.
When a 3-year-old stops napping, enforce quiet time. Have them stay in their room for half an hour with a book or a toy, and let this be “quiet play” time. That gives you some time to yourself, and helps them get some rest (and thus not get so whiny).

To continue to read, let me direct you to the author’s link from her site ~ To Love, Honor & Vacuum @

Friday, March 3, 2017

10 Ways You’re Spoiling Your Kids Without Even Realizing It

Oh my, when I read an article that I completely agree with, I love to promote the author and article on my blog. Here it is, written by:
SUZANNE ZUCKERMAN
FEB. 15, 2017

We kinda figured we shouldn’t be buying our kids mini Bentleys or Gucci denim in size 3T. (Exceptions will be made for Blue Ivy.) But yikes: It turns out offering too much homework help and caving to tantrums are bigger no-nos than sugar or shopping. Here, ten things you might be doing that are teaching your kids they can get away with murder.


Friday, May 6, 2016

Bye-Bye Binky: Ending the Pacifier Habit

I could not pass up sharing this article. Marguerite Lamb has some practical approaches towards weaning your little one from his/her love of the pacifier. Personally, I like “The Gradual Approach”

By Marguerite Lamb from American Baby
Originally published in American Baby magazine, August 2005

This is quoted from a section of this article:
Weaning Your Child Off of Pacifiers
When to Stop?


Here is where opinions diverge. Marolyn Morford, PhD, a developmental psychologist in State College, Pennsylvania, recommends discontinuing the pacifier by a year. "At that age, a child's developmental needs do not include sucking," she says. Dr. [Karen] Breach [MD, a pediatrician in Charlotte, North Carolina] allows more latitude: "It's okay to make pacifiers the last thing to go. Once a baby is weaned and potty trained, then focus on stopping the pacifier."

It's a tolerant attitude echoed by Dr. [Richard] Dowell [PhD, a pediatric neuropsychologist at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania]: "Ultimately, children develop higher level strategies to manage their distress -- usually beginning at around age 2," he says. "They phase out their pacifiers as they develop skills to replace them." Most kids willingly surrender their binkies by age 3 or 4.

How to Stop: The Three-Day Plan

Friday, April 8, 2016

Crib to a Toddler Bed . . . When is the Right Time?

First of all, don’t be freighted about the horror stories you hear from friends or read about online. Every child is different so, rest assure this is another one of those transitions that will be his/her new normal in time.

What are the signs your toddler/preschooler is ready for a toddler bed?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Children Learn What They Live

I have referred to this poetic saying several times when raising our own children. I found it to be a good reminder before I reacted to situations or issues that came up that I felt I wasn't prepared for. Love your children where they're at and embrace them for who they are.

If a child lives with criticism,

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be a Perfect Parent

I’ve been reading a lot of articles, blog comments and Facebook messages from parents that seem to be struggling when caring for little ones. It seems there is more pressure placed on parents these days. Parents get messages from various sources like; go green . . . eat organic . . . is your house childproofed enough . . . protect from germs . . . no TV or screen time . . . eat healthy . . . no fast foods . . . sign them up for sports . . . stranger danger . . . is your child getting bullied . . . save money for college . . . place them in the best schools. The list is endless. No wonder parents are stressed. They can easily be overwhelmed with trying to be perfect.