Archive for Parent Education

The making of a bully

Last week, I addressed a concerning issue from one of my readers about helping her children deal with a neighborhood bully. In discussing this very important topic, the heart of the issue cannot be overlooked…how does a child become a bully and why? Today, I’m so very pleased to have Katie from Practical Parenting here […]

Is it ever OK to spank your child?

Discipline seems to be a constant challenge for parents as they go though the different growth stages of children.  There is a line between discipline and punishment, and far too often parents do not understand the difference or why appropriate discipline is so important to raising children.  So anytime I see a good article about […]

The Neighborhood Bully

I recently received a message from a friend and reader regarding bullies. She has some very legitimate concerns about a certain young bully in her neighborhood that is making life very stressful for her two young boys and the rest of the kids on her block…..Read more>> Copyright 2012 Melissa Arca, M.D. (Confessions of a […]

Is Your Carpool Safe?

Now that I have school age kids, carpooling and play dates after school are common occurrences. I’ve run into a few snags when trying to arrange pick-ups and drop offs among our friends, and they consistently center around one item… Read More >> Copyright 2012 Melissa Arca, M.D. (Confessions of a Dr. Mom). Reprinted with […]

State Physical Fitness of Students on Decline

California tests the physical fitness of students in grades 5, 7, and 9. The latest Physical Fitness Test results show only 31% of our state’s students reaching healthy levels. The 2011 Physical Fitness Test was administered to 1.34 million students. There are three categories of fitness: The Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ), Needs Improvement, and Needs […]

Overweight Children- Are Parents Concerned?

Parade Magazine recently published an article, Weight and Kids: The Hardest Conversation? , Nov. 6, 2011 addressing the issue of children and weight. According to a recent survey, it was “found that parents are more uncomfortable talking to their kids about weight than about sex, drugs, or alcohol.” Parenting psychologist, Susan Bartell, offers information and […]