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Email of the Day: What You Learn When You Raise Your Own Kids
By Dr. Laura on May 23, 2022

I stayed home and raised five children. It wasn’t always peaches and cream, and it’s a lot of hard work. But through the years, I’ve received many great compliments on how well-behaved my...

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Bad Childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: My Teen Years Were Marked By Abuse
By Dr. Laura on May 23, 2022

Bob says he was a confused teenager from a broken home when he was sexually abused by an older man, and he wonders if therapy might help him overcome his anger.   Dr. Laura: "Some victims...

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: Am I Wrong to Give My Husband a To-Do List?
By Dr. Laura on May 22, 2022

Mandy wonders whether her husband’s discontent about to-do lists is a valid response.   Dr. Laura: "Honey to-do lists aren’t the same things as asking politely for something to be done."

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: We Didn’t Save Up Enough for Retirement
By Dr. Laura on May 22, 2022

Sally contends with her and her husband’s uncertain financial future and his sudden plans to retire.   Dr. Laura: "Being pissy without a game plan is not useful."

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Friendship

Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Dump My Friend?
By Dr. Laura on May 21, 2022

Linda has lost all respect for her friend of 35 years, but is afraid of letting her know that she's ready to end their relationship.   Dr. Laura: "Be courageous and do what needs to be...

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Inspiration

Email of the Day: I Failed Seven Times, But I Never Quit
By Dr. Laura on May 20, 2022

I had my own business for close to a decade, but after having twins, I sold it, because I realized I couldn’t be a good business woman and a good mom. Once my kids were in school, I...

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Disappointed in My Husband
By Dr. Laura on May 20, 2022

McKenzie doesn't understand how her husband could agree to leave her at home to go on a trip with his mother and brother.   Dr. Laura: "Don't expect strength of character from a weak man."

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Parenting

Email of the Day: Say This Instead of “I’m Going to Have a Baby”
By Dr. Laura on May 19, 2022

I’ve always thought that the phrase “I’m going to have a baby” should be banned. In its place, if we all said “I’m going to raise a child,” I believe men and women would be forced to view...

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: I'm The Most Anxious I've Ever Been
By Dr. Laura on May 19, 2022

19-year-old Aspen is nervous about her upcoming mission trip and says she can think of lots of reasons she should not go.   Dr. Laura: "Pushing past your fears will help you grow into the...

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Marriage

Email of the Day: My Wife Makes Me a Better Man
By Dr. Laura on May 18, 2022

I am 63 and my wife is 61. We’ve been married for 28 years. In her own subtle ways, she’s made me a much better man who constantly wants to do the right thing and to be someone who desires...

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10 STUPID THINGS

Call of the Day Podcast: My Fiancé Called Off Our Wedding
By Dr. Laura on May 18, 2022

Melanie is distraught that her fiancé cancelled their wedding plans, even though he was showing signs of not being good marriage material himself.   Dr. Laura: "Be grateful that you dodged...

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: What's Keeping Me Up At Night?
By Dr. Laura on May 17, 2022

The abuse and neglect Harry's mom inflicted is causing nightmares even though he severed the relationship and thought he had moved on.   Dr. Laura: "The pain you bury can rear its head into...

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Parenting

Email of the Day: My Own Kids Got Neglected When I Opened a Daycare in My Home
By Dr. Laura on May 17, 2022

For fifteen years, I had a large family childcare in my home (14 children plus my own). I honestly thought I was doing the right thing. I was helping families to keep their children...

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: Dad Puts Our Step-Mom Before Us
By Dr. Laura on May 17, 2022

Siblings Jade and Michael fear losing their father if they tell him about their step-mother’s sexually inappropriate behavior.   Dr. Laura: "You cannot be like your father and not look at...

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Marriage

Email of the Day: I Finally Have the Marriage I Always Dreamed Of
By Dr. Laura on May 16, 2022

I am a divorced 51-year woman. I married my first husband when I was 19, and we were married for 21 years. I was young and stupid, and we both made mistakes. I was able to accept my part...

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10 STUPID THINGS

Call of the Day Podcast: I Need Direction
By Dr. Laura on May 16, 2022

Amaya says she's ready to “right the ship” after doing several of the 10 stupid things Dr. Laura warned would mess up her life.   Dr. Laura: "Make guiding your girls into adulthood the...

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Bad Childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: I Still Let My Mother Control Me
By Dr. Laura on May 15, 2022

Charlie struggles to let go of her mother, despite the price of abuse.   Dr. Laura: "When you finally understand the truth, it’s so simple."

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: My Dad Is Abusing My Kids
By Dr. Laura on May 15, 2022

Lindsey says her father is now treating her three children in the same emotionally abusive way he treated her as a child, and she wants to put an end to it.   Dr. Laura: "Now is your chance...

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Parenting

Call of the Day Podcast: How Do We Raise a Strong Daughter?
By Dr. Laura on May 14, 2022

Amy and Jason ask Dr. Laura how best to guide their young daughter away from making some of the mistakes that her female relatives have made.   Dr. Laura: "Teach your daughter acceptable...

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Divorce

COTD Podcast: What's My Responsibility to My Ex During Holidays?
By Dr. Laura on May 13, 2022

Kevin's wondering how he should handle Mother's Day and other holidays when it comes to his ex-wife and their children.   Dr. Laura: "Your obligation to raise considerate kids who stay...

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feelings

Blog: What Would Dr. Laura Do?
By Dr. Laura on May 12, 2022

I'm asked a lot, “You're there to help everybody with their problems, but do you ever have problems?”

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Dating

Call of the Day Podcast: Will I Ever Get Over This Breakup?
By Dr. Laura on May 12, 2022

Twenty-two-year-old Jen struggles to move on from her heartbreak and disappointment over a potential engagement.   Dr. Laura: "You need to go through this so that you know you can survive...

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Feeling Resentful of My Husband
By Dr. Laura on May 11, 2022

Megan says she's angry that her husband is so busy with work and outside interests while she's the one primarily at home with the kids.   Dr. Laura: "Couples must make time to be husband,...

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Procrastination

Call of the Day Podcast: My Art Isn't Doing the Trick - Part 2
By Dr. Laura on May 10, 2022

After taking Dr. Laura's advice to enjoy the process of being creative, Ashley says she has been less critical and happier while taking time for herself.   Dr. Laura: "Squeeze as much joy...

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Procrastination

Call of the Day Podcast: My Art Isn't Doing the Trick - Part 1
By Dr. Laura on May 10, 2022

Ashley's therapist suggested she return to art as a way to help relieve her depression, but she's not satisfied with the results of the artwork or her mental state.   Dr. Laura: "The goal...

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: Am I Crazy To Stay With My Husband?
By Dr. Laura on May 9, 2022

Audra didn't divorce her husband after discovering his affair, but she fears her negative feeling aren't going to end.   Dr. Laura: "Every decision comes with a price."

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Inspiration

COTD Podcast: Thank You For Expressing The Wisdom of Solomon
By Dr. Laura on May 8, 2022

Mike calls to thank Dr. Laura for helping people see that everything worth having in life is worth the work it takes to achieve it.   Dr. Laura: "Practical advice is the best advice."

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In-Laws

Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter Has a Difficult Mother-in-Law
By Dr. Laura on May 8, 2022

After a nasty falling out between Ann's family and her daughter's mother-in-law, she wonders how she can best help her daughter and son-in-law.   Dr. Laura: "Be the place they can turn to...

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GRIEF

Call of the Day Podcast: My New Doctor Thinks I Need Meds
By Dr. Laura on May 7, 2022

Jackie is frustrated with her primary care doctor who's pushing her to take anti-depressants while she grieves her deceased husband.   Dr. Laura: "Informing your doctor that you're sad, not...

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Parenting

Call of the Day Podcast: Am I Controlling My Kids?
By Dr. Laura on May 6, 2022

Coliese questions her choice to keep tracking her adult children’s locations to calm her worries.   Dr. Laura: "You don’t need surveillance for your adult children to know you love them."

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: My Husband’s Reliving Painful Memories
By Dr. Laura on May 5, 2022

Lisa’s concerned by her husband’s anger after being contacted by a reporter about his sister’s murder.   Dr. Laura: "This is about bringing up his own pain of growing up with violence."

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: I Thought I Was Dying of Cancer
By Dr. Laura on May 4, 2022

Erin contends with drastic life changes after receiving a new diagnosis.   Dr. Laura: "Laughter could be your way forward."

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Divorce

COTD Podcast: I Forgot How Much My Son Needs Me After My Divorce
By Dr. Laura on May 3, 2022

Rob thanks Dr. Laura for emphasizing the importance of being there for his children after breaking up their family life.   Dr. Laura: "Never let your children feel you divorced them!"

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childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: My Dad Chooses His Phone Over Me
By Dr. Laura on May 3, 2022

Zidane says his father prefers texting others when the two of them spend limited time together.   Dr. Laura: "The only way we can be disappointed is if we have an expectation that doesn't...

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Friendship

Call of the Day Podcast: Is It Time To Stop Calling My Friend?
By Dr. Laura on May 2, 2022

Despite drifting apart years ago, Kristy questions if she should cease contact with a childhood friend who suffers from a brain injury.   Dr. Laura: "You’re still holding onto a memory of...

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stay-at-home mom

Call of the Day Podcast: Should Moms or Dads Stay Home with Kids?
By Dr. Laura on May 1, 2022

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms Week: Audrey was planning to be a stay-at-home-mom with her first baby, but her husband is unemployed and asking her to go back to work.   Dr. Laura: "One...

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stay-at-home mom

Call of the Day Podcast: How Do I Quit Work to Become a SAHM?
By Dr. Laura on May 1, 2022

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms Week: Eliza is toying with the idea of quitting her full-time job to become a stay-at-home mom, but she fears letting down her company.   Dr. Laura: "You can...

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stay-at-home mom

Call of the Day Podcast: “I Stayed Home” Shocks Others!
By Dr. Laura on April 30, 2022

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms Week: Ann shares how people react to hearing her “trick” for successfully raising her daughters.    Dr. Laura: "There’s no luck here. You chose wisely!" 

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stay-at-home mom

Email of the Day: Becoming the Best Mom and Wife I Can Be
By Dr. Laura on April 29, 2022

I’ve been a mom for eleven years. I made the transition to staying at home when my oldest was two-and-a-half and I was pregnant with my second child. My mom had been watching my son while...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Feel Irreplaceable
By Dr. Laura on April 29, 2022

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms Week: Katie calls Dr. Laura to thank her for the advice and support that has helped her to become a stay-at-home mom.   Dr. Laura: "Mothers nurture, love and...

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Inspiration

Email of the Day: I Found a Purpose For My Life
By Dr. Laura on April 28, 2022

I was raised by a very strong mom, who always inspired me to get out there and make a difference. A few years ago, I went through a very difficult breakup and was really struggling with...

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stay-at-home mom

Call of the Day Podcast: I've Lost My Sense of Self-Worth
By Dr. Laura on April 28, 2022

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms Week: Charlotte is struggling since leaving her successful career to become a stay-at-home-mom.   Dr. Laura: "You are ferociously valuable and irreplaceable...

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Inspiration

Email of the Day: My Son Gave Others A Chance At A New Life
By Dr. Laura on April 27, 2022

My son, Mike, was born with a rare liver disease. At the age of 11, he was placed on the transplant list. Two years later, as he was slowly dying, he received a new liver. It truly was a...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Feel Like a Crappy Mom AND Employee!
By Dr. Laura on April 27, 2022

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms Week: Shannon, a mom of four, struggles to work 12-hour shifts as a part-time nurse, but fears being criticized for quitting in order to stay home with her...

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stay-at-home mom

Call of the Day Podcast: I Just Gave My Two-Week Notice
By Dr. Laura on April 26, 2022

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms Week: Lia calls Dr. Laura with tears of joy and an update on her previous call.   Dr. Laura: "You ARE your kids' mom!"

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Parenting

Email of the Day: A Kid’s-Eye View of Married Love
By Dr. Laura on April 26, 2022

Recently, my ten-year-old son and I were talking about our family. I asked him, “Do you think I love Dad?” He said “Yes.” So, I asked, “What makes you think that?” He replied “Because you...

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stay-at-home mom

Call of the Day Podcast: Motherhood In The 2020's
By Dr. Laura on April 26, 2022

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms Week: Elizabeth feels pressured by the feminist lifestyles that contradict her belief system as a stay-at-home mom.   Dr. Laura: "You get to design your life."

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stay-at-home mom

My Book: In Praise of Stay-At-Home Moms
By Dr. Laura on April 25, 2022

In Praise of Stay-At-Home Moms: They number in the millions and they are incredibly important to families and to our society, yet they are under-appreciated, little respected, and even...

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Email of the Day: I Gave Up My “Sick Person” Mentality
By Dr. Laura on April 25, 2022

In my early twenties, I developed severe chronic pain. As time went on, I stopped leaving the house or even getting dressed. Basically, I stopped living, and started a slow suicide.

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Feel Inadequate
By Dr. Laura on April 25, 2022

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms Week: Since the pandemic's spread…Suzy's “active mom” lifestyle has changed dramatically.    Dr. Laura: "Family loves you in spite of NOT being perfect."

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Parenting

Call of the Day Podcast: We Can't Relate to Our Son
By Dr. Laura on April 24, 2022

Should Jim and Bonnie pay for part of their son's wedding even though he is disappointing them by living with his fiancé and planning to change his last name to initials after marriage?   ...

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