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Bad Childhood

Email of the Day: I Turned My Bad Childhood Into A Good Life
By Dr. Laura on April 14, 2021

My childhood was a life of chaos on the road for nine years with indifferent parents. I was repeatedly abandoned, including the day I was left on the side of a highway at six years old....

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Bad Childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: I Always Feel Like an Outsider
By Dr. Laura on April 14, 2021

Jan was raised in foster care and says she has carried negative feelings and thoughts of being an “outsider” throughout life.   Dr. Laura: "You are in control of your negative self-talk."

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Confrontation

Call of the Day Podcast: My Brother is a Bully
By Dr. Laura on April 13, 2021

Cholly's older brother likes to pick on him, and Cholly wants Dr. Laura's advice on how to handle him.   Dr. Laura: "Take him by surprise with a, 'thanks for noticing me!' comment."

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stay-at-home mom

Email of the Day: I’m Loving Every Second of Motherhood
By Dr. Laura on April 13, 2021

When our new baby started crying, my husband, who works from home, picked him up and said “I’d like to spend some time with him, so do whatever you wish to do!” When I asked if he was...

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feelings

Email of the Day: Sometimes All You Have to Do is Ask
By Dr. Laura on April 12, 2021

I’m a 48-year-old widow. I lost my wonderful husband five years ago to brain cancer. He was always overly supportive of me and told everyone how much he loved me and was honored to be...

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Not Excited
By Dr. Laura on April 12, 2021

Bridget's husband is thrilled about their first vacation since the shutdown began, but she doesn't want to go and hasn't gotten involved with the planning.   Dr. Laura: "Why not allow...

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Dating

Call of the Day Podcast: My Ex Won't Move On
By Dr. Laura on April 12, 2021

Brooke's manipulative ex-boyfriend has resorted to texting Brooke's mother as a way to stay in touch with her.   Dr. Laura: "Insecure men who act like this often become dangerous."

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: My Fuse is Too Short
By Dr. Laura on April 11, 2021

Louis really wants to change his explosive temper that scares his kids and is straining his relationships.   Dr. Laura: "Meditation can provide immediate calm."

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: I've Had to Become the Breadwinner
By Dr. Laura on April 11, 2021

Because of Molly's husband's anxiety, she has gone back to work full time while he stays home with the kids.   Dr. Laura: "Terrific people sacrifice for the greater good."

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Bad Childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Confront My Molester?
By Dr. Laura on April 10, 2021

Sarah was molested as a child by her father, and she would like to contact him and tell him how he has affected her.   Dr. Laura: "Letting something go is the only way to have inner...

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Do The Right Thing

Email of the Day: A Note From a Next-Generation Listener
By Dr. Laura on April 9, 2021

I heard you read a listener email the other week, which ended with the line “I hope the next generation can be open to you.” Well, I am part of that next generation, and I couldn’t...

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GRIEF

Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom is No Help
By Dr. Laura on April 9, 2021

Adrienne is grieving the death of her daughter, and she doesn't find her own mother to be comforting or helpful.   Dr. Laura: "You have a 'mother,' not a 'mommy.'"

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Marriage 101

Email of the Day: Excuse Me, But I’m Needed Here
By Dr. Laura on April 8, 2021

I’ve been married for almost 30 years. During this time, I have come to rely and treasure my husband’s hugs, but I never really thought to ask for them. After listening to you, I...

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: I Want to Stay Married, But...
By Dr. Laura on April 8, 2021

Annie is finding it difficult to navigate being the mother of five while battling breast cancer and helping her husband who struggles with PTSD.   Dr. Laura: "It's time for you to draw a...

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Do The Right Thing

Email of the Day: Don’t Call Me a “Step-Parent”
By Dr. Laura on April 7, 2021

I recently celebrated my 13th wedding anniversary. I chose wisely, but I had bad timing. I met my husband when I was 21 years old. He had been divorced for two years and had children...

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10 STUPID THINGS

Call of the Day Podcast: I Feel Stupid
By Dr. Laura on April 7, 2021

Julianna gets frustrated and upset when she doesn't perform up to her own expectations.   Dr. Laura: "Growing up without a loving mom can cause kids to be overly self-critical."

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Marriage 101

Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Having Marital Problems
By Dr. Laura on April 6, 2021

Suzie feels annoyed by her second husband much like she did with her first husband.   Dr. Laura: "Pushing others away can be a sign of self-protection."

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stay-at-home mom

Email of the Day: I Learned What’s Important
By Dr. Laura on April 6, 2021

I got married 30 years ago, when my husband was a young Air Force lieutenant. Our first daughter was born five years later. We were caught up in a selfish lifestyle, making our careers...

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10 STUPID THINGS

Call of the Day Podcast: How Can I Be Less Insecure?
By Dr. Laura on April 6, 2021

23-year-old Megan believes she could accomplish more if she would stop making men the focus of her life.   Dr. Laura: "If you want to think well of yourself, do something that gives your...

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: Am I a Lush?
By Dr. Laura on April 5, 2021

Maria can easily drink a bottle of wine each night and wonders if this is the beginning of alcoholism.   Dr. Laura: "The only irresistible impulse is the impulse not resisted."

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stay-at-home mom

Call of the Day Podcast: I Feel Irreplaceable
By Dr. Laura on April 4, 2021

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 teach while hired help just...

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In-Laws

Call of the Day Podcast: My Boyfriend's Mom Irritates Me
By Dr. Laura on April 4, 2021

Michelle feels uncertain that her boyfriend is “the one” because of his overbearing mother and his dedication to the family business.   Dr. Laura: "You will never be his top priority."

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In-Laws

Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter-in-Law Banished Me
By Dr. Laura on April 3, 2021

Linda's daughter-in-law feels insulted and doesn't want Linda around anymore.   Dr. Laura: "Your son has made his bed and now he's sleeping in it."

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10 STUPID THINGS

Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Ready to Throw in the Towel
By Dr. Laura on April 2, 2021

Bobby married and had a baby with a man she dated for only two months, and now he has become physically abusive.   Dr. Laura: "You cannot raise a child in an abusive situation."

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10 STUPID THINGS

Call of the Day Podcast: My Boyfriend Wants Me to Stop Drinking
By Dr. Laura on April 1, 2021

Azade's boyfriend of one year has given her an ultimatum that she doesn't want to accept.   Dr. Laura: "You each have the right to decide what you want in a relationship."

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The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands

Email of the Day: With Lots of Work, I Got the Fairy-Tale Ending
By Dr. Laura on March 31, 2021

I started listening to you nine years ago and realized I had been doing everything wrong in my life. I married and divorced twice, seeking happiness I could never find. I learned from...

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Career

Call of the Day Podcast: I'm at a Crossroads in My Career
By Dr. Laura on March 31, 2021

Travis is successfully self-employed, but he feels called to take his life in a different direction.   Dr. Laura: "Do what gives your life purpose."

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childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: I Don't Want to Move!
By Dr. Laura on March 30, 2021

11-year-old Brooke's family is moving, and she fears leaving her friends behind and going to a new school.   Dr. Laura: "Every step we take in life prepares us for the next challenge."

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Parenting

Email of the Day: A Letter to Our Son as He Graduated College
By Dr. Laura on March 30, 2021

We wrote this letter to our son upon his graduation from college late last year:   Congratulations on your graduation! We are proud of you and you should feel good about that...

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GRIEF

Call of the Day Podcast: I Feel Like I'm Letting Everyone Down
By Dr. Laura on March 30, 2021

Mary is struggling with infertility and believes she is disappointing her husband and family.   Dr. Laura: "Biology is not in our control."

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stay-at-home mom

Email of the Day: The Most Important Job in My Life
By Dr. Laura on March 29, 2021

I’m the loving wife of a hardworking, REAL man and the stay-at-home mom to a one-year-old boy. My two sisters married “boys,” not men, and our lives couldn’t be more different. I went...

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Leave My Wife After Retirement?
By Dr. Laura on March 29, 2021

Bill's 30-year marriage has been largely sexless and lacking in intimacy. Now that he's close to retirement he's wondering if it is time to leave.   Dr. Laura: "You have the right to...

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courage

Call of the Day Podcast: My Family is Happier
By Dr. Laura on March 28, 2021

Yvette recently started listening to Dr. Laura, and she says that she, her husband and their children are all thriving thanks to the advice she has started to implement.   Dr. Laura: ...

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom is Driving Me Nuts
By Dr. Laura on March 28, 2021

Crystal wants to know how to handle her mother who calls multiple times a day whining and complaining.   Dr. Laura: "You can't put an end to that which you don't resolve to stop."

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: Is My Husband Too Old to Change?
By Dr. Laura on March 27, 2021

Diane has been happily married for 41 years but has one teeny thing bothering her that she wants Dr. Laura's help with...   Dr. Laura: "Don't mess with a good marriage between two...

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stay-at-home mom

Email of the Day: Mommy, Were You the First Person I Saw?
By Dr. Laura on March 26, 2021

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom since my kids were born. As the kids are getting older, before the pandemic I was thinking and getting excited about the possibility of working outside the...

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: My Parents Are Using Me
By Dr. Laura on March 26, 2021

Colleen is the oldest of three children and feels that her parents use her as a mediator between themselves and her sisters.   Dr. Laura: "Nothing is happening to you that you don't...

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Confrontation

Call of the Day Podcast: My Brother Thinks I'm a Brat
By Dr. Laura on March 25, 2021

Avery's 17-year-old brother hates the way she treats their parents and is mean to her as a result.   Dr. Laura: "The good thing about knowing you're the problem is that you have the...

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YouTube

YouTube: Tool Time With Dr. Laura
By Dr. Laura on March 24, 2021

The men of the Dr. Laura audience take the word “handyman” to a whole new level. You'll be blown away by the woodworking, glassworks and metalwork creations shared with me last week. 🎵...

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Marriage

Email of the Day: Before You Go into a Second Marriage with Kids
By Dr. Laura on March 24, 2021

I’ve been married for the second time for thirty years. We both had two preschool children coming into the marriage. This has been a very hard marriage. When you tell people on the air...

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Inspiration

Email of the Day: The Two Great Men in My Life
By Dr. Laura on March 24, 2021

My dad passed away almost twenty years ago. He was tough, but loving, and when I became an adult, I would jokingly tell people that I never had an opportunity to stray off the straight...

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: I Told My Kids I Have Cancer
By Dr. Laura on March 24, 2021

Anne was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, and she is worried that she did the wrong thing in telling her children about her diagnosis.   Dr. Laura: "Your family's support is going to...

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: I Don't Want to Hurt My Parents
By Dr. Laura on March 23, 2021

Brittany knows she should put her husband's needs above those of her parents, but she feels bad about disappointing her mom and dad.   Dr. Laura: "Change may hurt, but that doesn't make...

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Marriage

Email of the Day: I Didn’t Know How To Be A Good Wife
By Dr. Laura on March 23, 2021

I was raised by a single mother who had four children and a horrible outlook on men, so I never had an example of how to treat a husband properly. I overcame this dysfunction and...

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Divorce

Call of the Day Podcast: I Feel Guilty Over My Divorce
By Dr. Laura on March 23, 2021

Epsi is having trouble moving forward in her romantic life because she still feels bad about her divorce and the damage it did to her family.   Dr. Laura: "We can't get rid of pain, but...

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Bad Childhood

Email of the Day: I’m Proud of Myself
By Dr. Laura on March 22, 2021

I grew up in a chaotic household. My father was disconnected, an alcoholic and used money he made as a tool for guilt. My mother had a temper, so their fights would get loud and violent...

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Parenting

Call of the Day Podcast: I Favor My Sick Child
By Dr. Laura on March 22, 2021

Rachel's middle daughter is struggling with health issues, and Rachel admits that she is more lenient on her than the other kids because of her condition.   Dr. Laura: "She needs to know...

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10 STUPID THINGS

Call of the Day Podcast: Am I Depressed?
By Dr. Laura on March 21, 2021

30-year-old Mary is unmarried, feeling lonely because of the pandemic and is panicking that she will be single forever.   Dr. Laura: "Humans aren't meant to be alone so it's important...

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Divorce

Call of the Day Podcast: I Dumped My Husband, But My Sister Won't
By Dr. Laura on March 21, 2021

Kris's sister insists on continuing a relationship with Kris's ex-husband, even inviting him and his girlfriend to family functions.   Dr. Laura: "Some people just aren't nice."

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Parenting

Call of the Day Podcast: I Feel Sad for My Step Kids
By Dr. Laura on March 20, 2021

Michelle's three stepchildren live full time with her and their father, and she feels sorry that their mom isn't in the picture.   Dr. Laura: "Only kind-hearted people are empathetic to...

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Marriage

Email of the Day: It’s The Little Things He Does
By Dr. Laura on March 19, 2021

It is the little things my husband does that makes my love grow. They are not your BIG blow-out type of things.

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