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Parenting

Email of the Day: My Child Was Wise Beyond His Years
By Dr. Laura on December 2, 2021

When my son was four-and-a-half, he loved going to his grandparents’ home (my parents), and every time I’d pick him up to go back to our house, he would have a crying, begging episode –...

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Bad Childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: I’m Suffering From Mother’s Day Depression
By Dr. Laura on December 2, 2021

Bad Childhood, Good Life Week: The last five years of Laura’s relationship with her mother were not happy ones to remember. Her mom indulged in alcohol and was physically and verbally...

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Parenting

Email of the Day: A Difficult Talk With My Eight-Year-Old Son
By Dr. Laura on December 1, 2021

When I was growing up, I always heard “you can do anything you want to if you try hard enough.” My eight-year-old son, who is a pretty good baseball player, asked me “Dad, do you think...

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Bad Childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: My Daddy Doesn’t Want Me
By Dr. Laura on December 1, 2021

Bad Childhood, Good Life Week: Madeline is sad that her father is spending less time with her as he places his priorities towards his newly pregnant girlfriend.   Dr. Laura: "There are...

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Bad Childhood

COTD: Should I Minimize The Relationship With My Mom?
By Dr. Laura on November 30, 2021

Bad Childhood, Good Life Week: Josie’s therapist has suggested the choice is hers to have a relationship with her mother or not. She’s considering a minimal one but is unsure how to...

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Do The Right Thing

Email of the Day: How I Learned to Be a Good Husband and Dad
By Dr. Laura on November 30, 2021

I started listening to you when I was in my twenties. I wasn’t married yet and had no kids. I was just working and going to school. I eventually married (going on 26 years) and raised...

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Bad Childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: I’m Dredging Up My Childhood Trauma
By Dr. Laura on November 30, 2021

Bad Childhood, Good Life Week: Betsy continues to go back to her childhood trauma from 30 years ago that she allows to manifest daily.    Dr. Laura: "Don't bother rehashing childhood...

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Do The Right Thing

Email of the Day: Thank You For All The Things I Didn’t Do
By Dr. Laura on November 29, 2021

As I approached my mid-30s, even though I knew time was of the essence, I still did not make hasty decisions with the men I was dating. I took time to get to know them, and...

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Bad Childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: Do My Parents Belong In My Life?
By Dr. Laura on November 29, 2021

Bad Childhood, Good Life Week: Charlie was physically abused by his mother until his mid-teens. This abuse has taken its toll on his ability to be a good dad and has made it difficult to...

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Thanksgiving Marathon

Dr. Laura's 9th Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Marathon Schedule
By Dr. Laura on November 26, 2021

Tune-in to Dr. Laura's 48-hour Thanksgiving Weekend Marathonon SiriusXM Triumph 111!!

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: I've Been Fired (Again) - Part 2
By Dr. Laura on November 24, 2021

Dr. Laura shares a personal story of how someone she knew faced his limitations.   Dr. Laura: "Life's more enjoyable when you view limitations as challenges to be overcome."

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: I've Been Fired (Again) - Part 1
By Dr. Laura on November 24, 2021

Darrell says that he tends to take jobs that he's not necessarily qualified for and, ultimately, gets fired when it's discovered that he's in over his head.   Dr. Laura: "You can make...

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childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Scared to Go to Sleep
By Dr. Laura on November 24, 2021

8-year-old Katie is afraid at nighttime and wishes her parents would wait for her to fall asleep before they turn in fo bed each night.   Dr. Laura: "Face your fears with planning and...

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GRIEF

Call of the Day Podcast: Is It OK for My Kids to See Me Sad?
By Dr. Laura on November 24, 2021

Wendy is mourning the loss of her brother and is having trouble of dealing with her sadness.   Dr. Laura: "Dealing with sadness doesn't always require expressing it."

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: Road Rage is Rearing Its Ugly Head
By Dr. Laura on November 24, 2021

Christie says she can hardly drive anymore without feeling exasperated with other drivers.   Dr. Laura: "Don't let your interactions with inconsiderate people steal moments from your...

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feelings

Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom is Fading Away
By Dr. Laura on November 24, 2021

Laura's mom is in a stage of memory decline, and Laura feels resentful and angry that her family hasn't done more to try to slow the progression of the disease.   Dr. Laura: "It's normal...

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: I'm a Pain-in-the-Butt Wife
By Dr. Laura on November 23, 2021

Here’s a special sneak preview call from the upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend Marathon heard exclusively on SiriusXM Triumph 111: Lindsay's 8-year marriage has hit the rocks after years of...

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Marriage

Email of the Day: Having a Newborn Put Stress on Our Marriage
By Dr. Laura on November 23, 2021

The first few weeks after my son was born, I noticed things taking over that I had previously sworn I would never do. Getting used to being a stay-at-home mom with a newborn was very...

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GRIEF

Call of the Day Podcast: I Can Give Help, But I Can't Accept Help
By Dr. Laura on November 23, 2021

Mundi is a grief counselor who is used to supporting others but is finding it difficult to show her vulnerability and receive help for the grief she's experiencing.   Dr. Laura: "No one...

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Do The Right Thing

Email of the Day: You Became My Surrogate “Mama”
By Dr. Laura on November 22, 2021

I am 42, divorced with no kids. When I first listened to you, I didn’t agree with your views in general. I thought you were too harsh, and your views too strict. But I kept listening...

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Inspiration

Call of the Day Podcast: Thanks For Giving My Daughter The “Sex” Talk
By Dr. Laura on November 22, 2021

Randy is grateful that he and his teenage daughter were listening together when Dr. Laura took a call about premarital sex, setting up a great conversation between Randy and his child.  

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10 STUPID THINGS

Call of the Day Podcast: How Long Should I Feel Bad About My Screwup?
By Dr. Laura on November 21, 2021

Shannon says she earned the guilt she feels but isn't sure how long she should be contrite after trying to make amends.   Dr. Laura: "Only good people feel true guilt."

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Confrontation

Call of the Day Podcast: Did I Do The Right Thing?
By Dr. Laura on November 21, 2021

Josh's mom prefers to take pictures of her adult children without their spouses, but Josh has had enough and recently demanded his wife be by his side.   Dr. Laura: "Good men protect...

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Bad Childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: It Hurts to Have Had a Bad Childhood
By Dr. Laura on November 20, 2021

Amanda's parents both suffered from mental illness and she's sad about her lost childhood, which was spent raising herself and taking care of her siblings.   Dr. Laura: "Look at yourself...

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Marriage

Email of the Day: A Bike Ride Was a Metaphor for Our Marriage
By Dr. Laura on November 19, 2021

My husband and I were enjoying a 21-mile bike ride on a wilderness trail, our first real vacation without our four now-grown kids. The trail was rugged and challenging and after 10...

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: You Helped Me Stop Being Angry at My Wife
By Dr. Laura on November 19, 2021

Jeff has been angry for years with his wife over one issue and tells Dr. Laura how her advice to another caller to show compassion to people who are struggling made a positive difference...

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stay-at-home mom

Email of the Day: I Tuned You and My Conscience Out
By Dr. Laura on November 18, 2021

After my daughter was born, I knew I should be staying home with her, but I tuned you and my conscience out. I thought that by reducing my working hours and having my mother-in-law...

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Confrontation

Call of the Day Podcast: My In-Laws Aren't COVID Cautious
By Dr. Laura on November 18, 2021

Sharon wants to know the best way to tell her relatives that she's not going to see them at indoor gatherings because they don't follow the same COVID protocols that Sharon believes are...

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Family

Email of the Day: How I Reduced My Stress
By Dr. Laura on November 17, 2021

I wanted to be calmer with my children and less like the Incredible Hulk. I heard you tell someone they needed to have more fun in their day, and my sister then suggested I start a “fun...

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Spend the Holiday with My Sister?
By Dr. Laura on November 17, 2021

Susan is frustrated by her difficult sister and is wondering if she and her husband should bother trying to spend Thanksgiving with her.   Dr. Laura: "Put your husband first and give him...

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Bad Childhood

My Book: Bad Childhood, Good Life 📖
By Dr. Laura on November 16, 2021

📘 Bad Childhood, Good Life | $1.99 for the eBook on Amazon     Bad Childhood, Good Life: "There is extraordinary quality of spirit that leads one to aspire to conquering...

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Divorce

Call of the Day Podcast: My Wife Is Thinking of Leaving Me
By Dr. Laura on November 16, 2021

Here’s a special sneak preview call from the upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend Marathon heard exclusively on SiriusXM Triumph 111: Dan knows that he doesn't give his wife the attention she...

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Parenting

Email of the Day: I Became a Stay-at-Home Dad
By Dr. Laura on November 16, 2021

Three years ago, my wife and I were stressed out and both working full time. I was listening to you as I was driving from my well-paying job to pick up my kids from daycare. You were...

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Confrontation

Call of the Day Podcast: I Skipped a Funeral, and My Friend is Angry
By Dr. Laura on November 16, 2021

Christine is a caregiver who chose to be by the side of her patient as she died instead of at her best friend's mom's funeral and now her friend is mad.   Dr. Laura: "Friends support...

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stay-at-home mom

Email of the Day: What A Mom Does All Day
By Dr. Laura on November 15, 2021

I found this handwritten list among some old papers. I remember carrying a pad and pen around with me for the day and jotting down each task, because my husband wondered what I did all...

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: You Saved My Marriage
By Dr. Laura on November 15, 2021

Jennifer's mom raised her to believe she didn't really need a man, which led to her treating her husband poorly, which led to his emotional affair...until Jennifer took Dr. Laura's...

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: My Parents Aren't Good to Me or My Child
By Dr. Laura on November 14, 2021

Angela and her parents don't have a good relationship, and she feels bad that her child won't be close to them either.   Dr. Laura: "You do not need a relationship with unkind people."

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Inspiration

Call of the Day Podcast: I Went from Abused to Victor
By Dr. Laura on November 14, 2021

Melinda calls to thank Dr. Laura for giving her the courage to break from her abusive family and find real peace and joy.   Dr. Laura: "Those who fret over the difficulty of change stay...

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courage

Call of the Day Podcast: I Always Seem to Say the Wrong Thing
By Dr. Laura on November 13, 2021

Christine says she doesn't have the confidence to speak in social situations without putting her foot in her mouth.   Dr. Laura: "Allow people to see who you really are by speaking the...

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Parenting

Email of the Day: Creating Fun Memories With Our Four Kids
By Dr. Laura on November 12, 2021

My wife and I have four children, 3 years old and under. One day, she and I decided to risk “sleeping in” a little bit. At about 7:30 am, when we decided to wake up, we couldn’t find...

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P.C.F.H. / Marriage 101

COTD Podcast: My Husband Isn't Supporting Our Family Anymore
By Dr. Laura on November 12, 2021

Amanda's husband is holding on to his job in a failing company, and she is frustrated and losing respect over having to support them financially.   Dr. Laura: "A marital partnership is...

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stay-at-home mom

Email of the Day: A Heart-Tugging Note From the Child of a Working Mom
By Dr. Laura on November 11, 2021

Recently, I was listening to the audio of the Today Show on my SiriusXM radio. They interviewed the former CEO of Pepsi on how she “juggled” family life and work.   Two minutes and...

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: I Want to Disengage From My Family
By Dr. Laura on November 11, 2021

Lucy is tired of the drama between her parents and younger sister, and she'd like to find the strength to remove herself from the situation.   Dr. Laura: "Today is a good day to make...

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Do The Right Thing

Email of the Day: What It Really Means To Be An Alpha Male
By Dr. Laura on November 10, 2021

My wife was upset with me because I wasn’t spending enough time with her. I thought I was, because I fixed her garage door opener and did a few things I thought would make her life...

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Divorce

Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Stay With an Alcoholic For The Kids?
By Dr. Laura on November 10, 2021

Rachel knowingly married an alcoholic and had three children with him, and now she realizes that she's modeling the wrong values.   Dr. Laura: "Let your children know that their dad has...

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YouTube

2021 Holiday Boutique Sneak Peek
By Dr. Laura on November 9, 2021

My holiday store is coming soon! Here's a little teaser of what I've been working on. If you want to be kept in the loop when these items drop, sign up here ...

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Confrontation

Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Protect My Parents from My Sister?
By Dr. Laura on November 9, 2021

Here’s a special sneak preview call from the upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend Marathon heard exclusively on SiriusXM Triumph 111: Megan's sister is an addict with financial problems and has...

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stay-at-home mom

Email of the Day: I Made My Career Choice in the First Grade
By Dr. Laura on November 9, 2021

When I was in the first grade, my teacher asked the class “What do you want to be when you grow up?” All I knew and believed in was a traditional household, where my father worked to...

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Confrontation

Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Ready to Say I'm Sorry
By Dr. Laura on November 9, 2021

Lucas thought he and his Godmother would be closer when he moved nearby, but their relationship is strained primarily by his disregard for her beliefs and values.   Dr. Laura: "You don't...

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P.C.F.H. / Marriage 101

Email of the Day: I Surprised My Husband and He Surprised Me
By Dr. Laura on November 8, 2021

Today started like any other day. I woke up my three kids, got them all ready for school, made lunches and then made the trip across town to drop them off at two different schools. When...

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: Why Am I Still Anxious About My Accident?
By Dr. Laura on November 8, 2021

Regina is surprised that she hasn't been able to put her traumatic medical complication behind her already.   Dr. Laura: "Stuffing feelings down and denying them doesn't make them...

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