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GRIEF

Call of the Day Podcast: A Friend Shared My Tragedy
By Dr. Laura on August 29, 2020

Connie is angry that her friend told others the details of her son’s death due to a heroin overdose.   Dr. Laura: "You’re upset because he didn’t intend to live." 

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Dads

Email of the Day: A Lesson From My Dad
By Dr. Laura on August 28, 2020

I was sixteen or seventeen and learning to drive our car. To teach me, Dad (a doctor) had me drive him all over the county visiting his patients.  We lived in a house with a very steep...

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Dating

Call of the Day Podcast: I’m Upset By These Photos
By Dr. Laura on August 28, 2020

Brianne is dating a man whose prior marriage ended. However, his mother continues to display pictures of his ex-wife around her home.   Dr. Laura: "She is not supposed to erase her...

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Email of the Day: Sailing Helps Me Enjoy Life During Difficult Times
By Dr. Laura on August 27, 2020

I’m 51 and took up sailing at 49 after a serious illness that knocked me on my butt for a year.  My husband and three kids had never sailed before, but we decided to start in a boat...

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Marriage 101

Call of the Day Podcast: Can I Ask Him To Stop Complaining?
By Dr. Laura on August 27, 2020

Laura’s husband is griping about visiting her family despite being given the option not to go.   Dr. Laura: "Sit on his lap and tell him how grateful you are that he is sacrificing for...

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Inspiration

Email of the Day: Making Life Better for Others
By Dr. Laura on August 26, 2020

Five months ago, when the pandemic was starting, I remember hearing many of your callers complaining about problems with their upcoming weddings in May or June or the awful...

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Career

Call of the Day Podcast: Am I A Bad Therapist?
By Dr. Laura on August 26, 2020

Victoria wonders if she’s doing more harm than good as a young psychotherapist.   Dr. Laura: "Even discussion of process of therapy is therapeutic." 

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Parenting

Blog: Vital Lessons To Teach Kids
By Dr. Laura on August 25, 2020

Frankly, too many parents today seem almost pathologically concerned with their kids being popular and socially accepted. They go along with things that are against their better...

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: “Side-Seat Driver”
By Dr. Laura on August 25, 2020

Ken can’t understand why his wife declines to drive but when she’s in the passenger seat she’ll “do all the driving!”    Dr. Laura: "Back seat drivers want the power without the...

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Marriage

Email of the Day: Wait for the Right Man
By Dr. Laura on August 25, 2020

A friend posted this on social media, and I thought it was worthy of something you would say: 

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: My Husband Finds This Inappropriate
By Dr. Laura on August 25, 2020

Amanda reconnected with an old friend who is engaged to be married. However, Amanda’s husband is bothered by this because he’s a man.    Dr. Laura: "Insecure men are controlling; sadly,...

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GRIEF

Email of the Day: Moving from Death to Life
By Dr. Laura on August 24, 2020

I was stranded in another state sorting through a big house owned by my deceased parents, as I handled their estate.  While inventorying antiques, going through family albums, and...

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stay-at-home mom

Call of the Day Podcast: "A Sad Mommy Day”
By Dr. Laura on August 24, 2020

Mallory is having a rough day as a mommy of a 2-year-old child and is quite upset.    Dr. Laura: "It’s not going to be like this forever, it’s just right now." 

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Career

Call of the Day Podcast: I Was Laid Off, And Now They Want Me Back
By Dr. Laura on August 23, 2020

Irene is being welcomed back by her old employer but she’s second-guessing taking the opportunity due to sadness and anger from being let go.    Dr. Laura: "Don’t let “rage” make a...

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In-Laws

Call of the Day Podcast: I’m Anxious In The Passenger Seat
By Dr. Laura on August 23, 2020

Susanne finds herself facing the demon of anxiety driving across country with her husband behind the wheel.    Dr. Laura: "Don’t let fear enslave you." 

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In-Laws

Call of the Day Podcast: My Overly-Helpful Mother-In-Law
By Dr. Laura on August 22, 2020

Donna’s mother-in-law is running her over at the front door with shrimp cocktails and more!    Dr. Laura: "This is my home; you’re my guest." 

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YouTube

YouTube: 1996 Interview with Deborah Kobylt for Turner Entertainment
By Dr. Laura on August 21, 2020

Happy #FlashbackFriday!   Here’s a video clip of an interview I did in 1996 with Deborah Kobylt for Turner Entertainment.  My favorite quote from this video?  “A lot of times it’s a...

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Inspiration

Email of the Day: I Am A Dr. Laura Convert
By Dr. Laura on August 21, 2020

I have not always been a fan of yours, and I made the uninformed decision early on, without really listening to you, that you were harsh and cruel to your callers.  I made that decision...

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Parenting

Call of the Day Podcast: I’m “Pissed” With This Obituary
By Dr. Laura on August 21, 2020

Rebecca wants to know if she should pursue removing her adopted children’s name from their bio-dad’s obituary.   Dr. Laura: "Names don’t matter…they are YOUR kids." 

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10 STUPID THINGS

Email of the Day: I Married a Mama’s Boy
By Dr. Laura on August 20, 2020

I married a mama’s boy.  He’s an only child.  We’ve been married for over 41 years, and his mother made our first 20 years miserable.  He always put her and his job first, and the...

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Parenting

Call of the Day Podcast: Can I Get My Granddaughter To Listen?
By Dr. Laura on August 20, 2020

Gaile’s 23-year-old granddaughter, who she has raised, refuses to listen to her “words of wisdom.”   Dr. Laura: "It’s time for her to leave the nest." 

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Inspiration

Call of the Day Podcast: Hi Everyone. Meet Billy Flanigan.
By Dr. Laura on August 19, 2020

I was touched to read his story. Disney World entertainer, Billy Flanigan, loves to share Dolly Parton's quote, “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” Since the...

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Parenting

Email of the Day: Quantity Time IS Quality Time With Your Kids
By Dr. Laura on August 19, 2020

I am not a parent. I have never been married nor had kids, but I have worked with kids my entire career and, for some of that time, as a summer Camp Director. Each summer, I would help...

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Bad Childhood

Call of the Day Podcast: “Why Is This Happening Now?!”
By Dr. Laura on August 19, 2020

Molested at age five, Nicole now faces long-term damage as an adult.   Dr. Laura: "In truth...you should be more angry with your mother!" 

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Procrastination

Blog: Dr. Laura's Guide to Achieving Your Goals
By Dr. Laura on August 18, 2020

We all have goals in life. For some, it's learning a creative skill we've always been interested in. For others, it's starting our own business from the ground up. No matter the varying...

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GRIEF

Call of the Day Podcast: I’m Sad Saying Goodbye
By Dr. Laura on August 18, 2020

Barbara finds herself in tears when heading home after visiting her adult children.   Dr. Laura: "This is about your facing your mortality." 

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Divorce

Email of the Day: Kids Feel the Pain From Divorce
By Dr. Laura on August 18, 2020

I am divorced after 26 years of marriage. My ex-husband and a co-worker both got divorced and then married each other. I have four children, ranging in age from 20 down to 8. My...

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Parenting

Call of the Day Podcast: My Child Is Having Troubling Thoughts
By Dr. Laura on August 18, 2020

Brittany’s 4-year-old daughter has recently developed a habit of “bad thoughts” which she finds disturbing.   Dr. Laura: "Good people can have bad thoughts but don’t act on them." 

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Marriage 101

Email of the Day: You Made Me a Better Wife and Mom
By Dr. Laura on August 17, 2020

My husband and I are both 40 years old and Iraq combat veterans.  We have two boys, 12 and 7.  Despite having two loving parents who were married for 50 years until my dad died, I did a...

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GRIEF

Call of the Day Podcast: I Can’t Get Over The Pain and Loss
By Dr. Laura on August 17, 2020

Mark came out to his parents 12 years ago and it instantly turned into them feeling bad for themselves ending their relationship.   Dr. Laura: "Now you can have 'tears of relief' …" 

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: I Don’t Like My Mom’s Decision Handling
By Dr. Laura on August 16, 2020

Lisa’s 20-year-old daughter stayed with Grandma while attending school, but now she doesn’t want her to return. This is upsetting Lisa because of their past ...   Dr. Laura: "You can...

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: I’m Distraught Over My Sister’s Condition
By Dr. Laura on August 16, 2020

Donna is spiraling into emotional turmoil after speaking daily with her sister who suffers from alcohol-related dementia.   Dr. Laura: "She drank herself into destroying her body; why do...

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Confrontation

Call of the Day Podcast: “Stop Whining, Start Living”
By Dr. Laura on August 15, 2020

Chris thinks she’s having a hard time letting go of those who have done her wrong in life.  Is that truly the case?   Dr. Laura: "You stack up the hurts and embrace them as treasures." 

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Marriage 101

Email of the Day: Staying Home With My Husband
By Dr. Laura on August 14, 2020

My husband and I have been married 37 years and are empty nesters.  Here’s how we’re able to not only tolerate but really enjoy each other during the pandemic. 

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: I Keep Thinking I’ll Lose My Baby
By Dr. Laura on August 14, 2020

Anna previously miscarried and is frightened to lose yet another pregnancy.   Dr. Laura: "If you have to face that yucky thing again…you’ll handle it again." 

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Parenting

Email of the Day: How I Got My Kids to Eat Their Vegetables
By Dr. Laura on August 13, 2020

I was forced to eat a sandwich with mayo on it when I was 7 years old.  As an adult, I still gag at the thought and can’t eat mayo on a sandwich.  My approach with my three sons may not...

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: Get Out Of My House!!
By Dr. Laura on August 13, 2020

Mary’s brother continues to live in her basement despite being asked to leave.   Dr. Laura: "Time to be angry!" 

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YouTube

YouTube: Small Wonders With Dr. Laura
By Dr. Laura on August 12, 2020

Who doesn’t love baby pictures?  Thanks for responding so enthusiastically and sending photos of you, your kids and grandkids when everyone was little.  It was tough to pick just a few,...

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Family

Email of the Day: Being Family Doesn’t Give You the Right to Abuse
By Dr. Laura on August 12, 2020

Not long ago, I saw a post on your Facebook page about sitting in your car an extra five minutes after you park. Twenty years ago, I would come home from work and sit in the car after I...

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Parenting

Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Send My Son Back To Private School?
By Dr. Laura on August 12, 2020

Carla’s son has been failing his online studies finding himself 10 lessons behind due to an unmonitored distraction.   Dr. Laura: "Smartphones and video games are "poison" to a kid." 

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: My Cousin Wants To Speak To Me - Part 2
By Dr. Laura on August 11, 2020

Melissa updates Dr. Laura on what her cousin’s true intentions were after reaching out several years later.   Dr. Laura: "Mama Laura said “lets face it”; you did and you’re more relaxed."

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Inspiration

Email of the Day: Touch It Once
By Dr. Laura on August 11, 2020

Long ago, when my husband and I were having trouble coping with the piles of paperwork associated with our small business, my father-in-law gave me great advice.  He called it the...

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: My Cousin Wants To Speak To Me - Part 1
By Dr. Laura on August 11, 2020

Melissa’s bad cousin is reaching out to her after they parted ways seven years ago.    Dr. Laura: "Just ask her what she wants." 

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Do The Right Thing

Email of the Day: Three Little Words That Changed My Life
By Dr. Laura on August 10, 2020

I’ve been able to find peace and resolution to many of life’s conundrums by embracing your three-word viewpoint: “It’s a choice.”  So simple and yet so powerful.  Generally, how people...

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: I Fear Cancer’s Return
By Dr. Laura on August 10, 2020

Emily’s been in remission from breast cancer, but since her mom’s passing from lung cancer she’s scared it will recur.    Dr. Laura: "It could be worse but it's not." 

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: I Worry Too Much - Part 2
By Dr. Laura on August 9, 2020

In the conclusion to this 2-part episode, Emily reveals how she was more focused on the symptoms vs. the core issue for her anxiety.   Dr. Laura: "There is no change. There is no therapy...

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HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Call of the Day Podcast: I Worry Too Much - Part 1
By Dr. Laura on August 9, 2020

In the past year, Emily has been dealing with anxiety and assuming she’s offending others.    Dr. Laura: "Getting “unstuck” in this transition to independence." 

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Marriage

Call of the Day Podcast: My Husband Watches Pornography
By Dr. Laura on August 8, 2020

Letty doesn’t know what to do with her husband of 25 years who’s been watching porn for 23 years of it!    Dr. Laura: "Between now and dead is THIS how you want to live?" 

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Parenting

Email of the Day: Proud to Be My Kids’ Dad
By Dr. Laura on August 7, 2020

24 years ago, I married my sweetheart and became the dad for her five-year-old son.  I had a lot to learn, so I listened regularly after I discovered you shortly thereafter.  I adopted...

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Family

Call of the Day Podcast: My Sister Is Still Rude!!
By Dr. Laura on August 7, 2020

Butch donated a kidney to save his sister’s life but in turn she continues to be as mean as ever to him.   Dr. Laura: "Expect nothing and you won't be disappointed." 

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Inspiration

Email of the Day: Being Loving Makes Life More Livable
By Dr. Laura on August 6, 2020

Several weeks ago, you asked listeners why they do or do not believe in God.  I believe in God because at 38 weeks and 5 days pregnant, I was playing cards with my 2 year old when out...

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