Hi Dr. Laura,
I've been listening to you for many years. I was a stay-at-home mom until all 3 of my children went to school and then I began working at a tumbling/gymnastics facility to barter tuition for my children. I dropped them off at school and picked them up at school. My boss knew I would never miss a class party or event.
My oldest son and daughter are now married and my youngest son is still in college. They have attended college, married people of integrity and now support themselves. I have also been married to their father for 36 years.
My frustration is with the mothers who call to register their children for classes at the gymnastics facility. Most times their names are not the same as the child's name...even when enrolling in our 18 month - 3-year-old parent participation class. That has been a trend for many years, but now, they are listing their boyfriends as the child's father. These boyfriends are not even the bio-dad just a shack-up honey. It's very disturbing to me these precious children are being subjected to these men. I sat on the child welfare board in my county for 5 years and raised money for foster kids and I know the shack-up boyfriend is often the abuser to the child. In my small county in the last 2 years at least 2 boyfriends have killed the children of their girlfriend. I wonder when it will stop being cool to screw everything that moves and bring children into the world with no fathers in the home.
Thank you for listening. Continue with your good work even when most people think it's so uncool!!