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How Can We Keep The Peace Raising Our Child?
December 10, 2019
Erica was married to her abusive ex-husband for three years and finds it hard to interact with him. With her anger and resentment building, what can Erica do to co-parent in a peaceful fashion?
Difficulty Bonding With Others
December 10, 2019
Debra has felt "rejected" her entire life and believe it stems in part from her father having an affair and being disinterested in his family when Debra was young. Moving forward, Debra is very social but her fear of rejection has made her emotionally and romantically distant.
My Husband Is Placing Work Before Family
December 09, 2019
Michelle and Adam are both 33-years-old and have been married for 15 years. Adam owns and operates a medium-sized business that consumes a majority of his life and Michelle is raising their four children aged 14, 6, 3, and 3 months. What can Michelle and Adam do to find a healthy and viable work-life balance while building a business and raising four kids?
COTD Classic: Red Flag Relationships
December 08, 2019
In this Call of the Day Classic episode, James heard Dr. Laura speak on the statistics of divorce in the U.S. and began to see many red flags in his own relationship.
COTD Classic: Withholding Affection?
December 08, 2019
In this Call of the Day Classic episode, Terri and Rick have been married for 27 years and Rick has expressed that he doesn't feel that Terri shows him enough affection. Terri agrees that she hasn't been affectionate but in turn doesn't foresee herself changing.
COTD Classic: I Regret Getting Married
December 08, 2019
In this Call of the Day Classic episode, Jessica and her husband have been married for 22 years. Jessica admits that the first 15 years of her marriage were challenging and she has yet to acknowledge the possibility that she made a mistake staying in the marriage or getting married in the first place.
Thank You For The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands
December 06, 2019
Lauren has been seeing a premarital counselor with her fiancé and the counselor suggests she read "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands".
Should I Be Closer To My Alcoholic Sister?
December 06, 2019
Taylor has had no relationship with her sister for the past year because of her sister's alcoholism and seeming jealousy over Taylor's new baby. Should Taylor attempt to reconnect with her sister?
Does My Grandchild Come First?
December 06, 2019
Mary has been divorced for two years after her husband of twenty-six years had an affair. He is now shacking up with "the other woman."Mary's adult daughter is having a birthday party for Mary's grandchild and Mary's ex will be attending with his shack-up honey. Should Mary attend the birthday for her granddaughter's sake?
When Is Daddy Coming Home From Heaven?
December 06, 2019
Chris's best friend died leaving behind a wife and two small children who have not come to terms with their father's passing. Chris has explained that their daddy is up in heaven and not coming back but they can't accept this answer. What should Chris do from this point?
I Messed Up My Daughter's Life
December 05, 2019
Brenda was in a bad marriage and thinks she has set a bad example for her daughter regarding how a woman should be treated by a man, especially by a husband. How can Brenda redeem herself with her daughter who is now 21?
Explaining What Abortion Really Is To A Child
December 04, 2019
What is the best way, if there is one, to explain abortion to a child?
I Married A Drunk...Now What?
December 03, 2019
Caroline met her now-husband in college, but most of their relationship has been long-distance due to work. Caroline quit her job and moved in with him a year ago. Having now been married for a month, she's been concerned about his drinking and feels awful she's made the mistake of moving in and marrying him.
Dealing With An Ungrateful Family Member
December 03, 2019
Claire has a 19-year-old niece who seemingly takes advantage of her mom and rarely reciprocates any niceties. Does Claire have an obligation to maintain a relationship with her niece or end it?
I'm Upset That My In-Laws Don't Want To Be Grandparents
December 02, 2019
28-year-old Megan has been married for two years and has a toddler. Despite her in-laws living in the same town, they rarely come to visit. Instead, they visit her sister-in-law and children who live two hours away. How should Megan approach her in-laws regarding their blatant favoritism?
COTD Classic: I'm Tired Of Being A Mom To My Mom
December 01, 2019
In this Call of the Day Classic episode, Janice has acted as the adult in her relationship with her parents. She calls Dr. Laura for help.
COTD Classic: How Can I Confront My Parents?
December 01, 2019
In this Call of the Day Classic episode, Reid and his wife (who are Mormons) have decided to leave the church because they no longer believe. Reid calls Dr. Laura to ask how he should break the news to his parents.
COTD Classic: My Family Didn't Even Try - Part 1
December 01, 2019
In this Call of the Day Classic episode...on Mother's Day morning, Margaret awoke to NO gifts or acknowledgment from her husband or her three children, and she is understandably offended and hurt.
COTD Classic: My Family Didn't Even Try - Part 2
December 01, 2019
In this Call of the Day Classic episode...Margaret Part 2: Margaret's 15-year-old daughter speaks to Dr. Laura to give clarity as to why she and her siblings did nothing for their mother on Mother's Day.
COTD Classic: I Fell In Love With Someone New After Growing Apart From My Wife
December 01, 2019
In this Call of the Day Classic episode, Jerry feels like he and his wife have grown apart and he has started seeing a younger woman. He's conflicted between this new love and his commitment to being a father and husband to his family and calls for advice.
I Don't Trust My Husband's Employee
November 27, 2019
Karina and her husband own a small business and she's decided to step back from her role to spend more time with their kids. A woman who has been working for them will assume Karina's position and duties even though she may not be up to the task. How does Karina approach her husband about this leadership change without sounding jealous or petty?
Should I Relocate For My Grandchild's Sake?
November 27, 2019
63-year-old Steve lives 3,000 miles from his three children. Recently, he was asked by one of his daughters to move in and help her raise her son while her "baby daddy" is in jail. Steve feels that he has enabled and saved his daughter too many times and is hesitant to accept her offer. If Steve moves in...would he really be helping his daughter or more so his grandson?
Arguments Are Taking Over Our Relationship
November 27, 2019
25-year-old Cody has been dating his girlfriend for a little over a year. After a few recent fights, Cody feels she gets annoyed with him too easily and does not respect him as a partner or a man. Should Cody stay in this relationship or should he heed the red flags?
My Son Avoided A Speeding Ticket
November 27, 2019
Shelly THOUGHT she was telling Dr. Laura a great story about how his great conversational ability helped her son get out of a speeding ticket. But Dr. Laura turns the tables and teaches HER a lesson!
Is My Ego Ruining My Marriage?
November 27, 2019
Samantha and her husband are constantly fighting and she wants to know if her NEED to be right is sabotaging her marriage.
Should I Back Out Of My Brother's Wedding?
November 27, 2019
Lauren's younger brother is soon to be married but his lifelong anger issues have deeply troubled both his fiancé and Lauren. Should Lauren participate in the upcoming wedding knowing that her brother hasn't changed?
My Boyfriend Is Hanging Out With Other Women
November 26, 2019
Megan's boyfriend of ten months is hanging out with female co-workers and only tells her afterward. Is Megan being jealous or is this a HUGE red flag?
Co-Parenting With A Cheater
November 26, 2019
Erica has been divorced for two years and is now co-parenting with her ex. She finds the parenting arrangement difficult, because she still harbors resentment because her ex-husband cheated on her throughout their marriage. How does Erica move past her anger to find the best course of action for her child.
I Want A Relationship With My Mom
November 25, 2019
Mikhalia is 23-years-old and has always had a strained relationship with her mom, who took more interest in work and her boss's children than in her. How can Mikhalia reign in her resentment?
How Can I Help My Son?
November 22, 2019
Sandy's 41-year-old son has gained over 100 pounds within the last year. How should she approach her son about his significant weight gain and possible contributing factors?
I'm Ready For Something Different
November 22, 2019
Kristina was married for 20 years, has been divorced for 15, and just recently kicked out her live-in boyfriend.
Cutting Off My Shack-Up Daughter
November 22, 2019
Rebecca's daughter is in college and has recently moved in with her boyfriend who she says she is going to marry. Rebecca and her husband stopped paying for her school and her bills and then got a text from the daughter's soon to be in-laws that they should resume paying for the daughter! How should Rebecca respond to her future "family"?
You Got Through To My Daughter
November 22, 2019
Janet has been listening to Dr. Laura since 1978! Janet's daughter has taken issue with Dr. Laura's advice and methods over the years but recently she has been asking, "what would Dr. Laura say?".
Are High Schoolers Ready To Date?
November 21, 2019
Marie is a high school freshman. and she likes a boy who is a junior, but her parents are against her dating, because she is only 14. Are her parents being reasonable and what age should kids start dating?
I Need More From My Wife
November 20, 2019
Both Clay and Michelle are 39 years old and have been married for three years. Recently Michelle's mom passed away and Clay has been at home taking care of their two-year-old, while Michelle has been away. They have begun to fight, because, while she's been with her family, Clay thinks she hasn't checked in enough and has not given him enough attention.
I Don't Want To Admit That I'm Struggling
November 19, 2019
Leslie's husband of 60 years has just completed his fifth round of chemo for an aggressive form of cancer. Leslie friends and family are asking her how she is coping with being her husband's caretaker and she feels bad answering truthfully.
What Is Best For My Family?
November 19, 2019
Six months ago Lillian's husband and eldest daughter were killed in a car accident leaving Lillian with two small boys. Lillian's parents have invited her and her children to live with them and be surrounded by a supportive family. Lillian is ready to move but she fears she is losing her "backbone" in the midst of all the tragedy and upheaval.
I'm Not Attracted To My Husband
November 17, 2019
Paulette is no longer attracted to her husband, to the point where she does not want to be touched by him. She blames it on her "past," but Dr. Laura knows that Paulette's recent aversion to her husband is much more nuanced.
Everyone Is Being Petty
November 15, 2019
Sabrina is about to be a first-time grandma but her daughter and her mother-in-law are at odds over petty issues...whose side should Sabrina take when both sides are being petty?
My Daughter Is Dying
November 15, 2019
Rachel's 23-year-old daughter is in ailing health and may not have long to live. Rachel is worried that if she expresses her extreme sadness it will hurt her daughter's feelings but Dr. Laura urges Rachel to be open and communicate with truly and openly.
Am I Mature Enough To Date?
November 15, 2019
At what age are we mature enough to start seriously dating? Sara is 23-years-old and doesn't feel ready or emotionally mature enough to start do so.
My Daughter Gets Scared At Sleepovers
November 15, 2019
Olivia is eight years old, and she gets scared during sleepovers and starts to miss her mom. Could these fears and longing be connected to her parent's recent divorce?
I Resent My Parents
November 14, 2019
Both Stephanie's parents made her a secondary priority when it came to having relationships rather than raising their daughter, and Stephanie has A LOT of resentment.
Does Divorce Take An Emotional Toll On Children?
November 13, 2019
Riley is 8-years-old and she wants to know how she can make her mom less sad while her parents are going through a divorce.
I Wish My Kid Was Different
November 12, 2019
Charlene has three children, and she wants to know if and how she can change parts of her eight-year old's mannerisms and personality.
How Can I Help My Son?
November 12, 2019
Theresa's son recently harmed himself after finding out that his wife was having an affair. How she can help her son through this tumultuous time?
Should I Tell My Kids I Was Married Once Before?
November 11, 2019
Susan wants to tell her young children that she was previously married before being marrying their father... and Dr. Laura asks why.
My Husband Isn't In Love With Me
November 08, 2019
Jennifer's husband of 14 years has told her he loves her, but he's not "IN LOVE" with her. Has Jennifer's lack of affection pushed her husband away?
I Don't Want To Meet My Half-Siblings
November 08, 2019
Yolanda has never had a relationship with her father or his family, but recently, her half-siblings (who she's never met), want to develop a relationship. Is it okay for Yolanda not to meet her half-siblings?
I Feel Betrayed By My Mom
November 08, 2019
Two years ago, Melody's mother paid a visit to Melody's abusive ex-husband, stating that she never believed that he was actually abusive. Now, Melody's mother wants to visit her and her siblings and Melody worries she wont be able to emotionally handle herself after the "betrayal."
My Son-In-Law Is Being Unreasonable
November 08, 2019
Jeanne recently lost her husband, but before his passing, he planned his celebration of life ceremony with his daughter. Days before he passed, the daughter's husband said that the celebration of life planning was putting "stress" on his wife.
Where Should I Focus My Energy?
November 07, 2019
Elyse is undergoing a double mastectomy within the week, but she is worried about comforting and taking care of her husband, who is stressing out about his adult daughter shacking up.
Blessed With 40 Years Of Marriage
November 06, 2019
Don discusses the trials and tribulations that come with 40 years of marriage, and how he would not have traded a single second for anything else in the world!
They Only Care About Inheritance
November 05, 2019
Nicole's mother and brother passed away within seven months of each other. Soon after, Nicole's extended family got aggressive about claiming possible inheritance money. How do you cope with grief when greedy "hyenas" are hounding you?
How To Deal With Snarky Comments
November 05, 2019
When she was only 30, Veronica lost her first husband during their honeymoon. Now that she has remarried, people like to comment about how "lucky" she is to find love again. How should Veronica respond to people who she thinks may be snarky?
Realizing My Health Is Important
November 04, 2019
Charles is 60 years old and has made significant changes in his lifestyle to maintain his health. He calls to thank Dr. Laura for being a motivating force behind this healthy change.
Are Money Troubles Hurting Your Marriage?
November 01, 2019
Emily and her husband are always worried about finances. Recently, Emily's husband has expressed that he will not be taking a job that comes with a significant pay increase, and that has caused things to heat up in their marriage.
My Role Model
November 01, 2019
Kim thanks Dr. Laura for being her role model.
My Dad Has A Shack-Up Honey
November 01, 2019
17-year-old Lily lives with her father and recently her father's girlfriend of a few weeks has moved in with them. Lily and the girlfriend do not get along and this animosity came to a head in an all-out screaming match. What should Lily do to help her dad see his "piggish" ways?
I Need To Control Everything
November 01, 2019
Sue tries to control situations that are uncomfortable for her...she even tries to control Dr. Laura! How can Sue learn to let go of her 'death grip' on social interactions?
Can I Break The Tension In My Marriage?
October 31, 2019
Michelle's husband of 23 years has a hair-pin temper and he lashes out at the slightest provocation. It's starting to get even worse. After 23 years of this verbal and emotional tension, what is Michelle to do?
You're My Angel
October 30, 2019
Mary-Elizabeth sees Dr. Laura as an 'angel' to many women who are in need of truly inspirational advice.
Does My Mom Genuinely Miss Me?
October 29, 2019
Chris is 28 years old and has a very strained relationship with his mother who never made him feel wanted. Even though he has limited contact with her, his mom reached out to "mend" their relationship and invited Chris to her destination wedding. He thinks this gesture is insincere and that his mom only wants him there for the photo-op.
Stopping Class Rumors
October 29, 2019
12-year-old Ava is in 6th grade and kids in her class have started "dating" which seems to entail holding hands and saying they are boyfriend/girlfriend. Ava has a friend (a boys he's known since she was 5) and she wants to know how to address classmates who constantly ask if they are "dating".
My In-Laws Aren't Good Parents
October 28, 2019
Jeff is annoyed with his in-laws' seemingly uncaring nature and he wants to know if he should confront his in-laws on his wife's behalf.
Should I Get Involved In Family Drama?
October 25, 2019
Jennifer has recently discovered that one of her brothers stole another brother's identity and ran up a large debt to fund his gambling addiction, an addiction his family has hidden from her for years. Should Jennifer get more involved in this mess?
Does Size Matter?
October 25, 2019
Lexus is a 24-year-old born-again virgin who wants to be celibate until marriage. She has been dating a guy for 3 months and she wants to know if it's appropriate to ask him about the size and girth of his penis.
My Husband Has Been Hiring Sex Workers
October 25, 2019
Jessica and her husband have been married for 13 years and have 2 young kids. Recently Jessica discovered that her husband has been seeing prostitutes and attempting to have casual sex with strangers for 10 years. What does Jessica do NOW?!
I'm Afraid Of Failure
October 25, 2019
Fernando has FINALLY gotten a promotion that has ended his stagnant career, but he is afraid of failing in this new position. Is this a normal response to such great news?
Sibling Squabbles
October 24, 2019
10-year-old Maya has a busy morning routine of reading and instrument practice, but she is tired of being distracted by her brother watching television. What can Mom do to solve this issue?
You Nagged Me Into A Better Life
October 23, 2019
Paula is a marriage and family therapist who thanks Dr. Laura for her lifestyle advice.
My Daughter Wants To Marry A Snowflake
October 22, 2019
Michelle's 24-year-old daughter is dating a 26 year who has no job and lives at home, yet they want to get married! Michelle's daughter refuses to understand why her parents are opposed to giving their blessing for this union.
Making Your Marriage Work After Infidelity
October 22, 2019
Alicia had an affair. Her husband went through a phase of doing everything he could to appease her, but now he is becoming distant. How does a family recover after infidelity and what can the cheater do to help the healing?
Dealing With Mean Girls At School
October 21, 2019
Isabella is in high school and does not want to deal with teen drama, but she finds herself at odds with a particularly difficult girl at school.
I Lost My Wife To Cancer
October 18, 2019
Izzy lost his wife of 38 years to cancer and doesn't know how he's going to ever get past his grief and pain.
How To Deal With Insensitive People
October 18, 2019
Sarah and her husband have been battling infertility and all the while Sarah's mom has been making cruel, insensitive, and disparaging remarks about their struggle. How does one deal with a cruel family member?
Life After Abuse
October 18, 2019
Susan is 58-years-old and is trying to come to terms with the years of her adoptive mom's emotional abuse.
What Are Reasonable Expectations For Long Distance Relationships?
October 18, 2019
Andrew is going on his yearly trip to visit his brother and his brother's family. He gets upset that when he is with the family they have a great time, but when he leaves there isn't much communication.
How Can I Stave Off Unsolicited Gossip?
October 17, 2019
Julie lives in a condominium complex with a large retiree population that likes to gossip. Julie wants to avoid all the drama, but she finds herself being approached every time she leaves her condo.
People Think I'm A Pessimist
October 16, 2019
Do people label you as a "pessimist" when you just look at things realistically?
Can A Relationship Work If One Party Isn't Sexually Interested?
October 15, 2019
Mattie is 23-years-old and has been dating a really nice guy for about a year. The only problem is she's NOT attracted to him.
Why Is Everyone Mothering Me?
October 15, 2019
Debbie is a successful businesswoman, but she's tired of women in her social circle giving her advice and "mothering" her. Why do the women in her life feel a need to counsel Debbie?
Should We Mend Our Relationship With Our Neighbors?
October 14, 2019
Carrie's husband Chris is frequently away for work and Carrie has relied on the generosity of her female neighbor to help fix and maintain the house. Recently the female neighbor gave Chris some unsolicited advice that very quickly turned into an argument where mean things were said.
On-Again Off-Again Relationships
October 11, 2019
Rachel has been in an on-again/off-again relationship for two years with a guy who cannot fully get over his ex who he dumped for Rachel. Recently Rachel found out that he's still in touch with his ex-girlfriend because she called Rachel to tell her so!
How Should I Respond To Criticism From Other Moms?
October 11, 2019
Bethany is a stay-at-home mom and proud of it, but in her social circles she is the odd one out and gets criticized for her choice.
Do I Need To Have A Relationship With My Mom?
October 11, 2019
Jennifer has very limited contact with her mother because of her mother's addiction to alcohol. Jennifer's sibling maintains a relationship with mom, but should Jennifer overlook the alcoholism just to be part of the status quo?
What Should I Expect Of My College-Aged Son?
October 11, 2019
Ellisa's 19-year-old son has graduated high school and will be living at home while he attends community college. Ellisa has expectations while her son still lives under her roof, but are those expectations reasonable?
Your Advice Gave Me the Boost I Needed
October 10, 2019
Darla called last April about her struggles with finishing her Ph.D and writing her book. After getting Dr. Laura's advice, Darla developed a healthy perspective on her education and has finished her book!
Should I Give My Marriage A Second Chance?
October 09, 2019
Robert has been listening to Dr. Laura for 11 months and wants to know if he should invest time into rekindling a relationship with his ex-wife from whom he was recently divorced. Did he make mistakes in the past that led to the divorce?
I Want To Adopt My Adult Daughter's Friend
October 08, 2019
Marlene wants to adopt her daughter's best friend who is 22-years-old and has had a tumultuous family life. Is Marlene doing this to support the young lady or is she doing this to satisfy a savior complex?
I Hate My Passport Photo
October 08, 2019
Marilyn and Jerry are renewing their passports and Marilyn has decided to delay the process because she doesn't like how her passport picture turned out. Jerry is annoyed with the delay but is it really worth starting a fight over?
My Sister Is Neglecting Our Aging Parents
October 07, 2019
Robin's sister does not help in the care of their parents and Robin is extremely frustrated that her parents don't acknowledge her sister's negligence. Should Robin discuss with her parents her sister's obvious lack of concern and caring for their well-being?
What If I'm Not A Good Mom?
October 04, 2019
Rebecca has concerns that she isn't "good enough" to be a mom and Dr. Laura sets her straight!
Should I Allow My Parents Back Into My Life?
October 04, 2019
Maureen ended her relationship with her parents seven years ago because her father was verbally and emotionally abusive. For the last two years, her parents have been calling and texting in an attempt to rekindle a relationship, yet they have not made any attempt to accept responsibility for their actions or say "sorry".
Your Guidance Changed My Life
October 04, 2019
Maggie thanks Dr. Laura for over 30 years of advice and guidance!
Honor Thy Father And Mother
October 04, 2019
Sisters Carla and Cara think their mother has a tendency to voice her unsolicited opinion at inappropriate times, while Mom thinks she's just asking questions and being supportive.
Are We All Worthy Of Love?
October 03, 2019
Anna is distraught that she has never been married, has no children, and generally shies away from platonic or romantic relationships. Is Anna scared of being rejected or afraid that any relationships will implode? Are we all "worthy" of love?
Fighting Over Politics
October 02, 2019
10-year-old Josephine is being bullied at school for her, and her family's, political opinions. How can Josephine navigate the social dynamics of the 4th grade without compromising her support of the President and her own personal thoughts and opinions?
Getting Back With Your Ex
October 01, 2019
Erika has been twice divorced but she has recently rekindled a relationship with herfirst ex-husband. Should it matter that her son from the first marriage disapproves?
Can I Influence My Kids' Choices?
October 01, 2019
Samantha is going to therapy because she wants to understand how better to dictate the actions of her daughter in college. WHAT?!
I Keep Confessing My Infidelities
September 30, 2019
James has been married for 15 years. He has confessed his multiple infidelities to his wife because his "conscience" couldn't handle the "guilt." Is James trying to be a better man or is this bombshell confession just more self-centered behavior?
What Is Controlling?
September 27, 2019
Martin and his wife of less than a year are in their 50s and every so often Martin's wife has an impromptu girls night out without consulting Martin. Should Martin dictate when his wife goes out with friends?
Stop People Pleasing
September 27, 2019
Sunday wants to stop being a people pleaser and she's sick and tired of her kindness being taken advantage of by manipulators in her life.
Do As I Say Not As I Do
September 27, 2019
Kevin is 23 and pursuing a degree in psychology with hopes of going to grad school and becoming a counselor. Kevin's mom is concerned becausehis history is anything BUT responsible and she's tired of supporting him completely.
Should Moms Have Vespas?
September 27, 2019
Sara wants to buy a Vespa for her 48th birthday but her husband worries about her safety and what would happen to their kids if they were to lose their mom to an accident.
I Wish My Mother Would Change
September 26, 2019
Jeff is having trouble opening a dialogue with his "emotionally detached" mother.He wonders if a talk can really change someone.
What's Wrong With Shacking Up?!
September 25, 2019
Theresa is in a relationship and feels there is no need for marriage because its "just a piece of paper." Why should she even consider marriage?
Should I Be Worried?
September 24, 2019
Toni received a call from her daughter's gynecologist regarding "test results." Should Toni be concerned?
Daddy Issues
September 24, 2019
Nicole's father was an abusive drunk throughout her childhood. Now that he has passed away, she wants to know if she should "forgive" him.
Are Gifts Sacred?
September 23, 2019
8-year-old Jordan received a gift from his 5 year-old neighbor for his birthday. Jordan wants to know if and how he can return the gift and get something he wants without hurting the neighbor's feelings.
On The Job Hunt
September 20, 2019
Nancy is unemployed and she spends the majority of her day looking online for work. Recently, after picking her husband up from his work, he asked what she "does all day" which she took as confrontational and condescending. Was Nancy's husband just curious or showing his frustration?
You've Already Made An Impact On Me
September 20, 2019
Robert is a new listener to Dr Laura, and he calls to thank her for her words of kindness, knowledge, and wisdom.
Is There A Right Way To Mourn?
September 20, 2019
Amy's mom passed away 3 years ago. Amy has never bawled her eyes out in grief and is concerned that she is mourning the "wrong" way.
I Chose The Wrong Man
September 20, 2019
Annie did not choose wisely and her relationship with her husband of only a few years is spiraling. They have a one year old son and she wants to keep the family together for his sake but how can she make a "happy home" work with a man she does not love?
I Want To Renovate The House, But My Husband Said No
September 19, 2019
Cheryl has been married 20 years and she would like to renovate their 100+ year old home, but her husband is hesitant to do so. How can Cheryl convince him to agree to a long, expensive, and overdue renovation?
I Was Reluctant To Take Your Advice
September 18, 2019
Michael called Dr. Laura a year ago and thought the advice he received was "stupid," but it worked and ended up sparing his family from a long and ugly custody battle with his estranged birth parents.
Gaining The Confidence to Say 'No'
September 17, 2019
13-year-old Avery lacks the confidence to tell people around her "NO". Recently, she spent all her money at a local fair paying for her cousin to play games, an activity Avery didn't even want to do. Avery's mom admits that she also has a problem with confidence. How can this mother and daughter find their voice and finally start saying "NO"!!!
My Husband Wants To Be A Rock Star
September 17, 2019
Tina is 38 years old, has been married 14 years and has two kids. She and her husband are members of a cover band and her husband has taken it upon himself to become the sole guitarist in the band. A new guitarist, who is much better, has joined the band and now Tina's husband is expressing dismay and jealousy. How can Tina be supportive, but remind her husband that his main responsibility is to the health and welfare of his family and not being lead guitarist?
I Was a Shack-Up Honey
September 16, 2019
Elizabeth just got out of a 4-year relationship where she was "shacking up." Now that the relationship is over, she wants to know why it ended BUT Dr. Laura wants to know why she shacked up for 4 years in the first place!
When Should You Get A Prenuptial Agreement?
September 13, 2019
Jay is thinking about proposing to his girlfriend but he has kids and this would be his second marriage, so wants to get a prenup. Does asking for one show a lack of faith in the relationship?
Knowing What's Best For Your Family
September 13, 2019
Brittany's father-in-law is dying, and the family is driving to see him over the weekend. They plan to rent an RV and take the long drive in segments, but Brittany (who has small children) wants her husband to resist this idea because it's not ideal with small kids. Should Brittany go along with the overall plan or push back?
My Son Is A Sore Loser
September 13, 2019
11-year-old Ben struggles with feelings and expressions of anger particularly after he loses at a game or a sport. Dr. Laura explains to Ben that these mini "failures" are all necessary on the path of proficiency, achievement, and success.
Setting Expectations With Your Kids
September 13, 2019
Tony has difficulty communicating with his 14-year-old daughter regarding chores and her willingness to help around the house. Dr. Laura helps Tony organize his expectations and together they develop a list of his daughter's favorite activities AND chores that must be done in order to enjoy those activities.
My Brother Is Being Stupid
September 12, 2019
Deanne's brother is dating a woman who regularly abuses drugs, has slept with other men for drugs, and has even been incarcerated for attempting to physically harm him. Deanne's brother continues to see this woman and Deanne asks Dr. Laura if she should try to maintain a relationship with her brother or distance herself from a dangerous situation.
I Don't Want To Relapse
September 11, 2019
Erin is recently sober after years of alcohol abuse and she is feeling better than ever! Her family still drinks, and Erin wants to know how to navigate and maintain relationships with those who drink at every occasion without risking relapse herself.
Staying The Course
September 10, 2019
Mandy thanks Dr. Laura for advice that aided her in navigating and maintaining her marriage and relationships while she battled breast cancer.
Mean Kids At School
September 10, 2019
11-year-old Aiden is having trouble at school because the popular kids enjoy behaving meanly on a computer game and exclude kids like Aiden who don't join in their negativity. Is being popular really worth one's "soul"?
My Daughter Wants To Dye Her Hair
September 09, 2019
Martha's young daughter asked her why she cannot dye her hair or do other aesthetic things that she sees her mother doing. Is Martha's daughter in the right for asking this question and is this a really good teaching opportunity?
My Fiancé Won't Stop Buying Shoes
September 06, 2019
Nicole's fiancé has a large shoe collection and although he is in debt and needs a car, he continues to buy shoes. Nicole yelled at him for his most recent purchase and wonders how she should deal with this situation moving forward.
Marriage Maintenance
September 06, 2019
Jennifer is 49 and has been married since she was 17. She thanks Dr. Laura for 31 years of priceless advice that has helped her lovingly maintain her marriage and truly appreciate her husband for who he is.
Leaving Conflicts Behind
September 06, 2019
Kim thanks Dr. Laura for her advice with regard to dealing with confrontation. Now that Kim has been armed with the tools she needs to effectively deal with confrontation, no one has confronted her!
I Don't Want To Rock The Boat
September 06, 2019
Hillary is part of a social circle where everyone's kids and husbands are also friends. Hillary feels that one woman in particular is not reciprocating her friendliness and wants to know how to back off from this woman without damaging this tightly-knit friendship group.
Facing The Truth
September 05, 2019
Gloria's husband is in his 70s and he is experiencing hearing loss but refuses to address or acknowledge any issue.
My Marriage Wouldn't Be What It Is Without You
September 04, 2019
Kelley thanks Dr. Laura for her years of advice that influenced the behavior changes that saved her marriage.
Dealing With Loss
September 03, 2019
Lou's 21-year-old daughter has endured the loss of a brother, boyfriend and grandfather in close succession and is receiving therapy to cope with the losses. Last night her indoor-outdoor cat went missing and Lou found that the cat hat been hit by a car. Should Lou be forthright with his daughter about the most recent loss?
How To Deal With An Impatient Friend
September 03, 2019
Elise is 13 and she is part of a group chat. One friend in particular gets very impatient in the group chat if other members do not respond immediately.
In Praise Of Stay-At-Home Moms
September 02, 2019
During a recent family get-together, Jon publicly praised his relative who has chosen to be a stay-at-home mother. Turns out her decision to raise her child was heavily influenced by listening to Dr. Laura!
Should I Give Up?
August 30, 2019
Carole is heavily involved in the sport of dressage but with more failures than successes during competitions, Carole is beginning to doubt herself and lose her passion.
I Don't Like My Mom's Husband
August 30, 2019
Megan is 17 and she does not like or get along with her mom's husband of one year. Megan has strong opinions about their marriage and dynamic but is it any of her business?
You Saved My Marriage
August 30, 2019
Allison recently completed Dr. Laura's Marriage 101 course and she wholeheartedly believes it saved her marriage.
Good Childhood, BAD Life Choices?
August 30, 2019
Nancy believes that she raised her two children well, yet both children dropped out of high school in their senior year.
On Saving Yourself For Marriage
August 29, 2019
Neve is a college senior and after listening to Dr. Laura she has COMPLETELY reconsidered her values regarding sex and especially sex before marriage.
Thank You
August 28, 2019
Marget calls to thank Dr. Laura for her years of good advice!
How To Have A Fun Marriage
August 27, 2019
Anna tells Dr. Laura how her advice has helped her marriage not just survive but be fun and exciting!
When Tragedy Strikes
August 27, 2019
Jack and his wife unexpectedly lost a child and he wants to express his gratitude to Dr. Laura for her work as a whole, and her influence in his family's life as they move forward from such tragedy.
Working On Your Marriage After Infidelity
August 26, 2019
Tommy cheated on his wife two years ago and since then, they have been separated so that they may 'work' on themselves'. Dr. Laura dispels all the psychobabble and sets Tommy straight on what he needs to do to get his family back!
Struggling With Fertility
August 23, 2019
Cherise and her husband are on the physically and emotionally difficult journey of fertility treatments and Cherise hopes Dr. Laura can give her some much-needed HOPE.
My Friends Make Me Anxious
August 23, 2019
Kristen has awful anxiety when she is around a select handful of friends and family, and she hopes Dr. Laura can rid her of this negative response to people in her life.
Talking About Marriage
August 23, 2019
Maxine has been dating a man for 7 years and although in the beginning of the relationship she was ok with being just a girlfriend, that sentiment has changed. She cries when she thinks about approaching her boyfriend about marriage, because she fears he will leave if she does.
Is Seeking Closure A Good Idea?
August 23, 2019
Shannon's ex-boyfriend wants closure on why she would never let him see her phone or explain who was texting and calling her. Shannon is weighing whether to re-engage in this old conflict or block him completely for RED FLAG behavior.
How To Turn Around A Bad Day
August 22, 2019
Amber tells Dr. Laura how BAD her day was and how it all turned around when her 3-year-old daughter tuned in to Dr. Laura by herself.
How Can I Stop Snapping at People?
August 21, 2019
Megan is moving across country to start her PhD. As the date approaches, she finds herself becoming increasingly nervous and short-tempered with friends and family.
My Mother-In-Law Is In The Wrong - Part 2
August 20, 2019
Dawn's husband was molested by his older brother when they were very young. Dawn and her husband have tried to maintain zero contact with his brother, who is now in jail for molestation, but his mother continues to pass along letters and keep in contact with her jailed son. How does Dawn tell her mother-in-law that this is unacceptable to them and will not be tolerated?
My Mother-In-Law Is In The Wrong - Part 1
August 20, 2019
Dawn's husband was molested by his older brother when they were very young. Dawn and her husband have tried to maintain zero contact with his brother, who is now in jail for molestation, but his mother continues to pass along letters and keep in contact with her jailed son. How does Dawn tell her mother-in-law that this is unacceptable to them and will not be tolerated?
Dealing With Loss
August 19, 2019
Scott lost numerous family members over the years and was able to emotionally cope with the losses...or so he thought. Recently his dog of 7 years passed away and Scott finds himself "unable" to cope with the grief and sadness.
My Friends Are Taking Advantage Of Me
August 16, 2019
Kaitlyn is 13 and is having trouble being assertive around friends she believes are taking advantage of her kind and helpful nature.
You Changed The Way I See My Work
August 16, 2019
Penny is a hospice nurse who was deeply moved by a call regarding a mother battling cancer and her remaining time with her 5-year-old daughter. Penny shares that she has since evoked Dr. Laura's message of 'making memories' with her patients.
I Want More Children But My Husband Doesn't
August 16, 2019
Anita is married with two kids and she is trying to deal with sadness over her husband's disinterest in having any more children.
I Smacked My Daughter
August 16, 2019
Mike's 14-year-old daughter was caught at a sleepover attempting to smoke pot with her friends. Mike smacked his daughter and took everything away from her, and he wants to know if he went too far.
Now That My Kid Is Out, Is It Time For A Divorce?
August 15, 2019
Janet is turning 50 and now that her child is over 18 years old, she is questioning her marriage that has been plagued by online and emotional adultery.
I'm So Angry
August 14, 2019
Vivian is traveling 1000 miles to help move her father into a facility because of his ailing health. She is hesitant about the trip because she has lingering anger towards her mother for moving so far away from family.
Glass Half Empty
August 13, 2019
26-year-old Joanna grew up with an emotionally abusive alcoholic father and she wants to look deeper into her struggles with self-worth and pessimism.
My Husband Doesn't Get Along With His Family
August 13, 2019
Alicia's husband has a contentious relationship with the women on his side of the family which has gotten worse over the last two years. Alicia asks Dr. Laura if she should push for her husband to continue reaching out and maintain a relationship with these family members.
The Secret To 45 Years Of Bliss
August 12, 2019
Greg calls Dr. Laura to express his appreciation for her advice and shares the secret of success to his 45-year marriage.
Should I Get Involved With My Bio Family?
August 09, 2019
Elizabeth was placed into foster care at 11 years old and has remained estranged from her biological mother. Now that she's an adult, Elizabeth's mother and half-sisters have reached out to her. Should keep in contact (her interactions have been primarily negative) or cut off communication completely?
I Need To Face My Fears
August 09, 2019
When Tarin was 13, her mother was sexually assaulted by an intruder while Tarin was away at a sleepover. Although her mother went through extensive therapy, Tarin (who is now married with kids) has never truly addressed her feelings about the assault and its subsequent aftermath.
I Want To See My Bio Dad
August 09, 2019
14-year-old Dani has been raised by her adoptive 'grandparents' with limited contact with her birth parents. However, Dani wants to actively pursue a relationship with her biological father.
Keeping Work And Relationships Separate
August 09, 2019
Rita is a retired social worker who is having a difficult time keeping her professional skills out of her personal relationships.
How Can I Quiet My Negative Thoughts?
August 08, 2019
Bob is a recently retired state trooper/crisis negotiator who served for 30 years. His declining health was a deciding factor in his retirement and Bob finds himself facing regret and self-induced negativity.
The Road To Recovery
August 07, 2019
Rose is a recovering alcoholic and tells Dr. Laura how incredibly instrumental she has been in giving her the courage and self-confidence to address her addiction openly.
I'm The Middle Man
August 06, 2019
Andrea is part of a three-way friendship where the two other "friends" have had a falling out with one another. Andrea now unwittingly finds herself in the middle of the quarrel.
I'm Done With My Mother
August 06, 2019
Susan recently found out that her father raped her older sister when they were both kids AND her mother supported him and blamed the sister. How does Susan appropriately and firmly tell her mother that she doesn't want anything to do with her because of her actions towards her victimized daughter?
How Do I Tell My Daughter That I Might Die?
August 05, 2019
Mindy is 39 and was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She is responding extremely well to treatment, but wants to know if and when she should talk with her 5 year-old daughter about the possibility of this illness being fatal.
Is It Okay To Cry?
August 02, 2019
Kris's husband is in the late stages of brain cancer and she wants to know if it's appropriate to cry and express grief with and around her husband.
I Don't Approve Of My Friend's Wedding
August 02, 2019
Cynthia's friend of 15 years is engaged to a man who recently cheated on her with an ex-girlfriend and got the ex pregnant. How can Cynthia tell her friend that she doesn't support this wedding and wants no part in it?
Jealousy In Your Marriage
August 02, 2019
Skye has been married for 15 recently has been having a difficult time acting like her husband's girlfriend, because she's jealous of his female co-worker and friend. What can Skye do to quell her jealousy and reignite her romantic spark?
No More Bad Relationships
August 02, 2019
Billae thanks Dr. Laura for helping her find the courage and self-worth to end a bad relationship.
Am I Being Too Nice?
August 01, 2019
Michael has been separated from his wife for a year, but she still asks him for favors like moving or fixing things around her house. Michael agrees to these chores to appease her and maintain a healthy relationship with her for his kids' sake, but he wonders if it's time to say "no".
I Have A Short Fuse
July 31, 2019
Barbara puts a lot of effort into maintaining even the most tentative of relationships, so when they don't turn out the way she wants, she gets mean.
My Parents' Divorce is Still Hurting Me
July 30, 2019
When she was five years old, Laura was devastated by her parent's divorce. She's now 37, and the breakup still negatively her life.
Will My Boyfriend Ever Change?
July 30, 2019
Morgan's boyfriend of 6 months is still displaying behavior that Morgan would like to end even though they've discussed it before.
Should My Toddler Be Socializing More?
July 29, 2019
Danielle is a stay-at-home mom who helps her husband run their family business. It's difficult for her to find other moms with children her age because the majority of new moms in her area hire nannies and caretakers for their kids. Her extended family is pressuring her by saying her child will turn out weird if he (or she) doesn't immediately start socializing with other kids. Dr. Laura does not agree in the slightest!
Things Are Strained With My Father-In-Law
July 26, 2019
Christopher has an awkward and strained relationship with his father in law. He calls to find out if he is acting appropriately and if his expectations for that relationship are appropriate.
I Don't Want To Be Yelled At
July 26, 2019
Ridley's summer soccer camp coach tends to yell at him when he messes up. Ridley wants to find a way to reconcile with his coach and end the yelling.
My Mom Doesn't Believe Me
July 26, 2019
19 year-old Morgan was caught with equipment. Although she had intended to throw it away, her mother doesn't believe her because she has a history of lying.
I'm Ready To Cut Ties
July 26, 2019
Megan's stepfather, who molested her as a child, has passed away. Megan wants to wash her hands of family members who continued to have a relationship with him (including her half-sister).
You Don't Know How Much You've Helped Me
July 25, 2019
Abby is a first year medical school student with her sights set on being a psychiatrist. Abby has listened to Dr. Laura since she was five years old and called in to thank her for all her years of wisdom and advice!
Red Flag Relationships
July 24, 2019
James heard Dr. Laura speak on the statistics of divorce in the U.S. and began to see many red flags in his own relationship.
I'm Having Trouble Processing
July 23, 2019
Cathrine's young son has been battling illness for three years and now, after a bone marrow transplant, is thankfully recovering. Now that life is settling down Cathrine finds herself flooded with both positive and negative emotions and she wants to find a positive outlet for her feelings after enduring such a tumultuous 3 years.
I Want To Help
July 23, 2019
Krystin was one of six siblings, all of whom passed away. Recently her mother and father passed away, and she has found herself wanting to change the past and "save" at least part of her family. Listening to compelling advice her mother once imparted, Krystin has used her tragic family history to help others who are suffering loss and loneliness.
I Want To Know Marriage Is The Goal
July 22, 2019
Elle's long-distance boyfriend broke up with her after she refused to move to him without a plan to be married. Elle calls Dr. Laura to ensure she made the right decision.
My Girlfriend Is Making Plans With Other Guys
July 19, 2019
Ryan is 33, and his girlfriend of five years is 26. He is concerned that she makes plans with her guy friends that do not include him and he wants to know if this is a BIG RED FLAG!
Am I Good Enough?
July 19, 2019
Kristin is in her early 30's and has returned to school to finish her degree. She battles feelings of self-doubt, and she asks Dr. Laura to set her straight!
When Will I Feel Good Again?
July 19, 2019
Maggie tragically had a miscarriage, and she has no idea how and when she will ever feel better. Is it REALLY the correct path to try and limit the healing journey of grief?
How Do I Make Friends?
July 19, 2019
Selena is 15 and a sophomore in high school. She has noticed that girls her age are into forming cliques, and wants to know the best way to navigate this hostile and exclusionary environment.
Why Do I Choose Bad Men?
July 18, 2019
Roberta's ex-boyfriend was an alcoholic who stopped drinking after he received a DUI with his kids in the car. Roberta asks Dr. Laura's help to figure out why she chooses men who behave so poorly.
Should We Hold Our Son Back?
July 17, 2019
Garret is 14 and homeschooled by his parents. His parents feel he is not mature for his age and are considering holding him back a grade which would have him graduate high school at 18 instead of 17.
Who Should Make The Move?
July 16, 2019
Joy is contemplating whether or not she should move to be closer to her grown-up children or whether they should move closer to be with her.
I'm A Failure
July 16, 2019
Natalie feels that she has done a lousy job in life both personally and with raising her children, and she can't seem to shake this seemingly untrue burden.
Proper Parenting
July 15, 2019
Lois recently saw her grandson getting very upset with his mother (Lois' daughter) for saying "no" to him. Lois is very proud of how her daughter handled the situation and wants to share with other parents the proper path for dealing with a child who thinks they are talking to a "friend" and not a parent.
I Don't Want To Grow Up!
July 12, 2019
Linda is 56, and is having a tough time accepting she is getting older. She misses the overt male attention she used to receive and hopes Dr. Laura can help her come to terms with aging.
My Friend Is Marrying A Pedophile
July 12, 2019
Christine has been asked by her friend since high school to be part of her wedding. She has discovered her friend's fiancé is a convicted "Peeping Tom" who targets teenage girls, and wants to know if it is appropriate to tell her friend, "absolutely not."
I'm Scared
July 12, 2019
Justin lives in a small town, and he is extremely troubled by the alarming rate of teen suicides within the last few years.
Kids Fighting After Divorce
July 12, 2019
Brother and sister Ian and Ava have been at odds since their parent's recent divorce, and Mom is concerned that their relationship has deteriorated based on her actions and those of her ex-husband.
Is Your Past Sabotaging Your Future?
July 11, 2019
Jessica has been married for six years, but is concerned that a previous string of bad relationships has made her jaded and overly suspicious.
Moving On From Betrayal
July 10, 2019
Daniel came from a struggling household and built a company from the ground up. During his business' infancy, a mentor helped and guided him, but once the business became successful, the mentor turned on Daniel and demanded ownership of a large chunk of what Daniel had built.
Losing Mom
July 09, 2019
Marjorie's mother passed away four months ago. Since then, Marjorie has been plagued by doubt, questions, and regret. How do we learn to cope with losing a loved one?
Seeking Validation
July 09, 2019
Alexis is 21 years old , and has had a strained and distant relationship with her 65 year old father who shows little interest in her. When is it time to stop seeking validation from uncaring and disinterested family?
Stepping Up
July 08, 2019
Norman's young nephew recently lost his father and has asked to stay with Norman for the summer. Norman is concerned he isn't up to the challenge of being a surrogate father, even though he genuinely knows he is.
What If My Dad Doesn't Love Me? - Part 2
July 03, 2019
Odessa Part 2: Odessa's mom weighs in on her daughter's fears that her stepfather doesn't love her as much as her siblings.
What If My Dad Doesn't Love Me? - Part 1
July 03, 2019
Odessa is 13 years old, and her father passed away when she was one. Her mother remarried when she was 3, and her stepdad adopted her when she was 5. Odessa is concerned that her stepfather shows favoritism towards her half-brothers and that he may not love her as much as he loves them.
Am I Hurting Myself?
July 03, 2019
Teagen is 15 years old and recently had a serious case of alcohol poisoning. After the experience, Teagen is worried that his risk-seeking behaviors are more than teenage angst and that he may be dabbling in self-harm.
How Do We Let Go?
July 03, 2019
Jimmy is 10 years old and gets down on himself when he does not play to his full potential in baseball. How do we let past mistakes go and allow ourselves to move on?
One Conversation Changed Everything
July 03, 2019
James is a retired corrections officer who felt as though he was just a glorified babysitter until a fateful interaction with a young inmate positively changed both their lives.
How Do I Let Go?
July 03, 2019
Rachel is 32 and lives with chronic autoimmune disorders. Her childhood was extremely rough, growing up with a verbally and emotionally abusive father. Now she is having trouble letting go of all his verbal putdowns.
I'm Finally Happy
July 02, 2019
Sharon calls Dr. Laura to thank her for life advice that has led to her having a happy life.
I Don't Want To Raise A Snowflake
July 02, 2019
Luke has listened to Dr. Laura since he was in high school and now as a father, he wants to make sure he's not raising a "snowflake." When his daughter one morning had on mismatched socks, Luke laughed, which made her cry and never want to wear the socks again. He wants to know what steps he should take to make things "right" with his daughter.
Should I Take The Chance?
July 01, 2019
Throughout her life, Robbi's estranged father has battled alcohol abuse, and she is now concerned that he would be a negative presence in her young children's lives. Should she take the chance?
My Father Left Me
June 28, 2019
11-year-old Madison has had a strained relationship with her father since her parents divorced when she was 5. Madison's dad has now moved to Arizona to be with a new girlfriend, and Madison is heartbroken that her father would choose to leave her and her sister for a transient love interest.
I Don't Want To Miss My Daughter's Life
June 28, 2019
Ella has terminal Stage 3 ovarian cancer and is experiencing strong feelings of anger and jealousy that she will not see her 9-year-old daughter grow up.
My Relationship Is Over
June 28, 2019
Fred wants to end his relationship and calls Dr. Laura to find out the "right words" to use to mitigate any hurt.
I've Been Living In A Lie
June 28, 2019
Susan moved in with her boyfriend under the impression that he was going through a divorce. Two years later she now knows he wasn't divorced, just separated, and told his family that Susan was his "house mate." She's uncovered other lies, and now wants to know if it's time to get out.
Can Words Ever Be Taken Back?
June 27, 2019
Karen has been married 27 years and recently vented to her family about her marital problems. Since then, her family has been extremely cold to her husband and Karen wants this standoffish behavior to stop.
My Daughter Caught Me Cheating
June 26, 2019
Amy's infidelity was discovered by her 14-year-old daughter who saw messages on Amy's cell phone. Since mother/daughter relationship has understandably been strained.
I'm Not Ready For An Empty Nest
June 25, 2019
Natalia is 58, has 3 boys, and has been married for twenty years. Her youngest is graduating from high school and Natalia feels strong "empty nest" emotions.
It's Too Late
June 25, 2019
Michelle has decided to cut off communication with her estranged father because she feels there is no point salvaging a relationship after a lifetime of semi-abandonment and disappointment.
I'm Overwhelmed
June 24, 2019
Diana's seven and a half-year-old daughter has special needs, and Diana has a hard time emotionally with the circumstances of her daughter's struggles.
My Sister Acts Like She Is My Daughter's Mom
June 21, 2019
Kelley's sister-in-law never had children and has always been very close with Kelley's two now grown-up daughters. Although neither is engaged, the sister-in-law has offered to pay for their wedding dresses when the time comes, and Kelley feels like this is overstepping her bounds.
My Husband Is Being Selfish
June 21, 2019
Elise has two children, and her husband decided to have a vasectomy even after Elise asked him to reconsider. She cannot let go of her anger toward him.
I Was Never Enough
June 21, 2019
Kelly is an only child and feels that she has suffered emotional and verbal abuse because her family desired more children.
I Have No Idea What I'm Doing
June 21, 2019
Brittany is 26. She just got out of a long-term relationship, works at a job that brings her no satisfaction, and generally feels "lost in life."
Do You Give Up Easily?
June 20, 2019
Lauren has three children, and her son, who is nine years old, excels academically but struggles with sports. Lauren is frustrated that he gives up when a sport doesn't come naturally to him, and she fears her own "perfection complex" has negatively affected his ability to fail graciously.
I Regret Getting Married
June 19, 2019
Jessica and her husband have been married for 22 years. Jessica admits that the first 15 years of her marriage were challenging and she has yet to acknowledge the possibility that she made a mistake staying in the marriage or getting married in the first place.
My Friend Is Making A Mistake
June 18, 2019
Kate is ready to sever a 12-year friendship because her friend has decided to move in with her boyfriend who has severe substance abuse issues.
Fixing Past Mistakes
June 18, 2019
More than a decade ago, Dede was in a relationship with a bad guy while she was in graduate school. He was arrested for selling drugs, and Dede got caught up and arrested on a misdemeanor charge. The judgment against her was light, but it has affected her ability to find a teaching job more than a decade later.
Stop Being Overbearing And Pushy
June 17, 2019
Karen's son is 16 and a discus thrower, but his interest in discus is waning. Karen is insistent that he continues in the sport and wants to push him to try harder to gain future college scholarships.
My Family Didn't Even Try - Part 2
June 14, 2019
Margaret Part 2: Margaret's 15-year-old daughter speaks to Dr. Laura to give clarity as to why she and her siblings did nothing for their mother on Mother's Day.
My Family Didn't Even Try - Part 1
June 14, 2019
On Mother's Day morning, Margaret awoke to NO gifts or acknowledgment from her husband or her three children, and she is understandably offended and hurt.
When Friends Act Out
June 14, 2019
Anthony is 11 years old, and his good friend sometimes has outbursts when he is distraught or upset. During a recent episode, his friend included homophobic name-calling. A recent school shooting nearby may be the trigger for this, but Anthony wants his friend to stop acting out.
Remedy For A Sore Loser
June 14, 2019
Taylor's 7-year-old son is a bad loser and Taylor is worried that his unsportsmanlike behavior is not normal.
My Sister Is Always Mad
June 13, 2019
Alice is finding it difficult to keep a relationship with her sister whose anger is on a" hair-trigger".
I'm Not As Good As Other People - Part 2
June 11, 2019
Aaron comes to a very concise understanding of his feelings of inferiority.
I'm Not As Good As Other People - Part 1
June 11, 2019
Aaron has an ongoing sense of inferiority, despite being very eloquent, extremely thoughtful and intelligent. Dr. Laura helps him face his fears and put his perspective IN perspective.
How Do We Define Abuse?
June 10, 2019
Ed has had a tumultuous relationship with his mother. He wants to know how to move forward and stop letting her dictate his life.
Thank You, Dr. Laura
June 07, 2019
Larry calls Dr. Laura to express his gratitude for her help and guidance throughout his adult life.
Does Worrying About The Future Make For A Better Future?
June 07, 2019
Sharon has tried yoga and meditation to help with anxiety and frustration, but she still feels hopeless that she will never be happy again.
Which College Should I Go To?
June 07, 2019
Andreas is graduating high school at age 17 and has a few more days to decide what college to attend. With a good number of options to choose from, he's worried that he may make the "wrong" decision which is causing him to have anxiety.
Why Is Superficial Praise So Important To Us?
June 07, 2019
Marissa quit her job as a car saleswoman in anticipation of her first child. She frequently received praise at her job for her work ethic and sales acumen, but feels she is not getting the same praise from her husband now that she is preparing for life as a stay-at-home mom.
Why Do We Push People Away In Our Time Of Need?
June 06, 2019
Tiffany has been re-diagnosed with brain cancer and has had a very difficult time letting people be part of her life and help her during her brave battle.
Withholding Affection?
June 05, 2019
Terri and Rick have been married for 27 years and Rick has expressed that he doesn't feel that Terri shows him enough affection. Terri agrees that she hasn't been affectionate but in turn doesn't foresee herself changing.
I Had Sex Before Marriage - Part 2
June 04, 2019
Sasha tells her boyfriend that she is waiting till after marriage to have sex and his response is shocking!!!
I Had Sex Before Marriage - Part 1
June 04, 2019
Sasha is 22 and has listened to Dr. Laura since she was a young teenager. She just graduated from college and has been dating her boyfriend for a year. Recently, Sasha and her boyfriend started having sex and she wants to know how to tell her boyfriend she does not want to have sex again till she is married.
Love In The Face of Tragedy
June 03, 2019
Mike, a 62-year-old widower, has been dating a woman from church for 3 years. Mike is a "man's man" but now faces terminal prostate cancer and he doesn't want his girlfriend to "waste time" while he battles his illness. His girlfriend thinks otherwise.
Acting How Others Think You Should Act? - Part 2
May 31, 2019
In Part 2, Angie tells her husband she talked to Dr. Laura and is now ready to be authentic, by acting and speaking truthfully. Angie's husband is ELATED she finally feels free to be herself.
Acting How Others Think You Should Act? - Part 1
May 31, 2019
Angie has been married 21 years and has noticed that she says and does exactly what she thinks her husband would want. Is it time for Angie to be her true self?
What Are The Benefits Of Being A "Bitch"?
May 31, 2019
Debra grew up in a passive-aggressive household and has cultivated a catty and short-tempered personality that she describes as being "bitchy." After years of therapy, she hasn't been able to discard this personality flaw and she seeks Dr. Laura's help to change and salvage her relationships.
How Do We Move Forward From A Tragic Past?
May 31, 2019
Suzanne was sexually abused by her grandfather throughout her childhood. After more than 30 years of therapy, she is married and works to stop child abuse and neglect. Since her childhood, she has always had a difficult time being intimate and it is causing a rift in her marriage. What can Suzanne do to take back her intimacy after such a brutal history of abuse?
Stay Together For The Kids Or Call It Quits?
May 30, 2019
Pamela's husband suffers from a diagnosed anxiety disorder but refuses to get treatment even though the repercussions are devastating for their marriage. Pamela wants to know what she should tell her kids about their father's behavior and if she should even stay in the marriage.
Tattoo Gone Wrong
May 29, 2019
Bridget's husband already has two tattoos and they had planned for him to get a tattoo of her on his body. On their tenth anniversary, Bridget's husband surprised her with the already-completed tattoo. Bridget was surprised and underwhelmed. Should Bridget tell her husband the truth about her opinion of the tattoo?
Not Feeling the Sexual Spark? - Part 2
May 28, 2019
In Part 2, Rose says she does not feel that exciting sexual spark for her fiancé as she did for her random flings. Is this normal?
Am I Ready To Get Married? - Part 1
May 28, 2019
Rose comes from a negative family, and was unable to make many friends as a child. She has also struggled with anxiety. In her early 20's, Rose sought the attention of men through casual trysts and now that's she's engaged to a good man,she is nervous about the future nuptials.
Do You Have A Chronically Jealous Spouse?
May 27, 2019
Alyssa's wife accuses her of having workplace crushes and her wife's jealousy has cost Alyssa numerous jobs. When is it time to say enough is enough?
Can We Make Peace With The Past? - Part 2
May 24, 2019
Jessa finally told her fiancé about her decision to have an abortion eight years ago and his response will have you in tears!
Can We Make Peace With The Past? - Part 1
May 24, 2019
Eight years ago, Jessa had an abortion. As a person who is now strongly pro-life, that past decision still haunts her, but she has yet to tell her fiancé about it. How should Jessa go about sharing this struggle with her fiancé without it hurting their mutual trust and future together?
Is Your Spouse Helping A Family Member Misbehave?
May 24, 2019
Tanya's husband has allowed his grown-up son from a previous marriage to move into their home because he is experiencing 'marital problems.' While living at their house, the son has been actively cheating on his wife and Tanya wants him out.
Should Ex In-Laws Be Invited To Family Gatherings?
May 24, 2019
Kristin's sister separated from her husband over irreconcilable differences. But Kristin still wants to invite him over for holidays and large family gatherings.
What Is More Important?
May 23, 2019
Rebecca asks Dr. Laura if she should take her kids to see the new action hero movie instead of spending time with her dying friend.
Kindergarten Graduation?
May 22, 2019
Erin is a stay-at-home mom and her 6-year-old daughter is graduating...from kindergarten!! Erin is not comfortable with all the ceremony planned around moving on from kindergarten and does not want her daughter involved with an event that she finds superfluous.
I'm Being Manipulated
May 21, 2019
Henry's wife has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and their lack of accessibility to resources has severely hindered her treatment. The couple has 3 children together and looking back, Henry feels like he was manipulated in past situations and recent circumstances.
Is Jealousy Normal?
May 21, 2019
What if jealousy drives bad behavior? Tanya is 60 years old and her husband of 4 years has acted out in fits of jealousy. Tanya loves her husband and believes him to be a good man,but she's tired of his outbursts.
My Husband Is A Workaholic
May 20, 2019
Lee met her husband online and has been married for four and a half years. At first, her husband was sweet and attentive but soon after the wedding, he became work-obsessed and would rather travel for work and golf with coworkers than spend time with her. Lee is hoping there is a magic "cure" for him to change, but wonders if it's time to face the issue and possibly leave.
The Family Business Is Destroying Our Family
May 17, 2019
Kara is in business with her brother and she's tired of his verbal abuse at work. She isreluctant to walk away knowing it will drive a rift in her family and cause a financial hit, but her husband is tired of her being abused.
How Do I Explain This To My Child?
May 17, 2019
Denise has a 23-year-old daughter who is severely mentally ill and institutionalized. Denise's 8-year-old daughter (who never sees her sister) has asked why her parents "hate" her sister. How do they explain mental illness and, in this instance, the need to be protected from family to a child?
I'm Still Angry
May 17, 2019
A year ago, Maylan and her husband lost their newborn. They made the brave and emotional decision to donate their son's organs, which saved over seven children. Recently, Maylan received a heart-shaped "thank-you" box from the family who received her son's heart and it contained their son's heartbeat. Maylan feels the box is an incredible gift, but surprisingly finds herself angry.
Is Addiction Driving An Emotional Wedge In Your Family?
May 17, 2019
Payton is 10 years old and lives with her father and grandmother while her mother is in rehab for alcohol. During visits, her mother continues to blame and belittle Payton's father, while Payton wants the visits to be about their relationship and her mom's recovery and not about her dad.
Should Parents Distance Themselves From Their Children's Social Lives?
May 16, 2019
Angela is concerned that her 17-year-old daughter Halie, who is graduating high school, makes and then "loses" friends, so she has no one with whom to attend school functions. If Halie is ok to go to these school events alone, should mom back off?
Can You Move Forward When Trust Is Lost?
May 15, 2019
Khali quit smoking 4 years ago but has since started using e-cigarettes without telling his wife Jessica. She caught him smoking in the house twice and feels she can no longer trust him. How can trust be regained?
Is Being A Stay-At-Home Mom Productive?
May 14, 2019
Jessica went from being a working mom with 12 years of work experience to a stay-at-home mom of 3 kids. She is finding it difficult to accept that being a stay-at-home mom is as productive as her work life.
High School Drama
May 14, 2019
Cera's 17-year-old daughter is graduating from high school and to celebrate, Cera and her husband are throwing a party. Tensions have arisen over the guest list since the daughter has asked that her estranged paternal grandfather does not attend. Cera agrees with her daughter but Cera's husband does not. Should the family take the "high road" and extend a kind familial gesture?
I'm Not Satisfied
May 13, 2019
Cathy is a 73-year-old widow and she is now dating a 71-year-old. They go to movies, go out to dinners and have met each other's families but Cathy is concerned and saddened by the lack of physical intimacy between them.
My Friend Is Dating A Murderer
May 10, 2019
Terri's friend consistently makes bad decisions regarding men and most recently started "dating" a man in prison convicted of murder. Why does Terri befriend such a person and try to be her savior?
Children Need Someone To Rely On
May 10, 2019
Nanette is going through a messy divorce. Her middle son is aggressively acting up and she's concerned he's taking on his father's negative characteristics. She has decided to take extreme measures to protect her safety but wonders if it will jeopardize her relationship with her son.
What Happens When We Become TOO Involved In Our Children's Social Lives?
May 10, 2019
Robin is divorced and finds herself increasingly emotionally invested in her teenage daughter's dating life. Could the pain of her divorce cause her to live vicariously through her daughter?
Does A Single Moment Of Giving In To An Impulse Define Who We Are?
May 10, 2019
Brittany is 20 years old and just recently had sex with her boyfriend of a month. Brittany is absolutely distraught over what happened and doesn't know how she's going to move forward.
When Is Enough Actually ENOUGH?
May 09, 2019
Reagan is 11 years old and a boy in her class consistently touches her on the hand and back. She wants it to stop. How can she communicate this to him without hurting his feelings?
Your Were The Only Person Who Was Able To Get Through To Me
May 08, 2019
To get away from her abusive mother, Leigh moved out at a young age and crashed in the basements of people she didn't know very well. She was soon running with a bad crowd, and became an addict. When she was at rock bottom, by chance, she heard Dr. Laura say one sentence that helped her turn her life completely around.
Can Our Marriage Survive? - Part Two
May 07, 2019
An ineffective therapist may have driven the wedge deeper between Melissa and Zach arming them with buzzwords to 'attack' each other. Can reconciliation be made once somebody has been labeled an "Emotional Bully"?
Can Our Marriage Survive? - Part One
May 07, 2019
Melissa and Zach have been married for 5 years, have a 2-year-old, and their marriage is on the verge of collapse If neither one of them is willing to work out their differences, can this marriage survive?
When Is It Time To End A Friendship?
May 06, 2019
Amanda wants to end a friendship because her friend repeatedly makes bad decisions and life choices that get her into trouble.
Your Advice Changed My Life
May 03, 2019
Bruce called Dr. Laura to discuss his sobriety and the future of his marriage (which isn't conducive to his long-term recovery). He had to make some tough decisions in order to gain a sense of freedom.
I Miss My Cat
May 03, 2019
7-year-old Ava's beloved cat passed away, and every time she thinks about him or sees his picture she is overcome with sadness and cries.
My Son Is Being Hard On Himself
May 03, 2019
Jay's youngest son refers to himself as an "idiot" when he makes a mistake. Jay thinks this behavior may stem from a competition between his three sons.
What Do We Do When We Find Out Our Teenagers Are Having Sex?
May 03, 2019
Reggie's 16-year-old daughter snuck a boy in while her parents were away. After finding out they had sex, Reggie responded by pulling her out of school and sports, and sent her to live with her aunt and uncle. Did Reggie overreact?
How Much Are You Willing To Sacrifice For A Dream?
May 02, 2019
Josh is on his high school basketball team and has ambitions to play in the NBA, but he's having trouble focusing on drills outside of practice.
I'm Not Happy Anymore
May 01, 2019
Timothy and his wife got married when they were very young. He has grown "unhappy" with their marriage over the past 13 years and is contemplating leaving.
When Is It Time To Leave?
April 30, 2019
Elizabeth's husband of 15 years is verbally aggressive and disrespectful to her in front of their two children. Elizabeth wonders if it's time to leave the marriage.
What Should We Do When My Kid Shows Anger and Discontent?
April 30, 2019
Kevin's son from a previous marriage shows his discontent when he comes to visit. Kevin wants to know how he should handle his son's anger, and verbal disrespect towards his stepmom.
Hallucinating Or Being Manipulated?
April 29, 2019
Suzanne sought out professional help for "hallucinations" after her husband time and again would say something and then deny it ever being said. Is Suzanne the victim of passive aggressive behavior?
A 10-Year-Old Calling For Advice About Life?
April 26, 2019
10-year-old Diego calls Dr. Laura to get her best advice for someone in his stage of life.
How Do We Give Motherly Advice When Our Children Are Adults?
April 26, 2019
Kara's son is moving home after college; but has been giving her pushback when she gives motherly advice.
Is Making New Friends A Daunting Task?
April 26, 2019
9-year-old Skylar is sad because a friend she's had since 1st grade is no longer being friendly. Now she is trying to summon the courage to make new friends.
You Helped Me Get Sober
April 26, 2019
Chris is celebrating 3 years sobriety and calls to thank Dr. Laura for her tough love advice that saved his life.
How We Speak To Our Children Is Important
April 25, 2019
After listening to Dr. Laura for 6 months, Melissa has begun to prioritize her children more than ever. She calls to share how Dr. Laura has changed her life, and her two daughters lives for the better.
Marriage 101 Is Changing Marriages And Lives!
April 24, 2019
Amy was involved in a horrific car accident at a young age and has put off surgery that would relieve some of her pain. After watching Dr. Laura's Marriage 101 video course she has found the courage to take control of her pain.
What Do You Do When You Have A Controlling Mother?
April 23, 2019
Dylan feels like his mom is trying to compete with his girlfriend for his attention. It is beginning to drive a wedge in his relationship and he doesn't know what to do.
Do We Have A Choice To Keep Going?
April 23, 2019
After a battle with cancer, Sara felt like she didn't have a choice but to be in pain. She shares how Dr. Laura helped her refocus.
When Should We Feel Guilty?
April 22, 2019
Eve had to put her mother in a nursing care facility due to dementia. She can't help but feel guilty and calls Dr. Laura for perspective.
What Is Our Meaning In Life?
April 19, 2019
Harper has been contemplating her importance in life. Ready to face the truth, she calls Dr. Laura for advice.
Should We Have To Explain Ourselves To People?
April 19, 2019
Laura had a fabulous job for 27 years and decided to take a year off. Now that her sabbatical is over, her family keeps asking what she has to show for her time off.
Family Business Causing Tension Within The Family?
April 19, 2019
Nicole's son works for the family business and there is mounting tension between father (the boss), and son (the employee).
Should We Intervene When Strangers Are Behaving Badly?
April 19, 2019
Debbie witnessed a mother at the supermarket berating her two teenage sons and felt compelled to step in. Dr.Laura explains what Debbie should do the next time she sees someone acting inappropriately.
What Happens If We Never Get To Reconcile With An Estranged Parent?
April 18, 2019
James's relationship with his mother was extremely strained due to her addiction and life choices. James always thought there would be time to reconcile with his mother, but after her recent passing, he has no idea how to feel.
How As Parents Do We Reassure A Child Who Is Fixating On Our Death?
April 17, 2019
Susan and her husband adopted a child in their late 50s and now 11 years later their son is expressing his fear that they will die soon.
Part 2: How Do We Reintegrate A Recovering Addict Child Back Into The Family?
April 16, 2019
Sandra played her previous call with Dr. Laura for both her children causing her eldest son to have a powerful moment of reflection and action.
Part 1: How Do We Reintegrate A Recovering Addict Child Back Into The Family?
April 16, 2019
Sandra's 25-year-old son has been sober for 5 months and would like to move home. Her 16-year-old is protesting, because his brother has a history of being verbally abusive and relapsing when he's given his way.
I Don't Want To Have Any More Children
April 15, 2019
Marie and her husband have 3 children. Her husband wants to have more kids, but she is happy with what they have. Feeling like they are at an impasse, Marie calls Dr. Laura for help.
I'm Caught In The Middle Of My Son's Abuse
April 12, 2019
Louise's son has been assaulting his wife. She called the police the first time she saw it happen and now gets calls from the wife's mother whenever he lashes out.
How Can We Move Forward When We Are Consumed With Grief?
April 12, 2019
Jolee recently became a widow. She usually compartmentalizes emotions, but now she is concerned that grieving and crying in front of her young child is unhealthy.
Do You Feel Like Past Abuse Is Hindering Your Happiness?
April 12, 2019
Erin has a self-described awesome life. But the memory of her abusive, alcoholic father is causing her to question her resolve when confronted with a challenge or dilemma at work.
Are Political Debates Causing A Rift In Your Family?
April 12, 2019
Cindy and her sister are on different sides of the political spectrum and have had an unspoken truce for a few years. Recently her sister is pushing Cindy's buttons on political topics and she is afraid that this will hurt their relationship.
How Can I Be Happy With What I Have?
April 11, 2019
Susie has one child and she cannot help but feel depressed because she wants more. Dr. Laura reminds Susie what the Tenth Commandment really means.
How Can I Prepare My Family For Life Without Me?
April 10, 2019
Jenna has a terminal illness and has been focused on helping her family take steps to plan for a life without her. She calls Dr. Laura for advice.
Can Two People From Fractured Families Create A Happy One?
April 09, 2019
Carly and her fiance both come from troubled families. As their wedding draws closer and family drama continues, Carly calls Dr. Laura for her perspective.
Will My Boyfriend Ever Stop Being Lazy?
April 09, 2019
Ashley is concerned that her 22-year-old boyfriend has lazy tendencies that he will never grow out of. She enjoys him as a boyfriend, but is he husband material?