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My Book: Bad Childhood, Good Life 📖
By Dr. Laura on December 2, 2021

Can you relate to Chuck? He's a caller that I featured in Bad Childhood, Good Life. Chuck felt stuck in the past, filled with pain from his childhood abuse. It was damaging the good...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Email of the Day: My Parents’ Bad Behavior Left A Permanent Mark
By Dr. Laura on October 22, 2021

It took me a long time to realize I could take the things I saw and learned as a child and walk a completely different path. I’m 59 years old, and was finally able to talk to my parents...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Still Angry With My Dad
By Dr. Laura on October 19, 2021

Tabitha was placed into foster care after her father ruined her childhood by leaving her mother.    Dr. Laura: "You are an amazing woman; you came from hell and built heaven."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Dad Has Anger Issues
By Dr. Laura on October 17, 2021

19-year-old Kassidy has a bad dad and doesn't know what to do about their lack of a relationship.   Dr. Laura: "Find a good replacement for what isn't good in your life."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Dad Never Wanted Me
By Dr. Laura on September 19, 2021

Elizabeth's father hasn't been supportive, involved or loving, and she feels pretty bad about herself as a result.   Dr. Laura: "You cannot count on selfish people to behave in lovable...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Devastated By My Family's Lack of Support
By Dr. Laura on September 16, 2021

Marcy sent a group text to her siblings about the physical abuse she endured as a child, and many of her family members are mad at her now.   Dr. Laura: "Don't fret over people who are...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Salvage My Relationship with My Mom?
By Dr. Laura on August 21, 2021

Jack's mother has done a number of terrible things to him, but he's still hoping there is some way to have a relationship.   Dr. Laura: "Acknowledge what you don't have and put effort...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Is it Time to Cut My Parents Loose?
By Dr. Laura on August 2, 2021

Steven's tumultuous childhood and bad parents are still impacting his life in a negative way.   Dr. Laura: "Holding on to hope can hurt more than rejection."

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Haven't Been “Real” With My Dad
By Dr. Laura on July 11, 2021

15-year-old Beth needs help telling her father how she really feels about her parents' divorce and her dad shacking up with his girlfriend.   Dr. Laura: "You'll be disappointed...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Don't Like Myself
By Dr. Laura on June 11, 2021

Monica is trying to get her life on the right path, but her negative relationship with her mom continues to bring her down.   Dr. Laura: "Respecting yourself is more important than...

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Email of the Day: I Didn’t Understand What A Good Relationship Was
By Dr. Laura on April 26, 2021

I came from a home where I had very poor role models as a young woman. My mother and father divorced when I was ten, and my mother immediately started dating…a lot. She introduced me to...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Not Sad My Dad Is Dead
By Dr. Laura on April 26, 2021

For many years Rosa distanced herself from her family because of her verbally and physically abusive father, and now that he's dead she's confused by how she should feel.   Dr. Laura: ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Unlucky in the Parent Department
By Dr. Laura on March 12, 2021

12-year-old Jayna is living with her grandmother because her mom is drug-addicted, and her father has been in and out of jail most of her life.   Dr. Laura: "No matter your background,...

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Email of the Day: My Second Chance at a Mother-Daughter Relationship
By Dr. Laura on December 17, 2020

I had a dream that deeply worried me – I was a new mother with a baby, and I dreamt about being on a rock holding my baby and having no way to get off the rock safely with my son. It...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Don't Have a Nice Mom
By Dr. Laura on November 19, 2020

9-year-old Chloe's mom is in and out of her life and treats her badly when she is around.   Dr. Laura: "Stay away from destructive or dangerous people."

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Call of the Day Podcast: Can I Get Past My Bad Childhood?
By Dr. Laura on November 16, 2020

Cathy's mom didn't protect her from being molested by her father, and they fight about it every few years.   Dr. Laura: "We have two opportunities in life to have a good parent-child...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Do I Have Time to Fix This?
By Dr. Laura on November 14, 2020

Elaine is a recovering alcoholic and fears she is too broken to be happily married.   Dr. Laura: "Your husband's love is the therapy you need."

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Top Call of the Day Episode: I'm Tired Of Being A Mom To My Mom
By Dr. Laura on October 5, 2020

This week we're listening to the Top Call of the Day episodes of All-Time!! Janice has acted as the adult in her relationship with her parents. She calls Dr. Laura for help.   Dr. Laura:

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Take Care Of My Dad?
By Dr. Laura on October 3, 2020

Marissa is frustrated and stuck in a hopeless dream, because she believes that if she cares for her father’s well-being, things will change.   Dr. Laura: "You’re desperate for your Daddy...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Helping My Mean Mommy
By Dr. Laura on September 14, 2020

Despite showing kindness towards her, Kim’s mother has been physically and mentally abusive throughout her life.   Dr. Laura: "Stop thinking she’ll turn into a nice mommy." 

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Email of the Day: A Predator Dated My Mom To Get to Me
By Dr. Laura on September 10, 2020

My parents divorced when I was 12.  My father moved out-of-state and within a month, my mother began dating a new guy.  My mother’s boyfriend was known to us, because he was her...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Have Animosity Toward My Aunt
By Dr. Laura on September 9, 2020

Because they had bad parents, Julie’s mom raised a younger sister, and Julie is still hurt and angry.   Dr. Laura: "You can stop getting wet from the rain by coming indoors." 

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Call of the Day Podcast: Finding A Middle Ground With Mom
By Dr. Laura on September 3, 2020

Melissa has a long history of poor communication and being unable to live up to her mom’s expectations.   Dr. Laura: "Stop being rebellious; be sweet and you’ll see a different “mommy.”" 

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Email of the Day: My Mother Should Not Have Been My Friend
By Dr. Laura on August 31, 2020

Being sequestered with my husband and children has made me reflect on my family and childhood.  I’m a new listener, but when I heard you say “turning your child into your ‘friend’ is a...

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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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Call of the Day Podcast: I Miss My Family
By Dr. Laura on July 4, 2020

Dana has struggled to be happy since the deaths of her parents and sibling.    Dr. Laura: "Don't let sadness become a habit."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom Wants To Be My Buddy
By Dr. Laura on July 3, 2020

With her stepmom by her side, Alexandria calls into the program to discuss her bio-mom’s wish to be her “best friend” and not a “real mother” to her.    Dr. Laura: "Lean on the love."

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Angry That I Have A Bad Dad
By Dr. Laura on June 23, 2020

Jesse was shacking up with her boyfriend until the words of Dr. Laura helped her to stop playing games and start growing into a confident, secure woman.   Dr. Laura: "Sometimes our...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Believe My Mom Is On Drugs
By Dr. Laura on June 21, 2020

17-year-old Aislynn asks for guidance after discovering her mother may be a drug addict.   Dr. Laura: "Sometimes PARENTS turn out to be the bad apples." 

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