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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Call of the Day Podcast: You Get Straight To The Answers!
By Dr. Laura on October 24, 2021

Madeline recently discovered Dr. Laura for the first time and has a BIG thank you after hearing her words of wisdom.    Dr. Laura: "You have made me a stronger woman!" 

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Email of the Day: I Married One of the Last Real Men
By Dr. Laura on September 21, 2021

I was lucky to find one of the last real men.   I am so surprised how many mothers don't even consider staying home with their babies. I am equally surprised that their husbands don't...

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Email of the Day: I Went From Upside Down to Right-Side Up
By Dr. Laura on September 17, 2021

When I started listening to you, I was neither a girlfriend to my husband, nor was I a very good mommy to my kidlets. You quickly convinced me I needed to become both, and fast. But the...

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Email of the Day: My Dad Was Convinced He Needed A Fancy Car
By Dr. Laura on September 3, 2021

I am the youngest of eight children. I’m 29 and married with no kids yet (but we’re hoping). When I was between the ages of 4 and 6, my dad expected a ten-thousand-dollar bonus from...

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Email of the Day: I Used to Binge Eat to Your Show
By Dr. Laura on September 1, 2021

A few years ago, I was in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, stuffing my face with as much food as I could fit. I was also listening to your program at the time. I often spent...

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Email of the Day: You Wanted More From Me Than I Wanted for Myself
By Dr. Laura on August 27, 2021

Seven years ago, when I was in my late twenties, I was doing everything wrong. I was shacking up, and not choosing wisely. One day a friend said “Dr. Laura would not approve of you...

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Email of the Day: We Chose Family-Friendly Careers
By Dr. Laura on August 25, 2021

I once heard a teenager ask your advice about choosing a career that would “balance” family life. I considered becoming a physician, but changed my major to speech pathology instead. I...

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Email of the Day: I’m Proud of What I Accomplished
By Dr. Laura on August 10, 2021

I grew up with a very hard-working dad, a stay-at-home mom, five brothers and one sister. From the time I was five years old, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. When I was 13, I started...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Uncomfortable Spending My Inheritance
By Dr. Laura on July 28, 2021

Jennifer inherited money after the death of her mother and brother, but she doesn't feel right spending it.   Dr. Laura: "Let the money honor their lives by bringing some joy and peace...

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Email of the Day: We Sacrificed for What We Have Now
By Dr. Laura on July 26, 2021

My husband and I bought our first house for its resale value. We drove an old junk car, but it was paid for, we shopped at thrift stores, and in general, just did without. We later sold...

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Email of the Day: Why We Didn’t Shack Up Before Marriage
By Dr. Laura on July 20, 2021

When my husband and I became engaged, our happily married friends and family were excited for us. But those who were divorced, single or unhappily married had a slightly different take....

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Email of the Day: How Feminists Think Women Should Approach Life
By Dr. Laura on July 16, 2021

Based on the many calls you receive I have come to the following conclusions about the way feminists think women should approach life:

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Email of the Day: My Parents Taught Me Better
By Dr. Laura on June 11, 2021

My parents were excellent role models of morals and values. Recently, I received an invitation to a baby shower and didn’t recognize the name of the mother-to-be. I later found out the...

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Email of the Day: Our Wedding Night Felt Sacred
By Dr. Laura on June 9, 2021

My plan growing up was always to wait until marriage to have sex, as my faith and respect for myself was always important to me. Plus, my mom had been a teen mom, as was her mom, and I...

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Email of the Day: It’s Never Too Late To Say You’re Sorry
By Dr. Laura on May 26, 2021

As a teenager, I was very tall and skinny. I wore glasses and felt awkward in my own skin. A group of girls at school honed in on me and for a little while, I was the target of their...

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Email of the Day: I Have Earned My White Dress
By Dr. Laura on May 21, 2021

I am 26 years old and am getting married soon to an amazing man who would truly swim through shark-infested waters to bring me a lemonade. And I will be sipping my lemonade and making...

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Email of the Day: A Thank You From My Future Children
By Dr. Laura on May 20, 2021

I am 25 years old and have a beautiful vision for my future that includes a big happy family, a lifelong marriage, and at least a dozen grandchildren. Many of my friends are already...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Had an “Aha” Moment!
By Dr. Laura on May 16, 2021

Mack calls to update Dr. Laura with how the “ear bomb” and “truth nugget” he got from her has impacted his life.   Dr. Laura: "People who give you guilt trips don't necessarily care...

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Email of the Day: My Prisoner Students Are in Awe of You
By Dr. Laura on May 12, 2021

I am employed as an English as a Second Language/GED teacher in a correctional facility in Florida. I teach a class of hard-core criminals, some of them lifers, and considered the worst...

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Email of the Day: A Note From a Next-Generation Listener
By Dr. Laura on April 9, 2021

I heard you read a listener email the other week, which ended with the line “I hope the next generation can be open to you.” Well, I am part of that next generation, and I couldn’t...

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Email of the Day: Don’t Call Me a “Step-Parent”
By Dr. Laura on April 7, 2021

I recently celebrated my 13th wedding anniversary. I chose wisely, but I had bad timing. I met my husband when I was 21 years old. He had been divorced for two years and had children...

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Email of the Day: What I Learned from a High School Sports Teacher
By Dr. Laura on March 10, 2021

I was on a field hockey team when I was a sophomore in high school. We lost almost all our games that year. We were ahead in one game, but in the last 60 seconds, the other team scored...

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Email of the Day: I Am NOT Crazy, Stuck-up or Wrong!
By Dr. Laura on February 9, 2021

Growing up, I was called a “prude” because I didn’t believe in sex before marriage. I was told that I was “too picky” and “would never find a guy” because I wanted to find someone who...

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Email of the Day: What It Takes to Be a REAL Man
By Dr. Laura on February 4, 2021

I learned the qualities of a real man as a child more than 60 years ago, from men with memories reaching back as far as the First World War, who helped shape our world and saved it from...

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Email of the Day: Our Kids Know the Truth About Our Marriage
By Dr. Laura on January 28, 2021

My husband and I recently celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. We have three children – 13, 11, and 7 – and we encourage them to make handmade gifts for birthdays and other events....

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Email of the Day: You Ruined My Career!
By Dr. Laura on January 6, 2021

My husband and I have listened to you for about 15 years. In the beginning, I didn’t like listening to you when we were in the car, because I worked as a daycare center teacher. That...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Do I Owe My Cheating Ex?
By Dr. Laura on November 22, 2020

Jill finally left her cheating husband, but now he has come down with Parkinson's, and she wonders if “in sickness and health” still applies.   Dr. Laura: "We reap what we sow."

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Call of the Day Podcast: What Did You Learn Today?
By Dr. Laura on November 13, 2020

Dr. Laura invites listeners to call in with something important they have learned from the show.   Dr. Laura: "What have YOU learned from Dr. Laura?"

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Email of the Day: I’m Frustrated by Some Single Parents
By Dr. Laura on November 5, 2020

I am a divorced mom who has decided to dedicate my life to my daughter. I am angry and frustrated, because there are so many single parents acting like children. I see parents who are...

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Call of the Day Podcast: One Amazing 13-Year-Old Lady!!
By Dr. Laura on September 8, 2020

Young Melanie shares how her mom’s teachings and Dr. Laura’s words of wisdom have her “doing the right thing!”   Dr. Laura: "I put myself on a pedestal, I take care of myself and am kind...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Did My Boyfriend Do The Right Thing?
By Dr. Laura on September 4, 2020

Susan’s boyfriend took her son’s girlfriend aside and called her “rude” after she complained about dinner.   Dr. Laura: "He educated her on proper behavior." 

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

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

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Email of the Day: Life Keeps Getting Sweeter
By Dr. Laura on July 28, 2020

Recently, I had a fun afternoon listening to some classic Roy Orbison tunes at home with my real-man husband and our three little boys.  I was folding laundry and doing other chores,...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Your Advice Worked With A Rude Classmate
By Dr. Laura on July 19, 2020

Kyleen updates Dr. Laura on how her words of wisdom resolved an issue with a troublesome member of her online theatre group.    Dr. Laura: "I like success stories!"

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Email of the Day: Timeless Advice From Dr. Laura
By Dr. Laura on June 24, 2020

You have been a part of my family's life for a long time. I'm a better wife and better mom to our son who is 23 years old because of you.

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Pay For My Daughter’s Wedding?
By Dr. Laura on June 23, 2020

Kay’s daughter is seeking financial assistance for her upcoming wedding but there's one BIG problem ...   Dr. Laura: "You are under no obligation to be traditional when your daughter...

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Email of the Day: I'd Pick Dr. Laura Everytime
By Dr. Laura on May 29, 2020

I am a hospice chaplain, and my wife is a schoolteacher. You have been a wonderful addition to our lives. We have had many hours of listening to you for years, and your comments and...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Tell Lies All The Time
By Dr. Laura on May 19, 2020

Brandon lies a lot, doesn’t like himself much and neglects others around him.   Dr. Laura: "Make a choice between a lie and someone really liking you FOR YOU." 

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Email of the Day: Hooked On Dr. Laura
By Dr. Laura on May 11, 2020

I didn't know your name but I knew exactly who you were that day I was scanning the AM dial looking for some football talk and heard you say, " My God, you women act like you are...

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Email of the Day: People Are More Important Than Things
By Dr. Laura on May 1, 2020

In my early 20's, I had recently given birth to a daughter born with heart problems. I was busy cleaning up the apartment and finishing up the dishes when my husband came in and said it...

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