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Call of the Day Podcast: My Sister Isn't Much Help With Mom
By Dr. Laura on October 7, 2022

Eileen doesn't understand why her sister isn't trying to be more helpful by offering to help care for their elderly mother.

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Call of the Day Podcast: Addiction Has Rocked My Family
By Dr. Laura on October 4, 2022

Michelle says her sister is destroying her life with alcohol just two years after their brother died from his addictions, and she worries about the impact of her family's problems on her...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom Favors My Sister
By Dr. Laura on September 23, 2022

Pam's mother is helping her sister raise her daughter and Pam feels envious of the amount of time they get to spend together.   💡Dr. Laura: "Be thankful that your personalities and...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Want My Sons to Become Doctors
By Dr. Laura on September 16, 2022

Kevin doesn't like his wife's suggestion that they delay retirement and paying off their home in order to put all five of their sons through medical school.   💡Dr. Laura: "Support your...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Overly Emotional
By Dr. Laura on September 13, 2022

Adam doesn't like how he is moved to tears whenever he sees examples of the loving relationships he has always longed for.   💡Dr. Laura: "It's OK to be moved by your emotions."

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Feel Guilty For Not Feeling Guilty
By Dr. Laura on September 9, 2022

Oneda wonders if it's wrong for her to feel so ambivalent about the impending death of her abusive, mentally ill mother.   💡Dr. Laura: "It's difficult to be a good daughter to a bad...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Deadbeat Brother is Living With Me
By Dr. Laura on September 9, 2022

Keesha invited her loser brother to live with her, but the arrangement is making her pretty unhappy.   💡Dr. Laura: "You'll be better off when you start putting more thought into important...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Sad About My Dad
By Dr. Laura on September 2, 2022

Melissa wonders how she can find peace with her decision to place her father in a retirement home.   💡Dr. Laura: "Sometimes the best we can do is accept the sadness of a situation."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son Has Turned Into an Intolerant Jerk
By Dr. Laura on August 31, 2022

Jim says his family is being torn apart by his son who berates and antagonizes anyone who doesn't agree with him politically.   💡Dr. Laura: "Do not tolerate thoughtless, direct aggression."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Parents Are Disappointing
By Dr. Laura on August 30, 2022

Melinda would like to move on from the angry feelings she has toward her parents for the ways they have disappointed her.   💡Dr. Laura: "Sometimes the biggest growth comes when we give up...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter Wants an Open Marriage
By Dr. Laura on August 17, 2022

May is distraught that her daughter is interested in bringing another woman into her marriage, and is worrying about the effects on her grandchildren.   💡Dr. Laura: "She needs to be...

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Call of the Day Podcast: How Should I Handle This Baby Shower Drama?
By Dr. Laura on August 15, 2022

Jessica wants to be a part of her first grandchild's life, but she's anxious about seeing her abusive ex-husband for the first time in years at the baby shower.   💡Dr. Laura: "The best way...

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Email of the Day: Having Time To Just “Be” With Your Kids Is Important
By Dr. Laura on August 11, 2022

My 6-year-old said to me, “Girls like the boys who fight for them.” I looked at him quizzically and then said “And it’s nice to have doors opened too.” I asked him where he learned that...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom Wants Me To Forgive Her Affair
By Dr. Laura on August 10, 2022

How should Michelle respond to her mother who just confessed that she cheated on Michelle's father?   💡Dr. Laura: "You are her child, not her friend. Don't let her burden you with her...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Our Son Won't Make Time For His Brother
By Dr. Laura on August 5, 2022

Nancy and Henry disappointed that their older son isn't making the effort to fly across country to attend the marriage celebration of their younger son.   💡Dr. Laura: "Don't confuse your...

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COTD Podcast: How Do I Help My Sister Without Hurting My Marriage?
By Dr. Laura on August 5, 2022

Jo's sister is a mess and needs support, but caring for her sister will take Jo's time and attention away from her husband.   💡Dr. Laura: "Vows are taken with your spouse, not your family."

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Call of the Day Podcast: Why Does My Mom Baby My Brother?
By Dr. Laura on July 29, 2022

Beth is annoyed that her mother gives her mentally ill brother money every month even though she's the good child who's taking care of mom.   💡Dr. Laura: "Don't let sibling rivalry damage...

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Email of the Day: I Was Raised With Dr. Laura Values
By Dr. Laura on July 25, 2022

I’ve listened to you since the mid 90s, when I was in school. Over that time, I’ve learned to not misuse the word “try.” I’ve learned not to confuse uncomfortable feelings with guilt, and...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son and I Are Estranged
By Dr. Laura on July 22, 2022

Renee is sad that she and her son have grown distant since he started dating an older woman with five kids.   💡Dr. Laura: "It's not unusual for people to create what they wish they had had...

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COTD Podcast: Our Daughter Didn't Tell Us She's Getting Married!
By Dr. Laura on July 17, 2022

Teresa isn't sure what to say to her daughter about the secret wedding plans she stumbled upon while searching for information about her daughter's fiancé.   💡Dr. Laura: "You ask for...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter Is Dating a Bad Man
By Dr. Laura on July 17, 2022

Ashley wants to know what she can say to her daughter that will help her see the truth about the criminal she's dating.   💡Dr. Laura: "Negative self-perception often leads to unhealthy...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son is a Drug Addict
By Dr. Laura on July 13, 2022

Laurie is tired of worrying about her drug-addicted son, especially right now when her husband and daughter are both battling cancer.   💡Dr. Laura: "Addicts are not compassionate about...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Move To Help My Family?
By Dr. Laura on July 8, 2022

Melissa is concerned about her upcoming move from her big town to her family's small town to help them during a time of need.   💡Dr. Laura: "Solutions don't have to be all or nothing."

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Don't Want My Kids To Meet My Bio Dad
By Dr. Laura on June 26, 2022

Chris would like to know if it's appropriate to keep his children from meeting their biological grandfather since he has chosen to be uninvolved for most of Chris's life.   💡Dr. Laura: ...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Kids Are Punishing Me
By Dr. Laura on June 23, 2022

Marsha has reconciled with her cheating husband, and now she can only see her grandchildren if she goes to their home without her man.   💡Dr. Laura: "Your kids don't want to deal with your...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Sister Won't Share Her Inheritance
By Dr. Laura on June 22, 2022

Kelly's sister has been taking care of their elderly mother, and Kelly feels resentful because the sister, instead of Kelly, will inherit their mother's home.   💡Dr. Laura: "Be grateful to...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Is It OK to Use My Sister As Our Realtor?
By Dr. Laura on June 18, 2022

Tyler and Marci are relocating and wonder whether it's a good idea to use Marci's sister as their real estate agent.   💡Dr. Laura: "It's generally a bad idea to mix personal family...

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Call of the Day Podcast: How Can I Help My Daughter?
By Dr. Laura on June 13, 2022

Debbie's grown daughter is brokenhearted since being dumped by her boyfriend, and Debbie would like to know how to ease her pain.   💡Dr. Laura: "The best parents can do is help their...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Our Family Had a Falling Out Over COVID
By Dr. Laura on June 12, 2022

COVID drove a wedge between Rachel and Bradley's families, but their children want to see their cousins, leaving the parents wondering what to do next.   💡Dr. Laura: "Be polite and choose...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Kids Ruined the Holiday
By Dr. Laura on May 28, 2022

Charlotte is upset that the plans she made for Easter weekend fell apart after she insisted that everyone or no one attend the festivities.   Dr. Laura: "Adult children need their parents...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Parents Make Their Love Conditional
By Dr. Laura on May 24, 2022

Michelle says her parents are unsupportive of her even though she's just left an abusive marriage with a newborn.   Dr. Laura: "Sometimes parents get burnt out being in the middle of their...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Dad Puts Our Step-Mom Before Us
By Dr. Laura on May 17, 2022

Siblings Jade and Michael fear losing their father if they tell him about their step-mother’s sexually inappropriate behavior.   Dr. Laura: "You cannot be like your father and not look at...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Dad Is Abusing My Kids
By Dr. Laura on May 15, 2022

Lindsey says her father is now treating her three children in the same emotionally abusive way he treated her as a child, and she wants to put an end to it.   Dr. Laura: "Now is your chance...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should You Prioritize Your Spouse or Child?
By Dr. Laura on April 22, 2022

Mark wonders where the spouse in a 2nd or 3rd marriage falls in relationship to children.   Dr. Laura: "Put the needs of your children above any new spouse."

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Email of the Day: How I Have a Great Relationship With My Mother-in-Law
By Dr. Laura on April 13, 2022

My husband and I have been married for 27 years, and his mom is one of my favorite people! The way I’ve viewed my mother-in-law is that she knows him honestly like I know him. We’ve been...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Want to Repair Things with My Sister
By Dr. Laura on April 5, 2022

Del says that, as an adult, he now understands how unkind his parents were to his sister when they were growing up and feels terrible about how she was treated.   Dr. Laura: "Protect good...

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Email of the Day: We Helped Our Granddaughter Turn Her Life Around
By Dr. Laura on April 1, 2022

My wife and I raised our 13-year-old granddaughter, who had become too much for her mother to handle. They had moved ten times in her young life, and she exhibited poor behavior and...

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Blog: How to Improve Mother and Daughter-In-Law Relationships
By Dr. Laura on March 31, 2022

Some years back, I was revving up to write a book about this. But as I've said many times, publishers want hate, anger, and politics because that's what sells. I wanted to make...

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Email of the Day: I Disliked My Husband’s Grandmother
By Dr. Laura on March 29, 2022

I spent years disliking my husband’s grandmother. She was more of a mother to him than his own, so she was the woman I shared him with the most. I found her meddlesome, hateful and...

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COTD Podcast: My Daughter Doesn't Want Anything To Do With Me
By Dr. Laura on March 20, 2022

Dora has had limited contact with her daughter since she ran away 17 years ago, and she calls Dr. Laura to offer some insights to others who might be facing estrangement.   Dr. Laura: ...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Politics is Coming Between My Father and Me
By Dr. Laura on February 22, 2022

Terry says her father constantly confronts her with political talk despite asking him repeatedly not to.   Dr. Laura: "Turn around and leave each time dad does what you specifically ask him...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Your Advice Improved Our Family!
By Dr. Laura on February 13, 2022

Erin calls with an update on how well her family is doing after taking Dr. Laura's advice to ditch their phones and monitor the children each time they use the internet.   Dr. Laura: ...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Parents Are Upset That I'm Gay
By Dr. Laura on February 4, 2022

Anthony just came out to his family, and he feels they're treating him like a child and not accepting who he is.   Dr. Laura: "Hug your mom and say, “When you start living as an adult,...

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Email of the Day: Meditation on the Loss of My Mother
By Dr. Laura on February 3, 2022

One of the hardest times in my life was the death of my fabulous, brilliant, loving mother, who died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 67. You don’t “get through” something like that....

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom Can't Cope with How My Sister Died
By Dr. Laura on February 3, 2022

How can Diane help her mother recognize that taking her sister off life support was necessary and not a mistake?   Dr. Laura: "Hug your mom and say, “I miss her too.”"

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Stepdad is Hard to Get Along With
By Dr. Laura on January 22, 2022

Larry wishes he had a better relationship with his stepfather and is looking for advice.   Dr. Laura: "Don't turn to a crocodile when you want a cuddle."

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Having Trouble Being Happy For My Dad
By Dr. Laura on January 21, 2022

Elizabeth's mom died unexpectedly, and now her father is dating and would like her to meet his girlfriend.   Dr. Laura: "How you feel about a person is less important than how you behave...

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Call of the Day Podcast: What's a Daughter's Moral Obligation?
By Dr. Laura on January 14, 2022

Ursula's mom suffers from memory loss and is angry about being put in a nursing home, leaving Ursula still feeling unsure of what she should be doing as a daughter.   Dr. Laura: "Weekly...

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Email of the Day: Advice to an Expectant Father
By Dr. Laura on January 13, 2022

My husband decided to send our son, who is about to have his first child, some advice about being an expectant father:   I wish someone would have given me some advice about expecting a...

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Email of the Day: You Helped Me Connect To My Dad
By Dr. Laura on January 4, 2022

When I was 13 years old, my father left. My mother was ill and had many problems. She actually never left the house for a five-year period. Until I was in my late thirties, I never had a...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Tired of Keeping the Peace
By Dr. Laura on December 19, 2021

Linda is annoyed by her brothers who won't help with their elderly parents. Should she continue to keep the peace by swallowing her anger?   Dr. Laura: "You don't have to participate in...

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