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Email of the Day: Sweet Memories of My Dad
By Dr. Laura on June 17, 2021

My father died of pancreatic cancer when he was 76 years old. Besides my husband, he was the finest man I ever knew. If I had the opportunity to say one more thing to him, it would be...

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Email of the Day: He Knew I Was There
By Dr. Laura on June 16, 2021

I was 24 years old when I gave birth to my daughter back in 1982. At the same time, I was taking care of my dad, who was dying from lung cancer. There was no hospice at the time, and I...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Sister Won't Show Love
By Dr. Laura on June 16, 2021

Carmen and Cheryl are middle-aged sisters who grew up in an unaffectionate family, but Cheryl wants them to start expressing their love for one another.   Dr. Laura: "It's a beautiful...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Parents Aren't Good to Me or My Child
By Dr. Laura on June 6, 2021

Angela and her parents don't have a good relationship, and she feels bad that her child won't be close to them either.   Dr. Laura: "You do not need a relationship with unkind people."

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Move Closer to My Parents?
By Dr. Laura on June 3, 2021

Steve loves living in California, but he wonders if he should move back to Utah to help his parents as they age.   Dr. Laura: "Children are supposed to separate from their parents and...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Choosing My Niece Over My Sister
By Dr. Laura on May 24, 2021

Wendy wants to invite her sister's stepdaughter to a graduation event, but it's causing a problem, because Wendy's mom and sister don't want her on the guest list.   Dr. Laura: ...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom is Ditching Her Grandson's Party
By Dr. Laura on May 23, 2021

Jill feels bitter toward her overweight mother who wants to skip Jill's son's birthday party to avoid eating in public.   Dr. Laura: "Feel pity instead of resentment for her inability to...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Dad is Going to Die
By Dr. Laura on May 11, 2021

13-year-old Jessica's dad is on life support, and her family is wondering if she should be in the hospital room when they terminate treatment.   Dr. Laura: "Holding his hand as you tell...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son is Choosing Baseball Over Me
By Dr. Laura on May 8, 2021

Susan feels hurt and neglected because her adult son wants to celebrate Mother's Day early since his own son has a travel baseball game on Mother's Day.   Dr. Laura: "You brought your...

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Email of the Day: To My Mom, We Were ALL Golden Children
By Dr. Laura on May 6, 2021

The most important lesson my Mom ever taught me came while our family was planning her funeral. We were gathered to meet with our priest, when he asked if there was anything special we...

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Email of the Day: My Mother Put the Survival of Her Family First
By Dr. Laura on May 5, 2021

When I was little, we escaped from Hungary with the Communist army just a few miles from our door. We didn’t know if we would make it out safely. We came under attack from fighter...

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Email of the Day: My Children’s Incredible Grandmother
By Dr. Laura on May 3, 2021

My mother passed away at only 62 years of age after a 15-month battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. She left behind not only me, but seven grandchildren whom she dearly loved.

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'd Like to be Closer to My Siblings
By Dr. Laura on May 2, 2021

Andrew has always had a difficult relationship with his stepfather and believes he is the reason Andrew isn't closer to his two half-siblings.   Dr. Laura: "Ultimately, we can’t control...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Family Has Let Me Down
By Dr. Laura on April 15, 2021

There's a rift in Nicole's family since her nephew damaged her daughter's baby doll and her family will not do the right thing.   Dr. Laura: "Do you really want to be around people who...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom is Driving Me Nuts
By Dr. Laura on March 28, 2021

Crystal wants to know how to handle her mother who calls multiple times a day whining and complaining.   Dr. Laura: "You can't put an end to that which you don't resolve to stop."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Parents Are Using Me
By Dr. Laura on March 26, 2021

Colleen is the oldest of three children and feels that her parents use her as a mediator between themselves and her sisters.   Dr. Laura: "Nothing is happening to you that you don't...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Don't Want to Hurt My Parents
By Dr. Laura on March 23, 2021

Brittany knows she should put her husband's needs above those of her parents, but she feels bad about disappointing her mom and dad.   Dr. Laura: "Change may hurt, but that doesn't make...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Why Did Our Mom Dis Us?
By Dr. Laura on March 13, 2021

Twins Sarah and Stephanie just learned that their recently deceased mother excluded them from her will even though they thought they were close to her.   Dr. Laura: "Leaving someone out...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Nephew is Being Controlled
By Dr. Laura on March 9, 2021

Miriam feels caught in the middle of her sister and nephew's disagreements over the girl he is dating and lets boss him around.   Dr. Laura: “He's too scared to be a man so he found a...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Family is Overbearing
By Dr. Laura on March 8, 2021

Leann's family helps take care of her baby while she's at work, and she's not happy with their unsolicited parenting advice.   Dr. Laura: “You are choosing to take a back seat to raising...

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Email of the Day: My Amazing Grandmother
By Dr. Laura on March 5, 2021

After many years of marriage, my grandfather on my mother’s side abandoned my grandmother and his three children and left to “find” himself and figure out his life. Nearly one year...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Parents Fight A Lot
By Dr. Laura on March 3, 2021

11-year-old Amara is worried about her parents' frequent arguments and calls Dr. Laura with her mom for help.   Dr. Laura: "When you are a mother, your child's security is what matters...

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COTD Podcast: Should I Let My Parents Meet Their Grandchild?
By Dr. Laura on February 16, 2021

Austin's parents were very manipulative during his childhood, and now that he is a father, he wonders if he should allow them to be involved with their grandchild.   Dr. Laura: "You have...

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Email of the Day: We’re Lucky to Have You
By Dr. Laura on February 12, 2021

My husband and I have three sons who we're raising to be real men. We have a traditional (some might say “old-fashioned”) division of labor, but I couldn't be prouder and more fulfilled...

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Call of the Day Podcast: How Do I Get My Kids Back?
By Dr. Laura on February 7, 2021

After losing her husband unexpectedly, Kathy started gambling, let her life spiral out of control and now her children have cut her out of their lives.   Dr. Laura: "Do the work on...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Tired of Being So Competitive
By Dr. Laura on January 31, 2021

Donna's family often joked that she was “the milkman's daughter” and other hurtful comments about being unplanned, and the hurt she felt continues to negatively impact her relationships.

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Email of the Day: The Joy in Making Your House a Home
By Dr. Laura on January 25, 2021

One morning recently, I staggered out to the kitchen for my coffee and saw a note on the counter. It was in my husband’s handwriting and my first thought was “He sneaked off to the...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Why Doesn't My Cousin Care?
By Dr. Laura on January 21, 2021

Matthew wants to spend more time with his cousin, but she's not reciprocating.   Dr. Laura: "Spend time with people who will invest in you."

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Want to Make Myself a Priority
By Dr. Laura on January 19, 2021

Catalina's identity has revolved around being her mother's caregiver, and now her older sister is seeking Catalina's support.   Dr. Laura: "The courage to break your old patterns has to...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Brother Betrayed Me!
By Dr. Laura on January 15, 2021

Bobby is irate that his brother gossiped to a neighbor about Bobby losing his business and his house during the shutdown.   Dr. Laura: "You're transforming your grief into anger."

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Email of the Day: I Chose Not to Live with My Alcoholic Mother
By Dr. Laura on January 13, 2021

When I was 13, I called you to ask if I should live with my alcoholic mother. She had told me that if I left my Dad in California, she would stop drinking. She also told me she would...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Baby Brother Makes Me Mad!
By Dr. Laura on January 10, 2021

4-year-old Riggins and his mom call Dr. Laura to discuss his pushing and shoving of his 2-year-old brother.   Dr. Laura: "Use your words, not your hands, to get attention."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter Chooses Her Dad Over Me
By Dr. Laura on January 8, 2021

Single mom Renee raised her daughter alone and is angry that her now-grown child chooses to spend so much time with her birth father.   Dr. Laura: "Be happy that she finally has the...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should My Grandson See His Great-Grandfather?
By Dr. Laura on January 4, 2021

Jane's father's health is failing, and she wonders if she should shield her 6-year-old grandson from seeing his decline.   Dr. Laura: "Children need to learn about life and compassion."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom and I Don't Get Along
By Dr. Laura on December 14, 2020

Living together in a two-family flat is damaging Leah's relationship with her mother.   Dr. Laura: "Parents don't see kids as grown-ups when they're not fully independent."

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Call of the Day Podcast: Is Taking Care of Others My Lot in Life?
By Dr. Laura on November 29, 2020

Lottie has spent years caring for sick and frail family members at the expense of her marriage.   Dr. Laura: "It's your turn to take care of yourself and have joy with your husband."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Brother Has Cut Me Off
By Dr. Laura on November 28, 2020

Sandy's alcoholic and addicted brother recently cut her out of his life, and she's depressed without him.   Dr. Laura: "He represents something that you're not ready to let go of."

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Call of the Day Podcast: Is My Father Rejecting Me?
By Dr. Laura on November 25, 2020

Valerie fears her father will choose to stay home with her mom who has dementia rather than attend Thanksgiving dinner at Valerie's house.   Dr. Laura: "Believing the world revolves...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Parents Always Give in to My Brother
By Dr. Laura on November 18, 2020

Will's brother demands money from their parents and threatens self-harm, and Will is caught in the middle.   Dr. Laura: "Don't let his behavior interfere with your life."

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Email of the Day: Thank You for Hanging Up on My Husband!
By Dr. Laura on November 11, 2020

A year ago, my husband called you. At that time, he was working for his parents and was miserable, but he was afraid to leave because I was a stay-at-home mom and we had three kids...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Watching My Dad Suffer
By Dr. Laura on November 9, 2020

Tammy's mother died the day before her 60th wedding anniversary. Now Tammy is worried about her father.   Dr. Laura: "He's no longer a husband. Please let him continue being a dad."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mother Uses Me to Get to My Dad
By Dr. Laura on November 4, 2020

Amber has let her mom control her and now she feels stuck in the middle of her parents' dispute.   Dr. Laura: "Have the courage to let her go."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom Wants to Erase My Dad – Part 2
By Dr. Laura on November 1, 2020

Valerie and her mom, Alice, call in to discuss why Alice's new husband doesn't deserve the title of grandpa.   Dr. Laura: "Don't impose your new life on other people."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom Wants to Erase My Dad – Part 1
By Dr. Laura on November 1, 2020

Valerie's mom is remarried and wants her grandchildren to call her new guy grandpa.   Dr. Laura: "Stand tough."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Relationship with My Mother Has Flipped
By Dr. Laura on October 29, 2020

Tina has never viewed her mother as competent or strong and is frustrated by her actions and behaviors.   Dr. Laura: "Stop Being Your Mother's Keeper"

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COTD Podcast: I've Made One of the Biggest Parenting Mistakes
By Dr. Laura on October 23, 2020

Mary's son is an addict, unstable and a snowflake and her other children don't want to be around him.   Dr. Laura: "People have to work for what they receive."

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should The Gift-Giving End?
By Dr. Laura on October 19, 2020

Evan feels disconnected from his family and would like to stop exchanging gifts with them.   Dr. Laura: "Put aside concerns of guilt unless it was illegal, immoral, unethical or pisses...

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Call of the Day Podcast: How Do I Handle My Brother's Drama?
By Dr. Laura on October 18, 2020

Denise's son is planning a small wedding and does not intend to invite his uncle. Now she's worried about telling her drama-prone brother that he won't be on the guest list.   Dr. Laura:

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son is a Leadfoot
By Dr. Laura on October 18, 2020

Karen's son persistently speeds when driving the family car, and she has failed to make him face the consequences of disobeying the law and her family's rules.   Dr. Laura: "Your...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I’m in a Pickle With My Sister
By Dr. Laura on October 17, 2020

Rhonda's nephew's girlfriend has been a valued employee to their family business. However, now that they've broken up, Rhonda's sister wants the ex-girlfriend to be fired.   Dr. Laura: ...

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Top COTD Episode: I'm In Trouble With My Stepson And His Wife
By Dr. Laura on October 10, 2020

This week we're listening to the Top Call of the Day episodes of All-Time!! Marsha conveyed to her stepson and his wife that she didn’t want to be a babysitter to their kids and that’s...

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