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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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Call of the Day Podcast: Should My Sister Be Dating?
By Dr. Laura on December 9, 2021

Karen's sister is dating less than a year since her husband died, and Karen thinks it's too early.   Dr. Laura: "It's never too soon to start a better chapter in life."

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Email of the Day: How I Reduced My Stress
By Dr. Laura on November 17, 2021

I wanted to be calmer with my children and less like the Incredible Hulk. I heard you tell someone they needed to have more fun in their day, and my sister then suggested I start a “fun...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Spend the Holiday with My Sister?
By Dr. Laura on November 17, 2021

Susan is frustrated by her difficult sister and is wondering if she and her husband should bother trying to spend Thanksgiving with her.   Dr. Laura: "Put your husband first and give him...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Parents Aren't Good to Me or My Child
By Dr. Laura on November 14, 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: I Want to Disengage From My Family
By Dr. Laura on November 11, 2021

Lucy is tired of the drama between her parents and younger sister, and she'd like to find the strength to remove herself from the situation.   Dr. Laura: "Today is a good day to make...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Disturbed With My Father's Choice
By Dr. Laura on October 20, 2021

Megan lost her mother to Alzheimer’s eight months ago.  Now her dad is dating a woman who’s only a year older than Megan!    Dr. Laura: "You'll never see me around one of your bimbos!" 

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Dad Has Changed for the Worse
By Dr. Laura on October 17, 2021

Sarah and her father were close before he left Sarah's mother and got involved with a new woman. Now their father/daughter relationship is a real mess.   Dr. Laura: "Life is easier when you...

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COTD Podcast: I Want to Help My Daughter Grieve Her Brother's Death
By Dr. Laura on October 14, 2021

Lynn's son died of a drug overdose, and she's not sure how to help herself and her daughter get through the pain of the loss.   Dr. Laura: "We cope better through the ugly parts of life...

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COTD Podcast: My Sister-in-Law Comes Between My Brother and Me
By Dr. Laura on October 5, 2021

Brian's relationship with his brother has suffered for many years over disagreements Brian has with his brother's wife.   Dr. Laura: "People who choose to not deal with reality damage...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I See the Error of My Ways
By Dr. Laura on September 21, 2021

Terri calls back to share the epiphany she had after speaking with Dr. Laura about her dead sister.   Dr. Laura: "Make the most of second chances."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Sister Didn't Tell Me She Was Sick
By Dr. Laura on September 21, 2021

Terri had no idea that her sister was deathly ill with COVID and is sad that no one in her family told her until after her sister died.   Dr. Laura: "Life is short. Mend your fences."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Uncle Died, and I Didn't Like Him
By Dr. Laura on September 13, 2021

Gibran is estranged from his family over his alcoholic uncle who just died, and he's wondering the best way to express his condolence given the strained situation.   Dr. Laura: "You can...

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Email of the Day: Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine!
By Dr. Laura on September 7, 2021

I am one of nine children and grew up in a very loving family with a stay-at-home mom. When my parents were alive and would host family dinners, we would tend to “score” the gathering by...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Dad Has Changed for the Worse
By Dr. Laura on August 22, 2021

Since her mother's death, Katrina's dad has started living in a completely different way than he had with her mother.   Dr. Laura: "Don't let the pain you feel as a daughter interfere with...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Can't Get Through to My Sister
By Dr. Laura on August 18, 2021

Billie's sister has abused drugs and alcohol for 18 years and isn't responding to the help that Billie is trying to give her.   Dr. Laura: "There are limits to the impact one person can...

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Email of the Day: I Love My Husband Even More Since Our Baby Was Born
By Dr. Laura on August 12, 2021

I recently heard you mention how you have to quadruple your efforts in a marriage once you have children. My husband and I both come from broken homes and we’re committed to making sure...

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Call of the Day Podcast: How Do I Handle My Lying Mom? - Part 2
By Dr. Laura on August 8, 2021

In part 2 of this call, Miriam continues to feel anger over the poor relationship she has with her mother.   Dr. Laura: "Don't let anger about your childhood take attention away from your...

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Call of the Day Podcast: How Do I Handle My Lying Mom? - Part 1
By Dr. Laura on August 8, 2021

Miriam is not happy with her mother who has a pattern of fudging the truth when she wants something from Miriam.   Dr. Laura: "She will show more respect you when you demand more respect."

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Leaving My Mom in the Lurch
By Dr. Laura on August 6, 2021

Janice is exhausted and tired of helping care for her mentally ill sister, but also worries about leaving her 85-year-old mom with that responsibility.   Dr. Laura: "A mom needs to focus on...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter Wants to Change Her Name
By Dr. Laura on July 25, 2021

Gretchen's 18-year-old daughter would like to lose her father's last name and use her mother's maiden name, but Gretchen's not sure that's a good idea.   Dr. Laura: "Trust the decisions of...

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Email of the Day: My Husband Delivered Our Son
By Dr. Laura on July 21, 2021

I was on baby number four, and usually the baby arrived within a few hours after contractions started. This time, my water broke on the way to the hospital, my contractions were only two...

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Email of the Day: My Family Is My Life’s Work
By Dr. Laura on July 14, 2021

I began listening to you more than 25 years ago, when my first child was born. I was the “strict mom” in the neighborhood, and it was reassuring to listen to you reinforce that I was doing...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Sister Won't Talk to Us
By Dr. Laura on July 14, 2021

Hayley misses her nephew who she no longer sees since his mom isn't speaking to Hayley's family.   Dr. Laura: "Sometimes there's no reasoning with an ungrateful person."

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Email of the Day: What I Learned From My Dog, Molly
By Dr. Laura on July 8, 2021

Our dog, Molly, passed away last month. She was an integral part of our family and embodied loyalty, happiness and unconditional love. She was an energetic student willing to learn and...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Not Happy With My Current Situation
By Dr. Laura on June 27, 2021

Margaret moved in with a male friend after her divorce 12 years ago, and even though she's not thrilled with the relationship, she's not sure she can leave.   Dr. Laura: "Life is full of...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Dad Overdosed
By Dr. Laura on June 27, 2021

Julie is ticked off about her father's recent drug overdose and doesn't know what to do.   Dr. Laura: "Bring your best and healthiest self to your marriage by leaving the past behind."

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Meet My Sister?
By Dr. Laura on June 23, 2021

Sydney just discovered she has a half-sister thanks to an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, but she's not sure she wants a relationship.   Dr. Laura: "Simply having DNA in common doesn't mean you...

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Email of the Day: We Stayed the Course
By Dr. Laura on June 21, 2021

My husband and I have been married for nearly 36 years. Our kids saw our ups and downs, and they saw us choose to love and be committed to one another through it all. A few years ago, when...

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Email of the Day: My Dad: What a Man!
By Dr. Laura on June 18, 2021

My dad has always been a romantic. While courting my mom, he knew she was out with her mother and would have to pass his house on their way home after dark. When he saw them coming, he...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom Sticks Up for My Bad Brother
By Dr. Laura on June 18, 2021

Maria's brother is a jerk, and she doesn't understand why her mother can't see it.   Dr. Laura: "Parents may ignore the truth when it makes them feel bad about themselves."

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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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