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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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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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: 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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