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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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Call of the Day Podcast: My 19-Year-Old Daughter Is Pregnant
By Dr. Laura on September 25, 2020

Jon’s high school senior has been knocked up by her “worthless” boyfriend …   Dr. Laura: "If you rescue her, she won’t do what's best for the child."

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Call of the Day Podcast: What Should I Do With These Letters?
By Dr. Laura on September 24, 2020

Dawn is uncertain what to do with her deceased father’s love letters that he wrote while serving in the military.   Dr. Laura: "It’s your history. Read every one and keep them forever!"

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Don’t Like My Mom’s Decision Handling
By Dr. Laura on August 16, 2020

Lisa’s 20-year-old daughter stayed with Grandma while attending school, but now she doesn’t want her to return. This is upsetting Lisa because of their past ...   Dr. Laura: "You can...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I’m Distraught Over My Sister’s Condition
By Dr. Laura on August 16, 2020

Donna is spiraling into emotional turmoil after speaking daily with her sister who suffers from alcohol-related dementia.   Dr. Laura: "She drank herself into destroying her body; why do...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Keep Thinking I’ll Lose My Baby
By Dr. Laura on August 14, 2020

Anna previously miscarried and is frightened to lose yet another pregnancy.   Dr. Laura: "If you have to face that yucky thing again…you’ll handle it again." 

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Call of the Day Podcast: Get Out Of My House!!
By Dr. Laura on August 13, 2020

Mary’s brother continues to live in her basement despite being asked to leave.   Dr. Laura: "Time to be angry!" 

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Email of the Day: Being Family Doesn’t Give You the Right to Abuse
By Dr. Laura on August 12, 2020

Not long ago, I saw a post on your Facebook page about sitting in your car an extra five minutes after you park. Twenty years ago, I would come home from work and sit in the car after I...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Cousin Wants To Speak To Me - Part 2
By Dr. Laura on August 11, 2020

Melissa updates Dr. Laura on what her cousin’s true intentions were after reaching out several years later.   Dr. Laura: "Mama Laura said “lets face it”; you did and you’re more relaxed."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Cousin Wants To Speak To Me - Part 1
By Dr. Laura on August 11, 2020

Melissa’s bad cousin is reaching out to her after they parted ways seven years ago.    Dr. Laura: "Just ask her what she wants." 

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Sister Is Still Rude!!
By Dr. Laura on August 7, 2020

Butch donated a kidney to save his sister’s life but in turn she continues to be as mean as ever to him.   Dr. Laura: "Expect nothing and you won't be disappointed." 

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Call of the Day Podcast: Is My Sister's Life My Concern?
By Dr. Laura on July 7, 2020

Brittney thinks her sister is dating a man who is unfit for marriage.    Dr. Laura: "Keep your nose out of others' business unless your nose is being pinched."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom Never Told Me The Truth
By Dr. Laura on July 7, 2020

Torri's uncertain she can continue to have a relationship with her mom after discovering her dad is not her biological father.    Dr. Laura: "You are one lucky girl and don't even know...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Sister "Matriarchs" Me
By Dr. Laura on June 26, 2020

Amy’s sister has taken over the role of matriarch since the passing of their mother.    Dr. Laura: "Ohhhhh I see! I get it now!!" 

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Call of the Day Podcast: What’s Best For Our Family’s Future?
By Dr. Laura on June 12, 2020

Corry’s husband has been working far from home but has an opportunity to fix that if they move elsewhere.   Dr. Laura: "Make your husband happy!" 

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Call of the Day Podcast: Is My Brother Being Controlled?
By Dr. Laura on June 9, 2020

John is upset that his brother’s wife suggests they are “not brothers” because they have separate fathers.   Dr. Laura: "Sometimes all we have left are the good memories." 

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Dad Started A New Family
By Dr. Laura on May 20, 2020

Katherine is upset that her father has remarried and started a new family. Now she’s being alienated by his new wife!   Dr. Laura: "Accept that some people are flawed and stop fighting...

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Email of the Day: The Red Plate
By Dr. Laura on May 15, 2020

When our oldest daughter (now 30) was a senior in high school, her teacher asked the class what they would miss most going off to college. She said it would be eating dinner every night...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I’m In Trouble With My Stepson And His Wife
By Dr. Laura on May 13, 2020

Marsha conveyed to her stepson and his wife that she didn’t want to be a babysitter to their kids and that’s caused a family rift.   Dr. Laura: "Sometimes we just have to eat dirt." 

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Family Didn't Even Try
By Dr. Laura on May 10, 2020

In this Call of the Day Classic episode, Margaret’s 15-year-old daughter speaks to Dr. Laura to give clarity as to why she and her siblings did nothing for their mother on Mother’s Day.  

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Feel Manipulated By My Brother
By Dr. Laura on April 30, 2020

Heath is in dispute over a piece of land his brother wants and ponders if he should fight back or let him have it?   Dr. Laura: "Never make peace at any cost." 

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COTD: My Sister Failed To Help When I Needed Her Most
By Dr. Laura on April 21, 2020

Lindy feels hurt that her sister didn’t race to assist her after losing a home during the brush fires that ravaged her town.    Dr. Laura: "Reality checks are usually not pretty…still...

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Call of the Day Podcast: You Helped Me Manage My Expectations
By Dr. Laura on April 19, 2020

Michelle had several expectations of her recently departed brother until she heard the words of Dr. Laura. Listen as she shares how she learned to appreciate what he was able to give...

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COTD: I’m Questioning My Daughter’s Ability To Execute My Will
By Dr. Laura on April 16, 2020

Michelle is uncertain that her financially-challenged daughter can handle the responsibility of the money tied to her last will and testament.   Dr. Laura: "Really? What makes you think...

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