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Email of the Day: A Letter to Our Son as He Graduated College
By Dr. Laura on March 30, 2021

We wrote this letter to our son upon his graduation from college late last year:   Congratulations on your graduation! We are proud of you and you should feel good about that...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Favor My Sick Child
By Dr. Laura on March 22, 2021

Rachel's middle daughter is struggling with health issues, and Rachel admits that she is more lenient on her than the other kids because of her condition.   Dr. Laura: "She needs to know...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Feel Sad for My Step Kids
By Dr. Laura on March 20, 2021

Michelle's three stepchildren live full time with her and their father, and she feels sorry that their mom isn't in the picture.   Dr. Laura: "Only kind-hearted people are empathetic to...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Tween Has a Girlfriend
By Dr. Laura on March 18, 2021

Elizabeth wants to know if she should be concerned about her 11-year-old son holding hands with a girl he has a crush on.   Dr. Laura: "This is the time for mom to relax and dad to have...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Are Little Kids Impacted by the Shutdown?
By Dr. Laura on March 17, 2021

Melissa has a 2-year-old son who she fears is suffering due to the isolation of the COVID shutdown, but her husband thinks that he won't remember and therefore won't be harmed.   Dr....

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Email of the Day: My Mother Said “No”
By Dr. Laura on March 15, 2021

I’m 65, and my parents divorced when I was only a few months old, so my mother raised my brother and me alone while running a nursery school. I went to an Ivy League college on the east...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son is Ghosting Me
By Dr. Laura on March 14, 2021

After continually nagging him, Cindy's adult son is ignoring her calls, and she's not sure if she should continue reaching out to him.   Dr. Laura: "If you want to repair something, you...

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Blog: Are You Ready to Have a Baby?
By Dr. Laura on March 9, 2021

Here are some of the signs that you're ready to have a baby:

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Email of the Day: Even Bird Parents Know How to Do the Right Thing
By Dr. Laura on March 8, 2021

About ten years ago, I had two pet finches. They laid several eggs and hatched their chicks and they were very devoted, caring parents. When it’s time for the little ones to leave the...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Kids Compete for Praise
By Dr. Laura on March 6, 2021

Natalia's young sons are competitive with each other and for her attention and she needs advice on how to respond to them.   Dr. Laura: “Only praise kindness and compassion and let them...

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Email of the Day: I Wanted My Daughter to Do Things The Proper Way
By Dr. Laura on March 3, 2021

My husband and I have been married for 31 years and have 3 grown children. As they were growing up, we were their parents and not their friends. Other parents thought we were too tough...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Mom Sheltered Me Too Much
By Dr. Laura on March 2, 2021

Mark is different from his friends and believes it's a negative that his mother raised him to be a God-fearing, rule-following young man.   Dr. Laura: "People who are too hard on...

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Email of the Day: Don’t Be Mad Because I’m A Dolphin!
By Dr. Laura on March 2, 2021

I wanted to share a funny moment that happened around our dinner table. My ten-year-old daughter slurps her food, talks when her mouth is full and overall has poor posture while eating....

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Call of the Day Podcast: Our Mom Yells Too Much
By Dr. Laura on March 1, 2021

Frankie and Lena's mom often loses her temper, and they want her to find better ways to cope with parenthood.   Dr. Laura: "Be mindful of how you feel and communicate in the moment...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Kids Don't Want My Advice
By Dr. Laura on February 28, 2021

Suzy is frustrated by her twin 14-year-old daughters who roll their eyes and reject her input and advice.   Dr. Laura: "Lectures turn kids off, but asking questions guides them to think."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter Wants to Live with Her Dad
By Dr. Laura on February 26, 2021

Marie's 16-year-old daughter has left home to live with her biological father, and Marie wants to go to court to force her to come back home.   Dr. Laura: "Letting her leave could be the...

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Blog: 5 Tips to Reduce Stress in Kids
By Dr. Laura on February 25, 2021

The atmosphere you create at home has the biggest impact on your child's stress level. Kids need time to breathe, be creative on their own, and get lost in their own thoughts. They are...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son is Sexting
By Dr. Laura on February 25, 2021

Amber's 13-year-old son has been sexting with a classmate, and Amber and her husband aren't sure how to handle him.   Dr. Laura: "Don't be afraid to be the tough parent your child needs."

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Email of the Day: I Am a Dr. Laura Graduate
By Dr. Laura on February 23, 2021

When we married, my husband was a young, aspiring professional who decided to open his own firm. I was a hard-working registered nurse who had applied to graduate school. I loved my job...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Is My Son Betraying Me?
By Dr. Laura on February 21, 2021

Jenn is upset that her adult son spends so much time with her estranged mother.   Dr. Laura: "This is his lack of character, not yours."

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Need Help with My Teen
By Dr. Laura on February 20, 2021

Sophie's 13-year-old says she hates herself and was caught sneaking out of the house to fool around with a boy.   Dr. Laura: "The boy is her therapy."

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Email of the Day: My Son Turned in a School Bully
By Dr. Laura on February 19, 2021

Cyber-bullying is no joke. Several years ago, it happened to a girl in my son's high school. Her ex-boyfriend created a derogatory Facebook page about her, and the jokes and teasing...

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Email of the Day: My Kids Didn’t Need Preschool
By Dr. Laura on February 16, 2021

I grew up with divorced parents and a deadbeat dad, and I was a daycare kid. I hated it. I quit my job 13 years ago when my first son was born. I was in my late 20s, and dedicated...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Afraid for My Son
By Dr. Laura on February 16, 2021

Lindsey's 19-year-old son was diagnosed as a sociopath, and she's wondering if there is anything that she can do for him.   Dr. Laura: "Not accepting reality doesn't help anyone."

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Email of the Day: You Gave Me the Tools I Needed
By Dr. Laura on February 5, 2021

My 10-year-old daughter is a social butterfly and has always loved being the center of attention. Recently, she woke up in a very cheerful mood, and decided that that day was going to...

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Email of the Day: The Greatest Mom Ever
By Dr. Laura on February 3, 2021

I am one of five kids, and when we were growing up, we all had clean clothes to wear and three home-cooked meals to eat every day. It was only when I went off to college that I realized...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Always Fight to Win
By Dr. Laura on January 28, 2021

When Jonathan called a few weeks ago about his kids' fighting, Dr. Laura suggested that his competitive marriage was fueling the sibling rivalry. Now Jonathan wants to know the “next...

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Email of the Day: Choosing My Daughter
By Dr. Laura on January 26, 2021

This is a lovely poem from Tova:   My child has a mom Because I decided long ago That I'd be there to raise her I'd be there to watch her grow

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Call of the Day Podcast: I am The Source of My Daughter's Rage
By Dr. Laura on January 23, 2021

Jen's bad childhood resulted in her being emotionally abusive to her own daughter, and now she's unsure how to handle her daughter's anger.   Dr. Laura: "Take full responsibility for her...

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Email of the Day: A Night That Changed My Life
By Dr. Laura on January 22, 2021

My brother was asleep on our couch, and my husband and I were sprawled out on our living room carpet watching TV while our newborn lay between us. We freaked when we looked down at our...

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Email of the Day: How to Stop Raising Entitled Kids
By Dr. Laura on January 21, 2021

Beyond typical personality quirks, I believe the breakdown of the family is largely to blame for the entitlement problems of young adults today. They need to be responsible,...

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Email of the Day: A Letter to My Shacked-up Daughter
By Dr. Laura on January 20, 2021

After calling Dr. Laura about her 23-year-old daughter's plans to shack up with her new boyfriend, Donna shares the text she crafted with Dr. Laura's help...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Brother Puts Me Down
By Dr. Laura on January 17, 2021

Ellie and her brother are competitive and fight a lot, and she and her dad call in to ask Dr. Laura for help.   Dr. Laura: "Your children are mimicking your competitive marriage."

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Email of the Day: I Got Kicked Out of My Own Room
By Dr. Laura on January 12, 2021

I was a strong-willed teenager, and I am so thankful my parents chose to parent me instead of trying to be my friend. I grew up very privileged with nice things, and I went through a...

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Email of the Day: Physical Exertion Diffused My Son’s Anger
By Dr. Laura on January 7, 2021

Since he was a toddler, my son has had a quick temper, and has always wanted to have the last word. At age 4, we put him and his older sister in Tae Kwon Do, which taught me something...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Didn't Raise My Son This Way!
By Dr. Laura on January 7, 2021

Susan is paying for her son's college apartment, and she's angry about how messy and dirty he keeps it.   Dr. Laura: "Focus on the more important aspects of your relationship."

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Email of the Day: No More “Rush, Rush Rush”
By Dr. Laura on January 5, 2021

Before the pandemic, my husband and I decided to homeschool our two sons. Now that we’re ALL home, we have so many things to talk about, and I know exactly what they’re learning and...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Want My Daughter to Stop Shacking Up
By Dr. Laura on December 20, 2020

Despite Amy's objections, her 20-year-old daughter is spending 3-4 nights a week with her boyfriend at his parents' home.   Dr. Laura: "Kids who earn their own way get to make all of the...

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Email of the Day: I Was A Scared New Mom
By Dr. Laura on December 1, 2020

I delivered my first daughter naturally, and my mother stayed with me after I came home from the hospital. My arms were so tired from pushing that I was happy (thanks to my husband and...

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Email of the Day: The Perils of Teaching Language to a Toddler
By Dr. Laura on November 25, 2020

I have a funny story to share about my son when he was around two-years-old. I took him with me when I went out to lunch with my mother-in-law. At the restaurant we were teaching him...

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Email of the Day: A Lesson About Honesty I’ll Never Forget
By Dr. Laura on November 24, 2020

A long time ago, before I started kindergarten, my mother and I entered a dime store in a small Seattle suburb. As we checked out, we passed those shelves with gum, candy, and sundries...

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Email of the Day: One Way to Reverse Bad Behavior in Kids
By Dr. Laura on November 23, 2020

I remember from a long time ago that you had a solution involving hand-holding when kids fought with each other. My daughter has two girls ages 10 and 12 who constantly fight, so I told...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son is Being a Brat - Part 2
By Dr. Laura on November 17, 2020

In part two of this Call of the Day, Jill and Curtis worry that their son could be manipulative and dangerous.   Dr. Laura: "Don't keep anyone dangerous in your home."

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Email of the Day: My Dying Mom Knew What Was Best for Me
By Dr. Laura on November 17, 2020

Thirty years ago, my mother was dying of breast cancer. At the time, I was 36 weeks pregnant and I flew out to see her before she died (back then, they still let you on a plane at that...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son is Being a Brat - Part 1
By Dr. Laura on November 17, 2020

Jill and Curtis fear their 18-year-old son is using his mental illness as an excuse for his poor choices and behavior.   Dr. Laura: "Raise your boy to be a man."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Parents Have Too Many Rules
By Dr. Laura on November 10, 2020

17-year-old Collin has been sneaking out of the house to hang out with friends because he doesn't like his parents' rules.   Dr. Laura: "The person with responsibility has the power."

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Email of the Day: Let Kids Figure It Out
By Dr. Laura on November 6, 2020

I always listen carefully when you have children who call, because I admire and respect how you speak with them. You recently asked a young boy to figure out when “three months from...

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Email of the Day: I Was the Educated Childcare Provider in a Daycare
By Dr. Laura on November 3, 2020

My parents divorced when I was three-years-old. They fought often and talked poorly about each other to us kids. My escape was to play with dolls, and my biggest fantasy was that I’d be...

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Email of the Day: The Joys of Homeschooling My Boys
By Dr. Laura on November 2, 2020

I’m a stay-at-home mommy, and now I’m also teacher to my two boys during the pandemic. They had been in private school, which I thought was better than public school, but teaching them...

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Email of the Day: A Lesson for My Teenage Son
By Dr. Laura on October 28, 2020

My son will turn 16 at the end of the year and has been dating a girl of the same age. During the pandemic, physical contact between them is minimal, but I recently caught my son...

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Email of the Day: Children Don't Come With Instruction Manuals
By Dr. Laura on October 23, 2020

My 13-year-old son and I were driving home when he asked me “Mom, if you called into the Dr. Laura show, what would you ask her?”  I immediately responded that I would call to thank you.

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