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Call of the Day Podcast: We Argue Over House Rules
By Dr. Laura on September 17, 2021

19-year-old Abby is resisting her parents' rules and expectations now that she's a college student.   Dr. Laura: "The person with the responsibility has the power."

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Email of the Day: I Used You to Help My Kids Through the Teenage Years
By Dr. Laura on September 16, 2021

When I was in law enforcement, your radio program was always on in the squad car and you were a great source of advice and entertainment for me. My kids were becoming teenagers at that...

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Email of the Day: Why Was Daycare An Easy Choice for My Siblings?
By Dr. Laura on September 15, 2021

Even though my mom encouraged us to have careers, I always knew my foremost goal was to be a mom and I met my future husband early in college. I got a teaching degree figuring that I...

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Email of the Day: Children Are Children and Adults Are Adults
By Dr. Laura on September 14, 2021

These days, it seems like parents are worried about making their children upset rather than the other way around, and it’s even come to a point that parents appear to be actually afraid...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Tell My Kids the Truth?
By Dr. Laura on September 11, 2021

Mark was raised by his grandparents and wonders how to explain to his children that their aunt is really Mark's birth mother.   Dr. Laura: "Teach your kids that human connectivity is...

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Email of the Day: My Son Gave Me No Respect
By Dr. Laura on September 8, 2021

When my son graduated from high school, he and I were at odds. It had been going on since he was 11 and was struggling with being bullied at school. I was the target for his...

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Email of the Day: Another Woman Comforted My Daughter
By Dr. Laura on September 2, 2021

I was one of those moms who thought I could work and my daughter would be fine. I told myself she was having fun playing with the other children when I picked her up 3 hours after...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son is Rushing Into Marriage
By Dr. Laura on September 2, 2021

Josh is not sure what to say to his 19-year-old son who recently moved away with the military and now wants to marry a girl he met on a dating app.   Dr. Laura: "Parents should bluntly...

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Email of the Day: My Mommy Was There to Help Me
By Dr. Laura on August 31, 2021

My name is Autumn. Forgive me if this letter isn’t very sophisticated; I’m only three months old. My mom used to think there was nothing wrong with day care, but then she started to...

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Email of the Day: Parenting is Simple, But It’s Not EASY
By Dr. Laura on August 30, 2021

I’ve always said “parenting is simple, but it’s not EASY.” I’ve learned that if you start these three things when they’re young, you’ll admire your kids as they mature:

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should My Son Repeat a Grade?
By Dr. Laura on August 29, 2021

Stacey and her husband's disagreement over whether their son should repeat the 4th grade is causing a lot of stress in their marriage.   Dr. Laura: "Sometimes getting your way takes...

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Email of the Day: I’m An Old-Fashioned Parent
By Dr. Laura on August 23, 2021

My husband and I instilled what we call “healthy fear” in our boys – they knew if they misbehaved, didn’t listen or were rude that there would be consequences. I was always considered...

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Email of the Day: I Always Knew My Parents Loved Me
By Dr. Laura on August 13, 2021

My 28-year-old daughter called yesterday to share a conversation she had had with her co-workers about how they were raised, and how their parents did or did not help shape them into...

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Email of the Day: We Watched a Baby Robin Test His Wings
By Dr. Laura on August 11, 2021

I always love hearing your stories about mother birds and the chicks in their nest. That story came to life recently while my husband and I were chatting over coffee, when THUD, a small...

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Email of the Day: The Value of Having a Loving Parent Day In and Out
By Dr. Laura on July 29, 2021

We have two respectful, responsible young teenage sons. They have worked on school projects, played sports and volunteered for various community services. Our friends ask us numerous...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Lost My Son's Hamster!
By Dr. Laura on July 29, 2021

Sonya's son's hamster escaped after she accidentally left its cage door open, and she hasn't admitted to her son that she is the reason for the loss.   Dr. Laura: "Show the character you...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter is a Drug Addict
By Dr. Laura on July 26, 2021

Shannon's teenage daughter has started using drugs and getting violent with her siblings and mother.   Dr. Laura: "Learn from your mistake with your first child, and don't repeat it with...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter Told Me “No!”
By Dr. Laura on July 22, 2021

Michelle's teenage daughter has started to disobey and talk back to her mother, and Michelle would like to know if she handled their recent fight correctly.   Dr. Laura: "Don't miss...

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Email of the Day: I Was Loved by a Mom AND a Dad
By Dr. Laura on July 19, 2021

When my mom was 20, she got pregnant. Her boyfriend stepped up and proposed to her, but my smart, spiritual, wise mom knew that a young partying college student wasn’t ready to take...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm a Weak Mom
By Dr. Laura on July 17, 2021

Even though her daughter rejects her, Annie keeps trying to help her bratty, snowflake daughter become a happy, successful adult.   Dr. Laura: "Once your child grows up, it's her life to...

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Email of the Day: My Toddler Showed Me How to Cut the Cord
By Dr. Laura on July 15, 2021

At the time I had my first son, I was still a teacher and was also an active member of my church. As he became a toddler showing his independence, I stopped teaching (because I didn’t...

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Call of the Day Podcast: At What Age is Wearing Makeup OK?
By Dr. Laura on July 15, 2021

Krystal's husband says their 4-year-old daughter should not be allowed to play with mommy's makeup, but Krystal remembers loving it too as a child and thinks there's nothing wrong.   Dr....

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Email of the Day: There’s No Better Place for Babies Than In Your Arms
By Dr. Laura on July 6, 2021

As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, I see a fair number of children up to five years old with delays of various kinds. I’ve also noticed the immense value of invested parents in...

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Email of the Day: I’m Using My Mothering Skills to Help Others
By Dr. Laura on July 1, 2021

My triplets left for college two years ago, and as a stay-at-home mom, I was left with only my youngest child. I thought my world would end because being a mom to four was the job I was...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Our 3-Year-Old Won't Listen!
By Dr. Laura on June 29, 2021

Ashley and Thomas are looking for ways to get their preschooler to be more obedient.   Dr. Laura: "You have to be clever and creative when parenting."

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Email of the Day: Attention Please
By Dr. Laura on June 25, 2021

I started listening to you more than 25 years ago from the back seat of my grandparents' Buick when my younger brother and I would travel with them during the summers. Now that I have...

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Email of the Day: The Thought That Changed Everything
By Dr. Laura on June 22, 2021

After trying to conceive for three years, my husband and I got pregnant, but lost our baby a few weeks later. During that time, baby showers were torture. Birth announcements and baby...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter Has No Motivation
By Dr. Laura on June 20, 2021

Grace is frustrated that her 15-year-old daughter is a little lazy and doesn't get very good grades.   Dr. Laura: "Sometimes we have to accept that our children won't live up to our...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son Acts Out When He's Frustrated
By Dr. Laura on June 15, 2021

May's 8-year-old son is getting in trouble at school and home for his poor sportsmanship and defiant behavior and punishing him isn't working.   Dr. Laura: "Parents need to model the...

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Email of the Day: Our Kids Overheard Our Lovemaking
By Dr. Laura on June 10, 2021

With 4 kids (ages 4 to 11), my husband and I don't have a lot of free time to "visit" with each other, so we have to get creative, waiting until we are sure everyone else is asleep. It...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Am I Too Involved in My Daughter's Life?
By Dr. Laura on June 4, 2021

Sandi's 16-year-old daughter doesn't want to hear her mother's opinion on her lying, cheating boyfriend.   Dr. Laura: "Being a wishy-washy parent tells kids they can play you."

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Email of the Day: The Best and Worst About Being a Mom
By Dr. Laura on June 3, 2021

I am blessed to be the at-home, homeschooling mom to three daughters, with number four on the way. Hands-down the best part of mothering is the time I get to spend with them. I love the...

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Email of the Day: My “Tough Love” Mom Raised Me Right
By Dr. Laura on May 28, 2021

It still surprises me when I hear mothers and fathers call who clearly do not want to parent their children! If I didn’t want to follow the rules while living under my parents’ roof,...

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Email of the Day: Proud of My Son and His Alpha Male Dad
By Dr. Laura on May 18, 2021

I often hear you talk on your show about the importance of having an alpha male as a role model for our sons, and that reminded me of a story from years ago. At the time, I had been...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Our Kids Sleep in Our Room
By Dr. Laura on May 18, 2021

Daniel wants to know if it's OK for his two young children to spend each night with him and his wife.   Dr. Laura: "Kids need to grow up respecting the marital bed."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Teen Asked When She Could Have Sex
By Dr. Laura on May 15, 2021

Ray's 16-year-old daughter is wondering at what age she can start having sex.   Dr. Laura: "Being ready for sex is about being able to handle the realities and consequences."

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Email of the Day: Parenting With the Future in Mind
By Dr. Laura on May 13, 2021

Years ago, when our son was in junior high, he finished his school year with a typical teen attitude. He had a summer job lined up, but had two weeks between school ending and his...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Have a Second Child?
By Dr. Laura on May 11, 2021

Mindy's son is 18, and she's starting to think maybe she should have another child.   Dr. Laura: "Be grateful for your time as a mom and look forward to discovering what's next."

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Call of the Day Podcast: Is it Bad to Use My Phone in Front of Kids?
By Dr. Laura on May 3, 2021

Liz is concerned about how much her children see her using her iPhone and wonders if it will lead to bad habits in them.   Dr. Laura: "The more kids watch adults relying on phones, the...

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Email of the Day: My Kids Were Paying Attention!
By Dr. Laura on April 28, 2021

Now that schools are talking about opening up again, I wanted to share a school story from a few years ago. Back then, my kids listened in the car whenever you were on. They sometimes...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Ready to Wear Lipstick!
By Dr. Laura on April 27, 2021

7-year-old Lila calls Dr. Laura to ask if her dad is wrong to tell her she can't wear short shorts or lip stick.   Dr. Laura: "Your daddy is helping you to look and act like a lady."

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Email of the Day: My Son Had Great “Brat Potential”
By Dr. Laura on April 23, 2021

I have two sons who are now grown. My eldest has always been quiet and respectful. My youngest son was very bright but I always said "He has great brat potential; I have to constantly...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I've Had It With My Son!
By Dr. Laura on April 21, 2021

Stacey's 18-year-old son has caused a lot of drama in their family, and she's not sure what to do to help him into adulthood.   Dr. Laura: "It's his turn to figure out his life."

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Rescue My Daughter?
By Dr. Laura on April 20, 2021

Ed's daughter married at 18 and, three years later, she wants her parents to help her move out and leave her husband without addressing him properly.   Dr. Laura: "This is an opportunity...

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Email of the Day: How We Got Good Teachers for Our Son
By Dr. Laura on April 20, 2021

I've heard your comments about teaching boys and how they are just wired differently from girls. As some schools prepare to reopen, I thought I’d share a story from the past. At my...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter's Weight is Weighing on Me
By Dr. Laura on April 19, 2021

Paul's daughter has gained 60 pounds, and he fears that her weight makes him look like a bad father to his extended family.   Dr. Laura: "She's showing you how to be happy in spite of...

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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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