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Email of the Day: I Was Hired by a Day Care Center When I Was a Teenager
By Dr. Laura on October 22, 2020

I was hired by a day care center at the age of 16 as an assistant teacher. When I was hired, I was told I was legally too young to be there, but "they needed the help." That was my...

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Email of the Day: The First and Only Time in Daycare
By Dr. Laura on October 13, 2020

Back in the 70s, when my son was a year old and I was a stay-at-home mom, my friend who was a working mom talked me into a girls' day with shopping and lunch.  She said I could leave my...

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Top Call of the Day Episode: Should I Pay For My Daughter’s Wedding?
By Dr. Laura on October 9, 2020

This week we're listening to the Top Call of the Day episodes of All-Time!! Kay’s daughter is seeking financial assistance for her upcoming wedding but there's one BIG problem ...    Dr....

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Top Call of the Day Episode: I’m Teaching My Daughter To Earn
By Dr. Laura on October 8, 2020

This week we're listening to the Top Call of the Day episodes of All-Time!! Casey tells Dr. Laura that he’s using what she preaches to raise his child right.    Dr. Laura: "I'm earning...

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Email of the Day: How We Kept Our Kids' Electronic Usage Under Control
By Dr. Laura on September 28, 2020

My 21-year-old daughter and I listened recently when a family was having trouble with their son using his cell phone at night.  My daughter was shocked that the parents didn’t know how...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Don’t Approve Of My Adult Daughter’s “Guy”
By Dr. Laura on September 28, 2020

Chris has been given the silent treatment since expressing unhappiness with her 27-year-old daughter dating a deadbeat dad.   Dr. Laura: "Your daughter is weak; you’ve lost this kid…for...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I’m Worried My Sons Will Become Snowflakes
By Dr. Laura on September 27, 2020

Joe’s 18 and 21-year-old sons are both living at home and he's concerned they'll never become responsible adults.   Dr. Laura: "Present two choices; contribute or 'you’re out!'"

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Email of the Day: Finally Cutting the Cord
By Dr. Laura on September 18, 2020

My 22-year-old son just left our house in tears.  We finally cut the cord on him.  After a few years of second chances, which turned into thirty “second chances,” we had reached the end...

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Email of the Day: My Sons Won’t Have “Mama-itis”
By Dr. Laura on September 17, 2020

When I was growing up in Mexico, I always heard that a man with “Mama-itis” (what you call a Mama’s boy) was not a good thing.  My husband and I have two sons, ages 10 and 16.  Even...

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Call of the Day Podcast: You Kept Me Grounded Raising My Son
By Dr. Laura on September 6, 2020

Andrea thanks Dr. Laura for guiding her while raising her son as a single mom and avoiding wrongdoing.   Dr. Laura: "That is an amazing woman [ROLE MODEL]!" 

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Email of the Day: I Don’t Outsource My Kids’ Education Anymore
By Dr. Laura on September 3, 2020

As a family of five, weathering the pandemic has been very hard.  My husband used to travel weekly for his job, so having him home 24/7 has been an adjustment.  His relationship with...

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Blog: Vital Lessons To Teach Kids
By Dr. Laura on August 25, 2020

Frankly, too many parents today seem almost pathologically concerned with their kids being popular and socially accepted. They go along with things that are against their better...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I’m “Pissed” With This Obituary
By Dr. Laura on August 21, 2020

Rebecca wants to know if she should pursue removing her adopted children’s name from their bio-dad’s obituary.   Dr. Laura: "Names don’t matter…they are YOUR kids." 

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Call of the Day Podcast: Can I Get My Granddaughter To Listen?
By Dr. Laura on August 20, 2020

Gaile’s 23-year-old granddaughter, who she has raised, refuses to listen to her “words of wisdom.”   Dr. Laura: "It’s time for her to leave the nest." 

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Email of the Day: Quantity Time IS Quality Time With Your Kids
By Dr. Laura on August 19, 2020

I am not a parent. I have never been married nor had kids, but I have worked with kids my entire career and, for some of that time, as a summer Camp Director. Each summer, I would help...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Child Is Having Troubling Thoughts
By Dr. Laura on August 18, 2020

Brittany’s 4-year-old daughter has recently developed a habit of “bad thoughts” which she finds disturbing.   Dr. Laura: "Good people can have bad thoughts but don’t act on them." 

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Email of the Day: How I Got My Kids to Eat Their Vegetables
By Dr. Laura on August 13, 2020

I was forced to eat a sandwich with mayo on it when I was 7 years old.  As an adult, I still gag at the thought and can’t eat mayo on a sandwich.  My approach with my three sons may not...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Send My Son Back To Private School?
By Dr. Laura on August 12, 2020

Carla’s son has been failing his online studies finding himself 10 lessons behind due to an unmonitored distraction.   Dr. Laura: "Smartphones and video games are "poison" to a kid." 

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Email of the Day: Proud to Be My Kids’ Dad
By Dr. Laura on August 7, 2020

24 years ago, I married my sweetheart and became the dad for her five-year-old son.  I had a lot to learn, so I listened regularly after I discovered you shortly thereafter.  I adopted...

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Email of the Day: I’m Not Your Friend; I’m Your Mom!
By Dr. Laura on August 5, 2020

On your program, I’ve heard you explain to many moms that their job is not to be their child’s friend, but to train them and turn them into responsible adults.  I was brought up by a...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Am I A Bad Mom?
By Dr. Laura on July 28, 2020

Tas believes she’s messing up as a parent, BUT is she really doing so?    Dr. Laura: "Every parent sometimes wants to hit the eject button; it means you need a break." 

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Email of the Day: My Parents Did the Right Thing!
By Dr. Laura on July 27, 2020

I’ve heard you take calls from women who wonder if they should divorce their husbands even if they have young kids, because they’re unhappy in the marriage.  I want to share with you my...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Child Is Failing
By Dr. Laura on July 27, 2020

Wendy is worn down after spending the last three years attempting to keep her child from flunking out of school.   Dr. Laura: "You need to love her...not “helicopter parent” her." 

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Teen Son Came Clean
By Dr. Laura on July 25, 2020

After taking a marijuana-laced gummi bear, Sarah’s son came to her with the truth of what he’d done.   Dr. Laura: "Be happy...you have a GOOD RELATIONSHIP with your child." 

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Email of the Day: Watching My Husband Turn Our Son Into a Man
By Dr. Laura on July 24, 2020

Our 13-year-old son fell on a rock while playing with his buddies in the backyard. I thought he had a really bad cut and spent most of the day babying him and his bloody knee. That same...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Being Sweet And Loving Works
By Dr. Laura on July 20, 2020

Stephanie didn't want to hear it but ultimately took Dr. Laura's advice and now her marriage is much better!    Dr. Laura: "Just be NICE no matter how you "feel" . . .  "

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Call of the Day Podcast: In Praise Of My Kid's Perfect Response!
By Dr. Laura on July 19, 2020

Proud mom Maria shares a memorable moment between her daughter and a fellow classmate who suggested her child was "lucky" in her everyday success.    Dr. Laura: "It's not luck...it's...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Husband Bailed On Our Wedding Reception
By Dr. Laura on July 15, 2020

Chandy isn’t able to forgive her man after he sneaked away with friends instead of celebrating with his new bride.   Dr. Laura: "You had the freedom to make a better choice on whom you...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Fighting With My Anxiety Parenting – Part 2
By Dr. Laura on July 14, 2020

In the conclusion to this 2-part episode, Rachel reveals why her thinking was wrong thanks to Dr. Laura's words of wisdom.   Dr. Laura: "You showed me I was strong; I am thankful for...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Fighting With My Anxiety Parenting – Part 1
By Dr. Laura on July 14, 2020

Rachel had a stressful childhood and thinks her anxiety is affecting her ability to be a good mom.    Dr. Laura: "Teach your children to be strong."

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Feel Like I'm Losing My Son
By Dr. Laura on July 5, 2020

Kim finds herself very emotional as her son and his wife prepare to relocate.    Dr. Laura: "Just the nature of the beast!"

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Email of the Day: Good Mommies Raise the Best People
By Dr. Laura on July 2, 2020

My 19 year-old-son recently started a job at a major grocery store. He is one of the youngest employees there and seems by all accounts to be doing well.

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son Is Upset With Me For Kicking Him Out
By Dr. Laura on July 2, 2020

Rosemary's 23-year-old son has resorted to name-calling and demeaning behaviors after the passing of his father.   Dr. Laura: "Give up on being "the parent" if it's hurting you!"

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Struggle When My Mom Says “No”
By Dr. Laura on June 30, 2020

Young Lauren finds herself fighting with her parents more and more ...   Dr. Laura: "Adolescents need to negotiate with parents in a rational way." 

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Call of the Day Podcast: I’m Teaching My Daughter To Earn
By Dr. Laura on June 26, 2020

Casey tells Dr. Laura that he’s using what she preaches to raise his child right.   Dr. Laura: "I'm earning my fishing rod, Dad!" 

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Email of the Day: Good Husbands Raise Great Husbands
By Dr. Laura on June 26, 2020

One day I heard you say that you should treat your family as a safe haven, and not as a waste dump. My husband has been doing that for a long time. He never once brought stress home...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Your Guidance Has Raised A Man
By Dr. Laura on June 26, 2020

Mike thanks Dr. Laura for helping him raise his son into being a "man" and not a “snowflake” ...    Dr. Laura: "We have a GREAT 18-year-old son thanks to our learning from you on how to...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son Has Eloped!
By Dr. Laura on June 18, 2020

Over a recent holiday weekend, Crystal’s son discreetly connected with his girlfriend and eloped!   Dr. Laura: "Once an adult child starts making their own decisions...give them the...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Our Daughter Is Dating A Bad Guy
By Dr. Laura on June 11, 2020

Tony and Louise’s teen daughter is dating a guy that they don’t like. Tony has banned him from their home but Louise fears her daughter will be angry.   Dr. Laura: "No snowflake here!" 

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COTD: Should I Enforce Consequences On My Teen? - Part 2
By Dr. Laura on May 26, 2020

In the conclusion of this 2-part episode, 14-year-old Leilani learns from Dr. Laura how to better conduct her life to avoid long-term ramifications.    Dr. Laura: "Children need to trust...

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COTD: Should I Enforce Consequences On My Teen? - Part 1
By Dr. Laura on May 26, 2020

In this 2-part episode, 14-year-old Leilani finds herself in trouble for her “combative and disrespectful” behaviors towards her parents. Listen to Part 1 …    Dr. Laura: "Children need...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should My Teen Daughter Be On Social Media?
By Dr. Laura on May 25, 2020

Liz’s daughter is begging her mother to be allowed to chat with friends on the social platform “Snapchat,”, but is this a good idea?    Dr. Laura: "Children need to learn to communicate...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son Wants To Bail On His Kid
By Dr. Laura on May 21, 2020

James’ adult son wants to join the Marines instead of being a father to his child. What words of wisdom can James share with his son to change his mind?   Dr. Laura: "A real man does not...

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Email of the Day: Raising Them Right
By Dr. Laura on May 18, 2020

For the past 20 years, you've been my wise, loving, no-nonsense virtual mother, and because of your guidance, I've led a life that has made me happy and proud.  You gave me the...

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COTD: I’m Concerned About My Daughter Hitting Rock Bottom - Part 2
By Dr. Laura on May 12, 2020

Jori calls back with her mother one week later to discuss what she’s learned from her prior discussion with Dr. Laura.    Dr. Laura: "It's not you who needs your mother, it's your mother...

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COTD: I’m Concerned About My Daughter Hitting Rock Bottom - Part 1
By Dr. Laura on May 12, 2020

Audra is ready to cut ties with her mother-in-law, but her husband Jesse is not ready to end it despite the chaos in their marriage.   Dr. Laura: "Let your adult child check out her own...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Is It Too Late To Help My Daughter?
By Dr. Laura on May 3, 2020

After years of avoiding the warning signs, Sandy is concerned for her daughter’s lack of friends and feeling of rejection. Is Sandy at fault for her poor choices as a mother?   Dr. Laura:

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Email of the Day: EVERY Child Should Have A Parent At Home
By Dr. Laura on April 29, 2020

With my first pregnancy, I never thought about staying at home with my children, but when my first child was born, I could not stand the idea of going back to work full time. 

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Email of the Day: Kids Paying It Forward
By Dr. Laura on April 27, 2020

While shopping for groceries earlier this month, my 7-year-old daughter asked if she could stay in the Easter aisle while I grabbed a carton of milk.  As long as she was in eyesight, I...

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Email of the Day: Adjusting My Outlook For The Better
By Dr. Laura on April 20, 2020

I started listening to you twenty years ago, and at that time you continually encouraged parents to catch their kids doing something " right."  We had two kids, so I drew up a sticker...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My 19-Year-Old Son Is A Brat!
By Dr. Laura on April 17, 2020

Patrick’s son is fussing about his car which his father purchased for him, and now wants a new one!!   Dr. Laura: "Get a job. Earn some money. Then buy the truck." 

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