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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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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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