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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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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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