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Email of the Day: My Child Was Wise Beyond His Years
By Dr. Laura on December 2, 2021

When my son was four-and-a-half, he loved going to his grandparents’ home (my parents), and every time I’d pick him up to go back to our house, he would have a crying, begging episode –...

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Email of the Day: A Difficult Talk With My Eight-Year-Old Son
By Dr. Laura on December 1, 2021

When I was growing up, I always heard “you can do anything you want to if you try hard enough.” My eight-year-old son, who is a pretty good baseball player, asked me “Dad, do you think...

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Email of the Day: I Became a Stay-at-Home Dad
By Dr. Laura on November 16, 2021

Three years ago, my wife and I were stressed out and both working full time. I was listening to you as I was driving from my well-paying job to pick up my kids from daycare. You were...

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Email of the Day: Creating Fun Memories With Our Four Kids
By Dr. Laura on November 12, 2021

My wife and I have four children, 3 years old and under. One day, she and I decided to risk “sleeping in” a little bit. At about 7:30 am, when we decided to wake up, we couldn’t find...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Buy My Son a Car?
By Dr. Laura on November 7, 2021

Brandon is wondering if he should reward his smart, kind, well-behaved 16-year-old with a car.   Dr. Laura: "Don't deprive your son of the pride that comes with working hard for his...

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Email of the Day: We Had to Butt Out of Our Adult Daughter’s Life
By Dr. Laura on November 2, 2021

My husband and I are new listeners. We’ve been married for 34 years and have no children of our own, but he has three adult daughters. They grew up 2,000 miles away from him, and we had...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son Ruined His Brother's Project
By Dr. Laura on November 2, 2021

Sara asked one of her sons to turn in his brother's forgotten homework assignment and she's upset with him that he failed to do so.   Dr. Laura: "Set the right example for your boys by...

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Email of the Day: Four Things Every Father Should Do
By Dr. Laura on November 1, 2021

After raising four children with my wife, I have learned the following critical roles of a dad:

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Email of the Day: Parenting Requires Active Participation
By Dr. Laura on October 25, 2021

When I took my daughter to elementary school, I always walked her into her class. I carried her backpack, opened her car door and picked her up as soon as school was over. We went on...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Teen Son Came Clean
By Dr. Laura on October 23, 2021

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: My Husband and I Were Good Role Models
By Dr. Laura on October 18, 2021

My daughter is 29 and preparing to be married next June. I want it to be a successful marriage, so I ordered copies of your books “The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands” and “The...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son's Girlfriend Dresses Like a Slut
By Dr. Laura on October 16, 2021

Lee doesn't like when her son's girlfriend visits their home because she wears skimpy clothes and sets a terrible example in front of Lee's daughter.   Dr. Laura: "Politely request that...

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Email of the Day: How Music Appreciation Stopped My Kids From Fighting
By Dr. Laura on October 13, 2021

My three children are adults now, but when they were younger, the end of summer/early fall seemed to be when fights among them would erupt the most. One day, I had enough of the petty...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Teen is Having Sex
By Dr. Laura on October 13, 2021

Marie is unsettled by the lack of emotion she saw when confronting her 17-year-old daughter about having sex.   Dr. Laura: "If kids don't respect their parents, they'll treat their...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Our 21-year-old Isn't Being an Adult
By Dr. Laura on October 12, 2021

David is frustrated with his stepson who isn't respecting the house rules and with his wife who isn't willing to push her adult son out of the nest.   Dr. Laura: "Stepparents who try to...

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Email of the Day: My Son Grew Up and I Let Go
By Dr. Laura on October 1, 2021

My adult son and I communicated regularly and he asked for advice quite often. When he got married, I knew our relationship would change, but I made a plan – an outward effort of an...

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Email of the Day: My Wife Is Not Valued for Staying Home To Raise Our Kids
By Dr. Laura on September 23, 2021

There are many cliches about French women: that they are seductive, passionate, charming, elegant and smart. My wife is French and she is all of those things, and much more. She is also...

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Email of the Day: What I Do When My Kids Start Screaming
By Dr. Laura on September 20, 2021

I recently heard you talk about what to do when your kids are screaming or saying unkind things. This reminded me of a saying I use with my kids. I adopted it from my time as a waitress...

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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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