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Blog: Protecting Your Kids Online Isn’t an Invasion of Privacy
By Dr. Laura on October 6, 2022

Spying on your kids is a great idea. This gets some parents riled up and if it does, you're silly and I'll tell you why. Minor children living in your home have no rights. Our primary job...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Dad and I Don't See Eye-to-Eye
By Dr. Laura on October 3, 2022

Jewell is frustrated that his wife isn't being a better stepmother to his son.   💡Dr. Laura: "Every marriage is a dance, and yours need to find a different tune."

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Call of the Day Podcast: I've Got My Mom Stuck In My Head
By Dr. Laura on September 30, 2022

Matt says he hears his mother's voice chastising him when he makes decisions for his family that remind him of his own childhood.   💡Dr. Laura: "Trust yourself."

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Email of the Day: A Father’s Job
By Dr. Laura on September 20, 2022

I’ve been married for 31 years. My husband was a widower with 4 children, and I consider them my own. We went on to have 2 children together, and I stayed home to raise all of them. It...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter Is Being Defiant
By Dr. Laura on September 16, 2022

Rachel's daughter is refusing to give her parents access to her online college accounts even though she expects them to pay her tuition and housing.   💡Dr. Laura: "Let her make the choice...

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Call of the Day Podcast: How Can I Let Go of My Grown Son?
By Dr. Laura on September 13, 2022

Lizbell knows that she has to stop helping her adult son financially, but it breaks her heart to think of him suffering.   💡Dr. Laura: "Good parenting can be painful."

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Email of the Day: How I De-escalate a Toddler Tantrum
By Dr. Laura on September 9, 2022

I recently heard you give some great advice to a mom of two toddlers who were “pecking” at her. You suggested that when that happened, turn on a fun song and just start dancing.   I have a...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Parenting is Tough!
By Dr. Laura on September 2, 2022

Miriam is struggling as the mom of a 5-year-old and attributes her parenting challenges to her ADHD.   💡Dr. Laura: "You'll be a better mother when you stop viewing yourself as broken."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son's Not Talking To Me
By Dr. Laura on September 2, 2022

Laurie and her son are estranged since she told him she doesn't like how his fiancé and her mother to boss him around.   💡Dr. Laura: "You trained your son to rely on others to tell him...

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Blog: It’s Important to Support Your Child’s Hobbies
By Dr. Laura on August 29, 2022

I've been working on learning very sophisticated techniques for making resin jewelry. This morning, I finished a piece for the first time that feels 95 percent perfect! It may be early,...

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Email of the Day: My Autistic Son Is Making Me Proud
By Dr. Laura on August 25, 2022

My wise older brother once told me that if I didn’t like the same music as the person I was dating, then I should break up with them. While that seemed superficial at the time, many years...

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Email of the Day: I Pushed My Daughter Where She Didn’t Want To Go
By Dr. Laura on August 22, 2022

I called you and asked you whether I should let my daughter quit riding horses competitively. I told you several times how “talented” she was. You shocked me when you said that just...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter is on Drugs
By Dr. Laura on August 22, 2022

Teresa discovered drug paraphernalia in her daughter's room, and she'd like Dr. Laura's help with how to confront her before she leaves for college.   💡Dr. Laura: "Regular drug testing is...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Only Child Doesn't Want My Company
By Dr. Laura on August 5, 2022

After years of helping her daughter deal with her significant health issues, Debbie is depressed that her daughter has moved out of her home and no longer wants her mom's help.   💡Dr....

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Email of the Day: We Turned a Boring Day Into a Lifetime Memory
By Dr. Laura on August 3, 2022

When my son was 6 years old, every weekend he played with several other kids in the neighborhood, and they were all either at our house, their houses or outside riding bikes or throwing...

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Email of the Day: How I’m Raising My Boys
By Dr. Laura on August 1, 2022

One of the things that caught my attention from listening to you is your focus on how to raise a boy into a man. Although I’m the mom, I try not to be a hindrance to my boys’ development...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter Wants Me To Save Her
By Dr. Laura on July 22, 2022

Michelle's 24-year-old daughter wants to move out of her shack-up situation and is asking her parents for the money to do it.   💡Dr. Laura: "Don't rob her of learning how to stand on her...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Don't Want My Son To Be a Rescuer
By Dr. Laura on July 22, 2022

Tom is worried that his teenage son is trying to rescue the teen daughter of a friend who recently committed suicide.   💡Dr. Laura: "Talk to your son about what he's feeling and educate...

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Call of the Day Podcast: What's the Best Way to Parent As a Widow?
By Dr. Laura on July 18, 2022

Kristin's husband recently died, and her children are rebelling over the decisions she's been making about their household rules.   💡Dr. Laura: "Discuss discipline options together for the...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Teen Isn't Living Up to His Potential
By Dr. Laura on July 5, 2022

Leslie punished her 16-year-old for covering up his poor school work even though he's distracted and suffering because of his father's cancer diagnosis.   💡Dr. Laura: "The two of you need...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son Won't Get a Job
By Dr. Laura on July 5, 2022

Lisa and her husband want their 15-year-old son to get a part-time job for the summer and are dismayed that he is refusing.   💡Dr. Laura: "It's time to turn the parenting ship around so he...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I'm Not Enjoying Motherhood
By Dr. Laura on June 29, 2022

Motherhood makes Renee feel uptight and anxiety-ridden, and she thinks she's failing her two little girls.   💡Dr. Laura: "Allow yourself to be engaged and silly with your kids, and you'll...

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Email of the Day: Our Kids Had Only Two Rules To Follow
By Dr. Laura on June 27, 2022

I have three young adult children who are all responsible, respectable, contributing citizens. While far from being the ideal parents, my husband and I did our best. We take pride in our...

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COTD Podcast: Is it Time to Send My Daughter Back to School?
By Dr. Laura on June 25, 2022

Michelle is wondering if public school would be more beneficial than home schooling for her 7-year-old who loves to be the center of attention.   💡Dr. Laura: "Homeschooling parents have to...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My 2-Year-Old Is Being Terrible - Part 2
By Dr. Laura on June 21, 2022

In part two of this call, Kelsey and her mother talk about how quickly the dynamics between Kelsey and her child changed for the better once grandma stopped getting involved in the...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My 2-Year-Old Is Being Terrible - Part 1
By Dr. Laura on June 21, 2022

Kelsey feels like she's constantly battling her toddler, and it doesn't help that her own mother is often in the middle of her attempts to parent her child.   💡Dr. Laura: "Your...

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Email of the Day: I Stopped Being a Helicopter Parent
By Dr. Laura on June 20, 2022

When my daughter was finishing her junior year of high school, it looked like she wasn’t going to graduate, and I was done crying, yelling and begging her to do what she needed to do. I...

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Email of the Day: A Tribute To My Dad
By Dr. Laura on June 16, 2022

There once was a boy from Forest Hills, NY who went on many fun adventures. He started his own business which he ran for 56 years, and he and his wife had a daughter – their one and only,...

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Email of the Day: Despite A Divorce, I Learned How To Be A Good Father
By Dr. Laura on June 15, 2022

Years ago, I went through a divorce. I thought I would find another bride and move on with my life. I had three young children and, at the time, didn’t realize I shouldn’t do that.

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Email of the Day: I Tried to Drag My Son Into Adulthood
By Dr. Laura on June 6, 2022

Several years ago, I called you because my teenage son had to be dragged kicking and screaming into adulthood. He wasn’t moving forward, getting a job or going to college, and I was beyond...

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Email of the Day: I Love You More Than All of Space!
By Dr. Laura on June 3, 2022

When I finally became a mom, I went from no kids to two kids overnight. My twin boys woke up every one or two hours through the night until they were seven months old. I was so exhausted,...

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Call of the Day Podcast: I Don't Want to Screw Up My Kids!
By Dr. Laura on May 31, 2022

How can Laura avoid making her children feel like her love is contingent upon them living up to her expectations?   Dr. Laura: "Love is continuous; approval is earned."

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Email of the Day: A Shocking Note From Our Pediatrician
By Dr. Laura on May 26, 2022

My wife and I have a happy and healthy baby boy as our first child. My wife stopped working and is a stay-at-home mom and loves every minute of it. We got an email from our pediatrician’s...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Does My Daughter Need a “Sex Talk?”
By Dr. Laura on May 25, 2022

Kathy's daughter is headed to high school, and Kathy is worried that she's too naive about boys and sexuality.   Dr. Laura: "How to handle herself under pressure and desire is what's...

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son Says He's a Bad Boy
By Dr. Laura on May 24, 2022

How should Rachel react to her 7-year-old who says he's not a good son?   Dr. Laura: "Kids need us to help them solve problems, not put Band-Aids on them."

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Email of the Day: My Parents Taught Me The Value of Money
By Dr. Laura on May 24, 2022

My parents reared me from the school of hard knocks, and I hated it back then, but have come to love it now. I thought their making an 11-year-old buy her first 10-speed Schwinn bike with...

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Email of the Day: Say This Instead of “I’m Going to Have a Baby”
By Dr. Laura on May 19, 2022

I’ve always thought that the phrase “I’m going to have a baby” should be banned. In its place, if we all said “I’m going to raise a child,” I believe men and women would be forced to view...

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Email of the Day: My Own Kids Got Neglected When I Opened a Daycare in My Home
By Dr. Laura on May 17, 2022

For fifteen years, I had a large family childcare in my home (14 children plus my own). I honestly thought I was doing the right thing. I was helping families to keep their children...

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Call of the Day Podcast: How Do We Raise a Strong Daughter?
By Dr. Laura on May 14, 2022

Amy and Jason ask Dr. Laura how best to guide their young daughter away from making some of the mistakes that her female relatives have made.   Dr. Laura: "Teach your daughter acceptable...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Am I Controlling My Kids?
By Dr. Laura on May 6, 2022

Coliese questions her choice to keep tracking her adult children’s locations to calm her worries.   Dr. Laura: "You don’t need surveillance for your adult children to know you love them."

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Email of the Day: A Kid’s-Eye View of Married Love
By Dr. Laura on April 26, 2022

Recently, my ten-year-old son and I were talking about our family. I asked him, “Do you think I love Dad?” He said “Yes.” So, I asked, “What makes you think that?” He replied “Because you...

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Call of the Day Podcast: We Can't Relate to Our Son
By Dr. Laura on April 24, 2022

Should Jim and Bonnie pay for part of their son's wedding even though he is disappointing them by living with his fiancé and planning to change his last name to initials after marriage?   ...

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Prepare Your Kids to Be "ME-sponsible"
By Dr. Laura on April 19, 2022

A listener sent me this brilliant story and I thought I'd share it with the rest of you.

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Son is Afraid of Me Dying
By Dr. Laura on April 19, 2022

Jerome is an older dad with a 9-year-old son who worries about death and living without his father.   Dr. Laura: "Remind your son that you're teaching him how to handle life on his own and...

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Call of the Day Podcast: What's the Best Way to Prepare for Children?
By Dr. Laura on April 18, 2022

Cara and her husband would like to start a family, and she calls Dr. Laura for tips on how to help ensure they're ready.   Dr. Laura: "Approach parenthood as a team with a plan for the...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should I Mind My Own Business?
By Dr. Laura on April 15, 2022

Should Susan give her opinion or keep her mouth shut about her son who wants to live with his girlfriend for a year before he proposes?   Dr. Laura: "Shacking up is self-centered....

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COTD Podcast: My Son is Putting Conditions on Our Relationship
By Dr. Laura on April 14, 2022

Ramon is upset that, instead of giving unconditional love, his 22-year-old son will only have a relationship with him if he agrees to go to therapy and AA.   Dr. Laura: "The quality of your...

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Call of the Day Podcast: Should My Son Go to Military School?
By Dr. Laura on April 6, 2022

Heather is a single mom who says her son needs to course-correct, and she wonders if military school is the best option.   Dr. Laura: "Boys need the influence of strong males."

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Call of the Day Podcast: My Daughter Is Too Dependent on Me
By Dr. Laura on March 27, 2022

Michael's daughter calls and texts him several times a day to vent about her marriage trouble, but he knows it's not helping her.   Dr. Laura: "Encouraging her to seek professional help is...

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Call of the Day Podcast: How Do I Fix This?
By Dr. Laura on March 24, 2022

Cynthia and her husband do not agree on the proper way to parent their kids, and it's damaging their relationship.   Dr. Laura: "It's hard to be a good parent when mom and dad are at odds"

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Email of the Day: My Mom Has No Maternal Instinct
By Dr. Laura on March 23, 2022

I had a mom who chose to climb the corporate ladder rather than raise her children. Growing up, I hardly ever saw her. We were left with babysitters or relatives while my parents were...

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