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Maria was molested by her three brothers from the age of 3 to 15. Although Maria told her mother, her mother ignored the abuse because she feared losing her family. Years later Maria still struggles with the abuse and wonders whether she has "healed enough".
At 50-years-old, Elizabeth is in college to change her occupation and is in stage 3 cancer remission. During this time her mother has been supporting her by paying her rent as Elizabeth finishes her degree and treatments. Now that Elizabeth is nearing graduation, her mom wants Elizabeth to move across the country and live with her. What factors should influence Elizabeth's decision and what should not?
10-year-old Reese does not have a social media account and his classmates make fun of him and tell him that he has an awful life! What negatives come with such an obsessive use of social media at a young age?
Elizabeth has been dating her boyfriend for 3 years and he has shown ZERO signs of planning to propose. In fact, he has expressed disdain for marriage. Knowing there is no future, why is Elizabeth sticking around?
Kay and her husband have sex 2-3 times a week and have kept this number consistent throughout more than 20 years of marriage. Recently Kay has become annoyed by this frequency which only leads to HIS needs being met and she wants to install limits.
Hannah says that she is her "kids' mom" but NOT her "husband's girlfriend" and that she hasn't felt romantically invested since her first child was born. If Hannah doesn't change her attitude and perspective could she lose her husband?
Jennifer has been married for 5 years and they have a 3 year-old daughter. During her pregnancy, Jennifer's husband did not seem interested in having sex and it made Jennifer quite upset, to the point that she fears to get pregnant again and relive the lack of intimacy.
Karen's 29 year-old stepson is an alcoholic drug addict on probation due to a DUI and he is living with Karen and her husband. Even though her stepson is on probation, he still drinks in the house. Should Karen alert the authorities and get him out?
Gram is 8-years-old and is constantly lying in school to avoid punishment for not doing his assignments. How should Gram work with his teacher to get his school work done on time and stop feeling the need to lie about it?
Beth is married to a wonderful man, and underwent a double mastectomy last year. Beth's cancer battle has brought her own mortality center stage and not wanting to have any "unfinished" business, she wonders if she should tell her two young children that she was previously married.
Sue's mother passed away a year and a half ago and after 72 years of marriage Sue's father was devastated. They rescued a cat to be his companion and they both fell absolutely in love. Sue's father is now in assisted living and sadly after living with her for a few months, the beloved cat had to be put down for health reasons. The grief of losing her mom, placing her dad in a assisted living, and the loss of her cat is weighing heavily on Sue's heart.
Jackson is 18-years-old and is reporting for Marine Corps boot camp in 7 days. Jackson and his family are very emotional about his decision and he wants to leave on a happy note and make his parents proud.
Annie called Dr. Laura 5 years ago and after the call decided to cut out her family from her life. Annie's mom got her grandson's number and tried to make contact. After so many years, Annie is feeling hesitant that she made the wrong decision. Should she allow her extended family back into her immediate family's life?
Sherri is turning 50-years-old and is 14 years sober, but she does not want to celebrate either milestone because at this time two years ago her son was murdered in a drive-by shooting. Should Sheri's ongoing grief affect her marking these other milestones?
Elizabeth has been a listener for 25 years and as a teen disagreed with Dr. Laura about the importance of stay-at-home moms. When she got married and had her daughter, Elizabeth chose to stay-at-home and raise her. Tragically her daughter passed away from cancer and Elizabeth wants to share how thankful she is that she got to be with her daughter for all the years she had.
Dwayne was molested by his father when he was a young boy. His father died in prison two years ago after being convicted of molesting Dwayne's nephews. Dwayne has lived a full, and generally happy life but he still has so many emotions regarding all that has transpired in his family.
Denice is in recovery for pain meds and has a best friend who is in the depths of a battle with prescribed pain meds. How does Denice maintain a friendship with a person who is slowly killing herself and refuses help?
Elizabeth has recently started dating a man she has known as a friend for 5 years. They've talked about the future and he has expressed his displeasure and disagreement that Elizabeth expects to be a stay-at-home mom when she has children. Should she continue to date a man who doesn't feel that a child deserves to be raised by their mother?
Carine wants to ask her husband to stop drinking and stop hanging out with his "work wife". Does Carine have the right to dictate her husband's choices and what does she do if he refuses to act appropriately?
Ken's 15-year-old son got his 15-year-old girlfriend pregnant and they want to keep and raise the baby, under the impression that their parents will financially support them. Should these teens consider adoption and is that the best option for their child?
Cara spoke to Dr. Laura a few months ago, after her father had a fatal heart attack while driving, which caused an accident that killed another driver. It was a horrible tragedy and Cara was afraid to reach out to the other driver's family, even though she wanted to. After the call, Cara reached out and the response that she got was warm and gracious!
Julie is 16-years-old and had a boyfriend for 2 years. During that time, both of their mothers became good friends. Julie's boyfriend behaved poorly and things ended on bad terms. Should the mothers have to end their friendship?
Logan is 13-years-old and his parents are divorced. Logan's dad is a part-time coach on his basketball team and can be very cruel and negative when Logan doesn't play perfectly. Should Logan's mom have another male relative intervene?
Logan is 13-years-old and his parents are divorced. Logan's dad is a part-time coach on his basketball team and can be very cruel and negative when Logan doesn't play perfectly. Logan's mom wants to know how to make her ex-husband see the hurt he is causing his son.
29-year-old Kristen has been married for five years and has a 2-year-old daughter. Although her husband provides for his family and makes it possible for Kristen to raise their child, he is not a very hands-on dad and gets easily frustrated with their daughter. How can Kristen help build a better father-daughter relationship???
Amy has always had a strained relationship with her mother, and they recently had an awkward encounter during a visit to see Amy's sister and new baby. Now her mother only wants to see Amy's four-year-old daughter on the next family visit and not her! Should Amy just say no or try to repair the relationship with her mom?
Kathleen's 94-year-old mom has just moved into a nursing home near Kathleen and her family. Although they only see her mom once a week, Kathleen feels this is too much because of her rocky childhood and her mom's parenting. Should the past be left in the past?
Kathy's daughter got married this past summer and is due to have a "honeymoon baby." Kathy is frustrated, because her church friends are giving their unsolicited advice about her daughter's pregnancy and she wants a strategy to maintain her friendships while asserting her role as the mom and chief giver of advice.
Megan had a very difficult childhood moving back and forth between family members' homes while her mom and dad remarried and divorced numerous times. She fears that this early example of dysfunction is sabotaging her present relationships.
Aliya is 15-years-old and her parents have been divorced since 2011. Recently , she has butted heads with her new step mom who is attempting to impose restrictions on her even while Aliya is living with her biological mother. Her father disregards her feelings by saying that his new wife IS her NEW mom and that as an adult he doesn't have to take this from a child. How can Aliya keep a relationship with her father when he seems to care so little?!
Kathryn manages twelve department stores and now that her mother's large department store has lost its lease, Kathryn feels it's her duty to step in and help her, despite the huge burden it will be on her career and family. Does she have to come to the rescue of family?
15-year-old Hannah threatened suicide on social media because she is very upset about how she is treated and bullied at school. She has been placed on a mandatory watch and she and her parents want to know how to move past this traumatic situation.
Danielle does not want her longtime addict mother and brother in her life but she continues to reach out and allow them to negatively influence her present. How should Danielle break this dysfunctional cycle?
Patty has been married for 42 years and for the past ten years her husband has been going to the bar with his friends after work for up to 2 hours. When he comes home intoxicated he expects dinner to be made even though Patty runs their family business. Now, Patty has found herself having enough of this routine!
Henry's close girlfriend has recently pulled away from their friendship and he's taken measures to block her on social media in retaliation. Henry now wants to reconnect with this friend, but does he have the right to force himself into her life?
Anita is currently divorced and her ex-husband only sees the kids on Sundays. The children are showing disinterest in seeing their father and he's angry and dismayed by their lack of caring. How should Anita support her ex-husband in spending more time with their children?
Laura's mother-in-law is a hoarder and her living situation is "disgusting". Laura wants to confront her mother-in-law about her seeming disinterest in her health and well-being, but at this point,it may be too little too late!
Debbie recently accompanied her 19-year-old son Robert to Los Angeles to explore job opportunities in the music industry. Robert promised he wouldn't smoke marijuana while there but ultimately did. Debbie has since pulled the plug on supporting this plan. Since he doesn't keep his promises, is it time for Robert to become financially responsible for his own life?
Marie's is still close to her former in-laws. Her ex-husband's new girlfriend, however, has been sharing with them gossip and rumors about Marie. How should Marie handle this situation without looking defensive and starting a war with this sneaky woman?
Kara is in business with her brother and she's tired of his verbal abuse at work. She is reluctant to walk away knowing it will drive a rift in her family and cause a financial hit, but her husband is tired of her being abused.
Lee met her husband online and has been married for four and a half years. At first, her husband was sweet and attentive but soon after the wedding, he became work-obsessed and would rather travel for work and golf with coworkers than spend time with her. Lee is hoping there is a magic "cure" for him to change, but wonders if it's time to face the issue and possibly leave.
Jerry feels like he and his wife have grown apart and he has started seeing a younger woman. He's conflicted between this new love and his commitment to being a father and husband to his family and calls for advice.
Lauren's 7-year-old daughter has high marks with in-class reading. However, when Lauren assists her with at-home reading assignments, her daughter struggles to the point of tears! Lauren is concerned that her daughter is just playing "dumb," but worries that she should get to the bottom of her daughter's reaction.
Jeff's wife has been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. Since this tragic news, they have been "snapping" at each other frequently. How should Jeff react when his wife expresses her completely reasonable anger, hurt, confusion and dismay?
Jerome has twin 18-year-old daughters attending college. One daughter is thriving while the other is struggling both academically and socially. Is the struggling daughter really doing what she wants to or is she in college to please her parents while trying to keep up with her sister?
Ava is 13-years-old and in the 8th grade. She has two "best friends" and they sometimes all razz each other, but today went beyond simple teasing and her friends reported her to the teacher. How should Ava make sure that the "playful banter" doesn't turn "bitter and mean"?
69-year-old Lea's husband is much older than she and for the last several years has been doing things that annoy her, even though she loves him just as much as the first day that they met. Should Lea start accepting that his irritating behaviors are his efforts to still have some semblance of power and control at this time in his life?
In front of her young son and husband, Laura's daughter asked if Laura had sex when she was in high school. The daughter took Laura's shock and hesitation as all the answer she needed. How should Laura turn this awkward situation into a learning moment?
Sara is a happily married stay-at-home mom to a 7-year-old who is not biologically her husband's, but her husband did legally adopt him at 14-months. Tara has tried to explain to her 7-year-old that his father is not his bio-dad but her son shows little understanding or interest. Should Tara postpone this discussion until he is older?
Tara's 15-year-old daughter sent her a hurtful text about their relationship, while singing the praises of her friend's mother who allows HER daughter to spend more time with a boyfriend. Is Tara's daughter using very hurtful coercion through text?
63-year-old Debra spent 35 years in a bad marriage with a man who rejected her affection. Now years later, she's dating a man who is everything she could have ever hoped for, but she can't fully open up and embrace his love.
Laura has a one-year-old daughter with her husband, but she is frustrated with her husband's lack of sexual prowess and giving in the bedroom. While Laura admits this has been the case since the beginning of their relationship, she is ready to go on a sex strike until her husband gives in to her wishes.
13-year-old Gabrielle suffers from a medical condition that sadly has her missing a lot of school. As an academic achiever, her absences cause her a significant amount of stress. How should Gabrielle and her family approach the school and come to an arrangement to help Gabrielle succeed?
Julia recently graduated from college and felt very lost until she called Dr. Laura. After speaking to Dr. Laura, Julia is now working full time, prioritizing her health, and even following her passion for writing!
Sally's not happy with the way her brother-in-law has been treating her own mother at holiday family functions. However, she has avoided addressing the matter directly with her sister. How can Sally find the guts to stand up to these bad people?