When Your Four Year Old Hits Your Two Year Old: A script

"Today I stepped outside to clean up some toys while my kids were eating. My 2 year old ran to the back door and cried out for me. My 4 year old didn't like his screaming and ran over and punched him several times ....more

How to Give Unconditional Love to Your Child and to Yourself

“The key is unconditional kindness to all life, including one’s own, which we refer to as compassion.” –David R. Hawkins All parents know that children need unconditional love to thrive. But how can we give our children something many of us haven't really experienced? ...more

Want to Stop Being Upset? Change Your Mind.

"Dr. Laura -- Your 'Spring Cleaning for Your Psyche'...more

Don't Worry. Be Happy.

"Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment based on what you are feeling and thinking. That is what’s real ....more

5 Strategies to Tame Your Inner Critic

"It’s like a big stick that I hit myself with from the inside. Really, would I want anyone I love to do that to themselves? Certainly not! ...more

Don't Believe Everything You Think

"More often than not, fear doesn’t emerge as nail-biting, cold-feet terror, but surfaces instead as anger, perfectionism, pessimism, low-level anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation....more

Spring-Cleaning for Your Psyche

"Dr. Laura....When I stop and take a breath, I am amazed at the amount of negative thoughts in my head—typically criticizing my ability as a mom, or a wife, or an employee, or a daughter or a friend. It’s so hard to feel like I’m doing anything well at all....more

What To Say Instead of Punishing To Teach a Lesson

Dr. Laura.....I know I need to do a better job with preventive maintenance like spending time with my son, but I still don't know what to say to teach him a lesson when he misbehaves. You can't prevent all misbehavior, can you? ...more

How to Raise a Moral, Responsible Child -- without Punishment

"Parents who are serious about raising children to be decent people spend an awful lot of time guiding them. It's not enough for us to have good values; these values must be communicated directly... For instance, to say nothing when a child acts selfishly is to send a clear message, and that message has more to do with the acceptability of selfishness than it does with the virtues of non-intrusive parenting ....more