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April 8, 2009

TONIGHT ON LKL: Dr. Laura's Advice for You!

Posted: 11:59 AM ET

dr-laura5Tonight, Dr. Laura Schlessinger hands out her advice us, even if it is at times controversial.  WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Submit your questions and comments for Dr. Laura HERE, watch tonight and, according to her, your life will be much better.

But, up first tonight, Larry's interview with Michael J. Fox! As Larry would say, if you don't get inspired by this, check your pulse.

They talk about living with Parkinson's, how simple tasks like brushing your teeth become very tough and how he maintains his optimism.  Also, Michael tells Larry the one place he went recently that made him feel remarkably better.

action_figure_41AND WAIT!!  THERE'S MORE! Seriously.

CLICK HERE to check out the "Dr. Laura Talking Action Figure."

We kid you not.

Please:

1) Stay on topic.
2) Keep it short
3) No curse words

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5) Use a name (no initials or screen names)

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Jim   April 8th, 2009 1:15 pm ET

Max Cleland, former US Senator and head of the VA, triple amputee Vietnam veteran and often guest on Larry King Live - is celebrating his 41st "Alive Day" - the anniversary of his living despite catastrophic injuries in Vietnam on April 8, 1968. We're glad you are Alive, Max.


hugh ~ california   April 8th, 2009 1:50 pm ET

This is just what the doctor ordered, a Dr. Laura Talking Action Figure Doll with the Barbie-Doll figure. Wow! She needs a "Nurse Ken" to complete her or your fantasy! Will watching her on LKL really make my life much better, or will us buying Dr. Laura's action doll make HER life much better? Will, much richer, that's for sure! I wonder if her doll is made in China? Yellow dye there is about 90% more lead toxic then yellow dye in America–that can't be healthy!


Woody McBreairty   April 8th, 2009 4:30 pm ET

If Laura can make other people's lives better, why was her's such a mess? I will never understand why this sleazy hypocrite is on tv giving others advice on how to live their lives. This woman's mother lay dead in her Beverly Hills apt. before being discovered. She and her daugher were "estranged" and had a very troubled relationship. There was a rucus about her son Deryk's My Space site depicting murder, torture, and child molestation, photos of soldiers with guns in their mouths, accounts of illicit drug use and a blog entry headed by crude obscenities and epithets. Is this ANOTHER reflection of Dr. Laura's family relationships and her "parenting skills?" Something's wrong here. This woman says N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer's wife is responsible for her husband's sex scandal!! Laura herself was married at 25 and had at least 2 affairs before divorcing. She had been carrying on an affair with a married father of 3, They both divorced to marry each other.
And this freak has the nerve to get on tv and give others advice about their lives?!? She is a hypocrite of the highest order and a discredit to her so called profession. I think Larry King should be ashamed for giving this worthless creep time on his program.


Joe G. (Illinois)   April 8th, 2009 5:18 pm ET

Never heard of her.. Is she a Liberal Progressive or a Conservative..? I think it’s only fair to ask and make the distinction.. “Making your life better” to an Abortionist Liberal Progressive means something entirely different from what I Conservative might perceive.. Oh well.. Never mind.. I don’t care about this Laura anyway..


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

Laura Schlessinger's Ph.D. is in physiology, not psychology. Physiology is a biological science, not a behavioral science. The BBS reported her Masters level license expires February 28, 2011. This NOT a Ph.D. level license.

Schlessinger’s use of a degree in one field to imply credibility in another is unethical. As a trained psychologist, she would know that non verbal behavior is often as important if not more important that verbiage. If she was a trained psychologist, she would know that giving advice especially on a talk-radio show is not only unethical but potentially dangerous. I am appalled that the BBS has not revoked her license! I belong to the APA and will be discussing this with them.


David   April 8th, 2009 8:43 pm ET

How does a degree in physiology qualify you to give advice, preach, teach, etc to the general public on their relationships and morality?

She "preaches, teaches, and nags about morals, values and ethics." from your website. Into which of those does your apparent prejudice against gays and lesbians fall?


Deborah   April 8th, 2009 8:45 pm ET

How about "Praise for a mom whose husband's hours were cut back and had to take a small second job - as did he - so we could pay some bills?"


Kerry   April 8th, 2009 8:47 pm ET

Would Dr. Laura still be in praise of a stay-at-home mom if that mom was a lesbian in a healthy, loving relationship?


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

What about using our satellites to help resolve pirate take-over? I understand our satellites can zoom to a dime on the sidewalk, so why can’t we use them to eliminate pirates?


bill settell   April 8th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Why don't the crew on the big ships simply blow these terrorists out of the water as they approach?. they certainly have radar and would know when they are being approached.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Why can't these shipp have a few weapons on them, if they were allowed to have at least two automatic and two hand guns,we would not have to worry about these incidents. they could also have a system like we have on our airlines sea and ocean marshals on every ship.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

O yeah it's funny how before when Bush was in office we never sent in any ships when other countries were being attacked, and kidnapped.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Dodie from Irvine CA

how are u tonite!


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I guess we only act as the worlds police on land!


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

@ Rich, Kankakee, IL.

Doing really well... and yourself?

I think the problem with guns would be admittance to foreign ports as I thought of the same thing..

Why not use our satellites for something noteworthy?


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Rich, Kankakee, IL.

Yes, I am really happy to see the Bush administration behind us. Now all we have to do is mop up after their mess.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

They could also use non-lethals to solve the problem, the prpblem of using satilites is that they are often being uesd for spying on other nations.

If we put radioactive tags on these ship we could track them back to thier caves and hidouts, so that they would never know that we knew thier pattrens.


Maria   April 8th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Thanks to Dr. Laura for recognizing stay-at-home moms!


Sherry, N. Calif.   April 8th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Sheesh-you would think that when Pirates saw the Bainbridge they would be somewhat intimidated and just give up.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

If people in America keep see that these guys keep getting millions for a few hours of work on the oceans and seas, they just might think it is profitable enough since most of the time they get away with it!


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

@ Rich, Kankakee, IL LOL

so we need to send up more satellites I wonder if we could ask the DPRK if we could use the one they sent up earlier this week.

In order to carry any type of weapons, it would most likely have to be a UN agreement...


Sherry, N. Calif.   April 8th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

@Dodie-7:14 comment. Yeah, glad to see someone will do this. I have often thought of her credentials.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

It;s so sad that so many operatiions were ran so bad during the last adminstraition that now these minor players on the oceans and seas can feel comfortable enough to rob ships and kidnap thier crews!


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Larry.. please give me a break...

Laura Schlessinger’s Ph.D. is in physiology, not psychology. Physiology is a biological science, not a behavioral science. The BBS reported her Masters level license expires February 28, 2011. This NOT a Ph.D. level license.

Schlessinger’s use of a degree in one field to imply credibility in another is unethical.


Brock in Atlanta   April 8th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Dr. Laura is a hate mongering woman who has injured the gay community time and time again with her ignorant words. Please, do not give this evil woman a place on the public airwaves.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Stay at home Mom should stop acting as if they do not have valuable skills, they are great managers womens have always been better managers then most men! Women are far better managers of time then men in the work place and far bettter at doing it at home too!


angela   April 8th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

HATE TO TELL YOU LAURA, THERE ARE VERY FEW MEN THAT WANT TO SUPPORT A FAMILY


Rich   April 8th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I love you Dr. Laura......but I am so disgusted with the far right conservatives "preaching" when they nominate a Sarah Palin as the VP candidate in the 2008 Presidential election!! When there were so many better people!


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

@ Sherry, N. Calif. I am glad to hear others concerned about her credentials.

What she does is dangerous. Advising others of her "opinion" not knowing the entire story and especially not even seeing them. It really scares me. People out there are desperate and potentially suicidal. She may not even know via a phone conversation.

Larry... Please move on and talk about stem cell...


Amanda   April 8th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

All moms should be "stay at home moms?" Is this 1950 or 2009? I agree that when the child is not in school yet, yes the mom should stay at home and be with their child, but after that it's nonsense. What about single parents? They have to work. And what about women with careers? What's the point in college if they won't use the degree once they have kids?


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Larry... I don't think you want to share my comments!!!


Julie Harmon   April 8th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Thank you Larry for stating the obvious - Dr. Laura is a WORKING WOMAN – why can't she embrace us ALL? Possibly she sells more books???? Shame on her for being divisive among women and judgemental in the worst kind of way. Shame, shame......


Thomas Alberts   April 8th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Dr. Laura,
What is your opinion of the feminist movement?


angela   April 8th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

DONT OUR SHIPS HAVE ANY SECURITY, IS THIS A JOKE, A BUNCH OF MAMBY PAMBY LOSERS JUST JUMP UP ON DECK AND TAKE THE SHIP? IS THIS WHAT WE GET FOR SENDING AID, LARRY PLEASE STOP THE STARVING CHILDREN COMMERCIALS


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

@ angela

I don't think all men want to NOT support a family.

The problem is that no one income today can support a family. Both parents must work.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Moms have far better people skill then 99.9% of men, trying to deal with 3 or 4 different little people personalies proves it, when dad comes home he normallay come in toi get some thing to eat, go to his favorite chair with a drink and try to watch some type of sport! Moms stay busy all day long!


Lyn   April 8th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

It is my understanding that Dr. Laura does not have a degree in psychology or psychiatry, so I'd like to know her qualifications & educational background for giving advice & also what did she get her doctorate in.


Nicole Andrews   April 8th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I understand that being a stay at home mother is what is best for the child but some of us dont have a choice. Don't make us mothers who have to work feel like were not "good mothers" because we cant stay at home with our children! If we could dont you think we would? Feeding my son is an important factor so I go to work!


Jackie Wardynski   April 8th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

She says it breaks her heart that women have to work. Why doesnt she look up the statistics on divorced single mothers. Why not help us fight to make deadbeat dads pay their child support? As a newly divorced and now new single mother, her comments are just hurtful to me. I work to pay the bills, to keep my kids in school and prepare for college and keep a roof over their heads. Yes that is the lifestyle I have chosen. Does she prefer we not work and go on welfare?


Stefanie   April 8th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Yeah for you Dr. Laura. After 25 years of hearing I was not living up to my potential and making my children suffer because I stayed home while my husband worked and was unfulfilled because I stayed home. I am finally hearing the truth. Stay at home moms are special people who know themselves well enough to stay home with their kids. Now my children have grown and I have finished my education, I got a BA in 2006, and am now working in my dream career. My grandparents lived to their late 90's and both of my parents are in their late 70's so the chances are that I will be here at least another 40 more years so I will have a long time to establish myself. By the way, my poor kids who suffered all attended college and are on their way to be productive citizens of America.


paula didonato   April 8th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Hypocrite! This is a woman whose son blogs about rape and whose own mother died alone and was left to decompose...she is a judgmental hypocrite who has not right to be talking about Motherhood!


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

@ angela lol

I think the problem lies in docking in other countries' ports.


leslie Leclair   April 8th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

does she think the octomom did the right thing of deciding to have all those babies?


volker   April 8th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

What about stay at home dads?


Debbie   April 8th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

someone asked me why I would want to send my daughter to grad school if all she is going to do is stay home with her kids when she has them, they ask whats the point of education. what kind of come back can I give to this person.
Thank you


Katherine Morgan   April 8th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I listen to Dr. Laura some on satellite radio. Frequently, in my opinion, she berates callers for not listening to her and not fully answering questions she poses before the caller speaks again. Frequently, I think it's simple nervousness displayed by the caller given the circumstances. So, I think Dr. L needs to lighten up on that a little. I know part of her "act" is to be a little on the "mean" side ....


Susan   April 8th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Ask her how she treated her Mother.


Zynga Lawreceville, GA   April 8th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Larry, I usually love your guests. Quite frankly, this guest she seems like she would enjoy Octo-moms company.


Jessica   April 8th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Dr Laura,
Come on, you are a doctor, as am I. You know it's an eternal struggle for a woman to beat the odds and have it all, career and family. Give us some credit. We are not angry, bitter women who forsake our children by choosing to have a diverse identity. Men do it all the time.


Rebecca Stokes   April 8th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

It seems that Dr. Laura is being much more mellow on your show than on her own radio show where she is extremely rough on working mothers and the women's liberation movement in general.


jean ratliff   April 8th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Please dont comment on """"MS PALIN"""""". This woman is sick and if anyone wants to hear about her turn to """"GRETA on Fox.


Ralph Perillo   April 8th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Since she is such an authority, ask her about her mother and there relationship!


Sean   April 8th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I support a parent staying a home and being focused on raising children. However, as a man I take issue with the stay at home person being a mom. Why the Gender stereotype? A stay at home mom implies a working father. Isn't the Father-Child relationship just as important?


Bill Waggoner   April 8th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Since Dr. Laura took some heat a few years ago from those in the LGBT community, I'd love to hear what she has to say about gay marriage progress in the last few years.


Heidi Pfister   April 8th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

It's about the quality of time, not quantity of time. Sure I have to work because I am a single mom and provide only income, but it makes me spend more quality time with my daughter. I believe I do more with my daughter than most stay-at-home moms, plus my daughter learns so much more in a pre-school environment. She is very bright.

Dr. Laura, I admire you, but don't agree with you on this one.

Heidi


angela   April 8th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

THE PALIN FAMILY APPEARS TO BE A TAD BIT "SCUMMY" ANYWAY, pALINS SISTER IN LAW JUST ARRESTED FOR BREAKING AND ENTERING LAST WEEK, HER HUSBANDS VERY OWN SISTER.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Dodie from Irvine CA

As long as our people live in cities they can't survive on one income, i have said it so many times that society as a hold, and have people living in cities has not made our countries and live better, it just makes it cost fart more life in rural areas is far more cost effiecent!


Stayce   April 8th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I agree with Dr. Laura 150%. I have always been very ambitious and career driven and i now have a 6 years old son. I couldn't imagine not watching his first tooth fall out out being the one to hold him when he is sick. There is no greater feeling.
I think the common misconception is that stay-at-home moms sit around eating and watching tv. Truthfully, I am more busy now than when I worked 9-to-5. Now I work and choose my schedule.
No woman can deny that if gven the opportunity to explore their passion and be hands on raising their children, they wouldn't jump at it.


Annette Vanik   April 8th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Thank you Dr. Laura for your support! I left a great job and company, after 13 years, when I had my son who is almost 2 years old. I know there are sacrifices we make, living on one income now, but I don't think I am missing out on anything! It is so rewarding to be a stay-at-home mom and I wouldn't trade it for anything!


Shannon   April 8th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Dr. Laura,
My 14 year old daughter is now in inpatient psychiatric treatment because she was going online and corresponding with men from all over the country who are over 21. She has self-esteem issues and already exhibits signs of addiction, although not to drugs or alcohol yet, thankfully. Once she is home from inpatient treatment, how do I keep her safe and build her self esteem to keep her from these behaviors while still having to work. I am one who has to work to survive, even though my work schedule is flexible. Thank you.


Fran   April 8th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Why are you naming Sarah Palin's family problems " a scandal"
Every family has problems.
Why is Joe Biden's daughter who has been pictured with drugs getting a pass from the pass. Sarah Palin and her family have been grossly mistreated.


Sharon   April 8th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I consider Dr. Laura a misogynist as she is certainly no help to women by dispensing her ancient advice. As least with her advice mothers will end up having quality one on one time with their children in homeless shelters or shelters for abused women.


Christie   April 8th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Dr Laura, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of your book in the mail! I am the Mom of a one year old and never thought I would be considering being a stay at home mom. However, something changed in me after I had my son. My career has taken a backseat and I've gone part-time at work as a CPA. I am hoping to read your book and for that to be the final convincing piece to give me the strength to do what's in my heart. Be a full-time stay at home mom.


angela   April 8th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

TYRA BANKS IS DESPERATE FOR ATTENTION, SHE WILL NEVER BE AN OPRAH EVER EVER EVER.


Rich   April 8th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

We have a moral decay going on in this country and it is seriously frightening. I just got off "American Idol" and they had on Flo-Rider with scantily clad gyrating dancers grinding up and down on him!!!.........The same Fox network that promotes "family values" on it's "News" station!! And they are all over Tyra Banks for asking Levi Johnson about safe sex............


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

@ Katherine Morgan

If she is a therapist... she would know "Active listening" where as, you say very little and listen mostly!


Pam Sunderman   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Dr. Laura,
I've heard you say so many times that Moms need to be there for their kids. If every mom stayed home, who would be the teachers of your children? I raised 2 wonderful children of my own, and helped over 1500 5 year olds (and their families) get a good start in school in my kindergarten class for 36 years. There is more than one way to raise children.
Pam Sunderman
Newport Beach CA


Jody MacPherson   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

THANK YOU DR. LAURA!

I stayed at home, and my youngest is now 18. I just passed my State Board Exams. My children are now behind me, and helping to make my dreams come true. My children are joining me to open a salon, we will be working together in the future, and they also want flex hours as they will soon be starting their own families. I would never give up my days at the park in the sun with them!


John Russo   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Is this lady for real? This is about the most sexist comments I have heard in a long time. What about a stay at home Dad? The easiest way for a father to lose his children is to have a stay at home mom who decides she wants a divorce. She implies that a Father’s love and attention isn’t as important.


Colette   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Is Dr Laura for real.. What world is she living in? How can you make a woman feel like a second class citizen because she has to work to support her child...


Zynga Lawreceville, GA   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Larry, what is this mess? Should all moms stay at home while all our men are losing their jobs?


Stephanie Christopher   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Please Dr. Laura, get over yourself. I am a working mom of four kids under the age of six. I'm confident that even though they go to school/daycare, I am not somehow being replaced. Possibly you lack the confidence that you could balance your needs with the needs of your kids.


ann kreager   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I'm a single working mom – would I rather be at home raising my son? You bet. Maybe we can get some legislation that provides greater telecommuting opportunities for those of us who HAVE to work, or perhaps provide that medical coverage that only comes if you have money or a job that insures you. Maybe we could get the family court system to quit imputing full-time income to mothers who desperately want to at least be home on a part-time basis – just to keep dad from having to pay a little more in child-support.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Safe sex to him was hi have sex with that girl, his mom is a crackhead didn't she get arrested for drugs not to long ago!


MARY   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I am a divorced working mother since my daughter was 2; father never paid support. My daughter is well adjusted, carried Honors through High School and currently in the honor program at a 4 yr college. Both my neighbor's are stay at home, married and their children are self-absorbed, selfish, and not interested in education no doubt because the TV was the babysitter. Laura, it's all about parenting and the quality of time, not the quantity of time you spend! It is not a cut and dry issue. I applaud ALL mothers, working or not, who take the TIME and INTEREST in their children.


Omolara   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I don't have a problem with moms staying at home, but for Dr Laura to say that moms that are working, work only to maintain a certain lifesytle is not right in my opinion. I am a physician that works and I also run my family quite efficiently. My kids are not lacking or deprived of love. They are well rounded kids who are doing well at school. I cannot imagine why any one will spend so much money to pursue a college education only to sit at home. Men do not really appreciate all the work stay at home moms do, and I do not think they get the respect they deserve. Divorce rates in the USA are high for a reason.
Mothers can do both, work and run a family. Kudos to all those mothers. Love you all.


linda wilsen   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I want to ask Dr. Laura what to do when your partner or husband, in my case my partner of 20 years, goes through a middle age crisis?

I cannot afford my own place right now, so we have agreed to stay together out of necessity.

What in the meantime do I feel about my partner and his carrying ons?

Thanks,
Linda
Monroe. WA


Michele A   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Dr Laura,

Thank you so much for "Praising" stay-at-home moms. I have many friends who are choosing this ... and hope to one day have a child AND be able to stay at home.

Thanking you for telling the world that the traditional family is what is in the best interests of the CHILDREN!!

Michele A


monica   April 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Dr. Laura is so 90's. She does not get it. Her heart breaks for women who have to work? Give me a break! Next, patient please!


Jo Ann   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Does Dr. Laura know that CNN has been exploiting that tape since it came out? I wonder what she thinks about that?


Morten   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Laura is completely removed from reality – I feel sorry for all the women, who have to work to feed their kids; at least they have a better role model in Michelle Obama!


sh   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Why is this women on Larry King Live? Larry asked her what she thought about the most popular women in the world and she says, Hillary Clinton-bad joke, very very bad joke. Love Larry King live, however don't understand why she was chosen as a guest.


Joann   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Larry can do so much better. Why is Dr. Laura on this program? Let her give the title of the book and move on.


Lynda Campbell   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I'm going to write a book called "In Support of Working Moms" because in my experience it is stay at home moms who spend a considerable amount of time trying to tell working moms why they are making such terrible mistakes when most of us have NO CHOICE. And by the way I'm happy for you because you had a job that you could arrive at post school beginning and prior to school ending – the reality out here is that those jobs are few and far between.


AWThomas   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Dr. Laura makes no sense. Her views are totally outdated – stuck in the 1970s or something. She touts that there are mommy wars because it sells her book or fires up her conservative base if there is such a thing anymore. The women in my community, whether working outside or inside the home are totally supportive of one another. Does anyone really give a darn what this woman thinks about anything. It's kinda crazy she's on Larry King.

Please, more on the Pirates!


kathleen Holroyd   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I am a S.A.H.M. and even my husband calls me the center and most important part of the family. But i still don't feel like I am contributing to the family enough. My children are now 12 and 15 so I am trying to slowly develop my other skills so I can join the working world again in a few years.


gail robertson   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Larry–Dr. Laura really did not answer your question of What do you think of Michelle Obama–she talked about the grandmother–what are we missing here?


Candace   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

What do you think abou the OctoMom, should she have been allowed to have them implanted and should she be able to keep all those babies?


Jen   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Am I misunderstanding or did Dr.Laura not answer one question that you asked about Michelle Obama straight. IT THERE A PROBLEM???????


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Safe sex to him was having sex with that girl who problably did not get out much, his mom is a crackhead didn’t she get arrested for drugs not to long ago!


Michele   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I wanted to thank you for 'sticking' up for us stay at home mom's.. We get a bad rap most of the time – like we are wasting our life because we're not 'contributing to society', blah blah – Not only am I a stay at home mom, but I'm also a Navy wife (my sailor is on the USS Bainbridge) – and being a navy wife is hard enough without being blasted about being a stay at home mom. So thank you for giving us a voice and for telling everyone that what we do is a blessing!


Charles   April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Dr Laura
I agree that being a Domestic Engineer, (Housewife), is one of the best jobs in the world. My wife and I decided that it would be best for her to do that. I find that having her there raising our boys is better for them rather than having a stranger raise them while we both work to pay for that stranger to raise them. We live on a very limited income due to my being in the military, but I would not change one thing in our relationship and being parents. I think one parent should always be there for the kids.


diane Cavaliere   April 8th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

hate to tell Laura she doesnt know it all, but every stay at home mom I know wishes she were working, all they do is complain about their kids because they spend too much time with them and they do not appreciate the quality of time that a working mother spends with her kids.


adam   April 8th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Dr Laura,

Last I saw you was 10 years ago, I am looking at you now and you look hotter and younger than you did then. What gives?


allison harry   April 8th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Although Dr. Laura did not respect Michelle Obamas statement about 'which ever person that is in the home', I wonder why she has so many sour grapes about someone that supports family, perhaps she should take politics out of child rearing. As a foster parent to many kids, I hope I am as important to them, as they are to me. I love them, put them through college, teach them, all as a single parent. Love is love, stop trying to sell books and get with suppporting loving families how ever they may appear.


Silvana   April 8th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Good evening Mr.King and Dr.Laura i am a 47 year old stay at home mom not by choice but due to ill health my daughter is 17 i would have not changed anything about staying home but my daughter hurts my feelings when she tells me i never provided monetary wise instead of thanking me for rasing her myself having spoken to numerous friends they tell me their kids tell them they wish that their mother would have raised them instead of going to work last but not least what is a role mother these days becuase their is no perfect Mother in todays day and age thank you signed mother from Toronto


David   April 8th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

She always has...and continues to makes my skin crawl.


R. J. S.   April 8th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Hello Larry,

I really enjoy watching your show, and I love your style. However, where did "Dr." Laura come from? She is a complete idiot with no sense of community or any concept of common sense. Her home spun wisdom is sickening.... her degree must be honorary. I am sure no accredited university would have "given" her a degree. Furthurmore, she does directly answer questions; she is probably unable to. It pains me to watch her act as if she is an authority, she is a first class idiot. She is not a authority on anything. And tell her, Hillary is not "the one," it is currently Michelle!


Carol G.   April 8th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Dear Larry,

You asked Dr. Schlessinger what she thinks of First Lady Michelle Obama and she didn't answer the question. Instead, she danced around the question and talked about Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Obama's mother, being a good and stable figure in the Obama family.

Should your audience assume that she is not a fan of Mrs. Obama?

Thank you,

Carol G.


Kristy from Ala   April 8th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Larry, it seemed like Dr.Laura contradicted herself when discussing Bristol Palin she suggest she should have given her child up for adoption. I don't understand. Also is it hard for her to comment on the Obama's


Carol Meyer   April 8th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

This woman is a freak of nature......we mothers need to support each other no matter whether we stay home or work outside the home. What about women who HAVE to work to support their family ? Her "heart goes out to them...." oh, come on !!! Larry, I love your show but please book guests who have half a brain.


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

@ Jessica

Yes, I agree with you. Its also about survival these days. Few have the luxury of staying home and raising our children. So the time needs to be quality not quantity...

@ Rich Yes we all need to learn how to live cost efficient!


Willow   April 8th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Hey Larry,
Your guest, Dr. Laura, trashed Levi Johnston for his revealing comments on Tyra. Dr. Laura said Levi was exploitive of the relationship with Bristol. What about Sarah Palin exploiting Levi and Bristol and their teen pregnancy during the campaign and the RNC? Who is really the exploiter? Sarah Palin the mother whose personal aspirations trump motherhood.


Bren   April 8th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Dr Laura
I couldn't disagree with your comment on working mothers more. I grew up with my Mom having to work every day – and every day we both would look forward to my meeting her after work. We would walk for a mile, shop and talk about everything that happened during the day.

If I had to live my life over again....I would give up a minute of the quality time I had with my Mom.

Please don't mistake "at home Moms" having a better relationship than "working Moms".


jean ratliff   April 8th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Ms Palin is sure no role model. When asked about her 17 year old getting pregnant she said """""""Bristol has dated him for 3 years""". How sick. Why did she let her daughter date at 14? Ms Palin has NO MORALS. PLEASE DONT KEEP HER IN THE STOTLIGHT. How she ever got voted into any office is sick. Who wants a journalist running our country? She is why MC CAIN lost.


Susan Anyuka   April 8th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Dr. Laura, on her TV show has put down women who have plastic surgery, however, Dr. Laura's face seems to be much more smooth, without the wrinkles she had 15 years ago. What gives? Is it that she is a hypocrite?


lori melson   April 8th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I was fortunate to be that stay at home Mom after a divorce, however after my children finished high school I had to return to work to support myself. At work I see a lot of young women who must work to support their families and I do not mean support a lavish life style. I would love to see you use you influence to support these wonderful Moms who would love nothing better than to be at home with their children, but simply cannot.


Dianne Brown   April 8th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Dr. Laura is so typical of the out of touch elitist.l She has no clue what it takes to raise childen in the real world. I was married when my kids were born. I got divorced and my ex husband found every possible way to not pay child support. Maybe she should focus on the real world, not the fantasylife of a stay at home mother.


Dee in Canada   April 8th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Larry, for this you postponed your interview with Michael J. Fox? Shame on you. Dr. Laura's "exploitative garbage television" comment about Levi Johnson's interview with Tyra Banks is just as applicable to her segment on your show tonight. Phony baloney!!!!


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

@ monica ((( LOL ))


Jo Ann   April 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

All I can say is that Palin's daughter must have been pretty desperate to have sex with that guy!


AC   April 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I hear a lot about women staying home but what about men staying home and taking a larger share of the responsibility in raising children. Women have a right to have a career and men need to help support them.


riko   April 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

What is the Dr. opinion about gay marriage being approved across the u.s. If marriage is in a fragile state then why isnt gay marriage a good thing?


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

@ AWThomas (( LOL ))


Mary   April 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Who exactly is maligning stay at home Mom's? This is a trumped up issue used to sell books. I was a stay at home Mom to 2 boys for many years. My husband and I struggled financially during this time, but we knew we were doing the right thing. No one maligned me. The "Mommy Wars" don't exist. If a woman works so she can buy nice things and live a better lifestyle she will suffer the consequences.


Wayne Tobola   April 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

It's now time for the good Dr. to fade away into her old time frame and let the planet move forward.


Nathan Ray   April 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Dr. Laura, You mentioned about stable families and children needing a mom and a dad. What do you have to say about the family law system in most states where fathers are marginalized from their young children and the mothers get majority of time and custody, and kids are traumatized in return


gerda   April 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Thank you, Laura, for telling the truth. I'm a grandma and have lived long enough to know that children thrive in an intact home with mom/dad. You're right about hired help. They are not invested or show children the kind of care that parents or grandparents do. Michele Obama has the best situation possible. I feel sorry for moms who have to work and lack parental support.. Other women who just want a "better" standard of living or need to have a career are simply selfish.


Olivia do Couto   April 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

What do you say to people who believe that you are backward in thinking? Women can have the best of both worlds, many mothers work and miss nothing of their child's lives.


jack   April 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Please, the shedule latelty has certainly been loaded with moralistic hypocrites. How about some interesting guests, The Saddle Back guy, the ultra rich and so so sweet Olsteens, and tonight this phoney woman who has been spewing phoney tough-love pseudo-babble for years . What do they all have in common? They are rich and boring, and being pandered to by the right wing media.


Rich   April 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

We have a moral decay going on in this country and it is seriously frightening. I just got off “American Idol” and they had on Flo-Rider with scantily clad gyrating dancers grinding up and down on him!! This is the same Fox network that promotes “conservative values” on it’s “News” station!! And they are all over Tyra Banks for asking Levi Johnson about safe sex…………

Dr. Laura fails to say the "human" cost of going to war in Iraq and the decay of the "family" unit!!


Carol   April 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

THANK YOU FOR THIS GIFT Dr. Laura! I have been a stay at home mom for eight years with two boys and have been truly blessed with "my job". It's exhausting and we've gone without! financially/ I have a B.S. degree and have often wondered what I have missed out on in a professional career but than I look at my little ones and know that no career could be more valuable. My children are happy and my marriage is strong. I do feel that my role in this family is being a foundation. Thank you again for your outward support. It is truly encouraging.


Gail   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

OOOOO!!! i am seething from your comment suggesting adoption of Bristol's child. If I was Governor Palin, I would slap you crazy!!! What about the love and security that they are providing to Bristol and their grandson? Shame on you!!!!!


Troy   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

is laura on drugs?


shirl   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I love your show Larry I watch almost every night
but I feel I have to make a comment about "Dr" Laura
in todays economy she needs to get a reality check
My children were brought up by a mom alone, I had to work,
my husband was not
emotionally available for them or anyone else. He was mentally ill.
My kids are all well adjusted and well educated adults happy and gainfully employed in loving relationships
I feel she looks down her nose at people like me


Brock   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I love you Dr. Laura! And you are so beautiful! Thank God we have someone who stands up for values in the United States! God Bless You!


Michael, Columbia MO   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

As to the Palins I'm curious how Dr. Laura felt about Sarah Palin entering into national politics with a new born child with special needs and how she felt about the way Bristol and Levi were presented to the public.


Pippa Robinson   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I worked in investment banking for almost 10 years before getting married and starting a family. I have never gone back to work. I have also never had a job as demanding, difficult and relentless as being a mum. What advice do you give to those of us who struggle in our day to day lives taking care of our children and running a household?


Pat   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

When there's such discord between husband and wife such as fighting and constant screaming at each other in front of the kids, what do you suggest? Divorce, stay together, what?


Rachel   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Do you feel your philosophy regarding child rearing is explicitely sexist in that it emphasizes the mother as the primary nurturer, and undermines the male role in child rasing?


Mischa Sanford   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

What do you think is the most important thing that mothers have to remember about the relationship between themselves and their daughter(s)?


Lisa   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Dr. Laura should get in touch with the realities of 2009. Not everyone can just "sacrifice" and become a stay at home mom. My husband and I each contribute roughly 50% of the income. If I stopped working we would have to move out of our town with good schools and into a high crime area with rundown schools to be able to afford a home in this state. Is that in the best interest of the child?


Christina   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Been listening to you on the radio since my early 20's because I was so shocked at what I would hear!!!! 17 years later I listen because I am in such agreement with you and am now a proud stay at home mom!! Thank you for going against the grain!


Michael   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

My mother was a single mom and a wonderful mother at that.
So what you are saying is I should have been put up for adoption. From what I hear having both parents in the house is not all of that.
And the adoption system is messed up. So I think you should re-visit that comment.


LeeAnne Langton   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I am a well-educated, professional woman who made the CHOICE to stay home w/ my daughters. Dr. Laura was one of the ONLY voices of support for my decision. I don't know what I would have done without her. She's right (and I, incidentally am "Left)!!


Kristin Bourbeau   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I listened to Dr. Laura a great deal when I was younger and I am sure she is partly responsible for the decision to structure my life around my family. I am so proud and happy that I can stay at home. I schedule my real estate career, photography and website work around my children's schedule. Recently I told a representative from our "luxury properties" division that my family, and balance in my life is more important to me than my career. Her chin nearly hit the floor as she squeaked out the words, "How refreshing..". I laughed to myself, happy in the knowledge that I have the strength to admit what's important to me. Thanks Dr. Laura!


Robert Neu   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

It's about time someone spoke out on this. My mom is a stay at home mom and it's so much better than many of the people I know.


Daniel Sanchez   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Dr. Laura,

Do you not believe that Stay-at-home dads deserve praise, too? Your comments on this please!


Patient   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I appreciate Laura for recorgnising stay @ home moms. but for you to fit that profile you must have a loving husband with stable enough income who will look after the financial need of the family, who will make it possible for the "stay @ home mom lok after the kids"


Nick O'Malley   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

"Dr." Schlesinger isn't any more a stay at home mom than she is a doctor. It's too bad this woman couldn't find a single good thing to say about Michelle Obama. Watching her giggle nervously as she tried with all her might to convey her distaste for the First Lady and First Mom was painful. I think most Americans can find a lot to admire in Michelle Obama. Too bad Ms. Schlesinger cannot.


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Come back with the Pirates

I really don't want to hear what Laura Schiessinger has to say. Laura Schlessinger’s Ph.D. is in physiology, not psychology. Physiology is a biological science, not a behavioral science


j-oem   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

you only talk about stay home mothers, but what about stay home fathers... arnt they just as important in a childs life? you sound so bias against fathers...


Roger Dixon   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Exactly what type of Dr. is Dr Laura


Christine   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Dr. Laura:
I have been a stay-at-home mom, but am now a career coach focused on helping moms back to the workforce when their children are older or helping full-time career moms go part-time. Don't you think women are more vulnerable when they rely only on their husbands' incomes? My husband got laid off in November and now that the severance is up, it is only my income coming into our household.


Norma Meagher   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I was a stay at home mom for almost all of my life. I have no regrets
even though we struggled. My husband had a good job, however the
home made meals we all ate together as a family were worth more than any money he ever made. I was a "den mom" for cub scouts, never missed a football, baseball, basketball game or any of the other
things that our children did. It was important that we were there to
always suport them. It's evident to this day as I see they do the very same things with their children. We have no regrets, they are all good kids and their children are the same. As I said we struggled, but didn't acutally know we were struggeling, we just loved our family and did what ever it took to make them happy. I loved being a mom and still do to this very day and I'am 67 yrs. old. Now it's my turn to spoil my grandchidren, LOL


Dr. Melinda Pruitt   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I see absolutely no reason to praise OR criticize one or the other. There is no difference in the love that a mother feels whether she stays at home or works in a profession or as a waitress. My hope is that we all love our children and try to set the example we see fit.


rebecca   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

How did you balance caring for your children and working on your career before your children attended school? To me, a stay at home mom is someone who stays at home.


Rachel Johnson   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Larry,

First, I really cannot take this person seriously (Laura), to say Ms. Clinton is the most popular woman in the world, does she not read or watch T.V. I beleive the majority of people know that when the First Lady said "Mothers or someone in that role, she is referring to legal guardians. Not everyone is blessed enough to have thier natural mother. I thought that was very insensitive. It seems as if she has made up her mind not to say anything nice about the First Lady.


Kelli   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Sorry everyone, you can state your negative opinions, blab about her degree and who she is, but one thing is for sure about this subject:

She is RIGHT

Stay at home Mom's keep doing what you are doing....the kids thrive better and need their Mom's at home. I can understand if the Mother cannot be home, but if she can the child is best with her....no reason to argue this point.


Erin M.   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Thank you so much for writing this book. My mother was the only stay at hom mom out of all my friends and she was the one who was liked best by all. I remember her always being there to pick me up, see my soccer games and to ensure I had a hot meal.
Thank you so much to my amazing mother who stayed at home!


Denise   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I just won a copy of your book and I am so excited to read it. Thank you for writing this- I am a stay-at-home mom who feels totally under-appreciated so I really appreciate the support.


Marilyn Breuer   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Larry, You asked Dr. Laura questions about Michelle Obama, which she didn't really answer. By her body language she appears to not approve of Mrs.Obama.


James   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Dr. Laura, with all due respect, by suggesting that women should continue to be stay at home moms; thus, not getting out into the work force, you are only reinforcing the traditional gender stereotypes, problems, and roles that have led to women's inequality both at home and at the workplace. Yes, it's wonderful to take an active role in your children's lives...but you are only opening more women up to the hegemonic, masculine concept of women belonging at home with the children and taking care of the house.


Robert in San Diego   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Instilling and spreading fear regarding same-sex marriage is a twisted form of therapy, Dr. Laura. When are you going to recognize that the human bond of love within these wonderful, legitimate families will in the end bury yours and any others that share your views...fear.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

kathleen Holroyd

You have skill in , money management, time management, interpersonal management, resolution of conflicts, getting people to by into changes that you want to do, and you also have project management skills too!

So add those to your Resume and be proud of you abilities! Do not let the false pressure os soceity get to you, you have a lot to offer just do s skill search so that you can define your skills, and put the down on paper!


April   April 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

My parent's adopted my son and helped me raise him. I praise them for this. He is a wonderful young man who is still in our family.


S   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Dr Laura skipped answering what she thinks of Michelle Obama because she is an ancient racist


marie davis   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Dr.Laura,
Stay-at-home moms are indeed to be admired. Were you able to obtain all your advanced degrees, manage a multi-media career, write books, etc. and be a stay-at-home mom?
Marie


Nicky Hamid   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Why are you making a divisive line between mothers and others who love and care for children?


Jessica J.   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

thanks to Dr Laura for this book and recognizing all the work that stay@home moms do!!!!!!!!!!!much love from Texas!!!!!!!


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Awe larry, don't sell her book on CNN. I think CNN has much more to do than that. Good Grief...


mary   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Dr. Laura:

I just heard your answer to the question about your relationship with your mom. And fraknly that is unacceptable to me, I can't understand how any women doesn't have a relationship with her mother. Mothers are the most precious thing in this world. You should have kept trying no matter what. I'd like to know is your mother still alive. And please answer the question about the stay at home lesbian. You are very evasive. Thank you


Stokey   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

As mother who had to work for insurance for a terminally ill child; I really resent your attitude. You seem to judge every woman who is employed. At least i didn't live off your taxes!!!! How to feel about Brad & Angelina. They have turned into baby factories and are not married. A committed relationship is all well and fine; but doesn't protect the children.
Tricia Diane


Pat   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Why would you say Hiliary Clinton vs. Michelle Obama is the most popular woman in America??????? This is insulting against Mrs. Obama!


Edward   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

In my opinion Dr. Laura is the most ignorant guest you have ever had on your show. She is spouting all of her opinions with absolutely no facts and without answering your questions. Is she seriously saying that all children in a single parent home should have been put up for adoption?


Zynga Lawreceville, GA   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

It's OK if you don't like Michelle Laura


Sandy Johnson   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Thank you Dr. Laura for speaking out in praise and support of stay at home moms! I have been a full time mommy for the past 11 + years and I would not trade it for anything. If I had not I would have missed all the firsts and someone else would have been the one my children run to when something is wrong.


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

@ Troy ((( LOL ))) Nope... just hit with a stupid stick


Jo Ann   April 8th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Anderson is covering this story on 360, what is the point? Aren't there more important stories to cover? Why doesn't he cover the ties between the Obama administration and the TARP companies? Or maybe the government taking over GM or Obama bowing to the Saudi King, or maybe the new Afghan law allowing men to rape their wives.


Tina Jones   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I disagree that just because a child is born or adopted into a household where there is marriage that it is always better. Bristol Palin can be a terrific mother to her baby so why should she even think about giving him up for adoption only to have the child wonder why this very capable and loving person could have raised him but did not.
A marriage does not always guarantee a loving household without troubles. I have seen many children raised with two parents end up just as confused and troubled as those raised by their single mom or dad.


Momma822   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I'm disgusted that Dr. Laura would somehow imply that two people are not ready to be parents or are not "stable" because they are not married. I am a young mother and I live with my boyfriend. Together, we raise our daughter in an extremely stable environment in which we both give her what she needs. I guarantee you that the happiness of our child does not depend on whether or not we are married but, rather, depends on the love we have for each other and for her. I'm completely offended at Dr. Laura's comments. It is LOVE between two people not MARRIAGE that guarantees a healthy environment. I can commit to someone without a piece of paper. Thank you for your attempt at making me feel like I am somehow an incompetent parent because I am not married. And as for Bristol Palin, I'm just thankful she chose LIFE.


Tina   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

You are wrong to say that children who are without two parents living together need to be adopted out. You should be careful not to play God. He wants children to be with their parents and I believe that it is best to keep it in that order unless their are safety concerns


Kelly Moore   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I won't be reading Laura Schlesinger's book..I had all 3 children out of wedlock and not once did I think of placing my children for adoption because they would have a "better life with a mom and a dad" Relationships break and we don't always know when. My children are ages 21, 16 and 15 and they are all 3 well adjusted successful children and I"m so proud of how I raised them and how accomplished they are. My oldest daughter is going to school full time to become a vet tech and works full time at CitiBank. My 17 year old is at the top of his class, is handsome, smart, nice, and wants to be an engineer. My youngest, Allie is a straight A student, dancer, gymnast, good friend and they are all beautiful people who will contribute to our world..they are my greatest accomplishments in life and I am so proud of them. I did a great job on my own! Kelly Moore


Bobby   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

It is certainly nice of you to praise stay at home moms but, what about women like my wife who realizes that both of us have to work to enjoy our life style, does that make her less of a mother to our son?


N. H. DRISCOLL   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Dr. Laura,

Because my husband abondoned both me and our child and refused to support us, even when ordered by the court to do so, I had to go to work. I chose to go into teaching because that afforded me most nearly the same hours at home and on vacation as those of my child. What comments do you have about a mother, who has no recourse except to work to support herself and her child, who chooses a profession which allows her as much time at home with her child as possible?


Dori from Florida   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Dr. Laura, What about Stay-at-Home Dads? Do you feel that their bond to a child can be equal to that of a Stay-at-Home Mom? I know wonderful Dads who raising amazing children.


Steve Smith   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

How can you continue to be against equal rights for gays and lesbians, including marriage, when denial of these rights has such destructive consequences to gay and lesbians as well as society at large... i.e. The shame that is indoctrinated into children which is so damaging to a child's self esteem, division among families with gay members, men and women who feel pressured by society to hide their identity and sometimes marry the opposite sex to "overcome or deny their sexuality" which leads to so much heart ache for everyone, denial of benefits to same sex couples who have long term relationships who reach the end of their life without the social security benefits as their heterosexual counterparts, and so much more!


acb123   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

It is very obvious that Dr. Laura doesn't like Michelle Obama. She sidestepped every question Larry asked her. He didnt ask her about Hillary Clinton or the First Grandma!!!


Ron Donhardt   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Thank you for writing this book. I'm going to buy for my wife (and our 3 daughters). My wife, a very intelligent and hard working woman, has been a stay-at-home mother for over 30 years (raising 7 children). I tell her how wonderful she is and what a sacrifice she has made. Thank you! Thank you!


Peggy martinez   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

how about stay at home dads? aren't they great, too. our family votes yes


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

OK Larry... go with this... now you have my interest!!!


Stacy Henderson   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Thank you, Dr. Laura, for a positive book on stay at home moms. We've been getting the bum wrap from working moms. Some are very spiteful and mean.
How many young girls dream "When I grow up, I'm going to have 4 kids and have them in daycare all day long being raised by strangers"
This trend, I blame on TV.


jack   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Laura, I wish you had stayed at home tonight...boorrrriiiinnnnggggg


Bridgette   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

God Bless you Dr. Laura! And thank you for recognizing us SAHMs!


Jody from Florida   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I stayed home, and now my girls are grown, they are helping me now...the family that plays together stays together! Thank you Dr. Laura


Kofi Inkabi   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I think Dr. Laura should acknowledge that it takes two to Tango. Levi is simply speaking out about his experience and telling the public the truth. Since Palin is using her daughter's experience as a teachable moment for her own political ambitions and to shape public policy, doesn't Levi have an obligation to set the story straight for the public record?


Karen, Chicago, IL   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

It may be wonderful to honor the stay at home mothers, but the working mothers do need to be honored also. Both positions have their pros and cons. In this economy, being a stay at home mother is becoming a luxury. It is extremely difficult to live on one salary especially when your spouse is a blue collar worker. I hope that my children will learn from having two working parents who do what rhey have to to survive and that this will build a strong work ethic for them in the long run. My love for my children is no more or less as a working mother. If I didn't work, we would probably live in a ghettto and what would that do for my children.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Who is listening to Laura Schiessinger anyway most of those people are only giving thier opinions anyway!


Sarah Umhoefer   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I am a stay at home home and an adoptive parent. Thank you so much for your support of adoption. Frequently it is portrayed as NOT in the best interest of the child. I am still waiting for a tv show to show this loving choice.


Laura   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I think it's great that Dr. Laura was able to be a "stay-at-home" mom,however, in today's society and with the economy being as it is, it really takes two people to both work full time, in order to live.
Moms or Dads who have the means to be at home with the children are fortunate, as there are many ( including myself) who would love to do so, but the difference in my wants and needs are two different things and I would much rather be able to provide for my children. This does not mean I love them less, or show them any less attention, affection, and love. Furthermore, I don't think that mom's who stay at home get talked about... Where is that coming from? If anything they are probably talking amongst themselves about how they wasted 4 years of college to do what they are doing now.
I think I should write a book called " Are You Serious" and if I'm lucky enough to get interviewed on Larry King, I'll try my best not to be so shocked that everyone has their own way of thinking and living.


Linda Esten   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I am sorry that Dr. Laura did not have a good relationship with her mother. I had a wonderful relationship with my mother and I delivered my 1st child when I was 39 years old. I loved my career and I loved my husband and new born son. My husband and I arranged for excellent child care and we continued to enjoy careers and our family. Today our son is very well adjusted because of a community of loving and caring childcare. I resent the fact that Dr. Laura feels that only the mother can take of her child. It takes a community. Michelle Obama is a wonderful role model for families.


Lori   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Many reaasons some moms choose to work. There is a balance act that every mother does in order to achieve success, some of the best mothers i have met are working mothers, they understand that act of balancing and achieve great opportunities with their kids, most of the stay at home moms i have worked with or met are not in touch with reality.

Lori Dietz, Speech Therapist


Mary   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Dr. Laura is clueless!!!!


carol   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I agreed with Dr.Laura until she said that the Palen baby should have been adopted out.

I am 73 years old and the product of a 16 year old mother and 19 year old father. Father was out of my life at 6, but Grandparents stepped up until my Mom remarried. I had a wonderful stepfather. So, maybe all situations don't work out as well, but for me I grew up very happy. I had two step sisters and 5 step brothers and sister from my fathers second marriage that I have recently been connected to by way of the internet. I grew up an only child and now have 7 half brother and sisters which makes me laugh.. My first sister were born when I was having my first child as my Mom was only 37 at that time and I was 21..

Anyway, I believe Bristal's Mom and Dad will be there for her until she would marry.


Ruby Pace   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Dr. Laura,


LAURETTA England   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Dr. Laura-

What is your opinion on stay at home mothers that also take care of a sick parent as well in the same residence?


Jacqueline   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Dr. Laura is judgemental and wrong most of the time. She oversimplifies everything. Who is she to claim that unmarried or young parents should put their kids up for adoption? Would it not be more true to determine this on a case by case basis? Has Dr. Laura researched adopted children? Adopted children typically long for their biological parents their whole lives. A young mother is still old compared to an infant. Secondly, there are plenty of married and older parents who are completely inadequate. Stop oversimplifying the issue and practicing age and single status discrimination. We are not fooled by your facade of superiority that you mask as traditionalism.


Gretchen   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Dear Dr. Laura,
Don't you think you are contributing to the "Working Mom's Guilt" when you spout your opinions about Mom's and how women should stay at home with their kids?

I would l just like to speak for many mom's out there who, like me, go to work every day worrying about their kids' spelling tests, if their kids will be beat up on the playground or anything else.

Mom's do what we have to to provide for our families, whether we are single mom's, married, or somewhere in between. I don't need your PITY, I do what I need to do and I do it because I love my family. Contrary to your TRITE beliefs, I am The Bread Winner and if I wanted my family to live in a cardboard box, I would quit my job because that is the honest truth. Today, many women are the breadwinners due to choices, or opportunities presented to their husbands, or simply because women are alone. I don't know if you've noticed but this is not Leave It to Beaver anymore. We no longer have the luxury of staying at home while Ward Cleaver brings home enough income to support an entire family in a nice house.

To those working Mom's out there, it is not the amount of time spent with your kids, it is the quality of time.

It is the crap that people like Dr. Laura peddle that hurts women's plight everywhere whether it is for equal pay so we don't need to have that second or third job or adding to the guilt women already feel.

Thanks but no thanks for your IGNORANT book...


Rich   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Dr. Laura if you believe what you are saying, you should join "Code Pink" and help end the Iraq War which is destroying the "family" unit.


Sharon Daffron   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Very Idealistic!
Obviously the Lady is a sum of her experiences, as we all are.
She speaks to only about 10%, the real world works and must.


tracy   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

She claims to have written this book because of the "mommy war." But she is profiting off of and encouraging this mommy war by taking a clear position against moms who work by choice. We should support all mothers and not create a false hierarchy of motherhood. Shame on you "Dr." Laura. You are part of the problem, not the solution.


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Larry... can I come on your show and sell my book??? Then I could be a stay at home mom!


L   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Say what? Dr Laura has no opinion on politics yet she tears any other topic to shreds? How foolish do you think people are? This woman is an embarrassment


Bailey   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

1. Does she have anything good to say about Michelle Obama?

2. Does she think that all stay at home moms are dedicated to the best interests of their children?


Jo Ann   April 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Laura is living in the stone age.


Julianne Fink   April 8th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Are children any better because women work? I don't think so.


paul   April 8th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

she's a joke..laughing, no opinion on anything///dodging questions..WHY is she a guest ?


Joey Nguyen   April 8th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Dr. Laura's anti-semitism comes through load and clear with her description of her Mom as "nice little Italian girl in a Jewish family that was unaccepting of her." Her intolerance and hypocrisy comes through in her deflection of criticism about her Mom's choices by criticising others, such as Michelle Obama and Bristol Palin, or refusing to support gay marriage Dr. Laura's life story does help explain though why she is so bitter, something that until now had always puzzled me. Thank you Larry! -Joey N., Redondo Beach


Spencer and Nicole   April 8th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Hi Dr. Laura,
We are a couple in our early twenties and have been listening to you for a while now and we just love you! Thanks for all you do.


Ryan   April 8th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

happy birthday max


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

LOL @ Jack My feelings exactly


mike adkins   April 8th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Dr Laura
when do you check on reality? because of economic times most households cannot survive on one income. I think it's great if a mom wants to stay at home, but people are losing their jobs, incomes retirements and homes right now.


Meredith   April 8th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I think it is obvious that Dr. Laura is passionate about this child bonding, she also takes it personal. But I also think it is important for a mom to have some kind of life outside of the home.


JR Graff   April 8th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Dr. Laura not only dodged these questions but comes across as such a cold, out-of-touch person with today's world. It's a lot more than simply needing to lighten up.

I wish for once she would get to know a gay or lesbian person instead of hiding behind her faith as an excuse to attack with discrimination, bigotry and ignorance. Just for once, meet gay and lesbian people who are not pretty, rich or promiscuous. GLBT's who are indeed plain and average people that work, pay taxes and have just as many hopes, dreams and goals as anyone else.


Elaine   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I'd prefer having a doctor who's honest in her opinions about day to day things that matter to people. She seems to only be interested in speaking about one message – her book. If that's the case, she should go on a book tour, not Larry's show.


Sean B   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

This women is unqualified and is not answering any questions. She is a bigot. Please CNN do not allow her to come back on the show.


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Jo Ann... for once I completely agree with you


Penny Warner   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

If ALL the moms stayed home, who would be the school teachers, nurses, cashiers, librarians, physicians, etc, etc, etc???


adam   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Hello!! its 2009 not 1949 just because your mom didn't love you doesn't mean our mothers doesn't love us.


Vito   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

What empirical, published, peer-reviewed evidence supports Laura's assertion that stay-at-home moms produce better children than moms who work?


LAURETTA England   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Dr. Laura –

What is your thoughts about stay at home mothers that are also caretakers to ailing parent.

Lauretta


dawnelle davis   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I have always been a single mom. My daughter is 26, teaches special ed and is VERY HAPPY and well adjusted. My 2 adopted children (whose mother died) are a boy 25, happy & successful and a girl, 16, doing great in school and participating in lots of extra curricular activities as well as community service. Their mother was a single working woman herself. all the children know they are loved and appreciated. None of them have ever indicated any 'llonging' for daddy. A bad or disinterested father is certainly no better for a family than a committed single woman. I am sick of hearing you and others stte with certitude that a single parent family is some sort of deficit for children. That's baloney. Also, I think children who lose a parent early in life and are raised by the surviving parent would also resent your suggestion they are somehow not quite as good as those lucky souls raised by 2 parents. Your closed-mindedness has always left me cold, and I think people like you who put themselves up as 'role models' when in fact they harbor an incredible amount of prejudice and resentment for a large part of the population are the worst kind of 'models' we can have. just curious dr laura, how much of your wealth is contributed to organizations that work to see that all children have as many of the advantages of your so-called 'right family'? i'm guessing not very much.


Kelli   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Stokey....I am not sure if you heard the entire interview, but she does feel for Mom's that have to work. I hope you heard that part of it.

Either way, I do feel for Mom's that have to work....it must very hard.


Ed   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Does Dr. Laura compliment her surgeons for their fine work on her most recent facelifts?


Joey Nguyen   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Dr. Laura’s anti-semitism comes through loud and clear with her description of her Mom as “nice little Italian girl in a Jewish family that was unaccepting of her.” Her intolerance and hypocrisy comes through in her deflection of criticism about her Mom’s choices by criticising others, such as Michelle Obama and Bristol Palin, or refusing to support gay marriage Dr. Laura’s life story does help explain though why she is so bitter, something that until now had always puzzled me. Thank you Larry! -Joey N., Redondo Beach


Herman Smith   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

If you have not addressed stay at home dads in your book; why not mention it now on the show.


Sue   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

While you devoted the book to stay-at-home mom's, what do you think of society's support or lack there of for single mom's and what do you suggest be done get dad's more involved emotionally and financially?


Lynda   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

For the first time ever, I turned off Larry King live in disgust. I could not listen to the platitudes from Dr. Schlessinger who is laying even more guilt onto working women than they already feel. She seems oblivious to the financial necessity for mothers to work and refused to acknolwedge this even after Larry repeated his question about three times. Why does CNN even invite her?


dawn   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Would you agree that every choice (to stay at home or to work outside of the home) is a personal one? Given that choice, there are always things that you sacrafice. Praise to all mothers is what is necessary! And equal respect to all who made the right choice for their situation.


Peter Speicher, MD   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I agree with you 110% on your opinion concerning Gov. Sarah Palin's teenage unwed pregnant daughter. I was undecided in the last election until I saw how the republican's 'spun' what should be a family crisis(requiring intense private examamination) into something wonderful. I voted for Obama/Biden.


Randall Schenkel   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I am a single father by divorce. Why is there so much written in praise of mothers. But the Fathers are looked on as nothing more than someone paying child support. When will someone have the guts to go on national television and let the world know the importance of fathers. The relationship of a father with his children is just as important as the relationship with the mother. Fathers in the USA get a bad rap.....I bet if the truth be told....there are more dead beat mothers than dead beat fathers.


vronnie   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

This lady must be a joke.she's lost in space, i was a stay at home mom when my children was small and i loved it but i also could not wait to go to work out side of the house so it has its advantaged and disadvantages.She has no opion on anything thats meaning ful she needs to be in therpay for her own problems with her mother.


Karen   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Larry- I can,t believe Dr. Laura called Tyra junk T.V. The audience was laughing because it is mostly comprised of teenagers and young adults. That;s their mentality. My mom was both a stay at home mom, and later a working mom. I don't think I missed out on anything. My mom was a hard worker that had me @ 16 good for me she didn't listen to Dr Laura. Purchased her first home @ 20 and was retired from a city job that she had at age 50. She is now able to take care of her grand children and 94 yrar old father. Age doesn't make you a good parent. Common sense and the support of family and community does. That sixteen year old mom also graduated from college at 18 and raised two more babies by the time she was twenty six and all three are college graduates and now have families of their own. It's quality of time that chuldren need not quantity. I along with my two younger sisters are very well adjusted and have memories of wonderful summers and quality time spent with our family.


Trip   April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Dr. Laura,
Quit dodging questions if you agreed to do an interview live on television. If you can write books and preach on all of your philosophy, why can't you openly discuss it on television. The purpose of an interview, is to discuss YOUR personal opinion on matters and to answer questions posed by the moderator and/or people...


mary   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Dr. Laura:

I wouldn't purchase your book nor would I read your book if it were given to me. I find you to be a bit abrasive, not honest, and downright jealous of Michelle Obama. You must have an opinion of Michalle Obama. She is a fabulous lady, a scholar, I'm sure if you could take a page out of her book. You must be joking to say you don't have an opinion about Michelle Obama, and yes, she is the most famous women in the world, not your lady Hillary Clinton. There will not be another first lady like Michelle Obama in the white house ever.


Amber Miller   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

1950 or 2008... children still thrive under a "stay at home" parent. Be it a Mom or a Dad. Why did careers become MORE important than raising our children?


Caleb   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

THANKS DR. LAURA

I LISTEN TO YOU ALL THE TIME!

YOU ARE GREAT!!!


Michèle Dextras   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I and many other women chose to work and we raised healthy, level-headed, happy kids. My son is 34 years old, still loves to come home for family reunions with my parents and siblings. He developed a relationship with his father and me that was equal and loving because both of us had an equal hand in his development and education. I would not have had it any other way.

On the other side of the coin, those parents, mothers or fathers who choose to stay home with their kids should be able to do so and have the support to do so. There is not only one way to raise children. There are many ways to raise them healthy, loving and happy.


R. J. S.   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Is "Dr." Laura capable of directly answering a question without the pompous fluff?


Susan   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I'm a working Mom. My husband is a stay-at-hom Dad. We have two children...11 and 14. What do you think of that?


Kathi   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Who does this Dr. Laura think she is? Saying Bristol should put her baby up for adoption? That's a decision of the parents not some shrink. Why is she so unsure about so many question Larry is asking? She has no opinion of our first lady? She thinks Hillary is the most famous woman? Good grief Larry you need to find someone better to get guests for your show!


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Jo Ann

over 2k women have been raped and murdered in Guatemala since 2000 and not one guys has been arrested, but i only found out about it only 1 week ago, i guess know one cares no one at all!


Suzanna   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

It is never a good thing to "game" a valid question. Everyone has an opinion. Why not call it like it is, just say "I don't want to answer this".
Please answer the questions with grace and dignity instead of evasive commentary.


Louise- virginia   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

As the daughter of a Pediatrician Mom who graduated from medical school in 1945 and a physician Mom myself who has raised 3 boys, why do you think that stay at home Mom is more honorable than a Working Mom?

I aksed my boys many times would they like me to be home or work. Each expressed enormous pride that I was an active duty Army officer, medical doctor and that we ate every dinner together, I cooked all the meals, washed clothes, went to every game and taught them hard work and honor. Each boy is proud, successful and happy. Now 29, 22 and 18.What is the problem?


Jane   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

What do you think of grandparents in their late 60s, mid-70s babysitting their toddler granddaughter and infant grandson, FULL-TIME, while the children's parents maintain six-figure income jobs? Meanwhile, their other two grandchildren, being raised by their stay-at-home Mom, are being ignored?


Pam Cyze   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I am really sad to see you conpromise your values, and condone same sex marraige....shame on you!


lela   April 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Dr. Laura! Thank you for writting the book. I am a mother of three for 15 years( thank God) working mostly part time.But after I had my third baby i decided to be a full time stay-at-home mother and I wanted to let you know that I never feeled more fulfilled and confidential in my self; not that I don't find it very dificcult. Thank you again,


Anne   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I have been a stay at home mom since I started having kids in 1982.
My daughter is 27 and single. She went through college and is has a wonderful job with the D-day museum in New Orleans. I still have two boys at home, 22 and 19. Both attend Tulane University and are happy living at home. I have always been involved at school, playground, sports and everything. Their friends are always welcome at our house. Never had a problem with drugs or alcohol.


Michael   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I think it was pretty much obvious that she does not approve of Michelle Obama. That one comment was rite on the money you could tell by her body language. All around I cant say I really care to hear anything else this lady has to say.


Roma   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Dr. Laura: Once the baby has been weaned from breast-feeding, why wouldn't it be acceptable for the father to share equally in the staying-at-home and raising the child? It seems that the child would benefit greatly from equal time with each parent, rather than the father having to work extra hours each day because the mother is not bringing in income.

Also, how do you call yourself a scientist (which we have heard you do many times) when you are incredibly selective in the research you choose to believe, discuss, and write about, without including those studies which go against what you support?


Jo Ann   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

If women or girls don't respect themselves why would anyone else respect them?


Krystal   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Larry,

I think a woman should do what makes them happy whether it is a career or home with children. But I have several friends from a doctors to office workers who want and can't back out of the work force. I think more and more women are wanting to stay at home or at least several women I know.

We have cut back and I am doing just that. We wanted to teach our children our values. Besides it would take more than I could make for day care.

I wish in politics you hear about "the working mother" but you don't see much support for the stay at home mom. I have been both and being a stay at home mom is not easy. Rewarding yes. Easy no.


Ruby Pace   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Dr. Laura,
My daughter has always chosen to stay home with her kids and her husband is always trying to prusser her to work so they can have more.
What do you think about her chose?
Ruby.....TN


Kofi Inkabi   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Life is more complicated than what Dr. Laura proclaims. I know of several children who were raised in single parent homes who turned out just fine. I also know of children raised in very dysfunctional and abusive homes with both a "mommy and a daddy." Perhaps the Dr. should address these nuances rather than simplifying them into stark black and white.


gaelle hyppolite   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

No... this is exactly what's going on in America today. i truly think Bristol has an opportunity to reach her peers to say "Hey" abstinence is really hard but if you wait until you're older to make that decision, you'll be glad because it will be with someone with more substance and intelligence. Because her family in the media, i don't think she'll never have that chance. It's very sad.


Arlene   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Dr. Laura,
Regarding Briston Palin and your advice that she should have given her baby up for adoption (which I whole heartedly do not agree with)...isn't President Obama a 'product' of a 'non-traditional' family by his father and mother not raising him together and with much influence from his maternal grandparents?
There is often more heartache and damage in 'traditional' families.


John Haser   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Why are women who stay at home to raise childen and take care of a household not considered to be "working?"


Dianne Brown   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

All Dr. Laura is on this show for is to promote a new book, she only has opinions on what her book. I'm sure she has opinions on the other topics that are being raised.


Karen   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

DR Laura is a quack she is out of touch with reality and modern times.


FLAVIA   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Dr. Laura is all about the story she wrote, obviously from her "very tiny view of the world" and women and families. I suppose in her view America is the whole world. She obviously dislikes First Lady, Michele Obama and makes no secret of it. In fact, she does not even recognize the First lady so why would she have an opinion?


vronnie   April 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Come on Larry things are not this bad.


Bill   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

She's awful. And condescending.


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

@ Randall Schenkel

I agree with you. There are many single men raising their children. I personally know of 2 men currently doing this


Laura   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

She does not deserve to use her doctorate in this capacity and she should stop using it to gain celebrity.

Her response regarding the situation of a child with lesbian parents, a child being "bereft" of a father....wake up. A household with two dedicated parents trumps a household with a "mommy and daddy" that are in a dysfunctional relationship, as so many of them are.

Her premise is flawed, and her "praise" does nothing to positively impact today's society.


Kimberly Jordan   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I would love to know who Dr. Laura would consider a good role model for mothers. Especially, if she can't admit that Mrs. Obama is a good role model. She is not being realistic and seems to be a negative person. The world is not perfect. All moms can't afford to stay at home! This is not the 1950s!!!!


Olivia do Couto   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

How can this women put out a book? She seriously is putting the womens movement back 100 years.


Fran   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

How can Dr. Laura be relevant and "controversial" if she has no opinions on current events? Just another "stick to my book" author hawking their wares.


Lane Giard   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Hi Larry, I just turned you on. Is this woman selling a book? she sounds like it. Has nothing to say say neg and has no opinion on politics, we all have opinions and if she wasnt trying to make a sale she would give hers. Same sex marriges are a bad thing to be. It is disrespectfull to narmal people.


DSP   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Dr. Laura, I think you believe tha same, that a health community/society start at home, and family is a principle institution that comprise a storng community/society. Therefore, saty home momy needs a bread-winer dady. How realistic that can be in the modern American society? I think it should be that parents should spend more time raising their kids. "it is like small town America is were patriotic people lives" does these sound-bits divisive?


Paula Hammond   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Why does Dr. Laura think everything is so funny? She critizized Tyra for making jokes and yet she just sits there and giggles. I think she is silly.


Rachel Johnson   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Maybe I missed it but what kind of a doctor is she? If it's a PHd, in what cooking?


Bill   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

CNN has recently changed the format of the Larry King show. Too many commercial... one question and they you go to commercial. I have totally lost interest in the program due to this change.
Does CNN now mean Commercial Nuisance Network?


Mark R.   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I think the doc. makes good sense. there is a difference between working because you must and working for selfish gain (I know those were not her actual words). Women have left their children at home in order to prove themselve equal in society, but have created a large inbalance in the home. leaving children to raise themselves in a way.


diane wickens   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I'm tired of busy bodies like Dr. Laura.

Either "stay at home" parents or working parents can be good parents when they take their responsibility to their families seriously, love their children and do their best.


Donald   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I think all women would like to stay home and raise their kids.
Economics just doesn't let that happen.
You are making women feel guilty about not staying home.


eol   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Thank you for being open minded


Ted   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Woman give it up. Buy all your books.


Michael   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Needless to say I think if she came on Larry King trying to promote her book it has turned out to be a mistake. I think her comments has hurt her.


Karen Curzon   April 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I have not read Dr. Schiessinger's book, but I hope that she is not condeming working mothers. I hope that she is not saying that mothers who work are not loving, caring, and nurturing to their children. I have raised two wonderful children who are both adults and I spent practically every minute that I was not working with them – school functions, sports activities, helping with homework, spending evenings together just talking. I had to work to help my husband support our family, so that we could have a roof over our head, food on the table, clothes, etc. Not a day goes by that I don't wish I had more time that I could spend with them, but we made it work and they continue to thank me to this day for everything we did to make their lives happy and complete.


Franklin   April 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Larry, Laura appear to be pandering to the conservative mothers using the popularity of Michelle Obama. She, however, does not want to give any honor to the first lady and seeking to sell her book on the 1st lady's popularity.

Dr. Laura please be more transparent and flexible.


Gail   April 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

A lot of women have no choice but to work -You are right, childrens needs HAVN'T CHANGED!!!!They still NEED clothing , They still NEED FOOD!!!!TheY still NEED SHELTER!!!!They still NEED A-LOT of things that their dead-beat fathers don't supply !!!!


Rob   April 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

There's Dr Laura – complete with blinders – jumping from one side of the fence to the other – and basically living in the past with no concept of today's reality.


Yanick Bayard   April 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

72% of America approves of Michele Obama and I think she is a woman of substance in addition to being a good mom and great first lady, what is your problem Dr. Laura, is it her color that troubles you?


liz kendricks   April 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Dr. Laura:
Didn't you work when your child was younger? Are you contradicting yourself?


Dollene Smith   April 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Dr. Laura,

I was a stay at home mom for 14 years. Before that I was a wife for 4 years. I have been blessed with a wonderful 18 year old son. I would not have done it any other way. My only challenge has been moving back into the work world. Majority of people don't have a clue as to why we stay at home. It is to nurture our children so that they understand what a secure family is all about with the hopes of helping them follow in our footsteps. I am not saying that those who work cannot foster such. It is much more rewarding.

Please remember me as I struggle at this time in my life to move back into the work world. I am committed and willing to do what I can to forward my late career.

Doll


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

why is the heck didn't those girl get charged with a sex crime for sending thos pictures, but as soon as that little boy sent those pictures he got charged and is now considered a child molestor, how unfair is that!


Sandra Poirier   April 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Dear Laura,
Your theory is a wonderful idea, but only applies to approximately 5% of the population in the US.


acb123   April 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I just wanted to add, this is my first time ever doing a blog. I am a faithful Larry King Live viewer. I have been a Dr. Laura fan, read some of her books. but I had to comment on her sidestepping all questions pertaining to Michelle Obama. Maybe it is because of her relationship with her mother...and not understanding the special relationship the First Grandma and Michelle have and those beautiful grandchildren.
acb123


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Laura... HOW CAN YOU JUDGE OTHER PEOPLE. THEY ARE JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE... AND YOU CALL YOURSELF A CLINICIAN??? I THINK NOT!


Delores   April 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Dr. Laura has based her career on her strong and decisive opinions.
It surprises me ( who admires her a lot), that she has no opinion on the First Lady of our Country. It was clear in her response that she has a problem with First Lady Obama, that is really "sad".

I also find it interesting that she had a political opinion during the election, and now she can hold a political thought. I have always respected her decisive views on people, relationships, and parenting, so her response tonight leaves me puzzled.


Allison McDermott   April 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

It is so frustrating hearing about the "sacrifices" of Stay at Home Moms. Do you have any idea how many of us would love to be stay at home moms, but have no choice but to work or our family will be homeless or without healthcare?! I was a stay-at-home-mom for 6 years when my kids were born, then I worked at home part time out of necessity. Finally, after my husband was going through his 3rd layoff/downsizing in 5 years, I had to go back to work full time so that we could have insur. coverage and some steady income. There is NO comparison – working outside the home (when you don't have enough $ for a nanny or housekeeper) is 1000 times more difficult than being an at-home mom. We are trying to do everything at home moms do, but we have 40+ of the best hours of the week taken from us!! We have to juggle deadlines and stress at work PLUS all the laundry, homework, bill paying, conferences, extra-curricular activities of our children!!!!! I would trade this in a minute if I could be at home to focus on my family and my house!!!


Stuart Wade   April 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I believe in stay at home Moms. Their would be more jobs for men who really be the bread winners!


Angela Williams   April 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Sadly this will not be addressed on the show. However, I believe that Dr Laura has a personal problem with the first lady of the United States. When she was first asked about Michelle she said that "oh I thought Hilary Clinton was the most famous woman in the world". After being asked a second time she responded by saying I don't get into politics. Dr Laura it is very unpatriotic for you to show such lack of interest in our president and first lady. Hilary would have been a great president I agree but the fact is President Obama is our president and having bitterness about it will not change a thing. Thanks and God bless you could have found one positive thing to say about the first lady and by the way there are thousands more but to mention one would have been very classy of you now you just look trashy.


Paulia   April 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Larry,
I do not care for your guest or her opinions. She is trying to sell books and trying not to say that she dislikes Michelle Obama.


Pamela   April 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Dr. Laura my be qualified (I really don't know a lot about her) but she's a flake.


Jeannie   April 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

The stay at home mother is no longer an option. The middle class families need two income to survive. t is the priviledge of the wealthy. Most of us need to work to provide for our children. you seem so disconnected from reality. I suggest that you take a road trip and witness how families are living.


Shakia Spears   April 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

You are right. We as stay at home moms are NOT defined by our careers!


Roma   April 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Another comment: As for the great wonderful 1950s" that Laura so likes – what the good "doctor" needs to remember is that plenty of bad stuff was going on, but not being discussed or dealt with, which we do today.

Also, she always claims that feminists 'nauseate and sicken' her; she needs to remember that if it weren't for the feminist movement she'd never have gotten the opportunities as education, jobs, and life choices that she has enjoyed. Get over yourself.


Gregory Anderson   April 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Dr. Laura, I repect your opinion on same sex marriages. But, same sex marriages is as unhealthy as someone wanting to commit suicide.


pamela huddleston bickford   April 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Donna Reed? Seriously, I took a 6 week maternity leave with my first pregnacy in 1979....I returned to work, three kids and 25 years later. Forget what is good for the kids, I loved the time that I spent with them, the life that I lived. I would not trade that time for any career. After 25 years, I went back to work....started my own company...not a cookie company as the donna reed caller may presume but a technolgy company, a leading technology company...now I have all those wonderful memories of first steps, first words...the joy and now I create jobs for others! priceless!


Stephanie Christopher   April 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

OMG Dr Laura, you are crazy and I am now turning this off. Are you serious that kids dying in cars are all from working moms?????? Um, should we look at the statistics involved in the % of abusers of children who are MOM's???? And what a hypocrit sitting in your nice tailored suit (thanks to your JOB) preaching about staying at home. Sorry Larry, going to NBC now.


Helen Anderson   April 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I can't believe that Dr. Laura has no comment on anything but that its good to be a stay at home mom. No comment on how Michele Obama is doing as first lady, no comment on anything that Larry King asked her. What a boar.


Fred Aiese, LCSW   April 8th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Why is anyone interested in what Laura Schlessinger has to say? She has veritably no credentials as any type of therapist. Does she not reailze that it's not economically feasible for most women in this country to be "stay at home" moms? Laura's 15 minutes of fame should have ended long ago. She insults women who are at wits end trying to meet the demands of home and work. Dr. Laura is a disgrace.


Rich   April 8th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

We have a moral decay going on in this country and it is seriously frightening. I just got off “American Idol” and they had on Flo-Rider with scantily clad gyrating dancers grinding up and down on him!!! The same Fox network that promotes “family values” on it’s “News” station!! And they are all over Tyra Banks for asking Levi Johnson about safe sex…

Dr. Laura what effect do you think the war in Iraq is having on the "family" unit?...........


Stephanie   April 8th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Dr. Laura..Dr. Laura...you have it wrong...how can you say same sex marriage is admirable ..it so is off message from your other "stay moral" stances. I think you just choose your words and views to stay in the popular culture and are a sell out once you get the tast of you success in print and radio. I am done reading and listening to you.


M   April 8th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

It is wonderful to see this fossil bristle with intimidation re: Michelle Obama..she is jealous of her and totally out of touch with reality


yetunde   April 8th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Larry
I will never buy her book cause she couldn't pull it together.


Kathryn from Texas   April 8th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Dr. Laura,

Yes, it is great when a mom gets to stay at home with her child/children. I wish I could've stayed home with mine. I was fortunate that our children stayed with grandparents. I worked because I had to, to feed, clothe, and provide shelter. Even with my husband and I both working, it was still a challenge. I didn't work for vacations and a fancy house, I worked to provide a home.

I don't think you realize how fortunate YOU were. There's not that many jobs out there that allow women to take the kids to school, work a few hours, and still be there when they return home from school. Your job was/is unique. There aren't that many like it.

So, from all of us that wanted to stay at home, but couldn't, give us a break.

I also couldn't agree with you less on the Palin grandchild. Adoption doesn't always work out for the child. Parents divorce all the time, and the child still suffers. There are no guarantees, so why choose to allow a stranger to raise your child, IF you want to raise it yourself.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

i wish she would shut up, al she does is tell untruths


Theresa Rey   April 8th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Finally-- I was made to feel for all the years I should do more. I was grateful to be home and created a good life for family and friends. The most impowering feeling is to have productive children. That is the best achievement. It was impossible to do it all well. I did make a chioce. Thanks for recognizing me.


Alicia Lenart   April 8th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

After high school, I entered a rapid downward spiral. My family and friends didnt know me anymore- I did not know me anymore. I tried to committ suicide twice. I was in horrible relationships with jerks. Then one day I came upon Dr. Laura on the radio. Instead of pressing the seek button I listened. I consumed her words like the best comfort food there was. I began, and later graduated, college, dumped the loser, and eventually married a wonderful man and have had two beautiful daughters. I am thrilled to be a stay at home mom, despite all the "nice" things of life for me to do that. I shudder to think where my life might have gone had I not happened upon her show and went on to read every single one of her books.


Marie   April 8th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

"Dr. Laura" is a joke and a fake. She can offer her opinion on raising children, motherhood, socioeconomics and life yet when asked direct questions on these same issues doesn't have an opinion. She is making money on talk shows pandering her book at the expense of women who must work.


Yvonne   April 8th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I am appalled that Dr Laura will not express an opinion of Michelle Obama. She dodged the bullet twice. Apparently, she doesn't like her. I agree, she's totally out of touch and it time for her to "go home."


simi   April 8th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Cant understand why Larry had to interview this person who didnot even have a good personality of her own. Please dont waste our time to listen to these kinda sleazy females.


Silvia Alonzi   April 8th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Thanks Larry for having Dr. Laura on, I LOVE HER!!! She changed my life, our children are so precious and they grow up so fast and she's just letting us know that we women cannot do it all and when we choose to have children, we should be unselfish enough to raise them. Thank you Dr. Laura – you're the best!!!!


Helen Anderson   April 8th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I can't believe that Dr. Laura has no comment on anything but that its good to be a stay at home mom. No comment on how Michele Obama is doing as first lady or as a mother, no comment on anything that Larry King asked her. I found her very boring and self centered.


R. Lareau   April 8th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

The hypocrisy of Laura Schlesinger talking about sexting is palpable. Did she forget the naked photographs of herself that she gave to Bill Balance. The only difference is the medium, and dumping on young women from Mount Laura is really laughable, especially in light of the fact that when they were first produced, over the internet, she denied that it was her, only to then try to claim "he could not publish them because of privacy and ownership claims."


Vilma   April 8th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I understand that Dr. Laura is trying to sell a book. Frankly I am tired of all the books people like her are trying to sell. More power to her is she is able to reach into poor women's pockets and take some of their dollars to augment her wealth. Perhaps she should donate the proceeds from her book to benefit all those poor woment and men that are living in shelters due to the difficult economic times. Further, we should praise all women and not judge them for the decisions they make. It is after all their decision and that of their spouse/partner to look outside for a source of income in order to provide the better schools for their children. Dr. Laura perhaps needs to be reminded that only those better neighborhoods offer the better schools. The better neighborhoods demand higher housing prices and thus the need for two incomes. She is too disattached from the realities of middle income families.


Hinzy   April 8th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Can you imagine having to grow up with this woman??? I would be begging my mother to take a job! This chick is a complete hypocrite – check out her past and see how well her "stay at home mommy" job did with her own family. NOT good.

Also – she has nothing to say when a single mother HAS to work to feed and provide for her kid. What fantasy land does this crazy woman live in??


george   April 8th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Dr. Laura states she has no regards to gays, gay marriage/civil unions yet her radio shows and past comments clearly state she is against anything gay. I will guess she has no comment on Larry's show tonight because she is selling a book. Maybe she can donate a portion of the revenues to the 10 million unadopted children in America?


christie   April 8th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

As much as I applaud stay at home moms. I applaud more woman who have to be moms and at the same time achieve greater things in society like contribute to our economy, medicine, societal advancement through their jobs/careers.. God created us with multiple talents and expects us to develop those talents for the good of mankind, women included. Woman are made with the ability to multitask and are proving it everyday. As a matter of fact, most successful people had working mothers. I am a physician, all my siblings have at least a doctoral degree and have great careers and raising stable, successful kids. So are my friends. My mom worked all her life as a teacher and was able to teach us and inspire us. As a matter of fact Dr LAURA, WHY DID YOU NOT ENTIRELY QUIT YOUR JOB WHEN RAISING YOUR KIDS? Wether you worked one hour or 3 hours means you were not a stay at home mom per se.


Lisa   April 8th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I have to agree 100% with Dr. Laura on praising stay at home moms!! I worked until I had my first child and then quit my job to stay home with my kids until they started school. I will say those were the best days of my life. Yes as a family we had to learn to cut back on things...instead of eating out all the time..we ate in..instead of going out to the movies we rented movies..things like that! I am a full time working mother now that my children are older but have never regretted the time I had at home! I feel the most important years are when they are young and feel very fortunate to have been able to stay home and so glad as a family we made that decision! Hats off to Dr. Laura for writing such a fantastic book honoring stay at home moms!


Mary from Huntley   April 8th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Forget about Dr. Laura and her dumb book... I would rather want to hear about the pirates!


Meredith from Davis   April 8th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Everything is not black and white, there are advantages of having a working mother. She can bring more income and then provide more opportunities such as sending them to a private school or family trips to Europe.


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

@ Fred Aiese, LCSW

I completely agree and I am also in the field! Talk about critical and judgmental. What ever happened to Rogerian philosophy???


Troy   April 8th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

what is the point of this stupid blog only 1 question?


Sharon   April 8th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Unimpressed with Laura. She obviously had a problem with answering questions about our famous first lady. She's a joke.


Janet Birnkrant   April 8th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Dr. Laura is not honest , forthright, nor particularly intelligent. She dodges questions on your show by saying that she is has "no opinion" of Michele Obama nor can she "answer political questions". Agree w/ Larry that this is not a political question at all. By her omission of an answer , she is really saying she doesn't agree that Michelle Obama is a model for Moms or a good first lady.
By her reluctant admission that lesbian moms can make good stay at home parents, she then adds that they are "bereft" of a father, using the wrong word- meaning I guess 'deprived".
I find her conservative, traditional, unable to think out of the box and a prissy passe excuse for a shrink.
I am a retired college professor with a son who IS a open psychiatrist even though he may be a bit traditional, he certainly is open minded. I find her " small minded" and frankly offensive.


aini   April 8th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I agree with Dr. Laura's opinion on the degenration of socitey and how women have undergone a serious degradation in stature. Women at home are sacrificing much more than those who go out of their own will. Of course those who have no other option, have it hard.


kirti Mehrotra   April 8th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I stayed home with my kids and started my career slowly after they both were in school. I still feel I took something away from them that I could offer if I had woted a little longer. Today they are 21 and 17 and I work 50 hour weeks and feel good about having stayed home when I did. Why is this concept so difficult for young mothers to understand?


Lindsey   April 8th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I am a 15 year old, and It would be really great if I could come home and have my mother be there with cookies and milk. But with the economy most mothers have more then one jobs. Also most mothers are now single parents and they need to work just to put food on the table.
I understand you are giving thanks to stay at home moms, but you need to reach the rest of America. Nobody stays home anymore, except the millionaires.


Debbie   April 8th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

what do you say to moms that don't have the privilege of staying at home. I would love to stay home with my kids but can't because I am a single mom


Elaine   April 8th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Make her stop! I don't want to see her on CNN ever again. She not only cannot give an advice, she can't listen, speak intelligently or answer questions. Oh, and don't know much about things since apparently, she has no opinions at all!


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

over the past 20 years pay has not gone up , but down that is why most families have both parents working far too much, the companies and coporations have gotten our people to sellout our own families to work for hardley anything, and have made people feel bad for working for little or nothing. If we do not take back our own lives we may one day find that the word family no longer means anything at all!


Jessie   April 8th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I was just wondering why Dr. Laura wanted single mothers to give their baby up for adoption because of lack of a father but she supports lesbian mothers that want to be "stay at home moms."


vanissa   April 8th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I am a stay at home mom. I agree 100% that only a mother can give her child that unconditional love the child deserves. It doesn't last forever, they grow and go to school, move out, get married and you never get that time back. I have let all my high maintence materials go and live pretty basic and I do not always get what I want, just the nessary essentials now. I am ok with that. It would kill me to have to pay someone else to enjoy watching MY child grow. Your love to your child is priceless.


Terise -NY   April 8th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I've listen to Dr. Laura on the radio,boy was I disappointed when I listen to her be so phony when ask about the 1st Lady.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

DR. Laura is a nut case!


Doctor Donna   April 8th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Dr. Laura states that the needs for a mother to take care of baby haven't changed since the 50's. Is she living in such a privledged bubble that she doesn't realize that the economy has changed since the 50's, and most mothers NEED to work. Ugghh!


Emily   April 8th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Dr Laura don’t’ have an opinion about nothing !Nothing that will compromise her own interests….Talk about sale out. One of those day that she should stay HOME!


Catherine   April 8th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Dr. Laura,

You are so full of yourself. You laugh off questions regarding real life situations, hold your nose up to average american mothers who can't afford to be stay at home and yet you can't even provide actual facts or sound statistics regarding anything you have to say regarding the comment you made on babies left in the car. Maybe you should think about what you say and how you portray yourself before making statements regarding topics you know nothing about. Yes, it's great you had the ability to stay home when raising your kids, but not everyone has that option. There are pefectly fine parents who raise perfectly fine kids with mothers that do in fact work. Good mother/child relationships aren't established just from stay at home moms but from all moms willing to put in the effort and love whether after work or not.


cheri mccoy   April 8th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

How sad that Laura could not find even one nice thing to say about our First Lady. The TV camera shows everything: Even when you try to hide behind a smile. Laura even flinched when Larry first mentioned the First Lady's name and then Laura picked apart the quote that Larry read from the First Lady. How sad. Her dislike of Michelle Obama is evident. How sad. Not just one nice or positive thing to say Laura? "It breaks my heart".


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Same sex will be the end of our country, thier is no future in it, they can't reproduce so it is like being sterile, but it is really just some very nasty actions between people! Our population growth is falling and they are greatly adding to the problem, many countries currently have negative population growth they are doom if they do not change it soon!


Lindsey   April 8th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Dr Laura needs to get her facts straight!!


Joy   April 8th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

I think that the questions chosen to ask Dr. Laura were annoying and out of context. She didn't get much of an opportunity to talk about the benefits to the entire family of having a stay at home mom. The best arrangement for a child is to be cared for by their mom or dad. All of the questions chosen for this program were so focused on gay lifestyle and is a celebrity a "good" mom or not. When is America going to pay attention to the long term benefits of the best way to raise a child? Many Americans need to "mature" and get over their selfishness and really choose what is best for a small child with a tender, sensitive heart who needs to be nurtured and educated with love, security and peace.


beachlover   April 8th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Dr. Laura is not of this century. She only made an appearance to sell her book and put down working mothers.


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Same Sex is that same as what was happening in the movie Children of Men! The complete lose of hope for the future!


Bryant   April 8th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

I'm having a hard time trying to figure out who's worse, Laura (I refuse to acknowledge that she was some how able to receive a doctorates) or Ann Coulter? Both are extremely delusional.

Meh, either way both of my parents worked full time jobs while I was growing up, I'm 25 now, have never tried any illegal narcotics, Graduated w/ my B.A. from college. Have not had a run in with the law. Where is Laura getting her information from?

It does not compute to me how any sane purchase can purchase their books, and anything Billy O'Reily puts out.


Heather   April 8th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Yeah!! to Dr. Laura for praising stay-at-home moms!! I have a degree in Public Relations and I am more proud of my status as a stay-at-home mom, than any other job I have ever had. Is it hard? Yes, it's hard. The hardest job I have ever had; but the most rewarding. We do live in a different time, but our children nowadays shows that. We do without A LOT for me to stay home, but the rewards of my son being home with me far outweighs anything I could ever buy. We are blessed by God that He has allowed us this situation. We have no credit card debt and only $28.00 in our checking account and I couldn't be happier (nor could my son or my husband).


Charles Nauman   April 8th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Sorry I'm a little late for this blog. But.....
I live in lancaster county, PA (pennsylvania dutch country)
Years ago I listened to Dr Laura on my car radio.
Dr Laura's moral compass is A-1 and we need a lot more people like her. She has an uncanny ability to take a situation, step back, and be able to give a clear assessment of ethical and moral responses. She has been a large positive influence in my life.
Thank you Dr Laura.
Charlie Nauman


yetunde   April 8th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Stay home my?????/ what happen to the bill?


Rich, Kankakee, IL.   April 8th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

How can the Navy not attack, if a bank were robbed the police are okay with a 20% lose of the hostages, something funny is going on when our soldiers can kill whole villages in Iraq but not put a stop to these kidnappiers!


Xavier   April 8th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Dr. Laura with all do respect you must have been having a blonde moment when your response to Larry was that you thought that Hillary Clinton, was the most popular woman in America at the moment and not The First Lady Michelle Obama, you further went on to say twice that you had no opinion about the First Lady Michelle Obama. Dr. Laura you contradicted your self when you stated that your book was about the moms that are not staying at home with there children but you offer no sympathy for the single mom that made what you state is a circumstantial mistake and has no choice but to work away from home to provide for that child. overall i felt that you possibly unknowingly offended many people tonight with you just being yourself.


Chris C   April 8th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

The only time this woman crawls out of her time warp is when she has another book to sell. She has no idea what's going on in the homes of families who are struggling to make ends meet and where both parents must work. What would Dr. Laura suggest they "sacrifice?" Mortgage, utilities, food? I'm going to have to switch back to American Idol. Her elitist dribble is more than I can stand. No relationship with your mother? Yeah, you're a real good role model....


jack   April 8th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Yes, Dr. Laura, has becom very wealthy being offensive. And for someone with so many things in her past that do not measure up to the ideals she prescribes for others, she comes across ascal somewhat hypocrital.


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

@ Charles Nauman

I am glad she was a positive influence on your life. Then she is NOT a total loss!!!


j cando   April 8th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

i love Larry and enjoy the show but find his hair very distracting.

I don't understand why his 'people' can't create a believable look for the guy. Who decides on that hair color and the distribution of color? Why not just leave it alone and let it be his natural grey?

The red pompadour with white sides is ridiculous and the blow-out to create volume or adding what looks like extensions is just not necessary. You're making him clown-like.

Please take it easy on Larry.


Marilyn   April 8th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Larry, My husband, who is afflicted with Parkinson's, and I had been early awaiting your interview with Michael J. Fox. We really planned our week around it. I can't tell you how disappointed we were that he was bumped and Dr. Laura (the female RUSH) was given so much time to say nothing. She is all about opinions which she can not back up with real research. She is condescending and hypocritical. We look forward again to a person who is trying to live with a real set of problems based on an incurable, and barely controllable disease. Michael J. Fox has made something positive He has our admiration and respect.


April   April 8th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

I generally like Dr. Laura, but I beg to disagree with her on some of the views she has on the "Palin Baby Scandal." I too had a baby before I was married. My parent's laid out several different roads I could take and were there to support me. First, I could give my son up for adoption. Second, I could keep my son and my parent's would do the best they could to support me; altough, I would be the one who would be responsible for his and my welfare. And lastly, they could adopt my son and help me raise him and one day I could have him back when I proved that I was grown up.
I chose the last option and I have my son Joshua today. I could not imagine what life would be like without him. He is a wonderful 22 year old who is so bright and talented! We have had our struggles along the way but it has helped us to grow closer as a family.
My parent's never made a scene out of me having a son out of wedlock, but they were always pround to let our friends and family know that they were the proud parent's and grandparent's of this wonderful baby boy. My family has always tried to take what happened to me and to tell my story in a positive light. For example, these days so many pregnant teenage mom's kill their babies. That is not the way to go; there are many other alternatives.
I am not saying that the way my family handled my situation or that the way the Palin's handled there daughter's situation is right for everyone. But, it has done wonders for our family. Each family needs to way out the circumstances and decide what avenue to take. There is nothing wrong with sticking together as a family unit.
Above all, I would love to say thanks to my wonderful parent's who were not just Nana and Papa, but who have also been both Mom and Dad to me and my son. You both have done such a wonderful job and I think that you both are the best parent's and role model anyone could ever ask for! I love you both!


Jeri Kidd   April 8th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

ps– I was a stay at home mom until my daughter went to school,
and I did think that was the reason she turned out the way she did
in spite of other circumstances in my life. I have nothing against that
philosophy.
WWII was the reason- women had to go to work. Then the greed monsters decided everyone could pay double for their home, and the
race was on. Can anyone not see this? JK


Kelli   April 8th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Randall....good for you! My Dad raised my from 11 years old (brother also) and he did a great job. Father's are as important as Mother's and are very important for a girls self esteem.


jack   April 8th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Charles, I hope she didn't disuade you from your deep-seated liberal values...


John from VA   April 8th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Why do people/courts think that the kids are better with their Moms? What about Dads? Kids are better off with the better “PARENT”. This country and courts treat Dads as cash machines only. I know a number of divorced Dads who are the primary care takers for their kids. These single Dads are forced to work but still provide great parenting.
I am a divorced Dad who has taken care of my son for the last 18 years. I work but take care of my son. My son’s needs have ALWAYS come first (and he knows that). My son is well adjusted.
Why is there this sexist attitude about Fathers as “PARENTS”?


Franklin Burch (Kansas City, MO)   April 8th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I wanted to ask Dr. Laura, first, does she have a PH.D or an ED.D???
Reason being, considering her rationale for raising a "healthy" child by a mother(s) even if the mother was in a 'same-sex' relationship..... if (???) Dr. Laura claims a PH.D, for the life of me, I can't see any dissertation board in this country that would give her a passing grade for such "flimsy" arguments that she may have made to support her position on a particular body of intellectual reasoning.

Now, if she has an ED.D, that board 'may' let her 'slide' by with the bafoonish position she seems to have taken. Larry, I don't have a doctorate; a strong Masters (Political Science).


Charles Nauman   April 8th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Why does everyone seem to be so bitter?
I listened to Dr Laura years ago on my car radio. In my opinion she is spot on about most moral and ethical issues. Hear what she has to say and evaluate what she advises. If you can benefit from it great, if not..... well ... I guess that's too bad. Yes, as one writer wrote, she had some questionable times in her own life. Can't think of anyone who has led a perfect life.


karen   April 8th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

so i as a single mom that has worked since my younest daughter was a year old, oh i shed more tears leaving my daughter at day care every day, but i am a bad mother accord to some dr. laura? my oldest son is married, and living the american dream. my oldest daughter, is in a private religous school, my youngest son will go into the marines, on june 8th, something he has prepared for since entering highschool 4 years ago, my youngest daughter struggles in school because where i live in arizona, the rather teach hispanic kids that cannot speak english, than our children that were born and raised here. also they dont teach my child what i was taught in school the goal is to have children pass the aims test. i am proud of all my children and know they are are will be successful adults. the best thing that ever happened to my children and i is when i left thier father. being a stay at home mom is not an option with me or alot of others. and i feel i did a great job raising my kids


Marilyn   April 8th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

I found it appalling that Dr. Laura snobbishly refused to answer questions regarding her opinion of our First Lady, Michelle Obama. If there is some constructive criticism of Mrs. Obama, she should state it, not play her game of "I have no opinion". Get real, Dr. Laura has an opinion about everything. By saying she doesn't have an opinion, we must therefore interpret this to mean that she does not approve of our First Lady. So that only leaves us to guess what Dr. Laura's real reason is for disapproving Michelle Obama. Could it be that Dr. Laura is a racist? That would be my best guess.
I now think that Dr. Laura is a Rush Limbaugh in a tailored pink suit.


Charles Nauman   April 8th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Jack,
Amazing assessment. I can't say I ever remember being called liberal. But I guess there's a first time for everything.


Joy   April 8th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Why are single working moms so defensive? Dr. Laura never said that these children are doomed or ruined. People have to rise to the occassion and make the best of their circumstances. Having a parent at home is definitely "ideal" for a small child. We should strive for this if we can. If we can't, we make the best of it.


Dr. Melinda Pruitt   April 8th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

you need to pick your guests more wisely....


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

@ Charles Nauman

The problem I have is that she is practicing therapy over the radio... well actually she is not practicing therapy as you usually refrain from giving advise as no one else knows you as well as you do.


Charles Nauman   April 8th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Joy,
Well said. I think some people listen but don't hear.


denise   April 8th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Why should a woman make all the sacrifices when it takes two to have a baby/? Why can't a woman work in a demanding and high-powered field if she has the talent and drive for it? Why can't a woman work to afford the kind of life she wants? Dr. Laura is in essence advocating sexting because it is theories like hers that drives women and young girls to do anything to get and keep a man. If all a woman is good for is to stay at home and raise children, then the man she marries is the determinant of her fate and thus all the reason, to do anything she can to end up with the most successful woman even at the expense of another woman. Dr. Laura theories encourage the women wars she alluded to. She is divisive, destructive and degrading to women all over.


Allison M. - Colorado   April 8th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

I have done all three – stayed at home with my children, worked part time from home and am now working outside the home full time. Staying at home with the kids was a piece of cake (that's not to say, there weren't challenges and stressful times caring for two kids all day) compared to working outside the home full time!! Most of us working outside the home are doing so, so that we can SURVIVE – not so that we can afford more "things"!! My husband had to take a cut in pay, and both of us are working (and, we are 40 something college graduates) – yet still, we cannot afford orthodontia for our son, cannot afford to get needed repairs for our two cars (1997 with 230,000 miles and 1999 with 162,500 miles), have not taken a vacation in 6 years, etc. etc. etc. So, this is just a fallacy that we are working and sacrificing the well being of our kids so that we can have luxuries!!! We have 4 family members sharing one outdated PC, we don't own a flat screen TV or a stereo. Some of these comments are insulting to those of us hardworking moms who are just trying to survive.


Emily   April 8th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Charles ,
Maybe TV is not for Dr. Laura ….Radio Dr Laura personality come across as different!!! or maybe she have one of those personality problems that she never learn in College..!!!What do you think?


shirl   April 8th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

I would never in a million years buy her book
she only thinks of herself and her opinions are the
only right ones
This woman should not get the air time she always
gets from you Larry.
She is a dispicable human being, with no regard for
the hard working single moms out there and the love
they have for their children


art   April 8th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

hi Larry.
I 've always maintained that Americans are the mosy gullable people in the world. A guy could still make a healthy living down there selling almost anything.Only in the USA could such a phony, superfiscial person like Dr. Laura connect with so many losers.
She is so bad I think I could even listen to Sean Hannity{well, maybe not} instead of her. How these totally screwed up idiots can make so much cash is an insult to the the intellegence of Americans.
Anyway, I love your show .You are a professional.Listened to you since the 70's while working construction up in Northern Alberta in the Oil Sands


shirl   April 8th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Laura belongs in the 50s with Beaver


Charles Nauman   April 8th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Dodie,
Guess i don't look at it as practicing therapy. I listen to the situation, decide if the answer makes sense. To me the answer makes sense if you can make your life and the lives of those around you better. You needn't take anyone's advice but if it is good advice and can help, why not?


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

@ Dr. Melinda Pruitt

I completely agree


Sandra   April 8th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Dear Laura,
Statistics show that 51% of all marriages end in divorce. I personally think your premise re working mothers is completely out of touch with what is occuring in our society today.


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 8th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Charles Nauman If you are not despirate or suicidal / homocidal then what you have to say is fine. Unfortunately, it is always dangerous giving advise as what works well for you might not be for me.

Her idea of bashing women for not staying at home ... and she stated that working women do not love their children is full of SH – – !!!

You should read what her son says. Its an eye opener! His open displays of raping women and beating them is an example of his rate towards his mother! She was too busy giving you advise and not loving her own child!!!


jack   April 8th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Charles, you seem like a great guy...I said deep-seated, I think your liberal values are kept beneath the surface...remember people lke Laura, often celebrate common attributes most of us may not have a problem with, but they themselves are profiteers, and often they do not practice what they preach. This has been a hallmark of the political and religious conservative mainstream media for sometime now.


Vilma   April 8th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

To all the bloggers: the so called "Dr" is selling a book. Please do not buy her book and instead donate the funds to one of the many shelters that are helping women cope with the day-to-day challenges of trying to raise a family. Do not help "Dr" Laura augment her bank account. The women and their families will for ever thank you.


Charles Nauman   April 8th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

Emily,
Very good. You noticed the big difference from her on radio vs. tv. I'm not sure but my guess is the producer tried to make her contoversial on her tv show. I keep hearing people attribute things to her she doesn't say. She doesn't say single moms don't love their kids, she doesn't say single dads don't count in their children's lives. She doesn't say a stay at home mom is the only way.


Theresa U   April 8th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Larry you started out tough...I was hopeful...


Jerry Ness   April 8th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

I'm writing to address Dr. Laura's incorrect statement that marriage is a sacrament. It is not a sacrament. Because we go to a church (or a synagogue, or a masque) and see our clergy acting as a agent of the state performing a marriage we tend to conflate marriage with the actual sacrament of the Christian Church – Holy Matrimony. (Or the equivalent in the Hebrew or Islamic traditions which do not have sacraments.) What marriage is, is simply this, a legal contract in secular law which, like all contacts, confers certain rights and privileges and responsibilities on each party entering into the contract. Marriage and Holy Matrimony are not, and never have been, the same thing and only Holy Matrimony is a sacrament.
Fr. Jerry Ness
St. Luke's Church
Kearney, Nebraska


Charles Nauman   April 8th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

Jack,
I couldn't agree with you more. I do realize she does this for money. Actually I think I am a moderate but on some issues I may be liberal and others conservative. But I do think one needs to be a good listener and learn to take away what he/she can that is of value.


Liz Dzurinda   April 8th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

Can't wait to read this book. Being a SAHM is very important to me as I want to be the one who influences my son everyday, not some paid stranger. I could have easily kept working once he was born but I couldn't bare to miss one laugh, tear, scrape, hiccup or milestone in this little life that my husband and I created. After all, I'm his universe right now... and I want to keep it that way for as long as possible! 🙂

No, it's not easy- everyone has to sacrifice in our family in order for there to be one parent home with our son. But it's a sacrifice I'm willing to take. I can't buy lattes or get birthday presents for my friends. There are no weekend trips or a new pair of shoes whenever I feel like it. No paycheck is worth me not being there with my child.

It's about time moms who make the CHOICE to stay at home get a little thanks.


Mary   April 8th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

The statement about the children of working Moms roasting in the back seats of cars should guarantee that she never appears on CNN again. I didn't think she could shock me any further with her ignorance and incompetence. This appearance proved me wrong.


debbie   April 8th, 2009 11:44 pm ET

"dr" laura is PURE EVIL.


jodee   April 9th, 2009 12:03 am ET

I don't understand why millions of women feel the need to call in everyday to her show and bow at the altar of "DR. Laura", give me a break.
She's a judgemental hyprocrite and she doesn't like Michelle Obama for some reason. People who praise her listenup–she's not a god she's NOT perfect and, thus she is not fit to judge anyone.


steph v   April 9th, 2009 12:37 am ET

I am a single mom and I am in the military, I WISH I had the luxury of spending more than the 3 hours a day that i get with my daughter, it is the reason i am not choosing to stay in the military. In a few months i will get to go to school, everything paid, and make a schedule that will allow me to be the one to raise my 3 year old, instead of daycare!


debbie   April 9th, 2009 12:38 am ET

i love how Schlessinger sat there and bragged about what a wonderful stay-at-home mom she was !

on his web site, her son (in the military), 23 year old Deryk Schlessinger posted repulsive cartoon depictions of rape, murder, torture and child molestation; photographs of soldiers with guns in their mouths; a photograph of a bound and blindfolded detainee captioned "My Sweet Little Habib"; accounts of illicit drug use; and a blog entry headlined by a series of obscenities and racial epithets.

ya did a great job raising your kid dr. genius !


Brian   April 9th, 2009 12:38 am ET

What's your thoughts on stay at home dads? I am a stay at home dad and love being with my daughter.


Mary Lou Mied, Ph.D.   April 9th, 2009 12:43 am ET

As a psychologist who completed her dissertation on Adult Daughters who Feel Betrayed by Their Mothers what was your relationship with your mother at the time of her death? Were your issues complete with her? How long had it been since you had seen or spoken with her at the time of her death? Do you have unfinished business with your mother?


Amanda   April 9th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Mr King,
Dr. Laura gently sidestepped your question as to who is maligning stay at home moms. I live in Farmington Conn a small affluent town. I never heard a word about the stay at home moms but, I heard allot from the stay at home moms. You never heard as many nasty comments as what would came out of these woman's mouths, in regard to working mothers. I learned to change out of my suit and into sweats, on the way to school, to keep the stay at home mothers mouths shut. Please thank Dr. Laura for her sympathy for moms like me, but I don't think my 2 teenage, non-alcoholic, non-drug addicted,sons who are athletes and scholars would feel I need it.


Petra Schlosser   April 9th, 2009 12:44 am ET

Why do you give this woman a platform to express her hate for all things that do not fall under the category of "her" values which are so out of touch with today's society. Please Larry – no more Dr. Laura!!!She should be on FOX, either O'Reilly or Hannity would be perfect fit for her hate filled speech.


Annie B   April 9th, 2009 12:44 am ET

I am a 45 year old mother of 2. I raised 2 healthy happy kids and stayed at home with them until they both graduated from high school. I worked part time out of the home when they got to junior high and high school. At first my husband did not care one way or another. I supplemented the income by throwing papers at 2 am after nursing them and putting them safely to bed with him still sleeping. As they grew he saw the many advantages and wonderful things that happened with our family because of the continuity of our family unit. With both kids away at college I have been seeking and unable to get a fulltime job in my profession (education, junior high school science), for the past two years. I substitute, and am a parttime personal trainer. Now that funds are tight, my husband is all of the sudden throwing it in my face that I haven't worked for most of our marriage. He seems resentful that I have not brought in more money and doesn't even realize that I gave up my career (with no regrets). How should I feel about him? What is his problem? and What should I do?


karrye@charter.net   April 9th, 2009 12:46 am ET

I am a stay-at-home mom for 17 years. You asked Dr. Laura how stay-at-home mom's are maligned. From my own experience, it is not directly from other woman who work, but indirectly from both men and woman who work. For example when I go to a business function with my husband I will get asked what I do. When I respond that I am a stay-at-home mom it often stops the conversation cold in its track. It seems there's a disconnect that effectively ends the conversation. Unless, of course, I ask about their lives. Which we stay-at-home moms are very good at.


P. Berry   April 9th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Dr. Laura,

I have been fortunate to have the best of both worlds. I'm a single mother for 13 years (with no family support), self-employed. My son has never left home or returned home without me being there for him. It is called sacrafice on my part. We in America do not sacrafice for our children. It still takes a village.

Thank you Dr. Laura for recongnition of women like me!


jason   April 9th, 2009 12:47 am ET

why is a women who posed for nude pics.. divorced... trying to act like it's anything more than money for her... no way can she act like she is any better or knows better than us...

jason


Theresa   April 9th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Hi Dr. Laura!
I quit my full time job as a project coordinator to stay at home with my daughter. After 10 years, I wanted to go back to work. I have to say it's a struggle to get back into the workforce when you don't have much to show on a resume. Employers sort of look down upon that. I will also say that staying home and raising my child was the best thing I could do. She's a wonderful kid and I was there every step of the way. All moms should find a way to stay home and raise their own children.


Todd   April 9th, 2009 12:47 am ET

What about stay-at-home dads who also feel the need to nurture while mom works?


Marc Needham   April 9th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Dr. Laura,

How do you feel about same sex parenting? Some would think that it is not fair for the child. Personally, same sex parents can be just as supportive as the traditional family, and certainly more that single parenting.


Mark   April 9th, 2009 12:48 am ET

I gave up a career to stay at home with my daughter and I am a dad, any credit here?


Brandon   April 9th, 2009 12:48 am ET

I think you should give this kid a break. Although I'm sure it wasn't his intention to get Palin's daughter pregnant, these things do happen. Regardless, I do think that it is disgusting that this kid goes on talk shows and laughs about his situation. He's just a big loser! Grow up and act like the man that you're supposed to be!


Kim   April 9th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Why must we (in America) exploit , criticize and scrutinize motherhood? At what point will parents realize that staying home with your children is what they need and worth any amount of sacrifice that the family has to make. AND just because a family is not perfect does not mean it is not worth every effort made to stay together and stay at home.

I'm a stay at home mom and very thankful that as a couple we agreed that we would do whatever it takes to make this happen. It has not been easy and sometimes I know I made mistakes, but at least they were MY mistakes and not the nanny's


Cassidy   April 9th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Well i think the Palin girl &+ levi were pulled into the Tv for sarahs benifits on the campain but it juss ended up gettin the wrong attention. she shouldnt of used them &+ that baby needed to go to an adopting family, something of the Juno sort.


Emily Brophy   April 9th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Thank you so much Dr. Laura for speaking up in favor for us stay at home moms. I am a stay at home mom and have never felt so complete or satisfied as a human being. I always know that I am right where I am supposed to be, with my two beautiful little girls.


Scott   April 9th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Dr. Laura, what do you think of the priority that the LDS (Mormon) Faith places on families and strengthening them? Do you feel that their faith in being an eternal family changes their behavior as families?


Ashley   April 9th, 2009 12:48 am ET

This woman is absurd! Who is she to come on national television and be so judgemental?! Also... the question she was just asked about her relationship with her mother – she was so bitter when she answered that and tried to act cold and uncaring. The truth is it is very obvious that she is bothered by it and has probably been the cause of her now judgemental and overbearing theories on raising children. She should not be on CNN again.


Val Barth   April 9th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Dr. Laura,

Are you implying that in all cases a married couple is better for a child than a single parent? I know many, many married couples that are lacking to say the least in parental capacities. I am a single mom with 2 incredible children, have put myself through school, including an MBA and have provided more than most couples can for my children. I think your opinions are reflective of the gaps in your own childhood, but do not apply in a broad generality such as you state.


Elisa Kinsman   April 9th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Dr. Laura: What do you think about Octomom??


Lynsie   April 9th, 2009 12:49 am ET

While I am in praise of sahms, I diagree that that is the only way to raise your children. In this economy mosts mothers have to work. I love my children dearly, and still maintain a great homelife with my kids. I think in th end it teaches a great work0ethic, early-on.


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 9th, 2009 12:50 am ET

talk about side-stepping that question...


Judith   April 9th, 2009 12:50 am ET

Hi Laura,

Everything you have been saying so far is so right on !
Keep it up to care and share about family values.
It is so good to hear that you encourage Moms staying home.

Judith


kimmberly riggins   April 9th, 2009 12:50 am ET

I am 43year old mother of one child. I have been a flight attendant for 19years with a major airline. It's been very hard for me to go to work;because I really hate leaving my child with anyone. My husband pretty much works three jobs.....Well I've been keeping my foot in door; because one I still enjoy my career and two we really need the benefits because my husband is self -employed. My salary is 75% less than I was making before I had my two-year old. Thanks Dr. Laura for recoginizing the stroung decision mothers have to make.


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 9th, 2009 12:51 am ET

LOL Elisa Kinsman


Christian   April 9th, 2009 12:53 am ET

What role does religion play in our current hang-up in allowing homosexuals to be married? How can we as a country denounce gay marriages and still claim to have separation of church and state?


Jacquelyn Elder   April 9th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Thank-you for speaking out on this. I feel like being a stay at home mother is very important! The woman's movement was the fall out point for women. Now we are required to work, cook, clean, pay bills, and raise children. There is not enough time in one day for all this to happen and the children not to be left behind... This is why our society is so dysfunctional and the reason for the "loss of respect" for the women in our society.


Chimmie   April 9th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Wow, an educated dr. that does not have an opinion of your first lady but thinks that Hilary is the most prominient woman. You mean to say that you do not see Michelle in the news? Not having an opinion on her shows that you should not give advice on anything.

What makes you an author on stay-at-home mums? Were you one your entire life?


Winny   April 9th, 2009 12:54 am ET

I do not think you can honestly call ur self a stay home mum when you have a job. pls give me a break.


Wendy   April 9th, 2009 12:55 am ET

I am a stay at home homeschooling mom of three. It is very refreshing to hear your message on tonight's show. Women who choose to stay home need the support so desperately. It's interesting that working Mom's get more support than stay at home Mom's.

It's our natural biological role, we were made to mother.

It's shocking to me some of the reactions I get when people ask me what I do. It's an obvious "looked down upon" reaction. I just moved to the DC area and it feels really extreme here. I'm schoffed at.

I have to wonder that if our culture supported this choice more if we would see less tragic events occuring like the case of Andrea Yates.


Diane Stenger   April 9th, 2009 12:55 am ET

I listened to "Dr." Laura for about two years because of her opinionated responses I thought entertaining, until one day I discovered she had no doctorate in anything and was reaching out for the unique audience she seems to maintain to this day. Close to common sense but still removed from the idea that individual proplems are individual and best handled with a formally trained therapist. One size does not fit all....sorry Laura


Tony Thomke   April 9th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Thank you, Dr. Laura - for being you.

20 years ago I attended many of your seminars in the Los Angeles Area. One night in particular I was facing some very big decisions regarding my career, my marriage, my goals,... etc. At the seminar I filled out one of your 3×5 cards (both sides) in my attempt to ask you your advice.

As you read the questions facing me in my life to the audience after the seminar was over, you provided me a one-word answer... "Change"... I never forgot that night. You explained that "Change" meant whatever was important to me. I took your advice after much thought.

Now, 20 years later, I am happier than I've ever been. I've stepped out of the box I created and I am now doing what I love.

Thank you for that one-word advice... I pass it on.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Good Ol' Tony


Terri Baker   April 9th, 2009 12:55 am ET

I checked into this broadcast late, but am fascinated by this topic. As a stay-at-home mom, I have enjoyed the reward of staying at home but have also experienced the angst that is equally felt by stay-at-home mom as by working moms. When can women reach a point where neither role-model is privileged above the other?


Maricela   April 9th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Praising stay at home Moms is great and I love those women who are can afford to do so; Unfortunately, not to many men are reliable dads anymore that value their wife for the Till death us do part. If women weren't so "out there" with the pill, and create a reationship on real values, we might still have great marriages and less divorce.

I also don't think the government should be maintaining the many supposedly Single women raising children on government funds.

On gay marriages: per man God wrote the Bible; God also created humans with all our "normal" and imperfect ways. What is a mother to do when their child is not in the "normal" range- we still love them because God gave them to us. Some gays can be obnoxious and outlandish, but the majority live good lives and work and serve our country just as much as the rest.


paul   April 9th, 2009 12:56 am ET

my wife decides to stay home with our children. It is a real struggle financially. But very rewarding spiritually and socially.


Rhonda Curry   April 9th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Larry, you should never invite Dr. Laura back on your show. I disagree with her viewpoints, but that is irrelevant – she is just a difficult, obstinate guest. You have asked her opinion on two key issues (how is Michelle O doing as first lady? and would she feel the same about a stay at home mom if they were lesbian?) and she just kept saying she "really had no opinion". You should not have to pull teeth to get a guest to give an opinion.


Anna   April 9th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Sarah Palin is a working mother. What are your thoughts on Governor Palin's political career? She does have a autistic baby.

Dr. Laura seem confused when asked about Michelle Obama's mother helping in the Whitehouse.


tiny   April 9th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Dr. Laura should be encouraging stay @ home parent is important. In todays economy there r plenty of moms making more money than the dad.


Lynn   April 9th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Given her.. let's just say.. less-than-ideal background, one would think Laura would be more emPATHETIC and less judgMENTAL, instead she just comes acrossed as PATHETIC and MENTAL!

Why does Larry continue to have her on his show just so she can sell crazy! Isn't the world pretty much all stocked up?


fairouz   April 9th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Dr Laura is one of the most ridiculous, hypocritical figures of our generation....I would have more respect for her babble if she practiced what she preaches on her show...remember this is a woman who posed nude for photos in her college days...she needs to be more honest and upfront about her self and her life before she nags and yells at others....


Diane Sajeski   April 9th, 2009 12:57 am ET

I became a stay at home mom after I became pregnant with my 3rd child. Before that I had a succesful career in computer programming.
I was happy to stay at home with my kids but my husband didn't support me in parenting. I am now 54 and with the economic situation being so tough for us, I wish I had never left my career. My husband 's salary can't support us anymore and he never helped me parent. I'm betwixt and between


Sedita   April 9th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Hi Larry:
It's amazing how some of us think. Dr Lara comes off as some perfect person, but now I can see where she is coming from. Her life is no different from any one else. She is coming fom a place of hurt, guilt, and is not realistic. She is just selling her book making her money her way. Good for her. BUT she needs to be realistic.She is lucky she can write a book, which I have no need to read as it will not enrich my life, as her way of making it out there. She must have forgotten her past. Who does she think she is. She wants the Palin grand baby to be given up for adoption. Has she adopted anyone?
Dr Lara, you are a fake money maker fame seeker. You are in praise of yourself.


Judith   April 9th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Is Dr. Laura saying that if there is not a mom and dad in the home together with a child then the best place for that child is a foster home?

Ideally, we want to have moms and dads in the home, but there are millions of homes that are healthy that only has one parent male or female? What is she saying with the statement she made about the Palin child?


Angela Jewell   April 9th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Dr. Laura, how I appreciate your sound advice in a world that is so confused. It is as I stay home with my five little girls that I am able to more clearly see how far the world is slipping with regard to values and love toward one another. We are becoming an "angry" people - without connection, or at least without those bonds that are most important and which can only be found within the walls of the home. I wish others could be slower to criticize your ideas and instead be willing to think them over . . . or maybe to pray for inspiration about whether you are right or not. I have, and I know that you are an inspired woman, whose wisdom could really heal many hearts and homes in America.

Sincerely,
Angela Jewell


Amanda   April 9th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Sexting has nothing to do with connecting or with popularity, it's about being horny and having sex.


kari rhodes   April 9th, 2009 12:58 am ET

in a perfect world it would be nice for familys to have a stay at home mom but to purpose this in todays world of economic crisis is just purposterous!!!! the majority of families struggle today to put food on the table. we are not that lucky.


Joyce E Jonea   April 9th, 2009 12:59 am ET

I think it is horrible as well as short sighted, not to mention seemingly sub-standard in per profession, to feel that Bristol Palin should have put her baby up for adoption. That's awful and so short sighted. Bristol is not giong to be unemployed and uneducated forever, actually it will be probably around 6 – 7 years,.....There is enough money in that family that Bristol can be helped tremendously while she is in school, etc......She has relatives (aunts & cousins) who will gladly take care of the baby.


Leslie   April 9th, 2009 12:59 am ET

I sorry but isn't going around and preching her beliefs and writing books a career?!?!? Someone please help me understand how what she is doing isn't!


Lisa   April 9th, 2009 12:59 am ET

I was raised in a loving christian home by a mom and a dad and I ended up in rehab at age 15, my sister arrested for robbing a house at age 13. We both have mental problems and are still single in our 30's and addicted to alcohol. One's a college dropout. Guess your way doesn't always work out, huh Laura?


Elizabeth Nikolaus   April 9th, 2009 1:00 am ET

I wanted to say to Dr.Laura that I feel caregivers can be very emotionally attached to children they care for. I have taking care of two children for a family in their home for four years and would give my life for those children.I make them meals,take them to and pick them up from school,help them with homework,give them baths,talk with them, laugh with them,and many other things too numerous to mention. But more important I love them and their well being and safety is top priority when they are in my care. Also I have two Granddaughters and their Mom is a stay at home Mom and it shows in numerous ways.
Thank You
Elizabeth


Deepa Joshi   April 9th, 2009 1:01 am ET

Dr. Laura's psycoanalysis of working mothers maligning stay at home mothers is fancy gobly goop!


Mary Lou Mied, Ph.D.   April 9th, 2009 1:03 am ET

It's obvious she is uncomfortable commenting about her relationship with her mother. How can she give advice to other women about being a mother when she has not resolved her issue(s) with her own mother. It is obvious she has not arrived at compassion for her mother.
Another comment–Isn't it unethical for her to call herself "Dr." when it does not reflect her degree in psychology????


David   April 9th, 2009 1:04 am ET

How has Dr. Laura's career kept her from her obligations as a mother, or grandmother at that?


freda   April 9th, 2009 1:05 am ET

Dr. Laura refused the questions from Larry King and a caller with reference to how she felt about Michelle Obama. She answered it by saying nothing. That's what she thinks of Michelle Obama. Nothing! Reminds me of the old saying – if you don't have anything good to say about a person, don't say anything at all. Maybe Dr. Laura doesn't know who Michelle Obama is.


Katie   April 9th, 2009 1:05 am ET

To promote one woman's choice while clearly exhibiting dismay and disgust towards millions of women who are choosing to set strong examples for their children by maintaining identities inside AND outside the home is absurd, especially coming from such an educated and obviously career oriented woman. To make sweeping generalizations about the capabilities of mothers, whether or not they work outside the home, is to deny the achievements of many magnificent women I know who have managed to succeed–as mothers AND workers.


charmaine   April 9th, 2009 1:06 am ET

Seems like Dr Laura is not crazy about the Obamas.Could it be because of their great family life? Dr Laura, I hope no takes your advice seriously considering your dysfunctional family history.


linda seaton   April 9th, 2009 1:06 am ET

Dr. S. I was a 'stay at home' mom when my 35 yr. old was small.
I left him roasting in the back seat of my car, while shopping in our neighborhood department store one afternoon, forgetting that he might wake up from his nap. I was young and foolish. Never would I have done that again. But my pont here is that, although I agree with most of the advice you give, I feel you might be more careful to state the 'fact' you stated. Young mothers make tremendous mistakes they later pay the price for. Rethink this, please. PS My son is the principal in a grammer school today. He & I have a few issues. I love him dearly.


Jack   April 9th, 2009 1:09 am ET

I suppose Dr. Laura's dodgeball response to request for her opinion on First Lady Michelle Obama is an example of her following the old adage "if you can't say something nice about someone, then don't say anything at all". Obviously her jealousy of the First Lady's popularity and and of the fine job she has done raising her two girls restrains Dr. Laura from giving up any due credit to Michelle Obama. I think we can safely call Laura Schlessinger a "Playa Hatah".


R. Nelson   April 9th, 2009 1:09 am ET

Dr. Laura, Children need good parent/parents whether they be male or female. They need love and nurturing. This can come from a Mom that "stays at home" or a Mom that works. Dr. Laura's comment on the "sleaziness" of family of the boyfriend of Sarah Palin's daughter. What does she think about the family that paraded that young man and their daughter on national TV during this time in their young lives. Women have brought so much good into this world, as Mothers and as Working Mothers. Just because a Mom was at home does not automatically mean that the home is a better place for a child.


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 9th, 2009 1:13 am ET

Did Deryk Schlessinger — the soldier son of syndicated talk show host Dr. Laura who’s currently serving in Afghanistan — post images of rape, murder, torture, and child molestation on his MySpace page?


Lisa   April 9th, 2009 1:13 am ET

I wish the world would just ignore Dr. Laura. While many of her opinions, beliefs and advice sound beautiful, they come from a mind that must be trapped in a fantasy. With no acceptance of the real world we live in today how can Dr. Laura stand on her platform to speak about anything? Why are we even listening to anything she says? People who dislike her will buy her book, watch and listen to her shows, as well as her appearances on Larry King, just to see what outlandish comments she will make. We are only making her richer and richer, while allowing ourselves to be infuriated by her.


Virginia   April 9th, 2009 1:17 am ET

I had a teaching career for 19 years,then I saw my 11 year old girls growing up so fast and decided I needed to make a change. Yes I have 8 years of College education and 6 years before I have my retirement BUT my girls needed me to be home and able to do things for them and with them after school instead of being in a rush and tired . Remember Mom's are on call 24-7 . Children are our greatest investment and our blessings from God . Why try to hurry through our lives and miss out on the treasures that we get from our children. My kids told me after I quit work 3 years ago that they like it because I am not in a hurry to do everything and have time to talk to them about their friends and what is happening at school with everyone. Also their grade are much better because I have more time to work with them on thier homework. Thanks for reading this message and look at your life slow down and enjoy what blessings God has given you ....


chris   April 9th, 2009 1:18 am ET

Sorry, Larry, I had to switch the channel; the "I have no opinion on that" Dr. Laura was only there to hype her book.


Wendy   April 9th, 2009 1:21 am ET

Forget about her, talk about the issue – stay at home Moms


laurinda   April 9th, 2009 1:28 am ET

Dr. Laura

I am a 45 year old stay at home mother of three children . I gave up a very sucessful accounting carrer 18 years ago to become a stay at home mother. My husband and I struggled, but financially made it through faith and determination. Looking back at this time in my life my friends who did not stay at home with their children are now bosses and top level professionals in their carrers. I recently tried to return to work where I am now considerered to be unskilled, very slow and behind in many areas of the work force. I feel somewhat defeated as I begin to look at my future. Sometimes I feel like I have raised children who feel everyone should sacrfice for them in the same way my husband and I have done. I always felt that my decision to stay at home with my children was the right one, but I am not so sure now.


J Smith   April 9th, 2009 1:33 am ET

Dr. Laura I don't know much about you and after looking at your interview with Larry King and your answer to the caller's question concerning Mrs. Obama, I don't want to know anything else about you or what you have written. The one thing I learned about you tonight is that you are a cold hearted phony and resentful person. How you got the title of "Dr" put before your name is a mystery. Did you really earn this title? Where have you been? You must be living in a cave if you haven't heard anything about First Lady Michelle Obama and her commitment to her family especially her daughters. I hope nobody buys a single book from you because you are so undeserving.


Susan   April 9th, 2009 1:34 am ET

I listen to Dr. Laura as often as I can, usually it's in the car every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I drive my oldest boy to school, and then take my younger two boys and run errands.( Because schlepping my kids around town really IS a pleasure!) She is AMAZING. She has excellent morals and values and stands behind them. Her support of stay at home moms is remarkable. When I listen to Dr. Laura I feel empowered to become a better mom to my boys and a better wife to my husband . I can't thank her enough for all she does to help families!! And, her laugh is contagious! She's the greatest!!


tiffany   April 9th, 2009 1:34 am ET

First of all I think DR LAURA is very narrow minded,I am a single mother and i am a stay at home mom and i am very happy and until you have had to make a decision like keeping a baby you dont have any sayso sounds like you have some sort of problem in the past that yourtryingto hide ,also i dont support teen pregnancy but i think it is so wonderful that bristol is raising her baby. it is people like you dr laura that need to go to a foster home and spend a week or two without your family or friends(if you have any)after a few weeks in the presents of total strangers you would be glad to see your family again.


sj   April 9th, 2009 1:39 am ET

As a parent of three kids, I do applaud your support of stay-at-home moms as I have felt the direct discrimination of those who feel we who stay at home are not interesting and somehow inferior. I try to be available for as many school, sport, theatre events as I can, as well as parties, special requests, volunteer opportunites and last minute "I need my guitar!" as I can. In addition to that, my husband (who is a very dedicated father) is unable to attend most of these events, so it all falls on me.
I do have a graduate degree and my husband is an executive in a major company in our community. However, I do take offense that you solely talk about "mothers." What about stay at home dads? Are they insignificant?
You proceed to speak in your interview tonight about belittling same sex marriage (who are you to judge who might be a more fit parent??) and rampant sexual activity among young women and their dress habits. How about how young men and the media make young women feel about themselves and making sex the utmost priority? Please!
Since you have had one child, how do you know how it is when you have to be in three different places at one time FOR YOUR CHILDREN? You better believe you forget to be somewhere once or twice (or three times!) Shame on you! OK, forgetting your kid in a car is absolutely horrible– but what if you are working two jobs, have had no sleep in 2 days, and an absentee husband? In your special celebrity world, you may not see much of that, I don't either, but I know does happen and would not shame someone who is so overwhelmed in such a blanket way. It sounds like you are speaking from a perfect world, where the parent at home always has a choice and a partner who contributes. Sorry, that is not reality. That's what the caller meant by her comment about being "stuck in the Fifties."
You are remarkably adept at limiting your comments to the very strict protocol which you feel easiest to answer. I'm not sure who made you the favored celebrity mental analyst (sorry, I don't know what your degree you hold), I am curious as to how you got there.
OK, I'm finished. Too many subjects to cover in such a short space. Feel free to comment, Dr. Laura, if you have time.


Lynn   April 9th, 2009 1:48 am ET

Funny how she couldn't bring herself to say anything positive about Michelle Obama, who is a shining example of great mothering.


Dr. Phyllis   April 9th, 2009 2:02 am ET

Just because she uses terms like "roasting babies" doesn't necessarily mean she is half-baked! Dr. Laura is more than qualified to give parenting advice based on the enviable job she did raising her own daughter... Ann Coulter!


P Roalson   April 9th, 2009 2:42 am ET

If you can afford to be a stay at home Mom and that's what you want, that's great. Too often these days, I see young women become pregnant, quit their jobs and receive public assistance. Just because one is pregnant or has a baby doesn't mean they are disabled. It is a personal responsibility to care for yourself and your children. Food, shelter and medical care. Last week,, a young woman I knew was offered a job. She didn't accept it because it would reduce her food stamp benefits which she sold for cash. A stay at home Mom can have a positive influence on the development of a child – but in many instances (as the example given above) it can also have a negative influence.


FAE   April 9th, 2009 2:46 am ET

HI LARRY: IS DR LAURA. TRULY A DOCTOR OF ? DOES SHE HAVE CHILDREN? I SAW HOW UNCONFORTABLE SHE GOT WHEN SHE WAS ASKED ABUT HER OWN RELATIONSHIP WITH HER MOTHER. I DONT THINK DR LAURA HAS THE AUTHORITY ON ADVISING OTHERS ABOUT ANYTHING. SHE NEEDS TO GET HER LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE FIRST.


Sue from NJ   April 9th, 2009 3:45 am ET

I was a stay at home mom until my 2 boys entered high school. After that, I resumed my career as a teacher. One of the biggest stigmas I encountered while I was at home, was that I was unintelligent, maybe not as hip as my working counterparts, not as up to date. Once I went back to work, I was treated like I was the "new gal" on the block. Either way, it was like I just couldn't win. I did't let it get to me, I won all the way around.


Patti-Cakes   April 9th, 2009 3:50 am ET

I think Laura is bitter and closed minded. Working mothers can raise there children effectively, she speaks about children being born with in a married couple, A mother i not the only parent, that i swhy there are fathers, and she herslef mention how vital grandparents are. Laura you have a big problem with yourself not working mothers. And just so you know many marriages are toxic, divorce rate are high, so the union of marriage does not gurantee that a child will have all his/ her needs met. Wake up lady!


sandra dunakin   April 9th, 2009 3:50 am ET

Dr Laura..first you say, grandmoms are okay and then you say Sarah Palins daughter should have given her child up for adoption..which way is it?


Joan Wagner   April 9th, 2009 3:51 am ET

Dr. Laura was an incredible source of support to me as a stay at home mom after working so hard to be an attorney. My little ones are now off to college and I treasure each moment I had with them. We sacrificed financially and I will never set the world on fire with a legal career, but I am happy and would not have changed a thing.


Kathi   April 9th, 2009 3:54 am ET

"Dr. Laura, Doctor of what? You can't even answer a question unless it's in your book? I've never heard of you before tonight, I've never seen you before tonight and I hope I never have to again! BUNK


Rabdy   April 9th, 2009 3:55 am ET

As a son of a stay at home mom and the husband of one as well, I would like to thank Dr Laura for this praise. I find it a great comfort to know my kids are in the loving care of someone who actually loves them.


Cameron   April 9th, 2009 3:55 am ET

I like how she is closed minded and can't fathom any other way of life of a mother. She pretty much hates on women who have jobs and have to work to pay bills and keep a roof over the families had. She doesn't give those women the credit they deserve, especially those who take care of children and take on the responsibility of work without having a father figure. I find it assuming how she is dodging all the questions from Larry King, callings, and bloggers and not having an opinion on anything else besides her one track view of stay at home mothers. She is worse then a politician.


Lynette   April 9th, 2009 3:59 am ET

Dr. Laura I used to listen to your radio show everytime it would come on. Our station here no longer has you on it so its good to here your voice again.
Now you for me have always been a straight shooter on any subject that is asked; like I said this is my opinion. So why are you dancing around the gay and lesbian marriages?
I personally believe that God intended for a man and a woman to live together and when they do so they become one and are married in Gods eyes. Which when they are joined together, they are now going to bear fruit (children).
I would love to hear your truly honest opinion on this subject. Thank You, Texas


CJ   April 9th, 2009 4:05 am ET

Hello, I used to listen to your show every day I could until the local station changed format and suddenly I could only listen to you on the Internet. Difficult in my situation. So I was glad to see you on Larry King. While I agree with what you say about the importance of "stay at home moms" but being a "stay at home dad" ( since 1995) – because "mom" wasn't there; what do you see as the differences to the children?


Lee Garcia   April 9th, 2009 4:15 am ET

Perhaps Dr. Laura believes all single parent households should all be on welfare so they can stay at home with thier children. I wonder how she was able to get a P.H.D. being a stay at home mom and have radio show. Did she broadcast from her home? I think this lady is lieing to herself and everyone else.


Liz Dzurinda   April 9th, 2009 4:17 am ET

Is there someone out there that is better suited to raise my child besides me?

Is that what you're really saying... that women should get pregnant, have babies and nurture them and nurse them and love them and then all of a sudden let the nanny/babysitter/daycare/hired help/day orphanges raise them?


Luisa from Miami   April 9th, 2009 4:51 am ET

Hellooooooooooooo
Could someone please tell "Barbara Walters" WANNA BE it is 2009!!

Nothing w/ stay @ home moms, whom ever can afford it and do it, great, enjoy, we're all happy for you.

What is wrong w/ this woman??? Seriously she's pathetic, squared minded and ridiculous. She can't talk about anything else but her book?? give us a break. kick her or slap her so she can wake up.

Audrey Hepburn?? great actress and activist but she died 800 years ago!!! Oh and dosen't talk about politics. Doctor??? Yeah right, notify her that the easter bunny is a character!! wayyyyy more likeable than her. What a fake!!


Kasey   April 9th, 2009 5:52 am ET

Hi. I am currently and Au Pair in Holland, and have been experiencing so much anguish with teh mother of the family. I believe that what the boys need most is attentionfrom the mother, and only their mother, because no matter what i do it is not enough for them. As a college edicated American woman, I have decided to find another job. This experience confirms that the mother is really looking for hired help so that she can pursue her own ambitions. The family would have more than enough finanaces from the father's job income, if the mother stayed at home, or simply worked when the boys were at school. Her stress level is through the roof. Isnt this sor of situation also sad sad sad or even more sad than those who must work to make amends for the fam?


kier88   April 9th, 2009 5:58 am ET

Can anyone take this woman's advice seriously? She's critical of Levin Johnson appearing on the Tyra Banks Show and the fact that Tyra, Levi and the audience are laughing. Then she starts laughing herself!! What a hypocrite!!!


Reggie   April 9th, 2009 6:10 am ET

Obviously, she is not a Michelle Obama supporter. She gave Mrs. Obama a non-rating as our first lady, and made reference to Hillary Clinton as being more powerful. She also criticized a statement Mrs. Obama made during an interview with Essence magazine that speaks highly of motherhood. Tyra Banks and her show isn't trash!!!! Sarah Palin family is quite capable of raising the new born. No need for adoption. This lady is a joke. Not very effective!!!


Aynes54   April 9th, 2009 6:20 am ET

Please get over the fact that Dr. Laura didn't answer the question about Michelle Obama. The Dr. has her opinion....not everyone thinks the first lady is a great mother. Everyone has the right to their opinion.


Jeaneke Janssen   April 9th, 2009 6:59 am ET

Dr. Laura makes me feel sick and I want to vomit.
Who does she think she is, commenting on other women's lives.
She is selfopinionated,selfsatified and totally repulsive.
I admire Larry King greatly, but do not understand the choise of this guest, to allow her to blurb out nonsense about her book, which I hope will never become a bestseller.


Kelli   April 9th, 2009 7:25 am ET

I find it odd that people are so offended by one fact....some parents "choose" to work even if they don't have too. She is right by saying this. And, when both work (Mom or Dad) the children are BEING RAISED BY SOMEONE ELSE. You pick them up, feed them dinner, do a little homework, and off to bed.

How many hours a day do you see them?

Lets get real....if you don't have to work why wouldn't you want to be home with them when they are little? Why would you choose to work (if you don't have too)? This is where I get confused.


Feroza   April 9th, 2009 7:37 am ET

I could not understand why Larry King featured Dr.Laura on the show.
Unlike Judge Judy and other who gave interesting points of view this was like watching grass grow.
She clearly had an issue with the First Lady, race perhaps ?
The Gay & Lesbian issue seemed uncomfortable.
Did she really tout herself as a stay at home mother ? Really ?
As a professional in her field she was self opionated.
If this was a taped interview, I would have opted to not air it.


Tammy   April 9th, 2009 7:38 am ET

How dare you feel sorry for women who choose to go back to work! Don't make women feel guilty not staying home. Due to our economy, I highly doubt there is a huge influx of stay-at-home moms (Well, maybe due to unemployement there might be.) But, women are not choosing that stay-at-home route anymore, and shouldn't. If a woman chooses to stay at home, that is her choice. If a woman chooses to go back to work that is her choice too. A happy mother results in happy children and a happy home. Why should a woman give up everything she has worked for? My mother stayed home. And, as a result, we didn't have money, and we grew up with a mother that developed severe depression because of it. That's not what I want for my children. Our country faces harsh economic times, don't make mothers feel worse.


Candy   April 9th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

I was intrigued by Dr. Laura's condemnation of Levi for his exploitation of his relationship with Sarah Palin's daughter. Dr. Laura stands on a family values platform but did not condem Sarah Palin and John McCain for exploiting her daughters's pregnancy and relationship with Levi during the 2008 presidential campagin. Dr. Laura reminds me of Rush Limbaugh, both thrive off of being inflammatory but if their own lives were put under a microscope they would not meet the high ideals they hold others too.


Brigitte   April 9th, 2009 1:40 pm ET

With the rising cost of undergraduate and graduate tuition, I'm curious as to how many mothers will be able to stay home in the future? As a mother with a bundle of private undergraduate loans and a ton of graduate loans, it's impossible for me to stay home. I have to work to pay off my student loans. Otherwise, my undergraduate high interest rate loans will collect an insane amount of debt. By the way, my husband and I married after undergrad and waited 5 years to have children. I'm so sick of this mommy war nonsense. If you can stay home with your children because it's financially feasible-Great! Dr. Laura made it sound like SAHMs are the only ones getting berated for their choices. Any quick glance at blog comments suggests otherwise. Isn't she the one on t.v. declaring that somehow all of the children of working mothers are somehow emotionally maladjusted? She brought up extreme examples of a case where a child suffocated in a heated car because the mother forgot about them. Shame on you, Dr. Laura. This was no doubt a psychologically troubled individual- How dare you generalize this to all working mothers! Oh, and that comment asking how many stay at home mothers would do that (forget their children in the car) was terribly lame. Please answer this- how many of those mothers who killed there children because of postpartum depression were working mothers? Oh, that's right–those are extreme cases of postpartum depression and it would be wrong to generalize that to all stay-at-home mothers. Where did you get your psychology degree? Oh, that's right.. you don't have one. Please stop handing out quack advice in order to sell more books. The rest of us true professionals in the field of psychology can see right through it.


Angela   April 9th, 2009 2:07 pm ET

Hello. I used to be a stay at home mom and was married. My husband beat me, emotionally and verbally abused me because I "depended" on him and I almost lost my life. I was one of the fortunate ones to get out alive. Most women DON"T make it out alive. Sorry to say, being a dependent stay at home mom, in my opinion, sets a woman up to be abused. In a perfect world, things would be different. This economy and violence on the rise, isen't a good time to write that book. Besides she sounds anti-Obama. Barack and his wife Michelle model a right marriage. Michelle would never put up with abuse and Barack treats her with the utmost respect as well as their children. I am speaking from a white person's stand point.


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Roxie Southern Oregon   April 9th, 2009 8:49 pm ET

So Dr.(9) laura begins her smoke and mirrors routine AGAIN. Great – piting women against women – working moms = bad stay at homes= good. Women have been fighting this NON- battle for decades. IF she cared about the children of this country she would be advocating equal pay for ALL women. She would advocate fathers staying home. She would advocate extensive PAID maternity leave ( pre and post delivery). She would advocate job security for both parents guaranteed ! Paid leave for one parent for the 1st three years. Accessible, affordable, safe childcare for all working parents.
Sound unreasonable? Check out the p/maternity benefits in France, Germany, Denmark etc. All of these exist in other countries. Why not here?


Roma   April 10th, 2009 7:38 am ET

After hemming-and-hawing about Bristol Palin, her baby, and the dad showing up on Tyra Banks' show, "Dr." Laura now has a rant on her blog about the whole thing, saying how disgusted she is. Typical – her true colors show either in print or on the radio, where she can rule her bully pulpit and not have anyone talk back. She never does debates and proudly states she never will; she claims it's because she grew up in a dysfunctional home with arguing parents and just doesn't like to argue. BS! She doesn't like it that someone else can have equal time to share an opinion that is not hers, or that she might get questions that aren't the usual softballs that the talkshow hosts pitch her.


Angela   April 10th, 2009 1:00 pm ET

That last message was great..its amazing that Dr. Laura grew up in a dysfunctional home and yet tells women to be stay at home moms! Does she have experience in the area? Sure..in a perfect world where more men treated women better, that would be great. But unfortunately thats not the case..and its like I think she makes other women upset that if they don't have "her version" of the perfect home, than they are losers. I could go back to any one of my ex's but I think I deserve better...I'd rather be happy. And Bristol Palin's ex, he sounds better than she does! At least he's honest and he seems compassionate. I don't understand how Dr. Laura can say he's discusting. Oh and she won't comment on Michelle Obama..please...Michelle's view of marriage and family is BETTER than hers..oh mabe her book won't sell...


Roma   April 10th, 2009 8:20 pm ET

Thanks Angela 🙂
If anyone wants to read more about who Laura really is, I suggest the following: 1) a 1998 article in "Vanity Fair", written by Leslie Bennetts. I know it is outdated but can still be found on the internet. 2) A book by Vicki Bane "Dr. Laura: The Unauthorized Biography." Whoooooooo


Avery   April 11th, 2009 11:57 pm ET

As a child who was raised by sitters and a nanny, I don't think it's natural. When I was a little girl I dreamed of raising my own children. All feminism has given women is another full time job. So I am going to stay at home with my children to give them the home life and bond that I didn't. Eleanor Roosavelt once said, "Be good to your children, you may need them one day."


Jill   April 12th, 2009 2:10 am ET

***Not all women marry rich! In 2009 it takes two incomes to equal the same quality of life in the 1950's. It's not right to expect women to be financially dependent on their husbands when not all men can be trusted to be the honorable. Their are no guarentee's in life. Smart women play it safe. It's better for a mother to work outside the home, kissing her children goodnight in their beds than to be living in a box when her husband looses his job or leaves her for another women! Kids are more resilient than Dr. Laura gives them credit. It's not like work is 24-7. It's all about balance. Balanced parents, balanced kids.


Katelyn   April 12th, 2009 2:51 am ET

Dr. Laura is a hypocrite! She expects other women to stay at home but she doesn't do it herself. It's not right that she's judging a whole group of women she even doesn't know. Maybe God has a different plan for their lives than to be stay-at-home mom's. Women are great multi-taskers, and men are more hands-on dad's these days. To expect all women to be full-time mothers is to expect all men to be truck drivers. Dr. Laura's is unrealistic and cowardly. If she really cared about the well-being of the children she'd promote BALANCE IN SOCIETY AND IN THE HOME. Creating an unfair and hypocritical environment between male and female children is not only unhealthy and emotionally abusive, but it also stunts thier development as a multi-dementional human-being!!!


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