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Lauren Roth

Lauren Roth, MSW, LSW, is a graduate of Princeton University, a Marriage and Parenting Therapist in private practice in Lakewood, New Jersey, and an inspirational speaker across North America and on the high seas. She is the weekly "Dear Dr. Lauren" columnist for Ami Magazine. Mrs. Roth and her husband, Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth, are the parents of six children.

My Mean Friend

My Mean Friend

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My friend is so mean to me. Help!


The Most Important Interpersonal Skill

The Most Important Interpersonal Skill

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How to work on being a better person this New Year.


Mean Teacher

Mean Teacher

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I have a teacher who is so mean to me! What should I do?


My Hateful Father

My Hateful Father

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My father is constantly disrespecting me and refuses to get help.


Feeling Forced into Religion

Feeling Forced into Religion

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My parents keep Shabbat, but I’m just not really feeling it.


Intruder in My Social Group

Intruder in My Social Group

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I have a former best friend who’s now trying to take away my friends!


Curfew Woes

Curfew Woes

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When will my parents stop treating me like I’m a little kid?


Sensitivity to Others

Sensitivity to Others

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I have to go to a shiva house and I don’t know what to say when I’m there.


How Can I Make the World a Better Place?

How Can I Make the World a Better Place?

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There’s so much pain in the world. But I’m just a teenager. What can I do?


Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure

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Don’t let people pressure you into being something you’re not.


Homesick

Homesick

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I’m away at college, and I’m just so sad!


Fighting Darkness With Light

Fighting Darkness With Light

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I feel scared and sad by all the violence filling the world. What can I do?


Choosing a Career

Choosing a Career

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It’s time for me to decide what I’m going to do in the future. I feel lost!


How to Lead a Group Well

How to Lead a Group Well

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My youth group president hogs all the power and doesn’t listen to anyone else.


No Confidence

No Confidence

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I really want to make my dreams come true, but I’m too scared of what people will think.


Should I Keep My Materialistic Friend?

Should I Keep My Materialistic Friend?

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My friend always talks about money. Should I keep her as a friend?


Parents Fighting

Parents Fighting

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My parents have a terrible marriage and it’s affecting my whole family. What should I do?


Am I A Control Freak?

Am I A Control Freak?

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I have this need to feel in control. Is something wrong with me?


Manipulative Friend

Manipulative Friend

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Stay away from people who don’t treat you well.


Mother with Unreasonable Expectations

Mother with Unreasonable Expectations

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I feel I will never be good enough for my mother.


Love Notes to God

Love Notes to God

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How do I know God loves me?


Self-Discipline and Grit

Self-Discipline and Grit

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Help! I need to lose weight after being in bed for a month with mono.


Discouraged

Discouraged

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Trying to see the good in difficult situations.


Breaking My New Year’s Resolution

Breaking My New Year’s Resolution

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I made a New Year’s Resolution, and I kept it…until now.


Friend in Wheelchair

Friend in Wheelchair

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Don’t let your friend get away with murder just because she’s in a wheelchair.


My Father Makes Fun of Me

My Father Makes Fun of Me

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My dad always makes fun of me and then says he was just joking.


How to Get Your Teen to Stop Drinking

How to Get Your Teen to Stop Drinking

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If you want to influence their decisions, make sure they feel your love, caring, and respect.


Drink Up

Drink Up

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When I go to parties, my friends all pressure me to drink.


Life Is So Hard

Life Is So Hard

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I get thrown difficulty after difficulty, and I’m so overwhelmed and anxious and stressed out by it.


Can God Love Me?

Can God Love Me?

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I feel guilty for what I’ve done wrong and it’s hard for me to believe God loves me.


Bad-Mouthing

Bad-Mouthing

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All my family does is gossip! What do I do?


Back to School Nerves

Back to School Nerves

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My stomach hurts every time I think about going back to school.


Identifying with Israel

Identifying with Israel

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I’m a regular American teenager about to go to camp. How do I feel Israel’s struggle during this time of war?


Scared to Make Friends

Scared to Make Friends

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I want to feel connected to others but I’m scared to make a new friend.


A Special Soul

A Special Soul

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How my special needs sibling changed our family and our community.


Haters Bringing Up Your Past

Haters Bringing Up Your Past

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How do you get people to change their opinion of you if you’ve changed for the better?


My Dad is Glued to his Phone

My Dad is Glued to his Phone

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My father is always on his cell phone. He doesn’t even seem to notice I’m there.


Mean Girl Sleeping Over

Mean Girl Sleeping Over

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You don’t have to have a relationship with someone who doesn’t treat you well.


Grandma Coming to Stay

Grandma Coming to Stay

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Honoring someone who thinks and acts differently than you do.


A Web of Lies

A Web of Lies

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My teacher told me not to tell my friend what he said.


Feeling Jealous

Feeling Jealous

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I recently met people who are just as good at my special talent as I am!


Seeking Love & Comfort

Seeking Love & Comfort

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Help! I wanted to buy a pacifier. What is happening to me?


How Do I Stop a Harmful Habit?

How Do I Stop a Harmful Habit?

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How can someone change a habit or their thought process?


Cross-Dressing Kid?

Cross-Dressing Kid?

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What should I do about my little sister who likes to wear men’s clothing?


Q&A for Teens: Lousy Teacher

Q&A for Teens: Lousy Teacher

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I hate one of my teachers. What should I do?


Q&A for Teens: Depressed and All My Fault

Q&A for Teens: Depressed and All My Fault

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The key to your healing is: “I am a worthy creation simply because God created me.”


Q&A for Teens: Create More Good

Q&A for Teens: Create More Good

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The best way to fight meanness and evil.


Q&A for Teens: Grandpa in Decline

Q&A for Teens: Grandpa in Decline

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My grandfather used to be so strong and vigorous, but now he’s slowing down and I’m scared.


Q&A for Teens: Overwhelmed!

Q&A for Teens: Overwhelmed!

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Help! There's just too much to do in a day!


Q&A for Teens: Cliques

Q&A for Teens: Cliques

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I hate the tension and conflict that exists between these two groups in my school.