Welcome to #LTYM 2016!

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That’s What Makes You Beautiful

January 19, 2016

People can be so cruel to children, but a mother’s love can heal. At LTYM: Little Rock 2015 Celeste Patrice recalled growing up with a mother who was exquisite and beautiful and how everyone couldn’t keep from commenting how she looked nothing like her. “She explained to me that I was beautiful and most people couldn’t understand my beauty because they had embraced their ugly.” The lessons she learned from her mom about true beauty and loving oneself were priceless. “She took everything that people said was wrong with me — each and every flaw — and told me why it was fabulous.” Watch the video below or on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel. We want to hear YOUR story! Auditions are happening now/soon in our 41 cities for 2016!

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On Becoming A Stepmom: Taking Steps Toward Love

January 14, 2016

Laura Brimberry was ready to flee when she learned the man she was falling in love with had a baby on the way with his ex-girlfriend. She thought about her whole life ahead of her — so many hopes, possibilities, a promising future — and “none of it included someone else’s kid.” “What will people think? Is it possible that we can form a meaningful life that includes a child who’s been shaped by another’s values and insights?” She began to allow her heart to be her guide to becoming a stepmother and discovered that while there might not be maps, a whole heart can show you the way. Watch Laura reading “A Whole Heart” at the LTYM: Raleigh-Durham 2015 show  below or on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel.

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What We Remember

January 12, 2016

“My two teen girls have a kind of adolescent memory loss, where they seem to recall only the worst parenting moments of their childhood.” With two teenagers and a mother with Alzheimer’s, Ann Wertz Garvin marvels about her life amidst a spectrum of memories. “If I’m honest I can’t decide which is worst: being forgotten altogether or being remembered in infamy.” Maybe we tend to recall the bad things that happen in life because all the good things have become a part of us, leaving the bad to “float forever on the top” but “never finding true purchase in life histories.” Watch the video from LTYM: Madison 2015 below or on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube Channel. Don’t miss exciting updates for the 2016 #LTYM season. Auditions are happening now! Find a show near you.

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What I Learned From My Mother

January 7, 2016

Growing up in the 1950’s, Linda Cayot has some wonderful memories of her mother’s wisdom to share. From family council meetings to a suggestion box in the hall for the children to submit their ideas — she and her sisters were taught they had a voice and that gender roles didn’t matter. “So what did I learn from my mother? We all have a voice and a vote — use it.” And of course life would have spills and there would be scary things, but Linda used her mother’s lessons as a guide toward her dreams. Watch Linda’s video from LTYM: Plumas County 2015 below or on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube Channel. #LTYM auditions are being announced for our 2016 season – we want to hear your story!

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What’s Your Mother Story? We Want To Hear It!

January 5, 2016

“Listen to Your Mother: It’s a cliché, it’s the fifth commandment, and it’s an imperative for curbing children young and old from poor life choices like jaywalking and sixty-four-ounce sodas,” LTYM founder and National Director Ann Imig begins in the foreword of Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now from Putnam & Sons. “Listening forges bonds between people, strengthens connections, and builds community.” We all have a mother story — whether it’s our own unique perspective of motherhood, involving our Moms (or not), or even one passed down from her mother. Ann inspires with her call to really hear the story inside you, “…from hope to hilarity and heartbreak and back again– think about your own story. Consider writing it down. You don’t need a blog, a book, or even a show to find your motherhood voice — you need only listen.” Auditions for #LTYM 2016 are beginning in our 41 cities. Find an LTYM city near you – […]

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