by Laura on November 18, 2015


Naomi Francis and I are thrilled beyond belief to announce the 4th ANNUAL LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER – ST. LOUIS.

I still cannot believe it’s been 4 years since our dear friend and partner in crime, Ellie Grossman-Cohen contacted me and asked, “Hey Laura, do you want to bite off more than you can chew and change your life at the same time???” Due to my made-up uterus-driven disease known to my friends, family and readers of my goofy, PG-13 books – Generosity Tourette’s (G.T. for short), I didn’t blink and said, “OK, Just tell me where to go and how much I owe?!?”

The rest is ‘St. Louis Listen to Your Mother’ history. There is not a day that goes by that someone doesn’t stop to tell me how much this annual event has changed their lives. Whether or not it’s hearing a story that resonates with them, meeting a cast member, doing business with a fabulous LTYM sponsor, or donating time and money to one of the chosen Listen to Your Mother Causes. It’s truly been a life altering experience….Just ask Naomi, Ellie, or me, and we’ll tell you how it’s changed us and why we put in hundreds of hours into it each and every year!

Unfortunately, Ellie is taking a one-year hiatus due to personal reasons. Naomi and I knew that we couldn’t stop the momentum our great city has created! I spent three nights last week attending fundraisers for unbelievable non-profit organizations. We are always looking for local LTYM Causes, where we donate proceeds of the show! Ellie actually attended one event with me, too! (If you know Ellie, like we know Ellie, you know that she cannot make herself stop working, even though she’s supposed to be on much needed hiatus!)
Stay tuned to find out…..We cannot wait to announce our LTYM-2016 Cause!

What we CAN announce is that St. Luke’s Hospital has once again generously agreed to be our Mega-Sponsor.
Working with St. Luke’s Allison Izsak and Tasha Moxley has always been a blessing. We could not have done this without them!!!

If this is the first time you’ve heard about this national (and this year, actually international) movement, please visit these links!
National site 2016 city announcement and/or video. Naomi and I also encourage you all to follow Listen To Your Mother on Facebook & Twitter @LTYMShow, so you won’t miss any 2016 updates.


Saturday, May 7th, 2016
Two Shows: 11am and 3pm

St. Luke’s Institute for Health Education
232 South Woods Mill Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017

We will begin taking submissions starting January 1st!!!

With Much Love and Excitement,
Laura & Naomi

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ENCORE! Enjoy LTYM 2015 Videos Here!

by Ellie on July 14, 2015

LTYM 2015 Videos Are Here

The 2015 LTYM Videos are now released from all 39 cities–that’s almost 500 stories that will resonate with you and make you want to share your own story!

cast at fountain

We are so proud of this year’s St. Louis cast of 11 women and 2 men, whose stories ranged from Jenny’s Beatrice’s hilarious essay, “Pierced, Poked and Painted,”to Paul Gilbride’s heart wrenching piece, “How Depression, A Notebook, and The Ideals of Motherhood Made Me A Better Father.”

If you were in the audience on Mother’s Day weekend at St Luke’s Institute for Health Education, you know how emotional our storytelling journey was. Now is your opportunity to experience these stories again, as well as live readings from shows all over the country.

Curtain call

Curtain call Mettisa

curtain call Paul with girls

Thank you again to all of our local sponsors for giving the talented St. Louis community an opportunity to shine and to our generous national sponsors Luvs and SheKnows Media #BlogHer15 for making this national movement to give motherhood a microphone possible.

So grab a box of tissue and WATCH AND LISTEN to these cities on our Listen To Your Mother YouTube Channel. Or click on the video below to watch our emotional opening to our St. Louis show, featuring Joanne Grana’s special tribute to her mother “She Never Complained.”

Albuquerque • Anderson • Atlanta • Austin • Baltimore • Bangor • Baton Rouge • Boston • Boulder • Charleston • Chicago • DC • Evansville • Indianapolis •Lehigh Valley • Little Rock • Madison • Metro Detroit • Milwaukee • Nashville • North Jersey • Northern Utah • NW Indiana • Oklahoma City • Orange County • PittsburghPlumas County • Portland • Providence • Raleigh-Durham • Rochester • San Francisco • Seattle • Southeast Texas • Southwest Michigan • Spokane • St. Louis •Twin Cities



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It’s A Wrap, St. Louis!

May 10, 2015

Cheers! This toast is for you St. Louis for making the 3rd annual Listen To Your Mother STL a HUGE success! We had two full houses on Saturday, and our stories mesmerized the audience with laughter and tears. We promised to take you on an emotional roller coaster, and we did. We said you would need tissues, and you did. We warned you that some of these stories would make you laugh so hard you would snort, and you did. by

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It’s Almost Showtime, St. Louis!

May 8, 2015

We’ve been counting down for the last 10 days…and now the time is almost here. Tomorrow our LTYM STL cast will take the stage. by

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STL Local Sponsor Spotlight: The WHOOHOOS

April 28, 2015

“Whoohoo!” We are so excited to have The Whoohoo’s returning as a MEGA sponsor for the 3rd annual LTYM St. Louis. That’s why we made “Whoohoo” our official LTYM cheer. When it comes to celebrating YOU, nobody does it better than The Whoohoos, a social-business networking group that is considered an adult playgroup with a purpose. No wonder we love hanging out with The Whoohoos. It’s like having instant BFFs. by

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