Later Mom Features
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married
RESIDENCE: South Orange, NJ
CHILD’S NAME/AGE: E., 10
I’m the President and Executive Producer of Stage17.tv a recently-launched new digital entertainment channel.
Stage17.tv is a “hub of must-see web series” (USA Today) aiming “to lure a demographic of 25-to-54-year-old females by using Broadway as a jumping-off point,” (Variety) by producing and presenting original and curated entertainment for the world’s largest stage — the Internet.
What was your road to parenthood like? I always wanted kids, lots of them. I always wanted to be a mom. When I became very sick in my twenties with a chronic illness, it wasn’t clear after all the chemotherapy and other experimental treatments whether I could conceive. I met my husband when I was 33, and we had our daughter when I was 38. Because of my medical history, I was categorized as a “high risk” pregnancy but had a very uneventful pregnancy in the end. I have one biological child, and she’s the best thing that ever happened in my life.
What do you see as the positives and challenges of having a child at age 35 or over? Pros: You have a greater sense of who you are and what gifts you have to give as a parent. You have more wisdom and are at a place where you can completely embrace being a parent. I’ve never felt like I was compromising some other area of my life by being a parent.
Cons: Being sleep deprived is harder when you are older.
Has anything about being a mother surprised you? If so, what? What do you love the most about it? Surprised: I never expected to see the world as differently as I do now. The dominant prism through which I see and experience the world is through the lenses of motherhood.
What I love most: Being her wingman and watching her soar. She’s funny, kind, smart and wise beyond her years. I love just hanging out with her and listening to the stories she writes. We have so much fun together. She’s a wise old soul, and a very funny one at that.