Join Motherhood Later… Than Sooner Older Moms Group

Join Motherhood Later... Than Sooner Older Moms Group

  Want to find an older moms group with other moms over 35+ who are parenting later in life?  Did you become a midlife mom at 35+ whether for the first time or again?  Join an in-person chapter, or help launch one in your town. Membership to our international mid-life parents group is free. Connect with later moms online on Facebook and follow ...

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Testimonial – Lani Neumann, Member of NY Chapter

Testimonial - Lani Neumann, Member of NY Chapter

A quick reflection on my childhood and one can see no obvious signs to suggest my path to motherhood would be anything but typical. My favorite childhood photos are of me walking in our driveway, on my tippy toes, pushing a baby stroller like a natural. I couldn't have imagined that I'd be 43 the first time I pushed a stroller ...

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Write For Us

Write For Us

Want to Blog for Us? Have you always wanted to blog and didn’t know how to get started?  Are you an experienced blogger who would like to share with our midlife parent community?  Are you a parenting expert?  Author?  Someone with wisdom to share of interest to moms over 35?  Do you have a compelling story or point of view that ...

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Meet Motherhood Later Chapter Head Chris Thompson In Los Angeles

Meet Motherhood Later Chapter Head Chris Thompson In Los Angeles

Many are surprised to learn that our first child was conceived through IVF after 25 years of marriage. While some perceive it as late, Sarah is our miracle girl and the sunshine of our lives.  We also have two identical twin boys, Ryland and Dylan, born December 22, 2009.  My husband and I always wanted three children, and while it ...

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Later Mom Features

Meet Later Mom: Mary Ostyn (November is National Adoption Month)

MaryCropNAME: Mary Ostyn

AGE: 47

RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart, John


CHILDRENS NAMES/AGES: Amanda 26, Erika 24, Jared 22, Daniel 20, Lidya 19, Zeytuna 16, Josh 16, Ben 16, Emily 12, Julianna 9

I am the author of three books:  Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting,  Family Feasts for $75 a Week, and A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family. My Amazon author page feaatures links to all three books:  I’ve been blogging since 2006 at

maryhusbandWhat was your road to parenthood like?  We were practically babies ourselves when we first became parents.  John was 21 and I was 20.  We had 4 kids in 6 years, and thought for a while that we were done.  But when we were 30, we started talking about adoption, and ended up adopting 6 kids over the next 9 years.  We have 2 boys adopted from South Korea in 1998 and 2000, and 4 girls from Ethiopia, adopted in 2004, 2005, and (2 girls) in 2007.  These days, four of our kids are grown and 6 are still at home. Our two oldest daughters are married, with two babies each, and our oldest son is engaged to be married next summer. I’m loving the grandbabies, but also really glad to still have relatively little ones at home.  My 9 year old still climbs on my lap for snuggles, and I just love it!

What do you see as the positives and challenges of adopting kids at age 35 or over?  POSITIVES: The great thing is that I know I’ve grown in wisdom since my early years of parenting in my 20′s. I’m more patient and flexible than I used to be, and less likely to overreact when kids misbehave. CHALLENGES: Sometimes I have to remind myself to make a big deal over Christmas programs and other similar events for my younger ones.  Just because I’ve been attending these things for a couple decade,s doesn’t make them less exciting to my 9 year old.  On the other hand (according to my teens), she gets away with lots of stuff the older ones didn’t, just because she’s my baby.  So maybe it balances out.  :)

How did becoming a mom both younger and later in life differ? I think the greatest advantage of maturity is perspective.  As a young mom, I sometimes made worried assumptions about a kid’s future based on their behavior as a very young and immature little person. These day,s I understand that a hard stage does not make a bad kid. There’s always opportunity for growth around the corner.  Yeah, three years from now there will be new challenges.  But this thing that’s overwhelming me now will most likely have passed.  We will survive and be stronger from the growth process.

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Motherhood Later Giveaway: The Hip Hugger

hiphuggerWhen a purse is too much but a few extra pockets are needed to stash necessities like credit cards, a cell phone, and essential beauty gear – the “Hip Hugger” offers a hands free solution. 

Created by Petal and Stem, the “Hip Hugger” makes tasks like traveling safe and easy with all one’s essentials within reach around the waist.  With two invisible pockets, you can feel secure and use it to keep everything close.

There are 3 sizes to choose from, with 3 sets of snaps to adjust the belt size, and just added is a cell phone/passport pouch that may be worn on a regular leather belt as well. It’s handmade of fabric, and various colorful patterns are available.  Some are even reversible.

The company also offers a wrist hugger  -  with one hidden pocket for a key and some cash. 

highugger2For more information, visit Petal and Stem.

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