Join Motherhood Later… Than Sooner Older Mommy Group

Join Motherhood Later... Than Sooner Older Mommy Group

  Want to find an older moms group with other moms over 35+ who are parenting later in life?  Did you become a midlife mommy at 35+ whether for the first time or again?  Join an in-person chapter, or help launch one in your town. Membership in 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 mommy 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 ...

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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: Actress/Writer/Comedian Anne Marie Scheffler

annmarieNAME: Anne Marie Scheffler
AGE: 45
RESIDENCE: Los Angeles/ Toronto
CHILDRENS NAMES/AGE: Nathan 10, Jake 8

I’m a professional actress/ comedian/ writer/ voice artist. I do live comedy, TV, film and voice work. I’m currently on tour with my shows Suddenly Mommy and Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody. I look forward to having a sitcom so I don’t have to travel so much. Visit

What was your road to parenthood like? It almost didn’t happen. I was already in my mid thirties. My siblings were all married, owned houses, and were starting to have their babies. I was resigned to being the black sheep of the family: the crazy actress auntie who would never settle down. Then I met a single dad, and I fell in love with his normalcy, his being a father, his lovely daughter, and I thought: great! I’ll get a bonus child and a husband who’s already been trained by someone else! We had two beautiful boys right away. Now we are divorced, but I am so grateful to be a mom. And my ex-husband is with the kids when I am on tour.

annemariesingingIs there one project in your career thus far that you are most proud of, and why? I’m so proud of Not Getting It, my one hour comedy special. I wrote and starred in it. I wrote and performed it at The Second City in Toronto where I was part of the cast there. The Comedy Network saw a video tape of it and gave me the TV special. I was just saying my truth in a funny way. And it spoke to a lot of women: how come I was “not getting” married, “not getting” laid, “not getting it”? How can you be at your sexual peak and also wanting to get married at the same time? I’m super proud of Suddenly Mommy too. It’s also about wanting two opposing things at the same time: wanting a family but still wanting your career.

How does being a mom influence your work? What do your children think of all that you do? If I weren’t a mom, I wouldn’t be so good at what I do. You can only talk about relationships and dating for so long. Having the insight of life as a mom touches a lot more people. Also there’s an unfairness in our society about how moms are expected to sacrifice their lives and their personal goals for the family. This needs to be overhauled. Why can’t I be successful, the one with the career and still be a good mom? So being a mom gives me a cause to rally for in my work. My kids are proud of me, in a low key way. When they were younger, I’ve had my sons say “You’re not Anne Marie Scheffler! You’re Mommy!” but the also said “You’re not Mommy! You’re Anne Marie Scheffler!” so I know they understand I am an actor with a public job. And they get benefits from it too which they like. They enjoy having the run of the back stage and playing on the theatre stage. Also they get to go to TV tapings and parties, and they get swag and candy sometimes. Plus they are often invited to be in things with me: Jakey filmed a commercial with me. He was happy when the cheque arrived.

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Calling All Travel Lovers! Do you find it hard to come up with cool things to do with your kids on family vacation?

sanfranfiretrucktourThat’s where I come in.  I love to travel, and have planned many a trip, near and far, with my son, now age 11.  It’s not always easy finding activities that a boy, particularly, finds awesome….but one of my strengths is coming up with off the beaten track things that both parents and kids can enjoy.

I’m now offering a vacation planning service for busy moms and their family to help create an itinerary for your next vacation that generates special memories for years to come. 


(Photo: My son and I took a fire engine tour over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  It was awesome!)