Blog for Moms Over 35


Our group for older moms over 35 parenting later in life blog features moms and experts sharing.  We share about living life fully over age 35, and write not just about parenting experiences, but life, growth, aging, etc.

Given Robin’s personal passion for sharing cool finds, travel destinations, unique attractions and theatre going, she writes periodic reviews of products, services, trips, Broadway and Off Broadway shows and other forms of entertainment, attractions and leisure pursuits….whether for kids, moms or couples.

If you’d like to submit a topic, product, destination, event, show or attraction for consideration, write robin@motherhoodlater.com.  Happy to hear from you!

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Crying at Yoga Class by Zoe Richmond


Wednesday
April 25, 2018

It’s the third week of “Yoga for Grief.” I am in a pose to stretch out my hips where the teacher says people tend to carry stress. After class, I ask why, and she says it’s tied to the fight-or-flight response.

“Fight-or-flight response engages the muscles in your hips getting ready to either run or kick,” She said.  “If you don’t do either your hips engage but never release.”

I missed the second class because I had an out of town trip. I missed the first class, well, because I am grieving and my brain is too discombobulated to keep track of schedules.

In the middle of the third class, my heart starts to ache, tears roll down my cheeks. It’s a sad little whimper of a cry. I get up and get a tissue.

And that was the second time I cried over the passing of my mother-in-law.

A Sudden Death  

My mother-in-law’s passing was a horrible shock to everyone. Sure, she was 71.  But she had just returned home from a two-week visit to our home.  She was still vibrant and sharp. I found myself alone at home for days while my husband dealt with the business of … Continue reading..



Finding Motherhood in My Fifties by Debbie Oberlander


Friday
April 20, 2018

I gave birth to my beautiful little boy just days before my 55th birthday.  He is now approaching three.  I absolutely love being a mother.  I am proud to be an older mom.  I wish I had the courage to be an older mom just a few years earlier, but am grateful for my son, the love and light of my life.

Advances in medicine and third party reproduction have opened possibilities to become a parent in ways unimaginable when I was growing up and fantasizing about my future family.   As I found myself moving through my “childbearing years” without the family of my dreams, I realized my dream would have to take new form.  But coming to this realization was not easy or quick.  The onset of menopause jolted me into my new reality.  Then I took comfort that third party reproduction could allow my “clock to keep ticking”.  However, after a few years I realized that even this route had an expiration date of sorts.

At around 53, still waiting for “Mr. Right” to (re)appear and skittish about doing it on my own, I asked my gynecologist about my window for achieving and sustaining a healthy pregnancy.  While … Continue reading..



GOLDSTEIN: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
April 18, 2018

GOLDSTEIN is an earnestly appealing new musical about family…in this case an Immigrant Jewish American clan, and while it lacks real depth, it exudes heart and features a super talented cast making the most of the largely bland material.

As the pages of Louis Goldstein’s family memoir stir up a host of emotion in his family, we come to feel for this cast of characters and how their lives have unfolded, for better or worse.  Aunt Sherri (a lovely Megan McGinnis) staunchly declares that the book lacks truth, and Louis (played by a likeable Zal Owen) narrates the tale and endeavors to make a case for the accuracy of his Pulitzer-Prize winning title (not a very plausible claim to fame for the book).

We learn that Zelda (Amie Bermowitz), his grandmother, met the man she yearned to marry onboard the ship she took to NY, but once upon land, never heard from him.  She went on to marry Louie (Jim Stanek), and they had two children, Sherri and Nathan (Aaron Galligan Stierle).

Sherri aspires to become a doctor, but receives no parental support re: her goal.  Nathan later proclaims his plan to attend medical school….and he winds up being a … Continue reading..



Stop Trying to Be a Perfect Mom by Dana B. Myers, author, The Mommy Mojo Makeover (Book Excerpt)


Wednesday
April 18, 2018

Raise your hand if you relate to this kind of morning: I wake up at the crack of dawn, hurry the little ones out the door to school and then sit with a cup of coffee amidst a pile of clothes to be laundered, crumbs to be swept and To Do lists to be tackled. Suddenly, I get this overwhelming feeling that I am just not enough. Not enough of a mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, entrepreneur, or business partner. Have I inspired, motivated, loved or listened enough? What more can I give? Am I too bossy, too selfish, too emotional? Do I complain or worry too much? How can I be more like Kate . . . who’s kids eat dessert only once a week? How can I do it all it better, more precise, more perfect?

Despite what I know in my heart to be true, that I am a great mom, these racing, self-doubting thoughts about my abilities as a mother still continue to creep up to this very day. More than likely, you’ve been there too.

It seems like no matter where we look, there are opinions about the right or wrong way to be a … Continue reading..



Empty Nest Schmest by Barbara Adler


Friday
April 13, 2018

I’ve been hearing about this so called “Empty Nest Syndrome” for years.  Long before it would ever apply to me.  I occasionally glanced down the road towards those “older” moms wondering how it feels to do whatever I want, whenever I want, basking in the “emptiness” that lay ahead.  I never even imagined it until one day it happened to me.  Or did it?

My three sons are currently age 18, 20, & 22.  All three attending 4 year colleges away from home.  After the first one left, nothing in the house changed, except I just lost my second “driver” to pick up a brother when I had a conflict (don’t judge- when you get past being scared that they are driving it’s AWESOME!).  When you have three kids and the second one goes away to college, a whole new level of interesting begins. You are—perhaps for the very first time—parenting the third child, as an only child.  As I watched him gleefully bounce between his brother’s bedrooms claiming all the stuff they left behind, I knew this would be a very special time for both of us. He’ll be getting me all to himself!  I was wrong about that, … Continue reading..



A “Downtown Experience” with My Teen Son by Robin Gorman Newman


Thursday
April 12, 2018

My son, Seth, 15, and I had been fans of THE RIDE for years.  We were regulars when he was younger and did NYC staycations during holiday time.  It was always a thrill to take THE RIDE at  night especially and experience the city in its luminous glory, including the striking holiday store windows.

When we heard of THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE, we eagerly jumped onboard.  And, it was as exciting in a different way.

We don’t get downtown as often as midtown, so that in itself presented an opportunity.

But, aside from all that we loved about THE RIDE, THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE, Powered by THE RIDE. has added a new dimension…it is an historic touring adventure of Downtown Manhattan enhanced by the magic of TimeLooper Virtual Reality.

It is this country’s first sightseeing tour to immerse its riders in a fully integrated virtual experience that allows you to witness full-scale, 360-degree reenactments of NYC’s most iconic events.  Each rider is given Virtual Reality goggles and is instructed to wear them during specific parts of the trip.  My son, the techie, found it highly intriguing.  There are also small screens on the bus where you can watch moderated videos pertaining to … Continue reading..



Going on a Guilt Trip by Nina Lorez Collins, author, What Would Virginia Woolf Do?


Tuesday
April 10, 2018

WHY DO WE FEEL GUILTY?  To me, it’s obvious. From the time the children are shooting down the mini-slide at the playground until they are walking onstage to accept their diplomas, all eyes are on Mom. Dissecting mothers for their awed parenting and the impact it will have on their offspring is something of a national pastime (see “It’s Official: French Women Are Better at Everything” earlier in this chapter). It begins in utero (no sushi! no wine! don’t stress! bad mom!); continues through birth, which ideally—so as not to traumatize the infant—would be 100 percent natural, attended by a midwife, in a bathtub, and accompanied by whale song; and goes on forever. Unless fathers do something really egregious (like incest), they get infinitely more leeway. Don’t believe me? Consider the flip side. Have you ever noticed when a dad does something that would be considered normal for a mom, say, bake a birthday cake, take a sulky tween shopping for a bar mitzvah party outfit, or actually play at the playground, everybody oohs and aahs like he’s some kind of humanitarian hero? This may be changing with younger Gen Xers and millennials being stay-at-home dads or at least trying … Continue reading..



Attending an Art Exhibition at NYC’s Fire Museum with My Jr. Firefighter Son by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
April 4, 2018

My 15 year old son, Seth, has school break this week, and while in the past we have gone away or done a NYC staycation, this year we are home, so I’ve been on the hunt for cool things we might enjoy together.

It’s never been easy I have found, to entertain a boy who isn’t sports-driven, but I pride myself on being resourceful, and somehow always manage to unearth things of interest to him….and the icing on the cake….is when the activity entices me as well.

When I received an invitation to a special art exhibition/reception in NYC at the NYC Fire Museum, I knew it was right up my son’s alley.

Seth is Captain of Junior Firefighters in our town, and the invite was titled — New York’s Bravest Honored in an Upcoming Pop-Up Exhibition by Acclaimed UK Artist, Alexander Millar

Acclaimed UK artist Alexander Millar has created an impressive and heartfelt new body of work that honors the city’s ‘Bravest’ and celebrates the qualities that make them some of the most extraordinary working people on the planet.

Taking inspiration from archive material from the New York City Fire Museum, and the Vulcan Society (a fraternal organization … Continue reading..