Popular Parenting Blog for Older Moms Over 35


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Spring is here! by Sharon O’Donnell


Saturday
March 28, 2015

 

Even though there are still a few cold snaps, for the most part, winter is over, and spring has arrived.  On a warm night in the 60s last week, I sat at baseball practice

for my 14-year-old and relished the warm weather and the gorgeous purple and pick sunset over the field at the USA Baseball complex in Cary, NC.

 

                                                                                                       Sunset at the baseball field.

Another sign of spring is that the busy schedule of my middle son in college is getting either busier as the last month of classes begins this coming week. Projects, exams, internships,

interviews, etc.  A very stressful time, but one with promise that the summer will soon be here.  We had a nice dinner with my son when he had a break in his schedule, but of course

his main reason for wanting to meet with us was that he wanted to see our dog, Fenway.  When my two college sons miss our dog, we take the dog to them if they can’t get home. This is known as a Fenway Fix. 

davidwithfenAnd every spring, I try to walk with one of my sons (and our dog) in a fundraising walk for various causes (Cancer/heart disease research, ALS).  … Continue reading..



THAT BACHELORETTE SHOW Ticket Giveaway from MotherhoodLater.com


Friday
March 27, 2015

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Need a fun moms night out with girlfriends?  

Here ya go……

MotherhoodLater.com is hosting a ticket giveaway for three (3) lucky winners.  Each receives four (4) tickets – you arrange the date.  The show runs on Saturday nights. 

To enter: email robin@motherhoodlater.com.  put BACHELORETTE SHOW in the subject line.  Tell us why you’d like to see the show.  And, please LIKE our Facebook page.  Winners will be notified via email by April 11th.

From the creator of The Awesome 80s Prom comes a fun new Off-Broadway show  – That Bachelorette Show!

The interactive parody of your favorite reality romance shows, where YOU pick the groom!

bachshow2At That Bachelorette Show, you mix, mingle and dance to your radio hits, spun by star Guest DJ’s, as eligible and spoof-tastic bachelors vie for the Bachelorette’s. . . flower. Over the course of the show, they’ll slowly be eliminated until only one winner remains. The rest are up for grabs!

The show was named a Time Out New York Critics Pick!

If you don’t win the tickets, you may purchase on your own.

DISCOUNT TICKET OFFER:

Use the code MTHRHOOD to save $10 off any regularly priced ticket.  To order, and use … Continue reading..



Helping My Son Make the High Self Esteem Grade by Robin Gorman Newman


Friday
March 27, 2015

 sethstagecrewshirt1My son, who recently turned 12, transitioned into public middle school this year, and it’s been nothing short of challenging in more ways than I ever would have anticipated.

We’ve had to change his classes, deal with the departure of a new teacher, bring in a learning specialist, create strategies for tracking homework, books, long term projects, tests to be signed, etc., etc. 

Anyone whose child is in the Common Core curriculum knows just how hard it is….on everyone.  Homework is given even on weekends and over holiday periods.  Some days, it feels like my son is a manic homework-doing machine, with my husband and I doing our best to assist, if needed, and at the very least, ensure it all gets done.  Some weekends, we haven’t event left the house because it was all quite overwhelming.

As it was explained to me at a school meeting featuring the local education powers that be, the Common Core was created to make American kids more competitive with the rest of the world.

I ask the question….how does this figure in if a child has special needs?  And, what about factoring in self esteem?

What is the impact on a child when … Continue reading..



Older Mom, Keeping Up With the Children, by Lori j Loesch


Thursday
March 26, 2015

I’m a later than sooner mom.  That said, raising a family is tough, especially in this complicated world we live in.  Being an older mom, is tougher.  I am going through menopause, and it feels like it’s killing me.  I feel like a stranger in my own body, the body I’ve had for 52 years, is now a stranger to me.  My ten year old daughter, I can tell by her tone of voice, has had enough with my ‘hot flashes’.  

My daughter is in the fifth grade, and from what I’ve heard, and witnessed, it’s a rough transition, from elementary school to middle school.  Not only the homework load, but also the social element of growing up and growing on.  She’s very intelligent and catches on quickly to new learning experiences.  It’s the social aspect that I’d like to touch upon.  

Faith had a special friend since kindergarten.  She had many other friends as well.  I have noticed the friends, disappearing as the years progress.  They go their way, and that is usually by way of sports.  Faith doesn’t like to play sports, and she has tried everything from ballet, soccer,  gymnastics, to cheerleading.  I saw the changes in … Continue reading..



Being An Old Mommy by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan


Thursday
March 26, 2015

Isn’t great how kids can keep it real? NOT, especially when it comes to age. One day in the bathroom my daughter let me know in a rather matter-of-fact way that I was an old mommy. I asked why she thought that. “Well you do have wrinkles like Grammie.” Ouch. Of course I responded with “but not as many.” For my daughter wrinkles are wrinkles. She’s not denying them why should I?

The judgment about the wrinkles comes from me. All the many voices I have inside my head bombard me with reminders that I am no longer young and that I should be doing something proactive about the said wrinkles. Of late the skin under my chin is growing older faster and more noticeably to me: getting saggy. Ackkkkkkkkkkkkk

 I am not a plastic surgery kind of person. Frankly, I am not an any-kind-of-surgery person. What is so valuable for me in being an older parent is how much I want to keep my anxiety and paranoia and general fears to myself. I want to age gracefully as a great example for her. I am regularly looking at older women and trying to dismantle my interior judgments about what … Continue reading..



Tips for Helping Kids Have a Good Night’s Sleep by Leona S. Green


Wednesday
March 25, 2015

bedphotoAside from balanced diet and regular exercise, a kid should also have adequate sleep if you want him to grow up into a fine and healthy individual.

But as a parent, you may realize that helping them sleep can be a not so easy task. With the toys, television shows, funny websites, and mobile devices that are catching their attention, these youngsters will try to stay awake for as long as they can. And if you do not properly guide them, there is a big chance that they won’t get the required amount of sleep that they need. So to help you out, here are several simply but effective tips for helping your kid have a good night’s sleep.

1. Use a good mattress
Sometimes, you can easily solve this dilemma by choosing the right foam mattress for their bed. There are different types of mattresses to choose from, and each has its own unique quality. Some products are made from memory foam to make it extra plush and comfortable. Once you lie on it, the mattress will form contours around your body shape.

There are also latex support mattresses that combine spring and memory foam. If you are … Continue reading..



Why Natural Baby Oil is What You Should Be Using by Billy Norris


Tuesday
March 24, 2015

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 Baby oil is used to lessen the effects of chapping and chafing, but would it surprise you to know that many brands can actually block pores, worsen rashes, and even irritate sensitive skin? Parents have used it for decades on their babies without realizing that can actually be harmful. The good news is, there are safer alternatives available.

The Lowdown
Also called mineral oil, liquid petrolatum, petroleum distillate, and other names, ordinary baby oil is essentially petroleum with a fragrance added to make it smell light and innocent. The type commonly sold in stores is a petrochemical classified as a Group One or Group 3 carcinogen by the World Health Organization, depending on the level of refinement. According to the National Institutes of health, it may even be contaminating women who use cosmetics made with mineral oil. Furthermore, when a young boy died after inhaling a baby oil, the Consumer Product Safety Commission mandated that all bottle of baby oil be equipped with child proof caps – and no, it’s not one of those Internet memes, it’s sourced on Snopes with links to the new stories at the time. With those big red flags comes a host of other reasons … Continue reading..



PRODUCT REVIEWS: GIFTS FOR MOM AND THE KIDS THEY LOVE by Robin Gorman Newman


Monday
March 23, 2015

Razor-Max_Angled_1000x1000_largeAny avid cell phone user (and who isn’t these days?!) who is away from their home or car knows the frustration of seeing a low percentage level on their cell phone’s battery. MyCharge, a Michigan-based manufacturer of portable charging solutions, has introduced the Razor Max, a portable device that charges phones with up to 27 hours of talk time.  It is sleek and slim (though a tad more weighty than I’d like) — but it powers up your phone impressively fast.  And, with two USB ports, you can charge two devices at a time.  You can also charge the powerbank and connected device simultaneously.  It’s made of anodized aluminum, and maintains battery power for up to 1 year.  You’ll never be stranded with a dead cell phone again, if you have MyCharge.  You just have to remember to bring the charger cable for you phone to connect to it.  Visit http://shop.mycharge.com/products/razormax.

 

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Kitchen Curry Master is a new and unique concept that  puts Indian cooking right at your culinary fingertips. This compact kit, conceived by a passionate home cook of Indian roots, features a gift-worthy box of 12 key spices (many of which are hard to … Continue reading..