Blog for Moms Over 35


Our group for older moms over 35 parenting later in life blog features moms and experts sharing.  We also post periodic reviews of products, services, travel destinations, theater and other forms of entertainment, attractions and leisure pursuits….whether for kids, moms or couples. If you’d like to submit a topic for consideration, write robin@motherhoodlater.com.   We share about living life fully over age 35, and write not just about parenting experiences, but life, growth, aging, etc.

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“Summer of Transformation” by Jean Marie Keenan-Johnston


Sunday
June 26, 2016

I’ve been gone for a really long time.  I can’t even recall the last time I posted here.  It hasn’t been for lack of wanting to be here…blogging is like therapy to me, and when I’m not doing it I miss it terribly…it’s been all the treading water to avoid drowning that’s kept me away.

The past school year has been the toughest I’ve experienced since we started school three years ago.  Despite it being our third year attending a virtual school, you’d think with how hard it was that it was our first!  I had to tackle a year of Kindergarten with a child who really does her best to avoid things she doesn’t want to do and help my mom continue to manage after her fall last winter, all while fighting to stay on my feet as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis do their best to push me down.  A few other hurdles showed themselves throughout the year…a few health issues for my mom, some near misses for me that almost landed me in the hospital,  and many, many overdue lessons each marking period.  I’m extremely grateful my daughters had the most understanding teachers we could possibly have as … Continue reading..



Greenville: A Gem of a Southern Town by Robin Gorman Newman


Sunday
June 26, 2016

I’m always on the lookout for vacation spots that offer things of interest to both my son, Seth, and I (and my husband if he can break from work to join us.).  When Greenville, South Carolina came on my radar, I was curious to see what it had to offer, and it turned out to be a lovely destination for a four night stay (and a short plane ride from New York, which was a bonus.)

greenvillemarriotpoolgreenvillemarriottroomWe stayed at the MARRIOTT GREENVILLE in a well-appointed, spacious, comfortable, four poster king bed suite (Seth slept on a pullout sofa.) with a large bathroom.  There was also a tea/coffee maker and mini fridge.  We were on the Concierge floor where there is a special lounge that puts out food and has beverages conveniently available. It’s a lovely place to sit ‘n read as well.  The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the GSP airport, a full business center, high speed internet, 24/7 fitness facility, and a nice, outdoor seasonal pool.   There is a day spa on-site, and a restaurant/bar in the lobby area, featuring southern cuisine. Though not walking distance to town, it was a short cab or Uber ride  … Continue reading..



Drivers’ Ed Again by Sharon O’Donnell


Saturday
June 25, 2016

My youngest son, Jason, just completed the classroom portion of Driver’s Education, that iconic rite of passage for teens and a major step on their road to independence.  As the mom of two older sons who have long ago traversed the week-long daily classes from 8:00 to 2:30, this is my third time around — not to mention my own DE class that was held in the very same high school class that my three sons took it. But with each one comes that sense of dread — of wanting my sons to be safe and to impart my years of driving wisdom to them.  In looking for Driver’s Ed material among my documents, I came across the following bit I wrote in a blog seven years ago when my middle son, now 22, was about to get his license.  I think it still applies today:

 

  Driving is very much in the news in my own home since my 15-year-old son, David, recently received his learner’s permit. My oldest son, who is 18, didn’t have quite the same Driver’s Ed course as David did.  The questions on David’s on-line quizzes covered much more information than the basics I remember Continue reading..



Mom Theatre Blogger: TRIP OF LOVE: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Friday
June 24, 2016

tripofloveLaugh-In (the retro tv show) meets Las Vegas at TRIP OF LOVE, the fluffy, yet entertaining dance musical celebrating the biggest hits of the ‘60s, that aims to take you on a “trip,” literally, at Stage 42.

Created, directed and choreographed by James Walski, TRIP OF LOVE stars Joey Calveri (Broadway’s Rock of Ages), Kelly Felthous (Flashdance, Nat’l Tour), Dionne Figgins (Broadway’s Motown), Brandon Leffler (Broadway’s On the Town), Austin Miller (“Grease: You’re The One That I Want”), Tara Palsha (Vegas! The Show, Las Vegas), and Laurie Wells (Broadway’s Mamma Mia!), with Yesenia Ayala, Colin Bradbury, Bo Broadwell, Kyle Brown, Ian Campayno, Whitney Cooper, Alexa De Barr, Daniel Lynn Evans, Lisa Finegold, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Steve Geary, Daryl Getman, Jennifer Gruener, Colby Q. Lindeman, Connor McRory, and Kristin Piro.

The one hour, 50 minutes musical (with one intermission) features 28 of the biggest hits of the ‘60s, including “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “Born To Be Wild,” “California Dreamin’,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” “White Rabbit,” “You Don’t Own Me” and many more.

The show has a legion of devoted fans — I sat next to a woman who was gleefully seeing it for the … Continue reading..



GUEST BLOG POST: Dare to Raise Yourself First by Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author, The Awakened Family


Tuesday
June 21, 2016

Photo credit: Lily Rose

Photo credit: Lily Rose

Shefali Tsabary_Credit Lily Rose

(Photo credit: Lily Rose)

When we buy into the myth that parenting is about the child, we readily take credit for our wonderful parenting when our children match up to our expectations, whereas we just as readily place blame on them when they don’t meet our expectations.

To parent consciously is to turn this approach on its head. The focus shifts to the parent as the one who needs to be “raised.” In other words, we put ourself under scrutiny, not our children. This is because, as we saw earlier, most of us have been raised with a high degree of unconsciousness, which has resulted in emotional damage to our psyche. It is also because the one person we do have control over and can influence is ourselves. Parenting is often most effective when we concentrate on ourselves rather than our children. This is where the best results come from.

Plagued with their own issues and complexes around parenting, our own parents were misattuned to who we were as children. I regularly hear my adult clients describe their childhood by saying, “My mother just didn’t see me for who I was,” or “My father was constantly … Continue reading..



FUERZA BRUTA: SHOW TICKET GIVEAWAY – from MotherhoodLater.com


Monday
June 20, 2016

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FUERZA BRUTA is an immersive performance and does not use seats. Audience members will be on their feet and move about during the 65 minutes performance. The show uses strobe lights, moving projections, loud noises, water, mist & fog. Water interaction is optional.

The Critics Rave:
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“A visually impressive dance-rave thrill ride that merges striking imagery with techno music and aerial showboating, A bona fide thrill ride!  If you want to lose yourself in environmental eye candy, this is the place.” -Time Out NY

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GUEST BLOG POST: Seeing Children in a New Way by Rebecca Eanes, author, Positive Parenting


Wednesday
June 15, 2016

Photo by Charlee Lifestyle Photography

Photo by Charlee Lifestyle Photography

Children, like all human beings, feel most cooperative when they are treated with respect and kindness. Adults do not re­spond well to people who speak to us harshly or treat us with disrespect. Is it a stretch to believe that children wouldn’t re­spond well to such treatment either? Think of how it might feel if a loved one spoke so unkindly of you in front of your peers, or threatened you when you were feeling your worst. I doubt you would feel motivated in any way, yet we seldom stop to think of how this treatment makes children feel. We are habituated to seeing children as inferior rather than inexperienced, when in truth, that’s what they really are—inexperienced humans doing the best they can with what they’ve been given up to this point. How can we expect anything more?

If we want to create lasting bonds with our children, we need to change the way we see them. We need a huge cultural shift in the way we view children, and it starts with you and me. We can assume they have good intentions, not bad. We can perceive the behavior as communica­tion, not manipulation.… Continue reading..



Guest Blog Post: 10 Reasons Moms Need a Sacred Bath Break! by Paulette Kouffman Sherman


Tuesday
June 14, 2016

bath authorI’m a working mom of a 5 year old and 8 year old.  I had my kids when I was 36 and 39 years old.   Maybe that’s why I’m often tired.  I’m a psychologist and a writer, plus my commute to work is over an hour.  I can’t tell you the feeling of relief I get when I climb into a sacred bath.  It is the highlight of my day and my ‘me time.’  It transitions me into a state of love and grace.

A sacred bath is a bath for my spiritual and emotional hygiene.  I pick an intention, light a candle, put in epsom salt and a few essential oils and a crystal to match my intention and I call in my Higher Self or the Goddess for guidance.  This 25 minute process gives me mental clarity, relaxation, a sense of wellness, increased intuition and more.

As moms, we have so many responsibilities and we often function in ‘fight or flight’ mode.  The adrenalin keeps us going, and we often serve our kids, husband, clients, etcetera from this multitasking mental mode.  We are not as present and heart-centered in this space as we could be.

Also, often our … Continue reading..