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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Three Wise Guys: Theatre Review by Ethel Wolvovitz


Thursday
March 15, 2018

Three Wise Guys is the latest production of TACT/The Actors Company Theater, founded twenty-five years ago by a group of actors who aimed to revive and reimagine great, long-neglected plays. The play, written by Scott Alan Evans and Jeffrey Couchman is based on two plays by Damon Runyon and is filled with the slightly shady, Times Square characters and idiosyncratic language most familiar to the public from Runyon’s Guys and Dolls.

The plot is a familiar one. Three men meet in a Broadway speakeasy on Christmas Eve in 1932. They’re opportunists with, seemingly, no Christmas spirit, who use a Santa suit to escape the mobster who’s after them.  Their journey from layabouts at a Manhattan speakeasy to a posh, Long Island mansion where they’re hired to play Santa and his “metaphoric elves” to a decrepit barn in Pennsylvania where they find salvation is a romp that leads these wayward men from a life on the fringe to the second chances that befit the Christmas holiday.

Although it’s a much-told story, because of the witty writing and many, clever plot devices and the solid direction of Scott Alan Evans, Three Wise Guys feels entertaining and new. As our characters “take it … Continue reading..



“A Letter to Harvey Milk” Show Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Tuesday
March 13, 2018

Based on Lesléa Newman’s award-winning short story collection of the same name, “A Letter to Harvey Milk”—the musical–is about Harvey Milk, (the first openly gay elected official in the history of California), but also about so much more.  Milk’s character informs the story, but only in flashback, as this story takes place in San Francisco in 1986, well after Milk’s assassination. This show revolves around retired Jewish butcher Harry Weinberg (Adam Heller) coping with his loneliness since his wife, Frannie (Cheryl Stern), has passed away. Harry is struggling, living a life of little joy, until he stumbles into his local JCC and finds a writing class taught by a young woman, Barbara Katsef (Julia Knitel). Ironically, the Yiddish word for butcher is “katsef”; this connection is a wink to things to come as the two unlikely friends discover that Harry will be a gift to Barbara (perhaps the Jewish father she wishes she had); while Barbara becomes for Harry a friend and an outlet for the stories he has inside; stories he needs to release so they will no longer haunt him.

A Letter to Harvey Milk

Adam Heller (Harry) and Julia Knitel (Barbara)Photo by Russ Rowland

Barbara, we learn, is a young lesbian who … Continue reading..



JERRY SPRINGER – THE OPERA: Theatre Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Saturday
March 10, 2018

(Photo credit: Monique Carboni)

I’ve never been a fan of The Jerry Springer television show.

But, my curiosity was piqued when I learned of the new Off Broadway musical production from The New Group making it’s American premiere. The Brits clearly had a field day with this over the top trashy parody of the tv show, and the musical was a long-running hit in London and won many awards including the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Musical.

Now running through April 1 at The Pershing Square Signature Center in NY, It doesn’t hurt that two seasoned and appealing Broadway performers whose work I hugely admire headline the NY spectacle…..Terrence Mann and Will Swenson….and both are at the top of their game…and very “game.”

Act 1 is essentially a bawdy send up of The Jerry Springer television show.  Mann (who unfortunately barely sings here) not only looks the part of Springer, but he was an understated presence in this world of vulgarity and chaos as the guests on the show go at it and never cease to push the decadent envelope.

(Photo credit: Monique Carboni)

Act 2 takes a “hellish” turn, as Springer gets shot at the end of Act 1, … Continue reading..



Seeing Problem Behavior in a New Way by Rebecca Eanes, author, The Positive Parenting Workbook


Tuesday
March 6, 2018

Adapted from The Positive Parenting Workbook: An Interactive Guide for Strengthening Emotional Connection by Rebecca Eanes with the permission of TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright© 2018 by Rebecca Eanes

 

Seeing Problem Behavior in a New Way

Our culture is constantly feeding us negative ideas about children. When they are infants, we see them as blessings, gifts. We are quick to gush over newborn babies and how “innocent” and “sweet” they are. Oh, but wait just a few months and the message begins to change. Right about the time they learn to walk and talk, the warnings start to come. “He’s walking? You’re in trouble now.” “Just wait, the terrible twos are coming.” “Terrible twos? Ha! Threenagers are way worse.” “Oh yeah, just wait until he’s a teen!”

We are constantly told about how they will manipulate us, test our authority, push our buttons, and see what they can get away with. With the dire warnings come loads of advice telling us the best way to control our little tyrants—so they don’t control us.

Did the “terrible twos” message cause you fear or anxiety? If your child is two or older, do you think this influenced … Continue reading..



A Rising Star on The Voice by Sharon O’Donnell


Saturday
February 24, 2018

Last year, I went two times to hear a 17-year-old local singer/musician from Sanford, NC sing and play guitar/piano. The first time I heard him, I couldn’t believe how talented he was. Went back the second time to discuss maybe someday writing some song lyrics with him, as I’d done with another extremely talented local teen, Brooke Hatala.

Well, the nation is about to find out about this talented young man — Britton Buchanan. He will be blind auditioning on The Voice this Monday night. But, thanks to the promotion of him by the show, we already know he was selected in the audition and will get to choose his coach!  The show put this link below on Facebook yesterday. He is a terrific, very talented young man, and his parents are over the moon about this. Please tune in and vote for him!

http://www.wral.com/sanford-singer-will-kick-off-new-season-of-the-voice-/17364041/Continue reading..



The Baby Onesie That Defied Extinction by Andrea Santo Felcone


Thursday
February 15, 2018

This is one of those “don’t judge” kind of stories. A few weeks ago, I was having coffee with a friend, when she casually rooted through her bag and pulled out a baby onesie. Not just any baby onesie, but a dinosaur-patterned baby onesie, that my firstborn used to wear when he was an infant. He is now 14 years old! By my careful estimation, she has had that dinosaur onesie in her possession for 13 ½ years! (Generally, I only save “exclamation marks” for PTA emails where I try to look more energetic than I am, but here it seems fitting.)

baby clothes on clothes lineNow, don’t let those “exclamation marks” fool you—they are there to demonstrate the somewhat shocking nature of what transpired, not to incite judgment. I don’t judge my friend for the oversight. Things can go astray. She’s the mother of four, so she has every right to stick her hand in her bag and pull out any number of things, i.e. wax lips, half-eaten lollipops, deflated rubber balls, prayer shawls–without one word from me. Did I mention she also has a husband, and a menagerie of pets (it’s like a farm–almost)? Anyway, she has a lot of living things … Continue reading..



Getting Cozy with My New “Husband” in Bed by Robin Gorman Newman


Thursday
February 15, 2018

It’s been some frigid cold weather here in NY…..and I’ve found myself yearning to curl up and relax come the weekend, while reading in bed and watching tv…and even working on my laptop.

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea around three years ago, and since then, I’ve found I’ve had to work on reframing my attitude toward my bed.  What used to represent my sanctuary, in a sense, has taken on more of a battleground vibe for me, as I struggle and adjust to sleep with a cpap mask.  Some nights I get through with less effort than others…and other nights feel simply painstaking….but I tough it out for my health for the long run.

In my childhood and teenage years, I had a backrest in my bedroom, which later found it’s way to my college dorm room at Hofstra University.

I can picture it to this day…it was light pink corduroy….which lost its firmness over time, and some of the stuffing started to emerge from a busted seam….but it holds a lot of memories.

Back in the day they called them “husbands.”  I never understood why and still don’t.

Recently, I posted on social media about being in the … Continue reading..



Have Dating Apps Killed Romance? by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
February 14, 2018

As a multi-tasking mom and entrepreneur, I wear several hats.  One of them is as a Love Coach for singles.

Thinking back to my single days….I remember how challenging it felt to be out there navigating the socializing waters in NYC (mostly).  Not only was it time consuming to go out, but figuring out where to go was one more thing to do.

All that research and longing for a primary source of information led me to put my writing ability to the test….for both personal gain…and to endeavor to help others.

I am the author of two dating books, How to Meet a Mensch in New York and How to Marry a Mensch.   Mensch, for those who might not know, means decent, responsible person.  The origins are Yiddish, but it’s become quite mainstream.  And, in the dating arena, it doesn’t get any better than finding your Mr. or Ms. Right Mensch.  (Stay tuned for the upcoming Off Broadway musical inspired by the books.)

After doing many speaking engagements and special appearances, a single friend suggested I offer personal advice….because no two people are the same, nor do they have the same needs or challenges.  She was so right….and … Continue reading..