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.

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What Toys to Give Children with Special Needs

June 9, 2017

Caring for children with special needs can be quite a challenge especially for first-time parents or parents who are new in the care of special needs children. And since toys are the primary tools upon which children make sense of their world, these can play a very important role in the care and development of children with these conditions. However, because of the great number of pediatric conditions that require special care and the equally great number of categories of toys, it is important for us to identify what toys to give to children with special needs. Here are some of them:

Puzzle Toys

One of the most effective toys for many children who have special needs, especially those with delays in fine motor development as well as cognitive delays, are puzzles or puzzle toys. Working with a variety of puzzle pieces help kids train the muscles of their hands in picking, pinching, and even grasping objects. Puzzles also work to help improve the cognitive development of children as they learn to make choices in the puzzle pieces that will fit a particular slot. This also helps build their convergent thinking abilities, helping them learn how to look for a … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: INDECENT: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

June 8, 2017

I had the recent opportunity to hear Rebecca Taichman, one of the creators and director of the Tony-nominated INDECENT, and in hindsight, I only wish I had seen the play before the panel discussion.

INDECENT is such a powerful, touching, memorable and jarring work, that I would have been that much more in awe of Ms. Taichman and all that both she and playwright/co-creator, Paula Vogel have brought to the stage.  And, how wonderful that such a notable piece was created by women, one a Pulitzer Prize-winner and the other an impressive talent on the rise.

In INDECENT, a play with music/dance, we meet a troupe of actors who are performing God of Vengeance, a controversial Yiddish work by Sholem Asch, that raises the bar on what is acceptable to be portrayed before a live audience.  The cast is so committed to the provocative work that it dearly impacts their personal lives.  God of Vengeance, after making the production rounds, ultimately proves too much of a shocker on Broadway, and the producer and lead actor find themselves in jail.  Asch’s work tells the story of a Jewish family that runs a brothel in their home, … Continue reading..

KNIGHTS IN TRAINING by Heather Haupt (Book Excerpt)

June 1, 2017

(Photo credit: Savanna Lee)

How Do We Cultivate Compassion?

Provide Stability

Although the seeds of empathy are in each of our children, careful cultivation is needed. We do this by providing chil­dren with a stable, nurturing home and relationships. When their needs are met, they are more likely to rise to meet the needs of others because it has been modeled to them. We help them develop compassion by reading to them. We see that the number of stories preschoolers hear predict their ability to understand the emotions of others and that adults who read less fiction also appear to be less empathetic as well.3 Talking to our kids in the everyday mo­ments of life allows us to build an awareness for the needs of others. Giving our children time to play so they can prac­tice this kind of rescuing, protecting, and defending in a safe, relaxed atmosphere helps them internalize these val­ues.

Inspire Them with a Sense of Purpose

We cultivate compassion by casting vision and filling their minds with a sense of purpose. Being brave, being strong does not just happen when they “fight the bad guys.” It hap­pens when they spot any kind of need and step … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

May 30, 2017

(Photo credit: Carol Rosegg)

CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?, directed by Peter DuBois, stars Amber Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia,” The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) making an impressive New York stage debut, joining Eshan Bay (“House of Cards”),  Ella Dershowitz (INTIMACY), Darren Pettie (“Mad Men”), and Tony Award-winner Frank Wood (SIDE MAN).

It’s Halloween night, and a trampy, Goth looking Miranda (Tamblyn) struts her stuff and way into the home of 40 year old, twice divorced Graham (Pettie) and his 20 something, bartender fiance, single mom Tanya (Dershowitz). The couple is on the heels of getting engaged, as Graham committed to taking on the responsibility of revamping the New Jersey beach house inherited from his mom six months ago so they can make money as a rental.  Graham had become somewhat of a grieving couch potato since her death, and to say Miranda adds an adrenaline rush is an understatement.

Miranda is running from a date she swears is looking to kill her, and a sugar daddy is in the picture who she is relying on to pay her large accumulated debt.  Graham offers refuge by inviting her back to his home after they meet at the bar where Tanya works.… Continue reading..

Project Moonbeam by Andrea Santo Felcone

May 26, 2017

Moon“No… no… no. Not at this point in the school year … not the project bag.” But, there it is, slung casually over my youngest son’s shoulder as he approaches during school dismissal. Big smile on his face. He’s been waiting for that project bag—it’s a big deal in his first grade classroom. I know what that bag means … there have been other project bags in the past, usually stuffed animals that we had to “foster” for a week and journal their adventures. Last year’s “create a board game” with your kindergartner–nearly brought our household to its knees. But, I can see he’s excited as he tells me about the project he needs to complete—tonight. Yes, um, tonight, as in literally—after dark.

You see, the project bag was making its rounds alphabetically, and when it stopped with you–you had to study the Moon in its current phase, draw a picture of it, and read an accompanying book (or two). The teacher in me–marveled at the simplicity. Inside the bag there were white crayons, some black construction paper, a few stubs of chalk, and books about the Moon. The most important item on his teacher’s supply list—hung elegantly … Continue reading..

Touching Down by Sharon O’Donnell

May 20, 2017

Yes, I know that parenthood is all about raising your children so that they are independent and can fly off on their own, ready to face the world and be successful. And of course, I want that for my kids.  Any parent would. I’ve been lucky that my two oldest sons have succeeded while also staying close to home; they went to college 15 minutes away, and my oldest son’s first job was here in the same town that they grew up in, and the middle one has accepted a job here also to begin next year after he finishes his Master’s program. Although my nest was emptying, with only my 16-year-old still left a home, they weren’t flying very far away. We could still meet for lunch or dinner, and holidays were always easy to plan due to the lack of travel.

Recently, though, my oldest son, Bill, has decided to move six hours away to Washington, D.C.  in July. Not that far away from Raleigh, but still — it is AWAY.  He is the first one to leave this town we have all thought of as ‘home’.  He went to a Master’s program at the University of Virginia … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: Bandstand: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

May 19, 2017

Donny Novitski and his eager band of fellow WWII veterans yearn to win fame and fortune as they seize the opportunity to enter a national radio contest to find America’s next big swing band.  Little does Donny know that his best buddy who died in the war was married to a beautiful, young songstress who he was asked to look in on. And, she writes poignant poetry that Donny can winningly put to music.  Julia winds up joining the band, as both she and Donny journey to make peace with their battlefield demons and create beautiful, healing music together.

Bandstand stars Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Julia) and Corey Cott (Donny) and features Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, Alex Bender, Joe Carroll, Brandon James Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, and Geoff Packard.

Donny’s musical cohorts (BenderCarroll, Ellis, Hopkins, Packard) each has their own set of challenges resulting from the war, ranging from booze to marital issues.  The unity and goals of the band offer them support and purpose.

The conflicting tone of the ambitious, well-intended show shifts between depicting the seriousness of the war and exuberant dance and night club sequences.  It’s never quite

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Mom Theatre Blogger: Ernest Shackleton Loves Me: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

May 18, 2017

To say that she is a multi-tasker seems an understatement when we meet Kat, the heroine in the new endearing, yet ultimately wearisome, Off Broadway musical at the Tony Kiser Theatre.

As any mom knows — we wear many hats and sometimes our insecurities on our sleeve — and the engaging, industrious Kat earns both our respect and admiration as an eclectic 40 something single mom of an infant.  She is struggling to find love just as her career takes a setback when she gets fired from her gig composing music for a video game company. Her baby daddy is touring as part of a Journey cover band, and she is giving her dating quest a go on the website CupidsLeftovers.

Kat desperately yearns for support, romance and a dose of escapism. She finds all when she connects, via the site, with Ernest Shackleton, a real life explorer widely known as one of the most inspirational leaders of the twentieth century.  His dream was to be the first to reach the South Pole, and while that did not come to fruition for him and his dedicated crew, he cultivated a reputation as a strong, courageous leader and optimist….all desirable qualities … Continue reading..