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 and others write 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  Happy to hear from you!

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Jumpstarting Your Child’s Collegiate Success by Odey Raviv, Ph.D.

August 22, 2018

As many of our community members approach the beginning of the college term, some students and parents are becoming more and more anxious.  Starting college is a huge undertaking that often leads to a disconnect between parents and their adolescents.

The pressure of facing a new social environment while trying to uncover the correct approach to courses can be overwhelming for many students.  Parents are asked to find a way to accept their child’s independence, while worrying about the academic and emotional challenges that college presents.  The legal reality that a parent’s eighteen year old student is an adult in the eyes of college administrators intensifies the stress of the college transition.

Parents are writing huge checks and hoping that their child will adapt to the rigors of a new academic atmosphere. Students are asked to navigate sophisticated syllabi and textbooks while often left waiting to receive feedback on their progress from professors till the semester is half over.

Studying with accountability, preparing for tests, and writing at the college level without parent supervision and input can be an obstacle for even the brightest and most well meaning student.

Moreover, students with a variety of Learning Differences, ADHD, and Executive … Continue reading..

8 Ways to Happiness by Dr. Marissa Pei (Book Excerpt)

August 20, 2018

Let Me Give You A “Peace” of My Mind

Perfectionism seems to work for many people for a few decades. You can see the tell-tale signs: super achievement oriented, busy, really busy, multi-talented, opinionated, constantly giving advice, constantly being asked for advice, is an expert in at least 2 things, burning a candle, or candelabra at all ends, multiple balls in the air, possibly ADD or ADHD but not in the right generation to have been diagnosed, going, going, and gone!

Usually around mid-life crisis time, which I’ve renamed to mid-life opportunity, there is a breakdown. Sometimes it follows what I call the Perfectionist Slide…Perfectionism, Procrastination and then Paraly- sis. We want to do everything perfectly… and when we don’t think the conditions are right, we procrastinate. Aside, I’ve always wanted to be a procrastinator but I never got around to it, ha! Sorry, that is one of my favorite quips from Steven Wright. And then when the consequences of procrastination catches up with us, we end up in Paralysis… so far behind that we stop answering phones, opening mail, caring at all.

So how do we get trapped into this box called Perfectionism? Let’s take a look at each … Continue reading..

Driven to Distraction? Challenges of Being Behind the Wheel as a New Mom

August 16, 2018

When you have a little bundle of joy in your life, nothing is ever quite the same again. Most things are immeasurably better, while others are – different. One thing is certain, that tiny person will make their presence felt wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

American society is inextricably interwoven with its cars. We drive more miles and more often than anywhere else in the western world, yet it is not till you are faced with the car seat and the bags of supplies for the first time that the full enormity of getting behind the wheel with your baby in the back becomes clear. Don’t worry, it will soon be second nature. Here are some of the challenges you will need to overcome.

You Need More Space

For someone so small, a baby sure takes up a lot of space. It’s easy to laugh at the new moms and dads who literally seem to travel with a carful of kit just to drive into the local town or to visit doting grandparents. But you’ll find yourself doing exactly the same thing.

When you’ve got all that equipment to load and unload, it means multiple trips, so … Continue reading..

Renaissance Man: The Lin Manuel Miranda Story (An Unauthorized Biography) – Book Excerpt

August 13, 2018


Miranda could be a true romantic when he felt he had found his soulmate. Vanessa Nadal was that in spades and as the relationship quickly advanced to the level of ‘serious,’ he was quick to point out that the love of his life was all that and more. She was multi-degreed and multi-employed in the areas of law and science, light years from his world but intelligent in every sense of the word which only added to his attraction to her. She was comfortable, understanding and supportive in his world and would never allow him the luxury of feeling sorry for himself. If things were not going Miranda’s way, creatively, he could count on Vanessa to set him straight with the notion that everybody goes through those moments and, as she offered in a tweet, “He should keep writing and get back to his piano.”

During his 2008 Tony Award acceptance speech, Miranda was quick to point out Vanessa when he said, “Vanessa, who still leaves me breathless. Thank you for loving me when I was broke.” On another occasion, as chronicled by US, he credited Vanessa for being in his corner when he experienced those … Continue reading..

5 Powerfully Valuable Steps to Help Busy Parents Soothe Their Child’s Anxiety by Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

August 10, 2018

Anxiety in children and teens is on the rise. More than 1 in 20 children in the U.S. experience serious anxiety. While occasional anxiety is part of normal life, children and teens with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive, persistent worry about everyday situations. The disorder causes biochemical changes in the body, and has a bearing on a child or teen’s future behavior.

Busy parents trying to manage a family on the go need a way to quickly and effectively help their child cope with anxiety. Stable, supportive, secure parent-child and parent-teen relationships are the most important elements to resolving experiences of anxiety. Parents’ non-judgmental, empathic responses help children and teens resolve these highly tension-producing experiences.

Common anxiety disorders range from generalized anxiety to separation anxiety, panic disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Parents first need to understand each episode’s meaning and to consider it a message — and even an invitation — to empathic understanding.

To do so, here are five steps that provide parents a way to quickly and effectively approach their child’s anxiety:


  1. Step back.Parents need to first say to themselves, “Slo-o-o-w down. Take your time. Don’t rush forward. Breathe deeply. Consider what to say or
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Confessions of a “Flip-Flopper” by Andrea Santo Felcone

August 10, 2018

I just realized (recently) that I seem to be one of only a handful of moms standing on the school’s blacktop carrying a purse. I’m not sure where the rest of you are putting your wallet, keys, lipstick, licorice throat lozenges, BENGAY® cream, etc. (OK, I’m exaggerating on those last two items, but seriously, where are you putting your stuff?) I feel like carrying my purse on the blacktop is akin to holding a neon sign with my age printed on it. (Oh well.)flip phone

In point of fact though, my purse serves the practical function of “holding my stuff” but it was also (until very recently) hiding … my flip phone. (I know, I know.) I have very little to excuse the fact that I was still using a flip phone until, like, uh, last month. (Please at least let me explain before you scroll down to the next item in your ‘feed’…. that cute porcupine eating the banana will still be there in a few minutes, I promise, if you’ll just hear me out.)

I guess you could say this “phone upgrade thing” had gotten away from me. And in my defense, I can only say, that once … Continue reading..

ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

August 6, 2018

A luminous Melissa Errico, a cast in fine voice and spirit, the classic show tunes of Burton Lane (music) and Alan Jay Lerner (book/lyrics), and ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, the new revival at Irish Repertory Theatre directed by Charlotte Moore, hasn’t lost a musical beat.

With such beautiful songs as “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?” and “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” it’s hard not to be a fan despite the very quirky story and somewhat convoluted book.

Eccentric Daisy Gamble has the ability to find missing keys, sense when a phone will ring and an extraordinary green thumb that magically invites flowers to bloom. When she and a bunch of friends take a hypnotism class led by psychiatrist Mark Bruckner (Stephen Bogardus), she winds up readily falling under his spell and becomes his patient in an effort to kick her nicotine addiction.  In so doing, her past life as an 18th century British aristocrat named Melinda Welles emerges.  She relives her great love affair with Edward Moncrief, all while Daisy herself is falling in love with the Dr. B. When Daisy stumbles on recordings of her sessions with the … Continue reading..

MY LIFE ON A DIET: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

August 3, 2018

Renee Taylor is a gift.  An iconic performer who is a great example of a life well-lived — and still going strong — and her new one woman show MY LIFE ON A DIET, an autobiographical comedy based on her memoir, is a non-stop riotous ride that is both entertaining and endearing.

The New York premiere of the show, written by Ms. Taylor and her late husband Joseph Bologna (and originally directed by Mr. Bologna), is having an impressive New York premiere Off Broadway at Theatre at St. Clement’s, and due to popular and critical acclaim, has been extended through September 2.

An Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning writer and actress, Ms. Taylor, 85, looks back on both her personal life and memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway. She is not afraid to dish dishy stories…whether of  meeting husband Joe and gorging on his mother’s Italian cooking or trying to be svelte and gorgeous by eating frozen grapes and bathing dipped in Vaseline, as per the advice of her friend Marilyn Monroe, who she met in Lee Strasberg’s acting class.  Ms. Taylor shares many fabulous insider tales of  Hollywood legends including Marlon Brando, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, … Continue reading..