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 robin@motherhoodlater.com.  Happy to hear from you!

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How to Rekindle Your Marriage When the Kids Leave Home, by Melissa T. Shultz, author, From Mom to Me Again (Book Excerpt)


Friday
September 28, 2018

Marriage and partnerships are hard work, and over many years, issues between two people, even in the best relationships, can get swept under the rug for a variety of reasons. The thing is, once the kids leave, it’s harder to avoid what you’ve been putting off talking about, even if it’s just small stuff that’s become exaggerated over time, like leaving toothpaste stuck to the sink. One of the hallmarks of happy couples is that they treat one another with kindness. When you’re kind, your partner feels loved, respected, and appreciated. Being overly critical keeps you from seeing the good and can erode the love connection.

I asked husband-and-wife psychotherapists, relationship counselors, and authors Linda and Charlie Bloom, who have been married since 1972, if you can learn to be more kind and loving toward your partner. Their short answer was yes. Hold that thought. The longer answer is you should probably figure out what the underlying reasons are for not being kind in the first place, so you don’t fall back into the same pattern of behavior. People who are unkind to their partner, says Charlie Bloom, “often treat themselves in unkind ways as well and project this … Continue reading..



A Tennessee Williams Revival: “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur” Theater Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Thursday
September 27, 2018

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

Kristine Nielsen (Bodey) and Jean Lichty (Dotty). Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

When “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur” begins, Dorothea “Dotty” (Jean Lichty), a fit, aging Blanche DuBois-type, is running through her Sunday morning calisthenics. She is trying to busy herself while waiting impatiently for a phone call from her romantic interest–Ralph Ellis. Dotty, played with a deep Southern accent—is also scolding her roommate, Bodey (Kristine Nielsen). Bodey, a stout woman of German-ancestry (Dorothea’s physical antithesis), is not wearing her hearing aid and thus not listening for Dotty’s all-important phone call. (In truth, Ellis never called.) Bodey, for her part, is busy frying up chickens and boiling deviled eggs for a Sunday picnic in Creve Coeur, a lakeside spot in St. Louis.

Bodey is clearly not in favor of Ellis, (the principal of the school where Dotty teaches), especially as Dotty reveals that she has gone so far as to have had an intimate encounter with him in his car. Bodey doesn’t have to remind Dotty that in the day and age they inhabit (the mid-late 1930s) such behavior can have dire consequences for a single woman’s reputation and future. But, nevermind that, there is a desperation to Dotty, as … Continue reading..



Family Weekend with a Teen Boy to Harrisburg, PA by Robin Gorman Newman


Tuesday
September 18, 2018

We have been to Hershey, Pennsylvania twice and enjoyed, so when we were offered the opportunity to go on a press road trip to Harrisburg, a neighboring town, my family and I jumped on it.  We knew there were some activities up the alley of my teenage son, Seth.

We had briefly been there previously, but did not have much time to explore.  This time, we stayed two nights, and had two activity packed and fun days exploring the area.

We arrived on a Friday night…made a pit stop at Hershey Tanger Outlets (Seth is a fan of Under Armour) and enjoyed dinner at The Mill in Hershey (good food and quaint atmosphere).

The next day, we were off ‘n running after breakfast at our hotel.

We were slated to take a ride on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat but unfortunately due to weather-related water conditions, the boat wasn’t running.  So, we decided to head downtown to the iconic Midtown Scholar Bookstore, The Millworks & Artist Studios – Restaurant + Artist Studios + Brewery and Broad Street Market.  All are within short walking distance of each other and are unique destinations.

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Family Trip To Niagara Falls With a Teen by Robin Gorman Newman


Tuesday
September 18, 2018

To this day, I can remember my family trip to Niagara Falls as a kid.  We rode the iconic Maid of the Mist where we all got soaked and had a great time.

Life has a way of coming full circle, and my son, 15, decided that this would be the summer of Canada.  So, recalling my fond childhood vacation memories, we booked a trip to Niagara Falls, and added in Niagara on the Lake, and Toronto (which I blogged about here).

We opted to stay on the Canadian side of the Falls, as friends had told us that was the place to be.  We chose the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa and had a great view of the Falls from our room, which was especially cool to watch at night when brightly illuminated.  It felt almost like a meditative experience.

But, watching from our window was not enough. We wanted to of course get up close ‘n personal.  So, my husband, Marc, my son, Seth, and I went for the gusto and booked tickets for both Maid of the Mist and the Hornblower Fireworks Cruise.

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The Letting Go Hand by Nancy Carolyn Kwant


Thursday
September 13, 2018

We hold hands, my girl and I, as we walk up the road to school.  In her free hand is her Dora lunch box and in mine is the dog’s leash.  I have come to savor these early morning walks.

Kindergarten has started.  Gone are the days of strolling leisurely through the cove, building fairy houses of debris washed ashore, fighting off pirates on the rocks, or drinking tea and nibbling on freshly baked coffee cake while Jack, our Flat Coat Retriever, head resting on paws, waits for a crumb to fall.

As much as we prepared for this, our morning schedule has been

harshly,

abruptly,

and rudely interrupted.

 

I’m trying to grow accustomed to it but every fiber of my being is fighting against it.

Monday through Friday life suddenly feels very…,well, scheduled.

Wake by seven

Ten to fifteen minutes for breakfast

Overpack lunch with healthy choices.

Sign all necessary paperwork.

Put paperwork into THE purple folder in the “Return to School” slot.

While this flurry of activity is happening, my daughter says,

“Mama, come sit with me?”

“Mama, let’s tell a story.”

I stop dead in my tracks and in my head, it is screaming,

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Family Vacation to Toronto with a Teen by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
September 12, 2018

This was the summer of extreme humidity and rain in New York, so we were anxious to go on vacation, with the hope that weather might more comfortable elsewhere.  Toronto did not disappoint on that level and in general.

(Lobby – partial view)

We began our vacation in Niagara Falls and then Niagara on the Lake, and drove to Toronto for the last leg of our road trip.  We had originally planned to stay just two nights, but we were so taken with Hotel X Toronto that we extended another night.  And, had we not had reason to return to NY when we did, we might have opted for still another night.

Hotel X Toronto is truly a destination.  It is a class act hotel in the midst of a busy city and one that was hard to leave, even to go exploring the town.  It truly felt like a modern resort featuring impressive amenities, with more to come, as the hotel is just five months old.  Photos truly don’t do it justice.

As their website states….

  • Spectacular views from virtually every room.
  • Stunning Rooftop Swimming Pool
  • Toronto’s Only Tri-Level Rooftop SkyBar
  • Kandy Gallery by Neil Dankoff
  • 250 Seat
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NEUROSIS: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Tuesday
September 11, 2018

How many of us have a little voice in our head that leads us to make certain choices or question decisions?  The same voice can nag and promote self doubt and insecurity, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.  Neurosis, the Off Broadway musical jumps on this inventive premise with delightful aplomb.

Though the show has a sitcom feel and could use a dose of depth, it is breezy and entertaining with some delightful songs (music by Ben Green, lyrics by Greg Edwards) and lively staging moments (direction by Andy Sandberg) that highlight both the excellent voices and comedic physicality of the hardworking cast.

The story focuses on Abby (Jennifer Blood), a driven marketing professional, and Frank (Kevin Zak). a magician yearning for a big break with doting parents (played a bit over the top by both Susan J. Jacks and Joel Blum) who would prefer he consider becoming an attorney.  Abby is seeking a nice Jewish boy to compensate for past relationship choices, and boyish Frank fits the bill.

Enter their respective Neurosis or in the case of Abby…Neurosalina. They shadow Abby and Frank, further triggering or dissecting every anxious moment. If book writer, Allan Rice,

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SHOW TICKET GIVEAWAY & DISCOUNT: Tennessee William’s A Lovely Sunday


Thursday
September 6, 2018

Theatre at St. Clement’s

423 West 46 Street, NYC 10036
www.LaFemmeTheatreProductions.org

Directed by Austin Pendleton

 In this unique tragicomedy, four women in Depression-era St. Louis live and work together in a valiant effort to stave off loneliness and despair. And, along the way, they uncover false idols – and maybe even themselves.  La Femme Theatre Productions presents the revival of Tennessee Williams’s A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, featuring Kristine Nielsen, Annette O’Toole, Jean Lichty, Polly McKie.

SPECIAL OFFER:

$35 tix (reg. $55) from 9/14 to 9/22
$39 tix (reg. $65) from 9/26 to 10/21

   ONLINE: Visit www.LaFemmeTheatreProductions.org and use code LOVELYRED

  • PHONE: Call (866) 811-4111 and mention code LOVELYRED
RESTRICTIONS: All sales are final – no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.

 

TICKET GIVEAWAY: MotherhoodLater.com is giving away tickets to see this show on select dates through 10/18.  To enter, email robin@motherhoodlater.com.  Please put Lovely Sunday in the Subject Line and share why you’d like to see the show.

 

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