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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UNDESIREABLE ELEMENTS: GENERATION NYZ: Show Review by Sarah Moss


Monday
January 15, 2018

On the eve before the day reserved to memorialize Dr. Martin Luther, King Jr. it was fitting to explore the intersections of race, culture, history, art, media and technology in the 25th anniversary production of Ping Chong + Company’s community-specific series. No fanfare, glitz or dazzle needed, just the raw stories of 7 young people (Edwin Aguila, Monica Victoria Tatacoya Castaneda, Syl (Andrea) Egerton, Mohammed Murtaza, De-Andra Pryce, Porscha Polkahantis Rippy and Rafael Rosario) ages 18-22, as they discover their inner strength and maneuver through the difficulties of growing up as immigrants, individuals and New Yorkers.

The audience mirrored the actors, an eclectic mix of wild-eyed, beautiful and intriguing people; engaged and ready to hear stories similar to their own. Where, I respect and enjoy a great narrative, especially for the coming of age generation, the stories were not that out of the ordinary. Perhaps, that is the real truth of the immigrant story, today the struggles may involve cell phones or in the case of Rafael Rosario, the desire for a cell phone; not much has changed.

The one hour, 10 minute “seated opera for the spoken word” with no intermission, was not overtly political, but did touch upon … Continue reading..



In Real Life, Incorporated by Andrea Santo Felcone


Monday
January 15, 2018

gamingIf left to his own devices—and by this I mean, digital devices, my teenage son might very likely spend the entire day on his Xbox—with short breaks for reality. I’m not sure why this behavior surprises me; he’s of the generation that has labeled reality, as in, “I’ll meet you ‘IRL’ (in real life).” I’m left to wonder if there’s an entrepreneurial aspect to this in the not-too-distant future….

In Real Life, Inc., “How may I help you?”

Frazzled Mom: “Oh, thank goodness, a real person. I’m beside myself. I took my teenage son to a restaurant, and when the waitress asked what he’d like, my son pointed to the words on the menu, (“hamburger and fries”), and told her to “click here.” CLICK HERE?! His gaming is so out of control he doesn’t know how to order from a real menu anymore?!”

IRL: “No worries. You’ve come to the right place. Are you familiar with our “WELCOME BACK TO REALITY®” packages? We have the “Gentle Nudge™” for the child who has just started to lose himself to Virtual Reality, or the “The Swift Kick™,” for more serious situations.”

Mom: “I only just learned about “IRL, Inc.” from a … Continue reading..



“The Snow Queen” Show Delivers Warmth by Andrea Santo Felcone


Tuesday
January 9, 2018

There’s something beautiful about leaning into things, rather than resisting them. This winter has been bitterly cold. The type of weather that is likely to keep a person inside, hibernating. But, resist those urges–lean into winter–and treat yourself and your family to Blessed Unrest’s “The Snow Queen” at the New Ohio Theatre, in New York City.

The Snow Queen

Photo Credit: (c) Maria Baranova. Todd Grace and Tatyana Kot

Written by Matt Opatrny, directed by Jessica Burr, and developed by Blessed Unrest in a year-long New Victory LabWorks residency, “The Snow Queen” will warm you with its creativity and heart. Adapted from the original fairy tale of the same name, written by Hans Christian Andersen, Blessed Unrest’s “The Snow Queen” is performed by a small, highly-skilled ensemble. Most cast members serve more than one role, a few sing (Celli Pitt/“Grandma” has an amazing voice), and there is an element of interpretive dance throughout. There is no shortage of talent in this production.   

The most popular (loosely based) adaptation of “The Snow Queen” (in recent memory) was Disney’s movie, “Frozen”. Blessed Unrest’s “The Snow Queen” and Disney’s “Frozen” are very different, although they do share one main thread: a central message of strong female Continue reading..



The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD (book excerpt)


Monday
January 8, 2018

Excerpted from The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD. Copyright © 2013 by Sara Gottfried, MD. Excerpted with permission by Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

How to Find and Work Collaboratively with Practitioners for Your Hormone Cure  (Appendix D)

I’m a big fan of etiquette scripts when it comes to charged or difficult conversations. Scripts help me with a starting point, with someone else’s skillful ideas about what might be particularly useful in a given situation. For instance, say you have an acquaintance you don’t know well who tells you she just got diagnosed with cancer. You say, “That’s big.” And pause. You listen. You hear what she has to say. You don’t rush in with your own brush with cancer, or how you cared for your mom with metastatic breast cancer, or how you can imagine how they feel. Just, rather simply: “That’s big.” In this section, I’ll share scripts that my patients have found helpful with their other health providers.

I’m told often by women in my practice that there’s something very challenging about asserting yourself with your doctors when they dismiss your hormonal symptoms or decline to perform the tests you’ve reasonably requested.… Continue reading..



What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning? by Sandy Joy Weston, MED (Book Excerpt)


Friday
January 5, 2018

Excerpt from….

Train Your Head & Your Body Will Follow
Reach Any Goal in 3 Minutes a Day
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available as an eBook
On Sale: January 16, 2018
ISBN: 9781510728349 ǀ $19.99
 

Chapter 11: What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

What gets you out of bed in the morning (besides the alarm clock or the kids screaming)? What floats your boat, rings your bell, your inspiration in life, your passion, vision, or mission?

Do you jump out of bed, excited to start the day, and can’t wait to see what’s ahead? What, aside from a cup of coffee, motivates you in the morning? Why do you really want to be in shape?

What is the real reason, the real motive? There is only one true reason, the only reason for anything and everything . . . being in shape, or meeting a mate, or making more money . . . all of it. You only want something because you believe you will feel better when you have it. Read that again—everything you want is because you will feel great when you are there, and who doesn’t want to feel great?

So before we get … Continue reading..



New Year Intentions (instead of resolutions) by Wendy Sue Noah


Saturday
December 30, 2017

And just when we scarcely make it through the holidays, in somewhat decent shape, here comes the New Year! Oh my! Let’s list our resolutions so we can feel good about feeling bad a few months later. This whole societal process is actually a BIG LOL! Honestly, who keeps to their resolution for more than a few months, if that?!

I went from years of resolutions, and feeling bad for not achieving my said goals, to avoiding resolutions all together, thinking THAT was the problem. No, resolutions and goals are always a positive thing for positive change. What has been missing for me, I now see, is that my resolutions stood alone, without looking at the origin of whatever it was that I wanted to change.

The dictionary gives two definitions for intentions:

  1. A thing intended; an aim or plan.
  2. MEDICINE, the healing process of a wound.

So, in order to make real change, in order to fulfill that plan, we need to consider both, our goals AND the healing process necessary to achieve that goal.

For example, let’s look at an eating disorder. Jenny has a New Year resolution to lose 50 pounds in 2018. In January, she loses … Continue reading..



Toys R Us Brings Back the Memories by Sharon O’Donnell


Sunday
December 24, 2017

My three sons are ages 26, 23, and 17. I’ve spent many Christmases buying Power Ranger toys, video games, and Red Sox merchandise, particularly if the Sox won a championship as they did in ’04, ’07, and ’13. I spent much time at the local Toys ‘R’ Us, roaming the aisles looking for just the right gifts.  Then it was just about clothes — and sports — always sports. Now that they are grown up, they usually just text or email links to things they want, and I go the website and buy the items — easier but with none of the surprise that real ‘shopping’ brings to the faces of little boys.

Now they are men. My youngest is 17, a sweet but sarcastic teen, who just became an Eagle Scout (his brothers and father are also Eagle Scouts — yep, we have had at least one son in Scouting since 1996. Wow. He is also a bit tired of GPA’s and the SAT/ACT — as I am; junior year in high school is tough. But I’m glad to know my husband and I will have him here at home with us for another year and a half.

My … Continue reading..



Mom Theatre Blogger: Bright Colors and Bold Patterns: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
December 20, 2017

 

(photo credit: Russ Rowland)

Weddings drudge up a host of emotions.  And, many singles have had the experience of being invited to a friend’s nuptials, only to feel like the odd unattached person out.  That’s never easy.

Enter Drew Droege who takes us on a laugh-ridden, yet bittersweet roller coaster ride of clever pop cultural references and emotion in his tour de force performance in Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, an 80 minute one man show that he also penned.

It’s the eve before the wedding of Josh and Brennan in Palm Springs. Gerry (Droege) arrives, frenetically chatting up a storm, drinking and snorting coke, as he unleashes his often hysterical judgements and observations on love, life and more. The wedding invitation says “Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns”…and this sends him into a manic tirade as he feels the request lacks gay fashion sensitivity and suggests boring beige.

Bright Colors And Bold Patterns features fanciful set design by Dara Wishingrad.  Complete with rattan chairs and tropical potted plants, it had me craving a poolside margarita and sunbathing opportunity, but I would not have been able to withstand the company of barb-slinging partier Gerry for too … Continue reading..