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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A Punk or a Gentleman: Off Broadway Theatre Review by Sarah Moss


Friday
May 18, 2018

Sometimes, the ordinary is extraordinary. Such is “A Punk or a Gentleman” presented for its world premiere by the Theater for the New City, inviting the audience into an ironic ten-character tale of an abused womanizer named Darren. In the height of the repercussions of the Me Too Movement, playwright Andrea J. Fulton and director Kymbali Craig take a lot of liberties in creatively portraying a seemingly ordinary middle-aged, middle-class, black man who loves women a little too much and a little too many of them at the same time, who is also coincidentally a victim of domestic abuse.

The play explores the intricacies facing the everyday life of Darren and his not so ordinary love life and the secret abuse he has faced from his relationships with women, dating back to his childhood and his own mother. Darren is a smooth wordsmith played by Allen Craig Harris, who was very entertaining and believable in the role.  Masked by the scars on his face are the scars that lie deep in his psyche preventing him from seeking a healthy relationship with a woman. Our protagonist is married to his fourth wife and on his way to either a divorce or … Continue reading..



Neurotic Mom Equals Compassionate Kids by Dana Klosner


Friday
May 18, 2018

From the moment they were born my kids knew they were the center of my life. If you ask them now, they might say I had their backs a little too much. But through it all, I think they learned compassion and empathy.

My son was born first, when I was 33. I was over-protective to say the least. Some might call it neurotic.   I wouldn’t drive with him until he was five months-old because I was sure someone would hit us and he would get hurt. I didn’t bathe him until he was two because I was sure he would drown. Don’t worry, he wasn’t full of two-years-worth of spit-up and drool, my husband bathed him nightly.

As they say, the second one is easier. I was 36 when my daughter was born. The doctors called it a “Geriatric Pregnancy.” Excuse me?  I drove her to her two-week check-up myself.  When she pooped, I gave her a bath.

But still as they grew I noticed differences between my mothering methods and those of other, younger mothers. The mom next door, whose kids were about the same age as mine, was more than a decade younger than me. I was … Continue reading..



Theatre Poster Art Takes Center Stage by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
May 16, 2018

As you may already know, if you regularly read my blog, I am a HUGE theatre lover.  I go often, have produced, worked on a promotional level with shows, written reviews, profiled thespians, studied playwriting and am now developing an Off Broadway musical.   So, it was especially interesting to attend a book party for the warm, welcoming and much beloved iconic Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo, an award-winning designer of poster art for countless shows…impressive work, to say the least…and to get an inside peak at what it takes to create a poster that captures the essence of a show. If you think about it, even before you read a review of a show or hear some buzz , there is the poster art for it, working on drawing you in and inspiring you to purchase a ticket.  And, it takes great skill and strategic artistry to design one that truly pops from the crowd and calls to you.

 The hard-cover, 208 page book, published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is simply stunning and a must-have gift for any theatre lover. Titled Fraver by Design: Five Decades of Theatre Poster Art from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Beyond, it would make a statement … Continue reading..



You Will Be Found: Insight Into Teen Mental Health: A Roundtable led by Dear Evan Hansen, Time and Philosophy Hope and Grace Initiative by Robin Gorman Newman


Monday
May 14, 2018

I am a huge fan of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen, and have had the opportunity to see it twice, once with my then 14 year old middle school age son.

He is now 15, and a freshman in high school, and he seems light years older since we saw the show, though still a young teen with much growth and uncertainty ahead of him.

It’s been decades since I was myself a high school student (I have very fond memories of that phase of my life), and we live in an entirely different culture these days….one that is highly challenging for both parents and teens….largely in light of social media and it’s potential impact on well-being and mental health.  There is nothing that quite prepares you as a mother to navigate a newfound high tech world with your teen, given that it is uncharted territory for most of us.

To commemorate Mental Health Month this May, and in an effort to shed light on an important subject and empower families, TIME magazine joined forces with Dear Evan Hansen and the Philosophy Hope and Grace Initiative to take on the topic of You Will be … Continue reading..



More Than a Diploma by Sharon O’Donnell


Sunday
May 13, 2018

 

This is my middle boy, David, after his graduation with a Masters of Accounting from NC State University this week. This is also my boy who had speech therapy starting at 3, reading comprehension issues in elementary school, an auditory learning disability, & severe anxiety beginning his junior year of high school. He was a good student throughout middle and high school and a very good baseball and basketball player, but he was able to do these things because of his determination and work/study ethic. I got a tutor to work with him, and I worked a lot with him one-on-one also. Athletics came easy to him, but academics didn’t. He was intelligent, but the issues he faced made it difficult. When school athletics ended after high school, he turned all  his focus on academics and — Wow!  He excelled in the classroom like never before, making Dean’s List every semester. His perseverance and drive were unbelievable; there were still some hard times here and there, but he came through them. He learned how to advocate for himself, and he learned how to better deal with his anxiety.

He still played intramural sports in college, and his basketball team … Continue reading..



TICKET GIVEAWAY: RANDY WRITES A NOVEL


Friday
May 11, 2018

MotherhoodLater.com is giving away two pairs of tickets to RANDY WRITES A NOVEL, the new Off Broadway show running through June 9th at Theatre Row’s Clurman Theatre.

Randy has headlined with Neil Patrick Harris in Montreal, won Outstanding Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and starred on his own Netflix show in the UK.

After being married, divorced, arrested, kidnapped and thrown from a moving hovercraft, occasionally sober entertainer Randy has just written his first novel and wants to share a staged reading of it with you. Cursed with stage fright, he begins rambling and ends up sharing a memorable – and very funny, not to mention very adult –  discourse on everything from Buddhist thought to the wisdom of McDonald’s home delivery service to whether Hemingway’s artistic genius was enough to compensates for him being a terrible human being. Randy may share the complexion of Barney the Dinosaur, but RANDY WRITES A NOVEL promises to leave you questioning the meaning of life.

Randy has been performing his unique brand of stand-up comedy since 2005 and depending on who you ask, his debut solo show was a highly revered runaway-cult-hit.

To enter, write robin@motherhoodlater.com, and put RANDY in Continue reading..



MeToo – Mom on a Mission by Amy Wall Lerman


Thursday
May 10, 2018

Earlier this year, while watching the Golden Globe Awards, I suddenly realized I’ve been a coward my whole life.  Seeing powerful Hollywood women, whom I’ve admired from afar, with their “Times Up” buttons pinned to their black evening gowns, speaking up about sexual abuse, made me realize I had to do something too.  A something I’d been toying with for a while but, like with many of my creative ideas, pushed aside to focus on more practical things (like my job that actually pays a salary).

The idea?  Before Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein were powerful, abusive men, they were little boys.  Before the women at the Golden Globes became “survivors,” they were little girls.  What happens between childhood and adulthood that makes things go so terribly wrong?

So it hit me.  It was time to do what any good TV producer would do: Make an intelligent kids TV show that flips gender stereotypes upside down and shows kids who they really are and who they can be.  I was tired of bad TV programming for kids, anyway.  They’re screechy, lots of overacting with inane plot lines.  Okay, I know, they’re all fun and entertaining, but are they?  … Continue reading..



SEEDFOLKS: Show Review by Amy Wall Lerman


Wednesday
May 9, 2018

When I told my 10 year old son we were headed to the theater to see a play, he hesitated.

“Is it a musical?”

“No.”

“Then I’m not going.”

Ever since he saw SpongeBob on Broadway, nothing else will do, so I read him the description of the show.  When I was done, he said, “You got me at the one woman show thing.”  I’m not sure what surprised me more: his Jerry Maguire reference or his interest in a one-woman show. Perhaps he was more sophisticated than I realized?  Well, he was right to be intrigued.  This show could not have been performed in any other way.

Seedfolks is adapted from a magnificent book by Paul Fleischman.  Perhaps the show is so good because the play is also authored by Fleischman.  It’s a novella that brings together 11 characters of varying ages, genders and ethnic backgrounds by means of a neighborhood garden.  But it’s not a garden until one little Vietnamese girl plants the first seeds.  Side-stepping rats and ignoring a trashed refrigerator she finds a spot of earth and plants her dried lima bean seeds.  Her visits to the garden draw the attention of the neighborhood watch – … Continue reading..