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  Happy to hear from you!

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Have Dating Apps Killed Romance? by Robin Gorman Newman

February 14, 2018

As a multi-tasking mom and entrepreneur, I wear several hats.  One of them is as a Love Coach for singles.

Thinking back to my single days….I remember how challenging it felt to be out there navigating the socializing waters in NYC (mostly).  Not only was it time consuming to go out, but figuring out where to go was one more thing to do.

All that research and longing for a primary source of information led me to put my writing ability to the test….for both personal gain…and to endeavor to help others.

I am the author of two dating books, How to Meet a Mensch in New York and How to Marry a Mensch.   Mensch, for those who might not know, means decent, responsible person.  The origins are Yiddish, but it’s become quite mainstream.  And, in the dating arena, it doesn’t get any better than finding your Mr. or Ms. Right Mensch.  (Stay tuned for the upcoming Off Broadway musical inspired by the books.)

After doing many speaking engagements and special appearances, a single friend suggested I offer personal advice….because no two people are the same, nor do they have the same needs or challenges.  She was so right….and … Continue reading..

Love is in the Air, Can you Feel It? by Wendy Sue Noah

February 13, 2018

Happy Valentines Day! If you have a partner or a spouse, then it is a wonderful time for you to celebrate and honor your intimate connection and love. A toast for you two!

If you don’t have a significant other to celebrate with, you may feel kind of lonely on a celebratory day for lovers? OK, I hear you. Let’s discuss further…

I’m going to start with a profound quote which I find truth, from a book I highly recommend:

“Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.”
― Erich FrommThe Art of Loving

We are taught to believe that we are not complete in and of ourselves, without a partner by our side. Truth behold, we are not complete without being able to love ourselves, really, truly and not just in theory. When we love who we are, from the inside out, our gifts and our imperfections, when we can truly be OK with ourselves that is when we are ready for an authentic partnership!

I’ve actually got some professional experience to back this up, as well as personal. My most exhilarating career choice was to be a part of the … Continue reading..

The Chekhov Dreams: Theatre Review by Sarah Moss

February 12, 2018

The invigorating portrait of love, loss and newfound life and love is currently playing at the Beckett Theatre.

John McKinney’s dark, romantic comedy The Chekhov Dreams will fulfill all those theatregoers who enjoy Chekhov or yearn for a classic Greek Tragedy. All that may be required is a certain knowledge of literature in order to fully partake in the irony and robust humor of this play. “It is life itself onstage,” just like Koni wrote to Chekhov of his play The Seagull, “with all its tragic alliances, eloquent thoughtlessness and silent sufferings — the sort of everyday life that is accessible to everyone and understood in its cruel internal irony by almost no one.”  McKinney brilliantly created a modern twist on Chekov’s The Seagull and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, with a plethora of references to other well-known literature.

One performance that stands out is the portrayal of Eddie by Christian Ryan, a politically incorrect, every vice known kind of guy.  Yet, it was exactly this abundance of flaws and raw human emotion that made the audience roar with laughter, allowing for a needed break from the sometimes too dark undertones of suicide and death that are a steady … Continue reading..

From Boardroom to Baby by Kristin M. Helms (Book Excerpt)

February 2, 2018

Reprinted with permission from Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, FROM BOARDOOM TO BABY: A Roadmap for Career Women Transitioning to Stay-at-Home Moms by Kristin M. Helms.


Chapter 5

Molding the Mundanity and Chaos into Lessons, Love, Life

“Be careful honey, this is really hot,” my voice teetered on-edge and it was only 8:15 a.m. My 2-year-old daughter clung to my side like a monkey, insisting on helping scramble the eggs while my 10-month-old son tried to climb up my leg with his sharp little nails digging into my calves, a painful reminder that I needed to cut those little dinosaur claws. All I wanted was five minutes and two free hands so I could put breakfast on the table.

“Bye guys, have a good day,” my husband said as he kissed us and headed out the door to work.

After struggling to get my son in his high chair, my daughter in her booster seat, and breakfast in front of them, my phone dinged with a new text message. It was from my husband, a photo he had taken of us on his way out the door—during our egg-scrambling fiasco and what I had mentally chalked up as a chaotic morning … Continue reading..

Flirting with God by Pamela Francis

January 30, 2018

A light, unexpected rain

(who am I kidding, it wasn’t unexpected. I’ve been a student of astrology for 40 years and I know what moon in Taurus plus Jupiter in Scorpio divided by sun in Aquarius equals)

fell in Los Angeles and the blue sky filled up with fluffy, white cloud formations that came together and breezed away creating all kinds of shapes and peep-holes around the ever present California sun.

As I climbed the stairs at the school where I teach,

(hands full of lunch salad, bottled water, left over sushi circles from this morning’s I-can’t-wait-til-lunch-I-want-to-eat-this-now binge-fest, and treats for my high performers in 5th grade math),

I dared to look up

(instead of at my feet to make sure I made it up those stairs)

at the sky overhead

(delightfully, our school is outdoors, as are most in Cali),

and there the sky winked at me through a diamond-shaped eye of sun and cloud.

I blushed

(as though that fine, gray-bearded gentleman who owns the Italian restaurant across the street from my house had just told me I looked beautiful today again),

and looked away, making eye contact with the top of the stairs.  This was … Continue reading..

Guest Post: Letter from a Good Enough Daughter by Sandra Butler, co-author with Nan Gefen, It Never Ends: Mothering Middle-Aged Daughters

January 29, 2018

Dear Ma,

I miss you. There are so many things I want to tell you, so many conversations I didn’t know enough to have when you were still here. Sometimes I’ll put a picture of you on the side table and talk to you in my mind about what your granddaughters are doing in their lives, lives you never would have imagined for them. The one you feared would never be successful and able to make a living is thriving in work she loves. The other with a formal degree guaranteeing success has left the field she was trained for and moved into a more financially precarious world of caring for others. They live near one another now and after some awkward adjustments (you know how different they are!) have settled into a self-aware and accepting sisterhood. Neither of us ever would have imagined how their lives and their relationship have unfolded. All your fears were the wrong ones. Many of mine were too.

There’s a framed series of pictures of us dancing at your granddaughters wedding. We look so delighted with one another as we execute an enthusiastic jitterbug. She’s divorced now and remarried to a much better man. … Continue reading..

The Amazing Max: Show Review by Antonia Kasper

January 21, 2018

The Amazing Max isn’t just another kids’ magic show. It’s much more significant. Max Darwin is like a motivational speaker and comedian rolled into one who uses magic as its vehicle to make kids (and adults) feel good about themselves.  The message: Be you. Be proud to be you. And it’s okay to be different.  What makes The Amazing Max show magical is that he lets the kids shine!

There was a fun 30 minute pre-show, with an adult assistant.  The kids who participated sat on a “magic carpet” in front of the stage and learned a few simple magic tricks. Before they headed back to their families in the audience, the kids were gifted with some fun magic giveaways.

Max exploded onto the stage with quick-witted banter and striking poses.  His glowing blonde hair and black cool attire added to his eccentric but kid-friendly persona. While the interactive show is recommended for 3-12 year olds, the audience, young and old, was completely engaged as high energy Max bounced around performing impressive tricks.

I was accompanied by my now “very mature” 9 year-old daughter, Shea, her 11 year-old friend, Lily and Lily’s mom, Leslie.  Leslie and I both sensed these … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: This One’s For the Girls: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

January 17, 2018

Lighthearted entertainment, but with an empowering message, this Valentine to women through the past 100 + years, will have you dancing in your seat or cheering….or both.

The 90 minute jukebox musical features such tunes as  “I Want to See You Be Brave,” “I am Woman,” “Over There,” “I Wanna Be Loved By You,” and “You Don’t Own Me”….some better known than others, but many strongly resonating with the enthusiastic, largely female audience in attendance.

Under the direction of Tamara Kangas Erickson, the show stars Traci Bair (CIRQUE DREAMS, PANDORA’S BOX), Aneesa Folds (RAGTIME, SISTAS), Jana Robbins (Broadway’s GYPSY, THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE, CRIMES OF THE HEART), and Haley Swindal (Broadway’s JEKYLL & HYDE, THE SECRET GARDEN at Lincoln Center), with music direction by Zachary Ryan.

The talented and versatile cast of four play a multitude of roles and keep things moving.  The evening I saw the show, there was a technical song glitch, but the gals proved theatrical troopers.

Robbins, with a notable vibrato, plays Janet, the show’s narrator who is an academic relating stories reflecting women’s history and all they have lived through….from famous figures to others. Ranging from war time experiences to dating to the … Continue reading..