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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Acquisitions (Ir)rationale by Pamela Francis


Saturday
June 24, 2017

I was sitting at the table in one of our local libraries on a sunny Saturday in Northridge when my fourteen year old did the slump-walk over to me, dejected as all getout. He had just gone outside to see if perhaps he’d dropped his Apple earbuds in the parking lot or wherever, and sure enough, he had. He presented the mangled matter to me, dropping their lifeless, once-white now smudged with road soot bodies onto the table, wires dangling, smashed up, dislocated bud covers and all. For a moment I felt that all-too-familiar sinking feeling I get whenever my sons “share” the pain of their myriad losses with me. Like the beautiful orange bike with the black leather accents and orange stitching ($90), stolen right off our balcony that year we lived in Lancaster. Like the beloved Play Station Portable ($179), swiped out of my baby son’s stroller at a gas station we had stopped at that year we lived in… Lancaster. Like the Play Station Portable that got dropped in the toilet less than 2 yrs prior to that by my son that year we lived in… South Carolina. Like the much coveted Beats by Dr. Dre ($300) … Continue reading..



Guest Blog Post: What Parents Can Do to Increase Grit in Their Children by Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman (Book Excerpt)


Thursday
June 22, 2017

You may be wondering what is grit and more importantly, how do I grow grit in my children? Grit as defined by Dr. Angela Duckworth, the psychologist and researcher who coined the term is “passion and perseverance for long-term goals.”  The ability to be gritty—to stick with things that are important to you and bounce back from failure—is an essential component of success.

Here are five ways to cultivate grit in your child.

  1. Help your child find his passion. Children feel that they should excel in everything: the arts, academics, sports, and socially. However, most of us are not wired to be strong in every area. That’s why it is essential for you to help your child find his strengths and grow his passion in an area that is important to him. It is when we feel passionate about a goal that grit can grow. For example, if your child loves animals, you can help him find work at an animal shelter or pet store. What if your child does not have a passion? Expose your child to different activities and see if something sticks. Also, remember this is about growing your child goals and passions, not yours.
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Guest Blog Post: Leaping Into Fiction by Mary Carlomagno


Tuesday
June 20, 2017

I am standing at the annual fundraiser for my children’s elementary school.  The band is playing a cover version of Walk like an Egyptian by the Bangles.  An enthusiastic mom drags me to the dance floor, saying that this song was “so popular” when she was in elementary school.  Now, I am no mathematician, but I quickly realize that I was in college when she was born.  Sure, there have been other signs that I am the “old mom” in this group.  One need only scroll Facebook to see the Happy 30th Birthday messages to the other parents in your community.  Or look around at school pickup to notice that you have more in common with the spry 60-year old grandparents than your fellow moms.  Last week, rock bottom came when a friend asked me to pick up her son from school so that she could visit her grandfather in the hospital.  Last time I saw my grandfather, Reagan was president.  In my community, I am not the norm.

There have been other areas of my life where I was late to the party, to so to speak, not just motherhood.   In 2005, after sixteen years in book publishing, … Continue reading..



Summer and the Promise of Shiny Objects by Andrea Santo Felcone


Monday
June 19, 2017

Putting aside the obvious reasons—heat, sweat, humidity, and the crazy tan I will inevitably acquire and sport until Thanksgiving—I hate Summer. The dreaded Summer swim lessons as a child were only going to end if I jumped off the diving board. I was never going to jump off the diving board. And when the adults in the water realized I wasn’t jumping–someone, a swim instructor, finally just picked 8-year-old me up, and tossed me off the diving board and called it a day. The only saving grace was that “the tosser,” while tossing, had mistakenly (or ingeniously) called me by my sister’s name, annoying me enough to distract me from the long plunge into uncharted waters.Summer Sea Shell

That plunge into uncharted waters seems to be a prerequisite in the sweltering months from June – August. Summer not only requires I step out of my comfort zone, but into swimwear, and into water, and into amusement parks, where other people thrive, but where I generally fear to tread. Summer asks too much.

The Summer People, (you know who you are) all trim and tanned, sun-bleached hair flipping as they ride atop bicycles, or rollercoasters, or crashing waves; those people make it look … Continue reading..



Meet Later Dad Peter Shankman


Thursday
June 15, 2017

Peter Shankman

AGE: 44

RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Divorced

RESIDENCE:  New York, NY

CHILD’S NAME/AGE: Jessa, Age 4

Peter Shankman is a multiple-startup founder with several successful exits under his belt. He’s a best-selling author, focusing on the customer economy. He’s the founder of Help a Reporter Out (HARO,) the world’s largest source/journalist matching tool, and he runs ShankMinds: Breakthrough, a private, online entrepreneur community with hundreds of members around the world, as well as Faster Than Normal, a leading ADD/ADHD podcast, focusing on the benefits of being gifted with ADD/HD. He can be found at www.shankman.com

What was your road to parenthood like? It actually was a road – I was on the DC Metro when I got a call from my then wife who flat out told me “so I’m pregnant.” I remember looking around at the other six people in the subway car, asking myself, “should I give them cigars?”

How does being a father influence your work?   It definitely changes how I perceive things. I’ve always tried to do things for the greater good, i.e., what can I do that will help people, that will make things better for the world? To that, I now add, “is what … Continue reading..



What Toys to Give Children with Special Needs


Friday
June 9, 2017

Caring for children with special needs can be quite a challenge especially for first-time parents or parents who are new in the care of special needs children. And since toys are the primary tools upon which children make sense of their world, these can play a very important role in the care and development of children with these conditions. However, because of the great number of pediatric conditions that require special care and the equally great number of categories of toys, it is important for us to identify what toys to give to children with special needs. Here are some of them:

Puzzle Toys

One of the most effective toys for many children who have special needs, especially those with delays in fine motor development as well as cognitive delays, are puzzles or puzzle toys. Working with a variety of puzzle pieces help kids train the muscles of their hands in picking, pinching, and even grasping objects. Puzzles also work to help improve the cognitive development of children as they learn to make choices in the puzzle pieces that will fit a particular slot. This also helps build their convergent thinking abilities, helping them learn how to look for a … Continue reading..



Mom Theatre Blogger: INDECENT: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Thursday
June 8, 2017

I had the recent opportunity to hear Rebecca Taichman, one of the creators and director of the Tony-nominated INDECENT, and in hindsight, I only wish I had seen the play before the panel discussion.

INDECENT is such a powerful, touching, memorable and jarring work, that I would have been that much more in awe of Ms. Taichman and all that both she and playwright/co-creator, Paula Vogel have brought to the stage.  And, how wonderful that such a notable piece was created by women, one a Pulitzer Prize-winner and the other an impressive talent on the rise.

In INDECENT, a play with music/dance, we meet a troupe of actors who are performing God of Vengeance, a controversial Yiddish work by Sholem Asch, that raises the bar on what is acceptable to be portrayed before a live audience.  The cast is so committed to the provocative work that it dearly impacts their personal lives.  God of Vengeance, after making the production rounds, ultimately proves too much of a shocker on Broadway, and the producer and lead actor find themselves in jail.  Asch’s work tells the story of a Jewish family that runs a brothel in their home, … Continue reading..



KNIGHTS IN TRAINING by Heather Haupt (Book Excerpt)


Thursday
June 1, 2017

(Photo credit: Savanna Lee)

How Do We Cultivate Compassion?

Provide Stability

Although the seeds of empathy are in each of our children, careful cultivation is needed. We do this by providing chil­dren with a stable, nurturing home and relationships. When their needs are met, they are more likely to rise to meet the needs of others because it has been modeled to them. We help them develop compassion by reading to them. We see that the number of stories preschoolers hear predict their ability to understand the emotions of others and that adults who read less fiction also appear to be less empathetic as well.3 Talking to our kids in the everyday mo­ments of life allows us to build an awareness for the needs of others. Giving our children time to play so they can prac­tice this kind of rescuing, protecting, and defending in a safe, relaxed atmosphere helps them internalize these val­ues.

Inspire Them with a Sense of Purpose

We cultivate compassion by casting vision and filling their minds with a sense of purpose. Being brave, being strong does not just happen when they “fight the bad guys.” It hap­pens when they spot any kind of need and step … Continue reading..