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.
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April 7, 2017
As a parent, I know how easy it is for things to go from calm to chaos in the blink of an eye. The unexpected happens, our child gets sick, we have something come up short notice. Anything is possible to throw us off! Through years of working with other parents and families who feel the same way, I was interested in finding out the most common pain points in our day.
My research led me to this. The highest stress points are: Before school and before bed.
These are the times when we are either rushing around trying to get everything done on time, or we are exhausted and want nothing more than to go to sleep. These are also the times when we probably wish most for the quiet, yet we get the exact opposite.
As we all know, bedtime routines drag out longer than planned, and something almost always comes up in the morning to push us back further on our time schedules.
Here’s the good news: Your mornings and evenings don’t have to be stressful and chaotic. There is a way for everyone to follow a routine. Will it eliminate the unexpected or prevent every little … Continue reading..
April 5, 2017
It’s been a long time since I’ve lived on Venus. Sometimes I miss it. No, not the actual Venus of course, but “Venus the female planet” from author John Gray’s “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” book. Remember that book? The one that infiltrated pop culture (back in the 1990s) as Gray offered relationship advice, particularly in the realm of male and female communication styles. Gray set about helping readers navigate the rocky terrain of either “Mars” or “Venus” (whichever wasn’t your “home planet”). According to Gray, men like to retreat to their “caves” (you would have figured “craters”, but no, “caves”), while women have the need to talk things through (often without seeking solutions to problems, just “venting”). Of course, these are all gender generalizations, but, I started thinking how in Gray’s terms, I’m a transplant—of sorts.
I grew up in a house of females (as a ‘70s child of divorce). But, now, I share my life with my two sons and husband. So, I suppose that makes me a former Venusian living on Mars. To be more specific, I’m a mom of boys (Martian), who loves words and conversation (Venusian), particularly over coffee (Colombian). I’m a … Continue reading..
April 3, 2017
On Friday, March 31, my nearly six-year-old daughter and I attended the first performance of the U.S. premiere of Something, a contemporary cirque show from Milan, Italy, now running at the New Victory Theater in Midtown. I wasn’t sure what to expect. We’ve seen our share of circuses- the Big Apple Circus and several Cirque du Soleil shows, with mixed success. By the end of the one-hour performance, we were pleasantly surprised by the quirkiness, the choreographic skill and acrobatic prowess of the seven-member troupe Liberi Di…Physical Theatre.
Two words that come to mind to describe the 13 vignettes that comprise Something are inventive and playful. Ordinary activities become infused with the surreal and the delightful. In one vignette, poker players deal their cards upside down with their feet. In another, a performer reads a book while doing a variety of contortions and handstands. There are bouquets of floating balloons and rainbows; a performer in red bandana who interacts with a giant red ball while tossing around a red apple; a trio of female air-guitarists who interact with a long twisted curtain, and twin acrobats in silver suits suspended from a moving hoop.
The New Victory Theater recommends Something… Continue reading..
March 24, 2017
In my Bloggiversary post of October 2016 I may have mentioned some things that had changed dramatically in my life over a year’s time and would call for “a complete overhaul of my bio”. I may have dropped several bomblets, including one little tidbit that I had gone from “Momtrepreneur” to DoorDash driver. I’m ready to expound on that last one now.
So having run away from the Antebellum South back to my beloved California, two minor children in tow, sans spouse, I set about making myself indispensable again to my west coast clients. My primary home-launched business, Admin on-the-go!, a mobile executive assistance service for small businesses, creatives and executives, was back in the saddle with a vengeance and keeping me hopping from January through about May, which was great for my pocket and my self esteem until some power struggles and personality clashes began to rear their uncomfortable little heads. Without mentioning any names I can tell you that between the Beverly Hills Wealth Manager I was contracted with and his on again off again Recognizably Famous Significant Other, it felt like Heaven to take a big fat break from being my own boss and get behind the … Continue reading..
March 22, 2017
This past Saturday, my family and I had an opportunity to check out an interesting “pop-up” activity center known as “ARTech: Adventures in Art + Technology” held in the Meatpacking District of New York City. The Children’s Museum of the Arts and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in partnership with the Meatpacking Business Improvement District (BID) is currently hosting this “pop-up” in a modern 8,000 square foot, vacant retail storefront.
Here, and elsewhere, STEM has been transformed into STEAM—the “A” of “The ARTs” added to the STEM mix of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. My sons love the Visual Arts and Engineering, so the whole idea of an Art and Technology “mash-up” sounded perfect.
We trekked from NJ to NYC, opting for public transportation (forgetting just how many transfers on The PATH that would mean). However, once there, we were rewarded for our efforts. If you haven’t been to the Meatpacking District lately, and you enjoy gentrification, you will be pleasantly surprised to find adorable restaurants, boutiques, and shops. (Sadly, I read most of the meatpackers have left the area.) However, my husband and I kept remarking on how “civilized” it was. Sometimes the hustle and bustle of … Continue reading..
March 20, 2017
When I was a in fifth grade, I won Honorable Mention for a science fair exhibit called “Close Encounters of the Worst Kind.” My entire exhibit was a regurgitation of the information I found in 1980s publications stating that marijuana was a “Gateway Drug” to heroin, something that has been disproven many times over since then but is still a falsehood perpetrated by our government today.
I smoked a little pot back in high school and college – always someone else’s. I smoked joints, tried some bong hits, and I ate a brownie once and remember laughing and bumping into walls. But the purpose back then was entertainment and escape.
One summer off from college, I worked in a head shop above a record store. I was educated about cannabis accessories, and well versed in recognizing undercover police officers trying to get me to say the products were for smoking “dope” so they could shut down the store. We marketed everything for “tobacco” use.
All of this to say, I’m not entirely ignorant about cannabis. Yet in my early 50s, I felt lost and embarrassed and somewhat afraid to look into this ancient medicinal plant to relieve the pain that … Continue reading..
March 17, 2017
(Excerpt from Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons from the Therapist’s Couch)
Many things have happened throughout your life. Some of those situations have felt “wonderful” and others have felt “terrible.” Like most people you probably believe that life events and personal interactions are either “good” or “bad” and then respond to them accordingly. You might feel delighted, lucky, or grateful when “good” things happen, and angry, scared, cheated, or victimized when “bad” things occur.
But what if these events and experiences were mostly “neutral?” What if the way in which you reacted to them was rooted more in the meaning that you consciously or unconsciously attached to them rather than the experiences themselves? I realize this can initially feel like a radical idea. Surely there must be some life events that by everyone’s standards are just plain “bad” or “tragic” or “wonderful.”
And yet as a therapist I’ve witnessed people reacting in ways that seem to directly contradict how the world would think about and label certain experiences. It’s not uncommon for 10 people to witness or participate in the exact same experience and react in 10 different ways. It has made me realize that it’s not … Continue reading..
March 15, 2017
I have this candle that has tried to define me. It was given to my parents by what I assume was a well-meaning Aunt, as a present (for me) on the day I was born. I think she was my Mother’s Aunt through marriage, or maybe just through time and osmosis. I remember visiting her and discovering she had saved every sticker from every piece of fruit she’d ever eaten, and adhered the stickers to her kitchen cabinets in an interesting “mosaic”. Yet even with this “hobby,” this Aunt found the time to give my parents the hefty, pink, satin-ribboned, “Milestone Marker Birthday Candle”.
If I wasn’t sure I was a “late bloomer” beforehand, staring at my “Milestone Marker Birthday Candle” every year–solidified that for me. This candle, created in the 1950s, has a number line (from 1 – 21 years) featuring pictures next to the years identified as “milestone years”. For example, at the age of 6, I was supposed to ride around on my training-wheel-free bicycle. And at 15, the double-hearts with the arrow running through–could only mean I would find “true love”. And at 18, there’s the graduation cap (self-explanatory). And, of course: at 21, there is … Continue reading..