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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Hanukkah..and Holiday Time


Tuesday
December 23, 2008

We celebrate Hanukkah, and Seth is obsessed with the fact that it’s eight nights.

Now that he is learning numbers and counting in school, he can keep track, and each day after school asks if he’s getting another present.

We did buy a few for him…not big ones….but it’s the idea that he is waiting with baited breath for them that concerns me.

I know he’s just 5, and who wouldn’t want to get presents. But, how much is overkill? And, he got from grandpa, grandma and his cousins. Is it possible for him to even appreciate them all?

Today, we’re actually going to give him a Chia pet. It’s kind-of a quirky present, but I like the idea that it’s not yet another toy. It’s a cool plant that he can be reponsible for.

Yesterday they had a holiday party at his Kindergarten class. It was so cute and heartfelt. You could see the teachers really love the kids and were so joyous about celebrating with them and the parents that attended. It was quite touching.

He’s off from school starting tomorrow, and we have many plans on tap for the school break.

I’m taking him to some kids … Continue reading..



Snow Day


Friday
December 19, 2008

I was totally unprepared for today.

I live in New York and had heard the forecasts re: the impending snow storm.

I ran all over town yesterday doing errands….the drug store…bank….supermarket, etc., so we’d be well stocked with necessities, mostly for Seth.

Then the phone rang at 6AM this morning. I jumped out of my skin because I don’t wake up that early, and we don’t get calls that early, so I thought G-d forbid, had something happened to my senior dad, or my mother-in-law, who broke her wrist just a week ago?

Luckily, neither was the case. It was a recorded message from the school district announcing that today was a snow day and that the children would not be attending kindergarten. It hadn’t started snowing at that point, but this was in anticipation of what was to come.

So…now what? I thought. I didn’t plan any at-home activities for Seth and I. And, I wasn’t about to go driving around in the snow. I’m not comfortable with that. They never plow the streets well or quickly in my neighborhood.

So, what to do with a busy 5 year old boy who every 5 minutes asks, “What are we … Continue reading..



Vacation Reflection


Thursday
December 11, 2008

Amazing how much I love my bed when I return from vacation.

We recently got new mattresses, and it’s been a bigger adjustment than I anticipated. But, now that I’m getting used to it, I hate to leave it.

The older I get, the more I crave my beloved creature comforts. And, sleeping on a great bed that I’m accustomed to is one of them. Not to mention my pillow and egyptian cotton sheets.

I think back to my younger days when I lived in a college dorm, spent a summer with a family living in Nice, and took many a trip to Europe, staying in affordable (if not downright cheap) hotels in my 20s, and not thinking twice about the bed. It was all about the cost.

And, taking long plane rides didn’t bother me. Now, I find I get restless even on a short flight. And, feel somewhat confined in the seats…feeling the need to stretch.

And of course, traveling with a five year old is a whole different experience. My son loves flying, and now that he’s learning to read, he took tremendous pleasure in attempting to decipher and spell out phonetically the many technical words on … Continue reading..



40 Something Mom Memory


Thursday
December 4, 2008


How is yours?

Your memory…that is.

This morning, I received a copy of an email newsletter I subscribe to, and they featured an article on this very subject. It came across my computer screen at a timely moment, as I prepare to go out of town and am hustling to remember/tackle all that I need to do before I leave.

I also find this a topic of discussion with other moms my age. Do you?

Since I turned 40, my memory is just not as sharp.

Thankfully I’ve always been detail-minded, but I find it’s even more necessary now. And, there are times when I feel like I have to pick up the slack for others who struggle to keep track because they don’t have a system.

For example, I was at the gym the other day and needed to change my workout appointment with my trainer. She asked if I could call her the day before to remind her of the time change. I thought….now not only do I have to write the new time in my calendar, but I have to include a note to myself to call her. That’s double memory duty for me. Yet, I knew … Continue reading..



Cool Kids Show in NYC


Saturday
November 29, 2008

I’m taking quick departure here to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you had a good one.

We’ve been running around a lot this weekend, doing all kinds of cool stuff with Seth. Tomorrow we are going to see Bolt. And, today we went to see Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Sensation in NYC.

If you are a New Yorker, or even if you’re not, you can check out their offerings on www.gustaferyellowgold.com.

Gustafer is a whimsical, little yellow creature from the sun who now lives on earth with three friends, a pet eel named Slimothy, dragon named Asparagus and pterodactyl named Forrest Applecrumbie.

The 50 minute show features a “funny and touching multi-media concert of live songs, stories and animation.” It was delightful. Talented founder Morgan Taylor, songwriter/illustrator and creator of Gustafer, leads the musical group of four and tells stories, interacts with the audience, etc.

Whether this is your child’s introduction to a live theatre event, or they are a veteran of children’s productions, no doubt they will enjoy, as will you.… Continue reading..



MISSING MOM


Saturday
November 22, 2008

To give you an update….we made it through week three without a nanny unscathed, and things are gradually shaping up on this end.

We decided to enroll my son in an after school program for two days. Turns out a bunch of boys he knows are also in the program, so he’s a happy camper about going there. And, we feel good about him having further socializing opportunities. Having him there is also helping me to straighten out my schedule, since I know that I have a bigger chunk of time available during the day to get things done. I feel a bit less like I’m racing the clock, though there still never seems to be enough hours in the day these days.

I’ve been sharing our nanny story with people gradually…those who knew her…and everyone is a bit stunned at the way it sadly concluded. Myself included, of course.

It made me think back to when Seth was a little one and how we’ve always had help. This is a whole new experience for us. So many moms I know have family support, which is so wonderful.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I become accutely conscious of family. I was speaking … Continue reading..



GOING ON TWO WEEKS NANNYLESS


Monday
November 17, 2008

My nanny left two weeks ago, and I’ve been counting the days, for better or worse.

I was spoiled, I admit it. We’ve had a nanny since Seth was born, and now I’m in a bit of culture shock. Me…do laundry? Me….cook? Me…make the beds?

But, really, it’s for the best. It, sadly, ended in a more dramatic fashion that I ever would have imagined. And, it wasn’t planned. But, it was a long time in the coming.

Our nanny wasn’t well suited to Seth anymore. She is wonderful with babies who she can love and care for. But, for a busy five year old, he’s more than she could handle on a daily basis. And, I understand. I’m 48 and peri-menopausal. Some days he knocks me out too, but he’s my son…it’s not a job I get paid to do.

We’ve all been adjusting. I feel like I’m racing the clock more these days since I have no flexibility with my schedule as I did before, since she was live-in.

But, we’ve decided to enroll Seth in an after school program for two days, starting today. I’m crossing my fingers that he’ll like it. I feel like it’s a … Continue reading..


Same wave length


Friday
November 7, 2008

I just finished reading Robin’s blog and I find I have a case of déjà vu. I too recently returned from a business trip that involved a little vacationing time for myself. A movie, a massage, a little shopping…a very interesting prospect for a woman who only has alone time late at night. Sadly, I forgot my journal or not, since as a writer I am doing absolutely no writing at all. I teach writing, but have no landscape in which to think. I have even stopped checking the Lowe’s ads for the storage barn, 10′ x 10′ that I promised to buy myself and make into an office once I started back teaching full time. The question of self-care is something I am grappling with in an ongoing way.

When I first started teaching in NYC and was working on my masters, I had a professor tell me that I needed to put in one hour per day so that I could really get some work done with my poems. After a day of teaching I would usually lay down around 6:30pm and wake up the next morning at 6:00am. I realized I was too wiped out to work … Continue reading..