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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A Thanksgiving Cautionary Tale by Andrea Santo Felcone


Wednesday
November 22, 2017

I’m really hoping history is not about to repeat itself. But, I’m going to buy a couple extra sticks of butter—the fanciest kind I can find, as a safeguard. After all, if history does repeat itself, today’s the day it’s going to happen.Butter

You see, many years ago (it doesn’t matter exactly how many to keep this story interesting), I was a second grader. (Or third?) I don’t really remember which grade it was, but let’s just make it second (since I have a second grader now). (Symmetry is nice in a story.) Anyway, I was a second grader, and I guess you could say I had a slight overachiever problem. Well, it didn’t seem like a problem at the time, as all my elementary school girlfriends were also ridiculous overachievers. It was right about this time of year, right before Thanksgiving. And someone, one of the second grade teachers in my school, I guess, decided it would be a great idea if we recreated the “Thanksgiving Feast of our Forefathers” and we replicated some of the food the Pilgrims ate. And wouldn’t it be a “kick” if the second graders themselves made these foods?

So, this teacher, or maybe … Continue reading..



(Poem) Being Pregnant With My Last Child She Was Number Three by D.K. Milgrim-Heath @2017


Sunday
November 19, 2017


Being pregnant with my last child she was number three-
Actually two months shy of me turning age forty! 

It was fun being pregnant at my older age being closer by the week!

Eating falafel 5x weekly was my pregnancy craving happily I did seek!

 Being an older parent is wonderful as one’s really more aware.

By one’s wisdom of greater experiences is easier to share.

Most little things don’t bother really you nearly as well- 

As your gratitude sense being a “later” mom’s emotionally swell. 

It doesn’t matter whether you adopt or to your child gave birth-

Being that proud older age Mom is surely your greatest treasure on earth.

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Guest Post: Mindful Parenting In a Messy World by Michelle Gale, author, Mindful Parenting in a Messy World


Tuesday
November 14, 2017

Let’s face it: life is messy. And when you add parenting to the mix, you discover levels of messy you never even knew existed, both literally and metaphorically. How can we parents keep our sanity amidst such chaos? Here are a few ideas.

Our Children As Our Teachers

Whenever our children trigger our anxiety, they actually do us a favor. No, really — stay with me here. They may send us into orbit from time to time, but their tormenting of us is precisely what we need. When I allow myself to learn from my children, they generously guide me towards emotional growth. As I face up to my immature outbursts, my inclination to be a neat freak, or my insistence on not being a second late, by calming myself instead of exploding — addressing my children patiently and kindly rather than as a maniac on a mission to get something done — I grow in ways I never could have imagined before becoming a mother.

The key for me was to learn to stop myself as I’m about to react, tune into what’s really driving the emotion I’m experiencing, and settle myself down. It’s so clear to me that … Continue reading..



Treat Yourself to Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA: Show Review by Jamie Levine


Sunday
November 12, 2017

My daughter and I traveled to Bellmore, not Broadway, to see this local Long Island production of Roald Dahl’s timeless story of a magical chocolate factory, and it proved just as deliciously satisfying. This musical was brought to life by Plaza Theatrical Productions, Long Island’s largest touring theatre company, which has been entertaining families for over 30 years.

Featuring simple sets and a small cast of talented adults (each of whom took on a myriad of roles), along with one child actor (who played Charlie Bucket, of course), this production employed descriptive narratives and catchy songs (some from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder as well as new ones by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley) to successfully transport the audience on a sweet, enchanting adventure.

My daughter praised the talents of the boy who played Charlie, while I was enamored with the performer who played the enigmatic candy maker, Willy Wonka, in a more likeable manner than the movie version (as well as with a more appealing voice—showcased in “The Candy Man,” and other tunes). And each of the four adults who played the bratty golden-ticket winning children—Augustus Gloop, Violet, Veruca, and Mike … Continue reading..



Mom Theatre Blogger: What We’re Up Against: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Friday
November 10, 2017

(Photo by: Joan Marcus)

Sadly, the topic of women feeling compromised in the workplace has not grown old, and through written in 1992, What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck packs as much a sexism punch even today.

What We’re Up Against premiered nearly 20 years later at the Magic Theater in San Francisco, and this production marks the play’s Off-Broadway debut.

Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, the show features a likeable, accomplished and feisty cast including Marg Helgenberger, Damian Young, Skylar Astin, Jim Parrack and Krysta Rodriguez.

Eliza (Rodriguez) is the new gal on the totem pole in a small architecture firm where she is relegated to an office the size of a broom closet, despite her talents. Struggling to be given opportunities to prove her worth, she is angry and covers up her anguished frustrated cries, and ultimately goes to  scheming lengths to score political office points with the male powers that be.  Janice (Helgenberger), the other female at the firm, proves no source of support to her, having thrown in her own professional towel years ago in an effort to play nice with the foul-mouthed, liquor-swigging boys, to keep her career in their good graces.

There is nothing … Continue reading..



CONQUEST OF THE UNIVERSE OR WHEN QUEENS COLLIDE: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
November 8, 2017

(photo credit: Theo Cote )

CONQUEST OF THE UNIVERSE OR WHEN QUEENS COLLIDE – which marked the birth of the The Ridiculous Theatrical Company (RTC), co-founded by the late groundbreaking playwright and performer Charles Ludlam in 1967 – has returned on the occasion of the play and the company’s 50th anniversary with a production, starring and directed by Everett Quinton, a long-standing member of RTC who assumed leadership as Artistic Director when Mr. Ludlam died 30 years ago in 1987.

The show, originally performed in 1987, packed with their signature bawdy humor and pop cultural references, is inspired by Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great. It’s a futuristic tale of war across the universe. Tamburlaine, President of Earth, proceeds from planet to planet, capturing and enslaving Bajazeth and Zabina-King and Queen of Mars-Venus, and Natolia, Queen of Saturn, among others. Cosroe-a Martian prince and twin brother of Zabina-leads the rebel forces against Tamberlaine in Ludlam’s mind-bending experimental classic.

While I found myself losing track at times of the plot, I marveled at the command of the performances from both the newbies and veteran RTC actors. The hard-working (and often hard cast — at least the men) includes: Everett Quinton, Géraldine … Continue reading..



Big Apple Circus Delivers! One Class Act! Review by Antonia Kasper-Hinman


Monday
November 6, 2017

My husband and I took our daughter (age 8) to The Big Apple Circus celebrating their 40th Anniversary Season at Lincoln Center.  All I can say is “Wow!” This circus is unbelievably entertaining, polished, and sophisticated….more like an exquisite Broadway Show. (director Mark Lonergan  and choreographer, associate director Antoinette DiPietropolo)

Immediately upon walking into the covered and contained entrance, I noted the striking ambience– clean, classy and classic. The pathway leading towards the single ring was a royal blue carpet which somehow soothed us, as if we were flowing along a calming river. There was a velvet-roped photo area similar to the red carpet affairs with large gold letters reading BIG APPLE CIRCUS on the wall behind us.  We asked someone nearby to take our photo.  Within the first five minutes of entering Big Apple Circus, we all knew we were in for a treat!

We continued our short walk until the blue pathway opened up into a pond-shaped area dotted with concession stands. I was even impressed how sophisticated the various vendor stands were decorated, nuancing an art deco 1920’s-40’s era, which also somehow created a timeless spirit. (Scenic Designer Anita La Scala and Rob Bissinger)

My … Continue reading..



The Meatpacking District’s Harvest Fest by Andrea Santo Felcone


Thursday
November 2, 2017

This past Saturday the weather was absolutely perfect to explore the Meatpacking District’s 5th annual, Harvest Fest. Fall had outdone herself; it was a crisp, colorful, clear day. A dear friend met me at New York’s Penn Station for the trip over to the Meatpacking District. She’s a New Yorker through and through, so I let her lead the way, and when she asked if I wanted to walk or ride the subway, I chose the walk. She’s the kind of friend, who you can get lost in conversation with, and soon enough we found ourselves in the Meatpacking District, (at Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park), in front of a gorgeous archway that leads you into Harvest Fest. HarvestFestArchway

I liked the size of the event; it didn’t overwhelm, as many Fall festivals do. (Sometimes a girl just wants a caramel apple, a hay bale, and some nice music, and not all the insanity of some of the Fall festivals you have today.) I would say it was the perfect size for families, especially those with small children. There were booths set-up in a circle around a grassy area where various activities were held. We watched some children enjoying Continue reading..