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!

Click to determine which type of writing opportunity is best for you.

Guest Blog Post: Frazzled, Frumpy, Fat, and Fatigued by Cindy Dupuie, CN, Functional Medicine Nutritionist


Wednesday
March 15, 2017

You’re nearing fifty, heading into uncharted territory of perimenopause and menopause. You’re feeling a bit depressed and/or anxious, you have no energy, you’re struggling with your weight, you’re losing hair, you would rather sleep than have sex, you have brain fog, and all of a sudden you’re suffering from IBS or acid reflux. In short, the vital, vibrant, charming, clear-headed, beautiful woman you used to know has been hijacked. A lady armed with the 4 F’s (Frazzled, Frumpy, Fat, and Fatigued) has moved in and taken over your body and mind.

You’ve gone to your doctor and were told that this is all part of the natural aging process. After spending ten to fifteen minutes with you, your doctor whips out his/her Rx pad and prescribes a sleep aid and an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication to relieve your symptoms. Or he/she may have completed a series of tests and declared that everything is normal and sent you on your way. But you know what you’re feeling is anything but normal or good.

If you were given medication, you may have felt some relief, but that’s not getting closer to what’s really going on and why you’re still not feeling yourself. … Continue reading..



SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Friday
March 10, 2017

With smarts, sass (literally) and sensitivity, playwright Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews) tackles the subject of singlehood and tugs at you winningly with humor and heart.

Jordan and his crew of 20 somethings are inseparable, whether partying on the dance floor or crying on each other’s shoulders, until one by one, each of his BFFs meet their bashert, and he is left wondering what if he is destined to live a future alone. as a single gay man.

At age 29, he’s already feeling his biological clock….not to have kids….but, thanks perhaps to his close  relationship with his beloved, widowed grandmother (the delightful Barbara Barrie) who he visits frequently, he is acutely aware of how growing into old age is peferable with a mate.  She constantly inquires about his social life, only too aware of his challenges, and reminisces lovingly of Pop-Pop, Jordan’s grandfather.

Jordan had come to lean the most heavily on his reliable gal pals, until the last is about to walk down the aisle, and he has a a gut-wrenching meltdown.

“All the things you got from our friendship, you get from Tony now. Which is great. But all the things I got, things I really … Continue reading..



Are We HAPPY Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life by Lisa Cypers Kamen (Book Excerpt & Giveaway)


Friday
March 10, 2017

Be your own best friend. The trick is learning to embrace “In-Joyment”. Your joy is already inside you. True happiness comes from within. When you treat yourself with the respect you deserve, you will attract the happiness you desire. The only way to cultivate the light that is within you is to treat yourself with honor, with grace, with kindness, with integrity, and with self-love. Then you cannot help but glow.

“If you contemplate the Golden Rule, it turns out to be
an injunction to live by grace rather than by what you think other people deserve.”

~ Deepak Chopra, M.D. ~

The funny thing about happiness is that it is not about control. It is about consciously turning on your own internal lights and shining them out into the world to illuminate what is positive and right within your immediate universe.

Happiness begins when you admit to yourself that you deserve happiness in whatever form makes the most sense to you. While you might think you understand happiness right now, it’s your commitment to the H-Factor that adds up to sustainable happiness and well-being. When we are mindful of the H-Factor, which we covered before Key #1, we … Continue reading..



Getting Motivated — with a little help from my friend by Zoe Richmond


Thursday
March 9, 2017

When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to go outside and play with my friends.  At my house, punishment was staying indoors.  But nowadays, it’s not that easy to get motivated and active.

I know staying healthy is important.  I can’t be a good mother if I am not healthy.  Not to mention, I want to pass along good habits to my children.  I have to set a good example.  I eat the broccoli so they will eat the broccoli and go on walks so they will drop the iPad and walk too.

It is a challenge to get outside when there is so much work that needs to be done indoors.  When I was 8, my girlfriend lived across the street.  She was the knock on the door, begging me to go outside and play.  Now, she lives three hours away.  But she could still be a motivating force?  Could she call or text me everyday and we could take a virtual walk?

Ann had a better idea.  She was “kicking her family into gear” and suggested downloading Playground Health.

It’s On!

Playground Health is a free app that makes tracking activity assessable for even the most lack … Continue reading..



Chatting with Lisa Ebersole, Creator/Star, 37 PROBLEMS: A NEW COMEDY SERIES ABOUT FERTILITY AND GROWING UP by Robin Gorman Newman


Tuesday
March 7, 2017

What was the motivation for creating your web series?  A couple years ago, two of my friends froze their eggs.  One had a very successful experience and the other found out she was nearly infertile.  I was in grad school at the time and babies were not on my radar, but I suddenly wondered if I should be maxing out my credit cards to freeze eggs?  Did I want to be a Mom?  Was it something I wanted badly enough to take steps to try and make it happen?  Could I have a baby on my own?  I always thought I’d want kids, “some day,” but some day was/is now.

When and where does it air?  All 9 episodes are live at www.37problems.com and on Vimeo.  You can binge watch!

What is it about?  Amanda (played by me) is a struggling 37 year-old screenwriter who’s all about her career, finds out she has one egg left. Suddenly she has to get a guy to fertilize the egg, freeze the egg, or do nothing and live a different life than she imagined. (It’s a comedy, we promise.)  37 Problems is a series about fertility, ambivalence around motherhood, career, and what … Continue reading..



My Son’s 14th Birthday NYC Staycation by Robin Gorman Newman


Sunday
March 5, 2017

My son turned 14 on February 24th.

Not only is he looking more mature, but I’m witnessing a maturity in behavior and demeanor, and it’s impressive.

I also see an ignited interest in socializing, which is both heartening and bittersweet.  An increased desire to hang with friends, as I always hoped he’d want to do, but now that it’s here, I’m feeling the shift and subtle separation.

Travel, and our many NYC staycations over the years, have become a mother/son tradition and a bonding experience I treasure.  We explore, we see shows, we meet friends, we chill in comfortable hotel lounges, but most of all, we make memories.

We have celebrated holidays or just visited on a whim during school breaks.  This trip was celebratory because it was his birthday…his second year as a teen….and we made the most of it despite my recovering from some health challenges

The weather was unseasonably warm which was great for roaming, but not as ideal on the hotel front.

(lobby)

(Lobby)

We spent four nights at West House Hotel.

The boutique hotel, with a residential feel, is in an excellent midtown location on West 55th Street, and overall, we enjoyed the stay.  My primary … Continue reading..



Personal Touch Creations Studio comes to Malibu by Pamela Francis


Friday
March 3, 2017

Personal Touch Creations,
the online creative arts studio I launched in the early 2000’s from my home in South Carolina, has been accepted into Pepperdine University’s Microenterprise Program in Malibu, California for 2017! This little handmade cards and gifts business has been a light in my life and a source of income in my pocket since I became a stay-at-home mom in 2003.  Since that time it has expanded to include self-publishing, media production and author services for fledgling writers.
 
Now, I know how much moms and teachers (of which I am both) love scrapbooking and such.  I myself spent endless hours watching Crafters Coast to Coast on HGTV back in the day, as well as a favorite little scrapbooking show the DIY channel used to run.  So when I first began writing for Motherhoodlater.com in fall of 2015, it was my intention to mention and promote PTC’s Etsy store.
Even though I didn’t have one.
But I didn’t worry about that because being a very DIY individual, I was used to taking my own photographs and erecting my own websites and online selling venues and things of that nature.  I had my iphone 4S running on all cylinders: taking … Continue reading..


Foster Care Adoptions When You’re (Way) Over 40 by Aliza Sherman


Friday
March 3, 2017

If you told me a few years ago that I’d be the mother of a teenage boy in middle age, I would have thought you were out of your mind.

I was the 38-year-old woman who miscarried four times before I had my daughter at 41. I was the woman who experienced a year of untreated post partum depression and can’t believe I survived. I was the woman who didn’t bond with my daughter for the first few years of her life.

“I want a baby brother,” my 9-year-old daughter told me for several years before I finally listened with my heart instead of my head.

“Well, maybe we can call an adoption agency and see what we’d have to do to get one,” I finally responded one day.

“Really??”

I called a local adoption agency, and after several attempts to get a call back, I finally heard from them, and we were on our way.

***

My husband, six years my senior, said he was on board adopting a child. We had discussed the idea for several years, particularly during miscarrying years. But it was my daughter and I who went on a fact finding mission to the adoption … Continue reading..