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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IMOMSOHARD – TICKET GIVEAWAY – from MotherhoodLater.com


Thursday
May 4, 2017

IMOMSOHARD — MOMS NIGHT OUT: SUMMER BREAK TOUR

Jumping off of the pages of Facebook and on to stages across the country, there’s no one making moms feel as uncomfortably normal as Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the hilarious oh-so-real women behind #IMomSoHard. With over 675,000 Facebook fans and more than 55 million views of their Facebook web series, Jen and Kristen’s blend of honesty and humor resonates with moms and dads alike.

Two best friends and moms – Jen and Kristin talk the good, the bad, and the ugly funny about motherhood.  With a lifetime of teaching, performing, and writing comedy, they share hilarious, and sometimes too true, stories that have struck a nerve with so many parents. Their live performance reflects the casual conversations about motherhood that have made their series so popular.

 Catch them in person on Wednesday, July 19th, 8pm at Town Hall, 123 West 43 Street in NYC.

Tickets can be purchased online at ‪Ticketmaster.com or via  http://imomsohard.com or by phone at ‪1-800-653-8000 or ‪866-448-7849. Tickets start are $49.75 (plus applicable service charges). This show is for age 18 and over.

#IMOMSOHARD

TICKET GIVEAWAY:  MotherhoodLater.com is giving away two pair of tickets.  To enter, write … Continue reading..



A Visit to Gulliver’s Gate by Robin Gorman Newman


Monday
May 1, 2017

Sometimes the best gifts come in small packages, and that might be said of experiences as well.

Gulliver’s Gate, a miniature world experience new to Times Square, offers an interactive display representing regions of the world and iconic landmarks, as well as moving trains, planes, ships, wagons and people of the past and present. Scenes depicted from the world include New York City, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Russia and Asia. Landmarks include world wonders such as the Hoover Dam, the Parthenon, the Colosseum, the Pyramids, the Panama Canal, the Great Wall of China and many more. The attraction also incorporates a full-body scanner and 3D printer to enable visitors to make miniature versions of themselves that can be taken home as a souvenir, or left behind as a permanent “model citizen” of Gulliver’s Gate.

Housed in a 49,000 square foot space, Gulliver’s Gate is a $40-million-dollar project that is an impressive work in progress, and it’s expected to draw well over one million annual visitors.  It will feature 50 nations within 300 built-to-scale models of scenes from around the universe, and when we were there, they were in the process of building a dedicated airport section.

I found … Continue reading..



Spring Break at Crystal Springs Resort by Robin Gorman Newman


Friday
April 28, 2017

April Spring break for my family is always a a challenge, given that my husband, Marc, a CPA, can’t get away due to tax season, so I look for places that Seth and I can visit, where Marc might later connect with us.

Because my health has been a work in progress of late, I decided I wasn’t up to jumping on a plane or embarking on a major road trip, so when I heard about Crystal Springs Resort, the destination sounded like a winner….and it was.

Nestled among the Hamburg Mountains in Northwestern New Jersey, Crystal Springs Resort is a four-season resort with a multitude of activities whether for families, romantic stays, girls spa getaways or golfing with buddies.  It’s quite scenic with an upstate NY vibe, and for those who like to ski, it’s a stones throw from ski country.

Grand Cascades Lodge Lobby

Located less than an hour from the city (about 1.5-2 hours from us on Long Island), it features two hotels – Grand Cascades Lodge and Minerals Hotel; six golf courses including the nationally acclaimed Ballyowen course; a variety of restaurants; two full-service spas; state-of-the-art Minerals Sports Club (with a fantastic selection of fitness classes … Continue reading..



Saying “YES” by Andrea Santo Felcone


Thursday
April 27, 2017

“Saying yes … saying yes is courage. Saying yes is the sun. Saying yes is life.” 

—Shonda Rhimes, “Year of YES”yes

I’m always so suggestible at the hairdresser’s. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the fresh haircut signifying the promise of a fresh start? Maybe it’s the chance to “hit the reset button” every six weeks? Whatever the reason, it’s always at the salon where I make my vow to try something new. Admittedly, these ideas come to me from the pages of glossy celebrity magazines.

One year Marisa Tomei and her “HoopBody” DVD caught my eye. Marisa looked so happy “hooping her way to fitness”. So, I caved, purchased the DVD and hoop and voilà, I was able to beat my childhood hula hooping record (of two minutes). (How often in adulthood are you able to “better” your childhood self?) But, alas, the hoop and I have parted ways after this initial “rush”.

Then early last year, I found Shonda Rhimes calling to me from inside PEOPLE magazine. Shonda (of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” fame) was promoting her book, “YEAR OF YES”, and wanted to tell me that she, too, lets fear stop her from experiencing a fully-rich life. … Continue reading..



Motherhood is a B#tch! 10 Steps to Regaining Your Sanity, Sexiness, and Inner Diva by Lyss Stern with Sheryl Berk (Book Excerpt)


Wednesday
April 26, 2017

Train Your Kids

“Motherhood is nonstop madness, emotionally unpredictable in ways you’ve never imagined. It is often thankless and faceless, and if you’re doing your job right, your kids shouldn’t even notice 99% of the time that they have an excellent parent. They push as hard as they can, and it’s our job to push back, because the world does not suffer fools easily and the consequences in real life are enormous compared to any limits, controls, or punishments we can set as parents.”

—Veronica Webb

 

Each of my children has their own big, bold personality.
 Jax wants to play for MLB and can’t understand why school needs to interfere with practice. But Blakey, my baby, is the most independent one of all. I’m convinced she’s the reincarnation of my grandmother, a beauty with a personality like no other who knows what she wants and won’t take no for an answer. I adore each and every one of them for who they are, even if they do have a knack for pushing my buttons. I try to be a cool mom and not nag incessantly, but sometimes there’s no way around it. I’m not asking for that much, simply … Continue reading..



The Caterpillar Transforms Into A Butterfly (the other view of your baby leaving for college) By Wendy Sue Noah


Tuesday
April 25, 2017

As I now prepare for my oldest child, Ocean, to leave in August for college, I am amazed by her beauty, her smarts, and her bright future!  Watching my baby transform into a butterfly, where she is going to continue to spread her wings and color her world and the world, I feel tremendous gratitude and happiness for her.

Am I going to miss her? Of course! Is that going to get in the way of her breaking out of her cocoon? Absolutely not! My role is to help her transformation go as smoothly as possible, with as little drama as necessary.

Let me give you a little background about me, as mother. See, I never wanted to be a mother. Believe it or not, as now I am a full-time dedicated single mom of a tribe of five!! Even growing up, when my girlfriends played with dolls and imagined that they were taking care of their babies, I was outdoors climbing trees and exploring life! You can even say that I was a tom boy.

So what happened to me was a drastic turn of events when I turned 30, and craved for a deeper spiritual life (as I … Continue reading..



Guest Post: Class Inclusion for Special Needs Students: A Heated Debate by Sandra Woffington


Thursday
April 20, 2017

The inclusion vs. exclusion debate has raged on for decades and has reached new heights in recent years. Special needs parents fight for inclusion in the classroom as an avenue toward inclusion in society, and non-special needs parents worry about discipline problems and disruptions within a learning environment. Before tackling the grievances on both sides, a brief history helps to understand the current laws and how they came about.

Before the EAHCA (Education for All Handicapped Children Act) of 1975, special needs children faced discrimination and exclusion. Public schools accepted only one out of five children with special needs. Many states excluded children with specific special needs: blind, deaf, emotionally disturbed, or mentally deficient. More than 1 million special needs children had no access to public education. Many were institutionalized and given minimal care but no education or rehabilitation (US Dept. of Education). Those who entered public school received little or ineffective instruction to become independent.

The EAHCA ensures that special needs children receive education in the “least restrictive environment” that allows children to interact with non-special needs peers. IDEA (Individual with Disabilities Education Act) of 1990 updated special needs education to include plans that fit individual student … Continue reading..



Mom Theatre Blogger: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Monday
April 17, 2017

Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and he is on a quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt and prevent a war between the Greek gods. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion young adult novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is a slam dunk crowd-pleaser for fans of the book and others.

Percy is tight with his mortal mother, Sally, but has disdain for his stinky stepfather, Gabe, and ultimately learns that his father is the powerful Poseidon.  As a half-blood (or demigod), he feels different than other teens, until he joins half-bloods like himself at summer camp.  Together they go on an ambitious mission, which includes freeing his mother from Hades, and in finding her, he finds himself.

I was not familiar with the book series, nor was my 14 year old son, but the story is action-packed and compelling, with both warmth and wisecracks, and the added bonus of an empowering takeaway message.  Kids withh ADHD will find a kindred spirit in Percy, who reveals he has dyslexia and ADHD.  Rioridan’s own Greek mythology-loving son, Haley, has both, and serves as the real-life inspiration for Percy.  Percy’s … Continue reading..