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 and others write 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.

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My ‘Older Mom’ Mother by Sharon O’Donnell

April 7, 2019

Not only am I an older mom since I had a child when I was 38, which is considered advance maternal age; but, my mother is also an older mom because she had me when she was 38. I’ve written in my book, Please Don’t Let Me Be the Oldest Mom in the PTA, about our close relationship, particularly how my being the youngest child meant that we spent a lot of time doing things together as my siblings got older and did things with friends.

Mama is now 94 years old. She suffers from macular degeneration, so her eyesight is poor, but I think she compensates somehow because she still cooks great meals and gets around pretty well. When me or one of my siblings takes her to the eye doctor though, suffice it to say that she has to squint to make out the top line. I really don’t know how she does it. She has been a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, great-grandmother, friend to many, and of course, wife.

My father is also 94, and he also is a gem. Worked in his own business from the 1950s until just this year when hip and leg pain … Continue reading..

THE WHITE DEVIL: Show Review by Debby Gray Bloom

April 4, 2019

I attend every show prepared to do two things.

First, suspend  my disbelief and two, totally enjoy the performance.

Unfortunately, I was totally unprepared for The White Devil, produced by The Red Bull Theatre at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on Christopher Street.

When a Playbill includes a full page insert with a synopsis of the plot, you know it is either truly complicated and or the director realized the audience may  be confused. Presented on a thrust stage with seats on 3 sides, the set is modern, simple and intimate.   The ushers warned us in advance to keep the aisles clear as entrances and exits would be frequently made through the audience.

The play was written  in 1612, yes that 1612, by John Webster, a contemporary of William Shakespeare.  I suggest that one should be a fan of Shakespeare to be a fan of the lesser known Webster.

The show starts with high energy impactful music, lights, and video. Later there are 8 screens with what resembles real time surveillance  videos. With costumes not of the period, they still help define the characters. It takes skill and experience to deliver Shakespearean English in a way that allows the audience to … Continue reading..

Teaching Good Financial Habits Young

April 3, 2019

(Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by PSECU, a Pennsylvania-based credit union.)

Many parents put off initiating financial discussions with children until they become old enough to begin babysitting or performing odd jobs to earn cash. However, attitudes about money start forming in the human mind shortly after vocabulary begins to develop. The earlier parents start saving for their child, and inspiring them to do the same, the more interest to be reaped as a return on investment.

A simple piggy bank can serve as a good starting point, and little ones can literally save their pennies until they amass enough to open a savings account at a bank. As a child matures and can begin forming their own spending and savings habits, parents can share strategic thinking and planning around money.

Parents experiencing financial challenges can endeavor to empower their children not to fear economic downturns, but to use the experience as a teachable moment and encourage them to come up with creative ways to earn extra cash.

Regardless of economic situation, parents can help children learn the concept of opportunity cost by allowing them to start a separate savings account for a special desired item.  Then, teach them to … Continue reading..

VILNA: Show Review by Rochelle Jewell Shapiro

April 2, 2019

Ira Fuchs must have been called by the voices of the dead to write his impassioned play, VILNA. In 1974, after college graduation, he wrote a few plays. One was put on at the YWHA on Eighth Avenue, the other at Playwright Horizons. Then he left the theater to become a successful tech entrepreneur and wrote a couple of books in his field. After forty-five years, he was moved to take a six-week college class in playwrighting. The Assignment: write a full-length play. He read a report of an escape tunnel at the site of the Vilna ghetto and by the end of the class his  masterpiece, VILNA, was born.

Since the tenth century, the city of Vilnius was the hub of Jewish learning. “The Jerusalem of the North,” Napoleon called it. Fuchs tells the heroic tale of Motke Zeidel and Yudi Farber from the ages of 11 through 28, actual people who grew up in Vilna. Through them, we see Vilna, a city of culture that had been degraded by the annexation at various times by Poland, Russia, and Lithuania changed during WWII into a ghetto where Jews were forced to subsist. Then came Hitler’s order to take

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The Adornment of Maternal Attire by Nancy Carolyn Kwant

March 28, 2019

You first became a part of my wardrobe when my structure stretched to accommodate your growing body.

I would shop at thrift stores for larger shirts and skirts not having the money to waste on a growth spurt that would only last for a couple of weeks.

I remember starting with one outfit in the morning and by noon, having to run to the second-hand maternity store to buy a bigger size.

No matter how much belly balm I rubbed in, a monkey scratch dance would alleviate my expanding skin only momentarily.

There is nothing sexy about compression socks not to mention the difficulty of trying to put them on with a burgeoning belly, orange dish gloves, and ole Portuguese lady swollen ankles.

In labor, the bandanna I fashioned to keep the hair out of my face eventually fell to the side as my head writhed deep into a pillow and my short brown locks twisted and knotted.

In between contractions, I slept and a brief look of peace would sweep my face.

An operating theatre of bright lights, blue masked strangers, a curtain hung between me and my belly, and my anticipated expression  of “girl” or “boy?”

When I … Continue reading..

No Place Like Home by Sharon O’Donnell

March 24, 2019

My husband and I have lived in the same house for 29 years now. We almost moved to a bigger house outside the city limits back in 1998 but decided against it. I even wrote an article about this housing decision for one of my regular columns for our local newspaper, and I came across a copy of it a few weeks ago. I had to laugh when I read about our oldest son, then 6, telling us that if we moved he would keep coming back to visit the people who moved into our house. I’d forgotten about that.

Our oldest is now 27 and living in DC with a steady girlfriend, our middle one is 24 and engaged to his long-time girlfriend, and our youngest is 18 and a senior in high school who will be going off to college three hours away in August.  This is the empty nest they told me about. It had seemed so far away. Since my oldest and youngest sons are nine years apart, I’ve had at least one child at home since 1991, and the realization of how much my life and routine will be changing has hit me harder than … Continue reading..

“Chick Flick: The Musical” Show Review by Andrea Santo Felcone

March 20, 2019

Last Saturday, I grabbed a friend and we headed over to the lovely Westside Theatre, to see the Off-Broadway production of “Chick Flick: The Musical”. A show–you guessed it–about those well-known romantic, often funny, sometimes sappy, cinematic gems. Those movies that have helped many of us regroup from a bad break-up, or live vicariously through its main characters (during a dating dry spell). Perhaps we’ve shared a cry and a laugh with the leading men and women of such classics as “When Harry Met Sally”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, and “The Notebook”, etc. Who hasn’t had their spirits lifted by watching, when, against all odds, the couple is reunited—often in the pouring rain, or falling snow, (precipitation is usually involved), but still, they are finally reunited?

Chick Flick: The Musical

(L) Carla Duren, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Sharon Catherine Brown. (Top) Megan Sikora. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova.

So, a musical featuring four female leads, celebrating female friendship, all around the central theme of “chick flicks”? It sounded delicious, just like a tiny bit of fluffy cotton candy, the kind that evaporates in your mouth in mere moments. The premise: Four female friends meet up one night to share snacks (many snacks) and wine (even more wine) … Continue reading..

ACTUALLY, WE’RE F**KED: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

March 15, 2019

ACTUALLY, WE’RE F**KED, a new play by Matt Williams, is receiving its world-premiere production at Cherry Lane Theatre.

From defecation to periods to circumcision to religion….the show opens with a steady stream of highly opinionated millennial banter as two 30-something couples gather to eat, drink…and not quite be merry.  The world is going to pot and is achingly overpopulated, in their universal opinions, thus the notion of one day potentially becoming parents is not remotely on their respective radars .  So, it’s as if a bomb drops when Rachel (Marin Lee) unexpectedly announces that she is expecting.  This is especially a shocker, we later learn, because her husband cannot father a child.

Attorney Rachel is married to teacher/fitness/health buff Nick (Ben Rappaport), and it is in their well-adorned apartment where all the action takes place. Interior Decorator Molly (Keren Lugo) and Banker Frank (Gabriel Sloyer) are married, but ambitious Frank appears to have a thing for career-driven Rachel….or at least he once did.  This isn’t a real shocker since he seems mismatched with the maternal, spiritually-minded Molly who is busy redoing Rachel’s bathroom and stressing over tile color choices.

Each of the characters, for different reasons, has a key … Continue reading..