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.

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Finding My Way … by Andrea Santo Felcone

August 16, 2017

Here’s a little known fact. I was supposed to be “Queen of the Corn Maze.” Or maybe my rightful title was going to be, “First Lady of the Corn Maze”? Or “Maid of the Maize Maze”? I’m not sure. My children were supposed to be heirs to a Corn Maze Empire; those little niblets–rolling in all of that cold, hard, corn cash. But it doesn’t matter now, because what could have been, alas, will never be.

Let me explain. You know how the longer you know your spouse/partner the more details he/she reveals about themselves? Sometimes, surprising details. Well, only just a few years ago, my husband revealed that he is the rightful–yet uncredited–inventor of the Corn Maze.corn maze

(I’ll pause while you take that in.)

Well, sure, I knew he had a Landscape Architecture degree and had all kinds of knowledge of plants–their species, their Latin names, which grow best under certain conditions, etc. But, what he had not yet disclosed (and maybe secretly harbored bitterness over) was that he was the original inventor of the Corn Maze (at least in the United States) and no one had ever acknowledged his achievement. Because, when, back in Landscape Architecture class “Blah, … Continue reading..

Nip Bad Behavior in the Bud (Book Excerpt from IGNORE IT!) by Catherine Pearlman

August 14, 2017

The Preemptive Strike

Sometimes parents don’t feel they have the time or energy to do Ignore it!. They try to forestall it—but not in a helpful way. Every few seconds, Mom or Dad might say, “You better stop that or I’ll [fill in the punishment].” The problem with this is twofold. First, parents repeatedly threaten with [fill in the punishment], but they know (and the child knows) that punishment will likely never come. It’s a completely empty threat. If the parents were really going to go through with the penalty, they would just act, not merely threaten it. The second issue is that, in the process of trying to avoid having to Ignore it!, the parent is providing the very attention that is reinforcing the behavior.

Offense is your best defense. Be proactive in planning or using the other preventative measures discussed in Chapter 11. However, if the child is already exhibiting the behavior you are trying to eliminate, warning that you will soon start to Ignore it! will not work. In fact, it does the opposite. Just Ignore it! and then it will go away.

Let’s Speed This Up

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“KIDNAP” Movie Review (and Moms Night Out) by Andrea Santo Felcone

August 4, 2017

Halle Berry Kidnap Movie

Halle Berry, New York City’s “KIDNAP” advanced screening

It had been one of those days, so I was really looking forward to the “KIDNAP” movie advanced screening–graciously set up for me, by Motherhood Later. Normally, I wouldn’t go to a kidnapping movie. It’s really the last place you’d find me. I don’t find it relaxing to watch children getting snatched; call me crazy. In fact, that feeling–that we probably all have had at one point in our lives, where for just one second you can’t find your child, in a store, or a park–is about one of the worst panicky feelings I’ve ever had. So, as parents, do we want to see kidnapping as part of what entertains us? I wasn’t sure; it seems odd to want to be entertained in that way. But, maybe these kinds of movies help us process our fears? I was willing to be open-minded. And, this screening promised a special appearance by Halle Berry herself, and apparently my desire to see an A-list celebrity outweighed my anxiety.

So, I grabbed a friend and we headed to NYC for this advanced screening. As a group of us waited to be allowed into the theater; we … Continue reading..

Where Everybody Knows Your Name by Mary Matoula Webb

August 4, 2017

I was a painfully shy kid. To the point that elementary school teachers would always bring it up at parent-teacher conferences, “She’s so bright but she never speaks in class.”  I eventually lost the “painfully” part and, as thousands of other shy kids have done, mastered the introvert-defying tricks to fit into society. 

I still get a little bashful at times when the spotlight is brightly shining on me. Not the me that can teach a birth class, that’s the nurse version of me. Or the me that acts on stage, that’s the actor version of me. But the me version of me? Well, she’s been known to still shrug and give a quite smile when all eyes are firmly fixed upon her. 

My husband and I have recently relocated to the other side of the country to live with my mother-in-law. She is well liked, well established, and well known in the community. And now so are we. 

“Oh! You’re Mary, the one with the miracle baby!”

I’ve heard this so many times, exclaimed with the spirit of joy and celebration, from people I hardly know. I say thank you and nod and agree that my husband and Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: 54 BELOW: The Cast of Cats Sings Andrew Lloyd Webber by Robin Gorman Newman

July 31, 2017

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most successful composers in musical theatre history, and I recently had the opportunity to attend a concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below, featuring the cast of Cats saluting his musical prowess.

With songs from Evita, Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, School of Rock, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat…and more….it was an evening to remember….literally.  Opening the program was Jessica Hendy, a veteran Cats star in the role of Grizabella, who shared both her behind the scenes stories and her strong, beautiful pipes as she kicked off the program by belting the iconic song Memory.

The other triple threat performers included  Richard Todd Adams, Maria Failla, Lili Froehlich, Francesca Granell, Harris Milgrim, Madison Mitchell, Megan Ort, Arianna Rosario, Christine Cornish Smith and Tanner Ray Wilson.  The song lineup featured a combination of solos and duets, and each performer more then delivered.

I have become an ardent fan of this venue. Feinstein’s/54 Below is  such a class act and lovely, intimate space that offers a great opportunity to see Broadway’s best up close ‘n personal.  There’s no bad seat in the house, and sometimes you

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Sweet Summer Impressions by Andrea Santo Felcone

July 21, 2017

donutWe have a favorite beach town we like to visit when on our family vacation. Maybe that makes us predictable or boring, but I don’t mind, because each time we approach the place in a new way. The comfortable atmosphere shortens the amount of time it takes for the beach and the ocean to work their magic on us, to melt our tensions, to mold us into more adventurous versions of ourselves.

Each year, for some reason, the vacation seems to take on its own tone and flavor. Even in the same setting, each vacation is unique, almost like it has its own fingerprint. One summer, we participated in several day excursions to neighboring towns. Another summer, we mainly soaked up beach time. This summer, there seemed to be a sub-theme of game play. Remember those “Escape the Room” games that were so popular last year (or the year before)? Well, instead of being trapped in one of those places with brain teasers you have to solve to Escape the Room”; we played a much more difficult version. In our challenge: We had to escape the living room of our beach rental house. We had to escape the HGTV … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: A Doll’s House, Part 2: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

July 3, 2017

(Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe)

In her 15 year absence since walking out on her husband and children, Nora Helmer has created a life for herself, and one that she wears well and proudly displays through her fine garb.

Now a successful author, she is empowered and driven and has returned, not to rekindle relationships, but for legal closure….to obtain a divorce once and for all.

A Doll’s House, Part 2, picks up where Henrik Ibsen’s classic leaves off, and it proves immensely satisfying as well as entertaining.

The stellar cast features Laurie Metcalf (Nora) who won a Tony Award for her portrayal, Condola Rashad as her daughter Emmy, Chris Cooper as her estranged husband Torvald and Jayne Houdyshell as Anne Marie, Torvald’s longtime, loyal housekeeper who served as caregiver to Nora’s three children with Torvald when she left them all behind.

No surprise here that it received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play  While it lost to Oslo, this 90 minute, no intermission, work is a masterful piece of theatre.

Written by Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath, it is smart and witty, with moments of great insight (particularly about marriage) and inspired performances.

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Guest Blog Post: Practical Parenting by Tom Shillue, author, Mean Dads for a Better America (Book Excerpt)

June 27, 2017

When I was very young, my mother used to tie me to a tree in the backyard. That way, I could play outside and she didn’t have to worry about where I’d wander off to. She could get her housework done and I could experience the great outdoors—a win-win, as it were. Today, of course, if you search the Internet for the phrase “child tied to tree,” you’ll see all sorts of news stories that end with some version of the phrase “mother arrested for child abuse.” But that was not my story—the way my mother tells it, I loved that rope and harness. The rope allowed me to run around in a fifteen-foot circumference like a dog. I usually stayed taut at the end of the line, but sometimes I would run around and around, eventually coiling myself tightly against the trunk of the tree. I’m lucky there were no large birds of prey in Massachusetts; with the rope strung tightly around my plump flesh I probably looked delicious. After some time, a kind passerby would happen upon me stuck to the tree and help me unwind.

Basically, if all my older siblings were off at school, I was … Continue reading..