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.

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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I Blinked and He Grew Up by Dana Klosner


Tuesday
January 22, 2019

My son is graduating college this year. Bigger than that, he’s in love. How did that happen? When did I blink?

I didn’t cry when he went to college. I didn’t cry when he went half-way around the world to Australia for a semester abroad. I didn’t even cry when he told me he took a permanent job in San Francisco. But when he called from college to say he was cutting winter break two weeks short to take his girlfriend to Puerto Rico, I cried for two hours. He isn’t mine anymore, he’s all grown up.

He’s always been a late bloomer – and yes, a bit of a “Momma’s boy.”  When he was born, I said I was going to create the perfect boyfriend without realizing that meant I would have to give him up one day.

As a baby, he hardly ever slept. We would drive him around the neighborhood to get him to fall asleep, then as soon as we transferred the car seat into the apartment the waterworks would begin. He only slept if I slept with him. I have to admit, a part of me loved that. He would rest his little head on … Continue reading..



LaBute New Theater Festival: Show Review by Lainie Gutterman


Friday
January 18, 2019

On Sunday, my husband Scott and I attended the evening performance of St. Louis Actors’ Studio presents LaBute New Theater Festival at The Davenport Theater (354 W. 45th St.) featuring three one-act plays by Neil LaBute.

“The truth will set you free” was the common theme of the evening. But whose truth is it?

THE FOURTH REICH, directed by John Pierson, is a one man monologue. Actor Eric Dean White plays Karl who is dressed conservatively in a blazer which when removed reveals a burgundy vest with a blue oxford dress shirt underneath. He is wearing a wedding band. He looks like an upstanding citizen who could be a professor/member of academia or a therapist)

Karl asked, “Is there anyone out there with more bad press than Adolf Hitler?”

The audience member behind us responds, “Trump.” This, which was not part of the show, might have been the most entertaining part of the night.

Karl goes on to talk about the Russians. Later, he declares, “All anyone talks about in relations to Hitler is 6 million Jews….that’s where the conversation ends?….A man is never one thing.”

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“MAESTRO” starring John Noble, Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Wednesday
January 16, 2019

“Maestro,” currently running at The Duke on 42nd Street, brings to life the story of legendary Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867 – 1957). John Noble stars in this production from the Ensemble for the Romantic Century. You will recognize Noble’s name from voice, television, film and stage, including his work on “Fringe,” “Elementary,” and in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, to name just a few. Physically, Noble is fairly transformed here, almost unrecognizable, in this musical biography of the brilliant, yet complicated, Italian conductor.

Maestro

John Noble as Arturo Toscanini. Photo Credit: Shirin Tinati.

First, what should be noted is the concept: The critically-acclaimed Ensemble for the Romantic Century brings the past to life through original multimedia productions that fuse chamber music, drama, and history. This style of performance was an interesting platform for telling Toscanini’s story. Behind Mr. Noble and the musicians, large screens are used to project historical footage or abstract background images that are meant to highlight what is happening on stage. The stage itself is fairly bare, except for seating for the musicians and period Victrolas–which play historical recorded music, excerpts from rehearsals and live performances of Toscanini conducting “Aida.”

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The Excuse of Role by Rachel Martin, author, The Brave Art of Motherhood (Book Excerpt)


Tuesday
January 15, 2019

From an early age we’re assigned roles: hall monitors, lunch-line captains, student council presidents, shift leaders, camp counselors, resident assistants, and more. We give our kids and ourselves roles that define responsibility even further, such as using chore charts and assigning who’s in charge while we walk to the neighbor’s house and whose job it is to get the mail. Roles become even more defined in the workplace, where  we’re given a name tag, a business card, an office title, and a path of roles to get a promotion.

Roles don’t disappear as we age. In marriage (and relationships) there is often an invisible division of labor that develops. It’s an efficient way to divide responsibilities between two living in the same space. One person may be the only one who trims the kids’ nails, while the other always takes out the trash. Some roles are defined mutually, others by external forces. You may be the one to wake up early and get the kids ready for school because your husband’s the one who works third shift and gets home at 2 a.m. That’s a role given due to circumstances.

For the most part, roles provide order and a means … Continue reading..



SPYSCAPE: A Visit with My Teen Son by Robin Gorman Newman


Tuesday
January 15, 2019

I’m always on a quest for cool things to do with my son, now 15, so we paid a visit with friends during his recent school break to SPYSCAPE, located on 8th Avenue and 55th Street.  This, the first SPYSCAPE flagship museum & experience, opened in New York City in 2018, and they are developing new locations and experiences worldwide.

SPYSCAPE is an impressive, large, ultra modern space and features:

1. World-class spy stories and artifacts
2. Immersive challenges and experiences
3. An opportunity to discover your authentic personal spy profile*

*Developed by top psychologists and a former Head of Training at British Intelligence.

While families might be tempted to take kids, it’s really best for adults and teens as a large part of the experience involves responding electronically to questions, some quite challenging, on kiosks throughout the exhibition.  Upon completion, you are then emailed your personal spy profile.

From the SPYSCAPE website….

Why spying?

Because secretly, spies are just like us – ordinary people doing extraordinary things. We educate and entertain people using amazing spy stories and authentic spy skills which inspire you to see the world and your own potential more clearly.

Fictional spies like James Bond and

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Top Baby Girl Outfit Trends for 2019 by Lisa King


Sunday
January 13, 2019

I remember growing up in a household where my mother viewed fashion as whatever hand me down I was given. I rarely looked cool or in trend. Today, as a mom myself, I enjoy keeping up with the latest styles and having fun dressing my young daughter in clothes that are in vogue.

Not sure which pieces of apparel and accessories you should have in her wardrobe?  Here are the top baby girl outfit trends for 2019.

Winter Trends

Winter weather brings lots of cozy styles to your little fashionista. Some of the biggest trends include clean looking cuts and basic neutral tones like shades of white, tan, brown, grey, and the chambray look.

You’ll notice that little girls are getting layered up in knits, sleeveless sweater vests, and soft gray toned pants (all worn together!). Fresh remakes of the denim skirt are popping up, featuring fringe detailing at the hemline, or even layered ruffles. This looks ultra-adorable when paired with ribbed, off white leggings and fabric flats. Cheeky graphic prints are also making an appearance on oversized sweatshirts (“I still live with my parents”), and mini infinity scarves seem to be a popular accessory.

Spring Trends

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Up Close Festival, Program B: Review by Lainie Gutterman


Tuesday
January 1, 2019

Credit: Buatti-Ramos Photography

My son, Ian, and I were very excited to return to the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St) to see Program B of the Up Close Festival. (See my review for Program A http://motherhoodlater.com/posts/up-close-festival-show-review-by-lainie-gutterman/ which we saw on December 24, 2018)

If I had known it was going to be raining and I’d be battling a cold, I would have selected a different performance date, but we did want to be here for the special New Year’s Eve countdown celebration at the end of the show.

Program B starts off very similar to Program A. Narrator Ms. Pea (Summer Shapiro) explains we are at The Archive and will meet people who lived in the West Village and changed their neighborhood. Ms. Pea is dressed in the same dress she wore in Program A and even remembered Ian. Once again, she shows the same rodent slides and takes a group photo of the audience with a disposable camera.

Ian and I were very excited to get to see the Pizza Rat (Marisol Rosa-Shapiro) again in Velveeta Underground: A Pizza Rat’s Quest To Save Cheesy Beet Poetry (Part 2), another blackout occurs.

Fortunately, it is at this point in … Continue reading..



“The Pirates of Penzance” by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Show Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Tuesday
January 1, 2019

Some of my happiest childhood memories were spent with my father–at the theater. As an adult, I can appreciate how those experiences shaped me. As a parent, I hope to provide that same spirit of cultural enrichment and generosity, introducing my children to various art forms. When the opportunity to see the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) perform the classic, “The Pirates of Penzance,” arrived, I figured this would be an excellent way for my boys to experience their first comic opera.

A show about pirates! It seemed best to lead with the swashbuckling, sword-thrusting pirate part, and save the opera part for just a bit later. Everyone was on board, (yes, pun-intended) after hearing about pirates. My teen son seemed amused in that noncommittal teenager way; my 8-year-old son was excited.

The Pirates of Penzance
All Photos Credit: Carol Rosegg

I was sure once the show started everything would fall into place. Right? Honestly, once we settled into our seats at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, I was a bit nervous that my youngest might not be as interested as I’d hoped he’d be. However, the NYGASP live orchestra was enchanting and a wonderful way to set the stage for … Continue reading..