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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GOLDSTEIN: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

April 18, 2018

GOLDSTEIN is an earnestly appealing new musical about family…in this case an Immigrant Jewish American clan, and while it lacks real depth, it exudes heart and features a super talented cast making the most of the largely bland material.

As the pages of Louis Goldstein’s family memoir stir up a host of emotion in his family, we come to feel for this cast of characters and how their lives have unfolded, for better or worse.  Aunt Sherri (a lovely Megan McGinnis) staunchly declares that the book lacks truth, and Louis (played by a likeable Zal Owen) narrates the tale and endeavors to make a case for the accuracy of his Pulitzer-Prize winning title (not a very plausible claim to fame for the book).

We learn that Zelda (Amie Bermowitz), his grandmother, met the man she yearned to marry onboard the ship she took to NY, but once upon land, never heard from him.  She went on to marry Louie (Jim Stanek), and they had two children, Sherri and Nathan (Aaron Galligan Stierle).

Sherri aspires to become a doctor, but receives no parental support re: her goal.  Nathan later proclaims his plan to attend medical school….and he winds up being a … Continue reading..

Stop Trying to Be a Perfect Mom by Dana B. Myers, author, The Mommy Mojo Makeover (Book Excerpt)

April 18, 2018

Raise your hand if you relate to this kind of morning: I wake up at the crack of dawn, hurry the little ones out the door to school and then sit with a cup of coffee amidst a pile of clothes to be laundered, crumbs to be swept and To Do lists to be tackled. Suddenly, I get this overwhelming feeling that I am just not enough. Not enough of a mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, entrepreneur, or business partner. Have I inspired, motivated, loved or listened enough? What more can I give? Am I too bossy, too selfish, too emotional? Do I complain or worry too much? How can I be more like Kate . . . who’s kids eat dessert only once a week? How can I do it all it better, more precise, more perfect?

Despite what I know in my heart to be true, that I am a great mom, these racing, self-doubting thoughts about my abilities as a mother still continue to creep up to this very day. More than likely, you’ve been there too.

It seems like no matter where we look, there are opinions about the right or wrong way to be a … Continue reading..

Empty Nest Schmest by Barbara Adler

April 13, 2018

I’ve been hearing about this so called “Empty Nest Syndrome” for years.  Long before it would ever apply to me.  I occasionally glanced down the road towards those “older” moms wondering how it feels to do whatever I want, whenever I want, basking in the “emptiness” that lay ahead.  I never even imagined it until one day it happened to me.  Or did it?

My three sons are currently age 18, 20, & 22.  All three attending 4 year colleges away from home.  After the first one left, nothing in the house changed, except I just lost my second “driver” to pick up a brother when I had a conflict (don’t judge- when you get past being scared that they are driving it’s AWESOME!).  When you have three kids and the second one goes away to college, a whole new level of interesting begins. You are—perhaps for the very first time—parenting the third child, as an only child.  As I watched him gleefully bounce between his brother’s bedrooms claiming all the stuff they left behind, I knew this would be a very special time for both of us. He’ll be getting me all to himself!  I was wrong about that, … Continue reading..

A “Downtown Experience” with My Teen Son by Robin Gorman Newman

April 12, 2018

My son, Seth, 15, and I had been fans of THE RIDE for years.  We were regulars when he was younger and did NYC staycations during holiday time.  It was always a thrill to take THE RIDE at  night especially and experience the city in its luminous glory, including the striking holiday store windows.

When we heard of THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE, we eagerly jumped onboard.  And, it was as exciting in a different way.

We don’t get downtown as often as midtown, so that in itself presented an opportunity.

But, aside from all that we loved about THE RIDE, THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE, Powered by THE RIDE. has added a new dimension…it is an historic touring adventure of Downtown Manhattan enhanced by the magic of TimeLooper Virtual Reality.

It is this country’s first sightseeing tour to immerse its riders in a fully integrated virtual experience that allows you to witness full-scale, 360-degree reenactments of NYC’s most iconic events.  Each rider is given Virtual Reality goggles and is instructed to wear them during specific parts of the trip.  My son, the techie, found it highly intriguing.  There are also small screens on the bus where you can watch moderated videos pertaining to … Continue reading..

Going on a Guilt Trip by Nina Lorez Collins, author, What Would Virginia Woolf Do?

April 10, 2018

WHY DO WE FEEL GUILTY?  To me, it’s obvious. From the time the children are shooting down the mini-slide at the playground until they are walking onstage to accept their diplomas, all eyes are on Mom. Dissecting mothers for their awed parenting and the impact it will have on their offspring is something of a national pastime (see “It’s Official: French Women Are Better at Everything” earlier in this chapter). It begins in utero (no sushi! no wine! don’t stress! bad mom!); continues through birth, which ideally—so as not to traumatize the infant—would be 100 percent natural, attended by a midwife, in a bathtub, and accompanied by whale song; and goes on forever. Unless fathers do something really egregious (like incest), they get infinitely more leeway. Don’t believe me? Consider the flip side. Have you ever noticed when a dad does something that would be considered normal for a mom, say, bake a birthday cake, take a sulky tween shopping for a bar mitzvah party outfit, or actually play at the playground, everybody oohs and aahs like he’s some kind of humanitarian hero? This may be changing with younger Gen Xers and millennials being stay-at-home dads or at least trying … Continue reading..

Attending an Art Exhibition at NYC’s Fire Museum with My Jr. Firefighter Son by Robin Gorman Newman

April 4, 2018

My 15 year old son, Seth, has school break this week, and while in the past we have gone away or done a NYC staycation, this year we are home, so I’ve been on the hunt for cool things we might enjoy together.

It’s never been easy I have found, to entertain a boy who isn’t sports-driven, but I pride myself on being resourceful, and somehow always manage to unearth things of interest to him….and the icing on the cake….is when the activity entices me as well.

When I received an invitation to a special art exhibition/reception in NYC at the NYC Fire Museum, I knew it was right up my son’s alley.

Seth is Captain of Junior Firefighters in our town, and the invite was titled — New York’s Bravest Honored in an Upcoming Pop-Up Exhibition by Acclaimed UK Artist, Alexander Millar

Acclaimed UK artist Alexander Millar has created an impressive and heartfelt new body of work that honors the city’s ‘Bravest’ and celebrates the qualities that make them some of the most extraordinary working people on the planet.

Taking inspiration from archive material from the New York City Fire Museum, and the Vulcan Society (a fraternal organization … Continue reading..

“Later Life” Theater Review by Andrea Santo Felcone

April 2, 2018

The premise of renowned playwright A. R. Gurney’s play, “Later Life” is intriguing: a middle-aged man and woman meet at a cocktail party and ponder beginning a relationship that had eluded them–30 years prior. Romantic missed connections, except this time, in later life, there is the hope of a new beginning, a second chance.

Later Life Play

Barbara Garrick and Laurence Lau. Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

The intrigue grows when you discover that Gurney took the premise for his play from a short story by Henry James, “The Beast in the Jungle,” where the male protagonist in that story thinks some awful tragedy is about to befall him, “lying in wait, like a beast in the jungle.” The same is true for Gurney’s male lead, a man named Austin. This is why Austin could not follow through on his initial attraction for Ruth, years ago; he was waiting for something terrible to happen to him—and in that waiting, may have missed out on something wonderful.

Austin, the civil and stayed Bostonian, is polite almost to a fault. In present day, he is a divorced banker standing out on the patio of a party overlooking Boston Harbor–cornered by the party hostess who is playing … Continue reading..

Solving Conflicts At Home by Angela C. Santomero, M.A., author, PRESCHOOL CLUES: Raising Smart, Inspired, and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World

April 2, 2018

(photo credit: William Taufic)

Whatever the root of the drama in your preschooler’s world, the ultimate goal with any conflict is to get them invested in their own outcomes in the same way they are invested in their own drama.

While a dramatic story written for preschoolers and a drama of their own making may be completely different in content and context, they have one important similarity—investment. In both situations, we are working toward developing a preschooler’s ability to understand that what they do impacts everyone around them. And in order for them to fully be open to that learning, they need to be invested and feel that what they do and how they do it will affect the outcome. Of course, preschoolers are already invested in their own drama. They want that cookie. They need that iPad. They have to have what they want and they have to have it now. Our goal is to get that same level of passion, spirit, and drive into solving the drama, too.

What we learn from watching our kids watch media is that when they are emotionally invested in the story, they have to know how it will end. … Continue reading..