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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December 13, 2016
My husband has been logging long hours at work for some time, so we jumped at the opportunity to enjoy a family vacation over Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, I took ill with a virus turned sinus infection, so we didn’t get to do quite as much as we had hoped, but we got a good sense of Wilmington and surrounding areas, and it proved to be a family pleasing destination.
We spent four nights at the classy HOTEL DUPONT, and we loved our room and the ambiance of this boutique hotel. Very spacious, with an elegant, sprawling bathroom, our room presented like a one bedroom apartment, minus a kitchen. We had two very comfortable queens beds and a pullout sofa, and there was more than ample room to relax and watch the flat screen television or perch in an arm chair and read or hook up your computer (my son had his laptop) at the desk. While there is a mini bar, there was no refrigerator — but we were able to request one, which they supplied at no charge. Room service and breakfast at The Green Room (their upscale, signature restaurant) were on the pricey, if not spectacular side, … Continue reading..
December 12, 2016
LEAVING THE GARDEN OF EDEN: Metaphors for childhood
Childhood is often romanticized in Western literature. It is a time of unlimited freedom and beauty; a utopian, Edenic paradise. Much like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, children play happily in the garden of childhood, blissfully unaware of all the problems and evils that lurk in the adult world. Barefoot and splashing through puddles, children live in the moment and experience the world entirely
through their senses. With ice cream smeared all over their faces and chocolate stains on their shirts, they are unconcerned about how they look or behave. In their innocence and joy, they assume that they are beautiful and lovable. As they look into our eyes for protection and assurance, they assume, too, that all adults are good people who will care for them and not hurt them.
Unfortunately, like Adam and Eve, all children will at some point eat of the forbidden fruit, gain knowledge of the adult world, and then be forced to leave their blissful paradise. As children grow up, they will inevitably encounter rejection and failure, hurt and betrayal. They will gain knowledge of troubling concepts like poverty, injustice, discrimination, and cruelty. … Continue reading..
December 4, 2016
(Photo credit: Hanes Juergen-Hermann)
Mother Africa: My Home is a feast for the eyes. Circus Der Sinne is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with this show. There is music, singing, exuberant dancing, gymnastics, acrobatics, juggling (with balls, tables, and humans), hula hoops, unicycle and extreme balancing acts. I couldn’t tell you want what my favorite acts were because they were all my favorite and equally entertaining.
The ensemble performs death defying, nail biting, and palm sweating acts. The dancing and choreography is excellent.
One after another the performances amaze and delight. I can say this because there is continuous clapping in praise from the audience. I looked around and saw theatregoers young and old covering their faces in awe and disbelief. My 10 year old son, Alistair kept saying, “Oh my G-d”, “How do they do that?” and I found myself saying repeatedly, “Wow.”
They are also telling a story of life in Khayalitsha, one of the biggest townships in South Africa representative of multiple African cultures from Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, to South Africa and Ivory Coast. Behind all the high energy performances and dancing, colorful costumes and orchestra/band on stage, there are photos of Cape Town projected on … Continue reading..
November 29, 2016
No one said parenting is easy. There is a multitude of parenting books trying to make the task easier. Some book have “helpful tips”, while others suggest parenting styles. But very rarely do you find a book that explains the inherent workings of the brain when it comes to parenting.
That’s where Brain-Based Parenting: The Neuroscience of Caregiving for Healthy Attachment comes in and expands the parenting discussion. Written by Daniel Hughes and Dr. Jonathan Baylin, it is both a cerebral look at parenting with common sense examples dealing with the hair-pulling issues that can leave a parent frazzled.
In an interview with Dr. Baylin, I dove into the inspiration for his book and the things parents should keep in mind.
Two decades ago, he began his study of neuroscience while a clinical psychologist in order to better understand human nature.
“I was never satisfied with the models of therapy that we had to work with,” said Dr. Baylin. “I thought we needed to know more about the mind. Neuroscience became a fast-growing field, it was natural for me to go into it in the process of searching for understanding the human mind.”
One of the results of his study … Continue reading..
November 28, 2016
Photo by: Lynn Manuell
Recently, I was able to attend a preview for the new musical SGT. STUBBY: THE GREAT AMERICAN WAR DOG MUSICAL. The play, which opens on December 3rd at the St. Luke’s Theatre on 46th St and 8th Ave in NYC, celebrates the military exploits of America’s most decorated military dog of World War I. Stubby, a mutt from New Haven, CT, went “over there” with the 102nd infantry division and is credited with saving the lives of many wounded soldiers as well as warning of imminent artillery and poisonous gas attacks. Stubby was later promoted to the rank of Sergeant and got to meet three presidents (Wilson, Coolidge and Harding). For nearly a decade after the war until his death in 1926, Stubby was the most famous animal in the United States. A dog’s life it is.
The book & lyrics are by Jack Dyville and music & lyrics by Lawrence Wankel. While the story is inspiring and full of heart, the shoestring production, directed by Mr. Dyville, didn’t quite do it for me. The show seemed to be missing some “oomph” and vigor and promoted little thought about the subject … Continue reading..
November 25, 2016
We hadn’t purchased a new car in 15 years. I know that may sound crazy to you, but we like to watch things disintegrate, so that was the amount of time it took for our old car to do just that. Our old car had been a good car—reliable and functional—but not much more. In the end, the car had begun to make an odd noise, which, of course, was impossible to reproduce for our mechanic. I had become so tense driving (Post Traumatic “Saturn” Disorder) that buying a new car had taken on a sense of urgency.
The anticipated arrival of our new “baby” was exciting. A few weeks into owning our new car, I decided she felt like a “Lola” as opposed to the “Otis” we’d just traded in. Lola was sleek, sexy, (evidenced by her glittery shimmer in the sun), as well as reliable, and you knew just by looking at her that “whatever Lola wanted, Lola was about to get.” Lola had already gotten several car washes, Sirius XM Radio, a personal duster for her interior. (Otis was lucky if he had gotten a full tank of gas).
Sure, I was heady with the intoxication of … Continue reading..
November 23, 2016
Ask any parent about some of the most difficult times they’ve had parenting their children and you’ll typically hear them bring up the teenage years. After all, once children become teens they’re dealing with things such as an explosion of hormones, potential relationship challenges with friends, family members and romantic interests, plus an exposure to alcohol, drugs, bullying, and other possible negative influences.
While it’s very normal for teenagers to change quite a bit once they hit this formative time of life, some children can become particularly difficult. If you worry that you don’t even know your boy or girl any more, and have started to notice signs that they are going off the rails, the sooner you take action to help them the better — for their benefit and for yours. Read on for three strategies you can follow today to deal more effectively with a challenging teen.
Use Effective Communication
The first thing you need to do when handling a difficult son or daughter, particularly during highly-charged moments, is to remain calm and try not to exacerbate the situation. While of course it is often tough to stop yourself from losing your cool in the face of belligerent … Continue reading..
November 22, 2016
(Photo by Carol Rosegg)
Fresh from walking down the aisle, Martin (Michael Crane) is itching to make love to his Donna Reed-ish looking bride Irene (Holley Gain) in their swanky hotel room, though she is anything but willing. After squirming out of his arms and warning he’s not gonna like the bomb she’s about to drop, she confesses she never loved him, and advises that Emil (Joe Tippett), who she is mad for, is enroute to the hotel.
Between the comical fisticuffs of Emil and Martin, and the laughable motley twosome of a fast talking Polish chamber maid (June Gable) and her bellhop son (Andrew Burnap), who is poking around to see what he might pilfer, the honeymoon suite becomes the site of farcical shenanigans that set the stage for a later complete reversal of tone.
In Act II, nearly 50 years later, we meet Irene’s adult daughter Sheila (married with children and living in CT), and her gay son Noah (also Crane), who is a successful television director, and his romantic partner and actor Leo (an earnest Burnap). Irene, now a widower, has been living with Sheila who has lost patience due to Irene’s dementia episodes, and she wants … Continue reading..