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.

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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Getting My Bounce Back by Carolee Belkin Walker (Book Excerpt)


Tuesday
May 29, 2018

From Getting My Bounce Back: How I Got Fit, Healthier, and Happier (And You Can, Too), by Carolee Belkin Walker

Day 379, April 12, 2015

 

“You girls never know.”

– Franz Ferdinand, “No You Girls”

As I’m setting new fitness goals I can’t get Lean In out of my head. I’ve spent the better part of my adult life holding myself back physically.

Most of the time, at the end of a long day, or any day, and on the weekends I looked to fill my time gently. I was seeking comfort. Movies, theater, spa treatments, books, sleep. Go to the gym? Are you kidding me? I biked a little but I’ve always had a bike with a lot of gears and you know which chain I lock into.

The one slight exception was skiing, which I learned to do at a young age. Growing up on the East Coast I skied in subzero temperatures and icy conditions. But when I discovered Colorado and Utah I became a vacation skier. Even now you won’t catch me out there in bad weather. Powder, sunshine, barbeque lunches on the side of the mountain with California Coolers (do they still make … Continue reading..



“BUMP” Theater Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Sunday
May 27, 2018

Playwright Chiara Atik’s new play “BUMP” is essentially three different stories, all intertwined in a series of vignettes, about pregnancy and childbirth. One story emphasizes our modern-day world—pregnant women chatting on an online message board—(each at the same stage of pregnancy) supporting each other; a second story is about the past–a terrified Colonial woman (played by Lucy DeVito) experiencing labor alone—except for her (acerbic) midwife (played by actress Jenny O’Hara). The third story–the central story that the other stories springboard from—is a story of a loving Hispanic family, the daughter, Claudia (played by Ana Nogueira—she reminds one of a younger Amanda Peet), experiencing her first pregnancy with her loving parents, Luis (Gilbert Cruz—a scene stealer) and Maria (Adriana Sananes).

Luis, although a caring father, was not a part of Claudia’s birth. He is now being given a second chance through the impending birth of his first grandchild. Claudia wants to have an at-home water birth, attended by a midwife. She becomes obsessed with reading online pregnancy boards—(acted out in the aforementioned vignettes that weave through the play) to quell her pregnancy concerns. Claudia’s worries are transferred to Luis and Maria—particularly Luis. One night, Luis stays up late and stumbles upon … Continue reading..



Things Moms Can Do to Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse, the Alien Invasion, and all other End of the World scenarios by Pamela Francis


Friday
May 25, 2018

Maybe things start with the movies…, or maybe they start in real life and the movies simply project preliminary plausibilities out to us all so we won’t be terribly surprised or upset when the horrors actually do manifest…, but either way, there’s a chance there WILL be a) a zombie apocalypse, b) an alien invasion, and/or c) some end-of-the-world cataclysm involving the loss of data and the malfunctionality of all things technological.

I remember leaving the country in 1999 in preparation for the much-feared, slash anticipated, Y2K calamity we’d all been promised would take place that year.  I arranged to be on an island off the coast of South America from December 7 thru January 10 just to give it a wide berth, because, hey, “I’m too important to be captured” and my Madam Yes sensibilities had told me to find somewhere fun and sexy to be while the rest of the unfortunate yahoos figured it out.  Get it…? Unfortunate Yahoos…? Anyway…

Since then I have come to realize that Y2K fantasies of worldwide data bases being wiped out (and my $90,000 student loan debt vanishing into thin air never to be brought up again) would likely never take place. 

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The Care and Management of Menopause: From Hormonal Cacophony to Harmony Found by Dr. Laurie Steelsmith FEATURING A GIVEAWAY


Wednesday
May 23, 2018

Adapted from Growing Younger Every Day: The Three Essentials Steps for Creating Youthful Hormone Balance At Any Age

 

For years, we mourn the existence of our periods, bemoaning its arrival each month and dreading the bloating, mood swings, and cravings that tend to precede it.

But midlife can bring a different lament altogether: The onset of menopause, which, for most, conjures up thoughts of hot flashes, weight gain, and moods that don’t just swing but careen completely out of control.

In short: Nonsense. True, menopause may be accompanied by discomforting symptoms, but this time can be managed smartly and embraced rather than rejected. Indeed, your midlife transition can be seen as a time of wonderful growth—a personal renaissance for your body, mind, and soul.  

But, to get there, it’s essential to understand what’s going on with your body.

During menopause, your ovaries cease to release the same amounts of several of your key hormones: estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone. Meanwhile, acute stress, whatever the reason, may cause another hormone, cortisol, to spike; chronic stress, on the other hand, may lead to a decrease of cortisol (more on this below). Menopause can be disconcerting because a woman may … Continue reading..



Cirque du Soleil VOLTA: Show Review by Barbara Adler


Sunday
May 20, 2018

Right off the bat, I want to say I am a huge Cirque du Soleil fan.  I have seen several Cirque shows in Vegas, most memorably the Beatles tribute which was so enchanting it sent my admiration for the Cirque brand soaring even higher. Cirque du Soleil shows are known for their mind blowing athleticism, acrobatics, contortions, enchanting sets and riveting music. I attended Cirque’s latest creation, VOLTA, in a Big Top on the grounds of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum’s in Uniondale, NY on May 17, 2018.

Cirque’s 41st show, VOLTA,  is themed around extreme sports. The atmosphere under the “Big Top’ was electric as this was opening night for the Long Island performances.  While the show started noticeably late, the audience was quickly forgiving when the music started and we got our first glimpse of the beautiful costumes.

The “storyline” is about a popular game show host named Waz, who is distracted by fortune and fame, but starts a personal quest to find his true self by sifting through his childhood memories. After discovering a group of “Free Spirits” who encourage him during his journey, Waz apparently finds his true self, although the storyline was difficult … Continue reading..



A Punk or a Gentleman: Off Broadway Theatre Review by Sarah Moss


Friday
May 18, 2018

Sometimes, the ordinary is extraordinary. Such is “A Punk or a Gentleman” presented for its world premiere by the Theater for the New City, inviting the audience into an ironic ten-character tale of an abused womanizer named Darren. In the height of the repercussions of the Me Too Movement, playwright Andrea J. Fulton and director Kymbali Craig take a lot of liberties in creatively portraying a seemingly ordinary middle-aged, middle-class, black man who loves women a little too much and a little too many of them at the same time, who is also coincidentally a victim of domestic abuse.

The play explores the intricacies facing the everyday life of Darren and his not so ordinary love life and the secret abuse he has faced from his relationships with women, dating back to his childhood and his own mother. Darren is a smooth wordsmith played by Allen Craig Harris, who was very entertaining and believable in the role.  Masked by the scars on his face are the scars that lie deep in his psyche preventing him from seeking a healthy relationship with a woman. Our protagonist is married to his fourth wife and on his way to either a divorce or … Continue reading..



Neurotic Mom Equals Compassionate Kids by Dana Klosner


Friday
May 18, 2018

From the moment they were born my kids knew they were the center of my life. If you ask them now, they might say I had their backs a little too much. But through it all, I think they learned compassion and empathy.

My son was born first, when I was 33. I was over-protective to say the least. Some might call it neurotic.   I wouldn’t drive with him until he was five months-old because I was sure someone would hit us and he would get hurt. I didn’t bathe him until he was two because I was sure he would drown. Don’t worry, he wasn’t full of two-years-worth of spit-up and drool, my husband bathed him nightly.

As they say, the second one is easier. I was 36 when my daughter was born. The doctors called it a “Geriatric Pregnancy.” Excuse me?  I drove her to her two-week check-up myself.  When she pooped, I gave her a bath.

But still as they grew I noticed differences between my mothering methods and those of other, younger mothers. The mom next door, whose kids were about the same age as mine, was more than a decade younger than me. I was … Continue reading..



Theatre Poster Art Takes Center Stage by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
May 16, 2018

As you may already know, if you regularly read my blog, I am a HUGE theatre lover.  I go often, have produced, worked on a promotional level with shows, written reviews, profiled thespians, studied playwriting and am now developing an Off Broadway musical.   So, it was especially interesting to attend a book party for the warm, welcoming and much beloved iconic Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo, an award-winning designer of poster art for countless shows…impressive work, to say the least…and to get an inside peak at what it takes to create a poster that captures the essence of a show. If you think about it, even before you read a review of a show or hear some buzz , there is the poster art for it, working on drawing you in and inspiring you to purchase a ticket.  And, it takes great skill and strategic artistry to design one that truly pops from the crowd and calls to you.

 The hard-cover, 208 page book, published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is simply stunning and a must-have gift for any theatre lover. Titled Fraver by Design: Five Decades of Theatre Poster Art from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Beyond, it would make a statement … Continue reading..