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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Escape the Ordinary – Mystery Room NYC: Review by Jamie Levine

October 30, 2017
















Do you love puzzles or strategy games? Are you looking for an entertaining way to release some stress? Or simply a fun and exciting outing with friends or family? Or maybe you’re seeking a new way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. Mystery Room NYC is the answer. This innovative venue taps into one’s desire for social and physical interaction while also providing intellectual stimulation and a bit of a thrill.

Last Friday, I was joined by my 10-year-old daughter and our friends (both a 9- and 13-year old girl, a 10-year-old boy, his mother, and my boyfriend) as we were challenged to escape from Chapter 4: Forgotten Library, one of the 4 escape rooms featured in the 2 locations of Mystery Room NYC. Before we began, we were greeted by Lydia Lilli, the PR/marketing director of this venue, who explained the background of this small escape room company that is taking the city by storm. Lydia highlighted the unique fact that Mystery Room NYC was designed by a high school biology teacher, who brings his relevant knowledge and teaching experience to this venture. … Continue reading..

Mental Health Issues are in Crisis Situation for Teens/Young Adults by Sharon O’Donnell

October 29, 2017

Anyone who has read my blog, sporadic as it has become, over the many years I’ve been writing for motherhoodlater know that my middle son, now 23, has struggled since high school with severe anxiety. It’s gotten much better since 2010 and he’s thriving in grad school now, but there are still some bumps along the road. In working with my son, I became alarmed at how many teens and young adults struggle with severe anxiety and depression and the continued rise in such cases; such cases also contribute to the suicide rate in this age group.

I came across something that was written by a parent whose 14-year-old son recently completed suicide. It’s heartbreaking but eye-opening and soul-touching. I want to share it with you below.

I’ve become active in mental health support in my community and my church in the past several years. The biggest takeaways so far from support groups are 1. we have to take away the stigma of mental health illnesses  2. parents still need to be involved in their child’s mental health care even thought the law says that child is over 18 (mental health conditions sometimes make it imperative that the parent is … Continue reading..

A Fun Family Visit to the Guggenheim Museum by Andrea Santo Felcone

October 19, 2017

We sometimes encounter difficulty finding family activities both my sons will enjoy—considering the gap in their ages (7 and 14 years old). When I come across something that sounds like it will interest both boys, I’m thrilled. When I find something that will interest, delight, and educate, I’m ecstatic. This past Sunday offered the opportunity for all three (and toss in culture as well) as we planned to spend the day at New York City’s Guggenheim museum.


Photo Credit: David Heald, (c) The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, N.Y.

This past Sunday was “Drawing the Guggenheim”–an event that had museum-goers exploring and sketching the building’s iconic architecture through a variety of public programs, tours, and workshops. The event was a collaboration of the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum and its sister museums: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (Spain) and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice).   

We had registered ahead for the “Family Architecture Tour” which was part of the Guggenheim’s Sunday Family Tours series. Every second Sunday, each month, the Guggenheim offers family-friendly, interactive tours. Tours are organized around a single theme and explore the permanent collection as well as special exhibitions. Our tour focused on the architecture of the museum itself.

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Guest Post: Motherhood Reimagined by Sarah Kowalski (Book Excerpt)

October 19, 2017

I’m not sure I want to have a baby if I have to do it alone,” I said. I could remember how badly I’d wanted children when I was younger, but my rational adult mind dreamed up every reason under the sun to avoid motherhood. “I’m afraid I’ll end up single forever if I have a baby alone. Who wants to date a woman who already has kids?” I implored. This fear of remaining single forever loomed over me. … I was afraid of scaring men off if I showed that I was committed to having a child.

[Yet,] I began to envision life as a single mom. Most of my hobbies and lifestyle choices would be sacrificed to a baby. Worse yet, I knew I’d be raising a baby without any family support. My parents, who lived more than a five-hour drive away, were both approaching eighty. Even if they wanted to help, I knew it would be hard for them to contribute in any substantial way. And my sister, who lived in Santa Cruz, wasn’t crazy about babies.  I couldn’t envision her offering to babysit. This notion produced melodramatic visions of me completely isolated, never leaving the … Continue reading..

Guest Post: How to Parent Without a Father by Emma Johnson, author, The Kickass Single Mom

October 17, 2017

In the United States, the majority of fathers who live separately from their children are not actively involved. The issue of fatherlessness in the United States, as well as worldwide, is an incredibly large, complex, and devastating issue. The fallout from fathers not being frequently and closely involved with their children is devastating for those children who do not get to know their dads, and often, their paternal extended families, and, for the mothers who are then fully responsible for caring for their children without a co-parent or regular breaks. It is important, too, to recognize that fatherlessness is devastating for the fathers who do not have the pride of fulfilling their parenting duties, nor the joy that is singular to the knowing and raising of a child.

If your children’s father is alive, but not part of your lives, there may not be anything you can do to change that, and I recognize in you a heartbreak for both your children and yourself. You worry about your children’s self doubt in the absence of a dad, whether the scary statistics about fatherless children will manifest in your kids. You may find yourself full of resentment at the abandonment, the … Continue reading..

College Tours Part 3 by Sharon O’Donnell

October 14, 2017

In the past month, I’ve gone on 2 college tours with my youngest son — son #3 — with several more coming up in the next month. Son #3 is six and nine years younger than his two other brothers who are already college graduates with one working as a CPA in DC and one in grad school to his Masters of Accounting. Actually, he has a late summer birthday, so I started him a year later than most, meaning he’s seven and ten years behind his brothers in school.  And yes, I’ve really been having some deja vu feelings going through the college tour process for the first time.

A few things I’ve learned from the college application process with my older sons that benefit son #3:

1. Take an SAT/ACT prep course in the August  before your junior year. This way your child can study/prep for it without also having to study for tests, etc. for school classes, and this means much less stress. Also, when you visit college campuses, you will already have a benchmark test score to know which colleges are realistic and which are reach/dream schools.

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What Parents Can Learn From NFL Coaches by Erika Katz

October 12, 2017

Did you ever wonder why your kids listen to their coaches and not to you? It’s because their coaches hold them accountable! Show up on time, or get benched!

My son had just turned fourteen, and I asked him to pick up his shoes from the den no less than three times only to be ignored until I threatened to throw out his beloved high-tops. The next day at his varsity basketball game, his coach asked him to pick up balls, cones, and even some of the other players’ shoes. He had them in his hand in three seconds!  That made me wonder- what were the coaches doing that I was not!

I started to read coaching books by successful NFL coaches. What I learned changed the way I parented and unified my family in ways I never thought possible. Next, I interviewed 20 NFL Head Coaches and Hall of Fame players and developed a parenting style I call Coach Parenting. Here is a quiz and some tips from the book that will transform your family into a championship team!

Quiz –

Assuming The Role Of Head Coach

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Summer Highlights by Sharon O’Donnell

October 7, 2017

So it’s October, and I haven’t even posted anything from this summer. Wow, does time truly fly.  So here are some highlights:

Two oldest sons and husband crossing bridge on a 4 day backpacking adventure in Grand Canyon. I stayed home to be with high school sophomore still in school. Plus , I don’t backpack.


My youngest working on home repairs in West Virginia on the Appalachian Service Project with our church


California trip with my middle son, youngest son, and middle son’s girlfriend of almost 8 years. Loved it! San Francisco and central coast. This is at the Rocky Point Restaurant in between Big Sur and Carmel on the Pacific Coast Highway.


My three sons in DC in late July when we moved my oldest up there after getting a job transfer there. Miss him so much but glad he is enjoying the area and going to Nationals baseball games (even though he will always be a Red Sox fan).


So has been very eventful, and I’ve also been busy doing some songwriting — lyrics only — for a 16-year-old local artist named Brooke Hatala. Check out her website at  — and scroll down … Continue reading..