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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From Boardroom to Baby by Kristin M. Helms (Book Excerpt)


Friday
February 2, 2018

Reprinted with permission from Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, FROM BOARDOOM TO BABY: A Roadmap for Career Women Transitioning to Stay-at-Home Moms by Kristin M. Helms.

 

Chapter 5

Molding the Mundanity and Chaos into Lessons, Love, Life

“Be careful honey, this is really hot,” my voice teetered on-edge and it was only 8:15 a.m. My 2-year-old daughter clung to my side like a monkey, insisting on helping scramble the eggs while my 10-month-old son tried to climb up my leg with his sharp little nails digging into my calves, a painful reminder that I needed to cut those little dinosaur claws. All I wanted was five minutes and two free hands so I could put breakfast on the table.

“Bye guys, have a good day,” my husband said as he kissed us and headed out the door to work.

After struggling to get my son in his high chair, my daughter in her booster seat, and breakfast in front of them, my phone dinged with a new text message. It was from my husband, a photo he had taken of us on his way out the door—during our egg-scrambling fiasco and what I had mentally chalked up as a chaotic morning … Continue reading..



Flirting with God by Pamela Francis


Tuesday
January 30, 2018

A light, unexpected rain

(who am I kidding, it wasn’t unexpected. I’ve been a student of astrology for 40 years and I know what moon in Taurus plus Jupiter in Scorpio divided by sun in Aquarius equals)

fell in Los Angeles and the blue sky filled up with fluffy, white cloud formations that came together and breezed away creating all kinds of shapes and peep-holes around the ever present California sun.

As I climbed the stairs at the school where I teach,

(hands full of lunch salad, bottled water, left over sushi circles from this morning’s I-can’t-wait-til-lunch-I-want-to-eat-this-now binge-fest, and treats for my high performers in 5th grade math),

I dared to look up

(instead of at my feet to make sure I made it up those stairs)

at the sky overhead

(delightfully, our school is outdoors, as are most in Cali),

and there the sky winked at me through a diamond-shaped eye of sun and cloud.

I blushed

(as though that fine, gray-bearded gentleman who owns the Italian restaurant across the street from my house had just told me I looked beautiful today again),

and looked away, making eye contact with the top of the stairs.  This was … Continue reading..



Guest Post: Letter from a Good Enough Daughter by Sandra Butler, co-author with Nan Gefen, It Never Ends: Mothering Middle-Aged Daughters


Monday
January 29, 2018

Dear Ma,

I miss you. There are so many things I want to tell you, so many conversations I didn’t know enough to have when you were still here. Sometimes I’ll put a picture of you on the side table and talk to you in my mind about what your granddaughters are doing in their lives, lives you never would have imagined for them. The one you feared would never be successful and able to make a living is thriving in work she loves. The other with a formal degree guaranteeing success has left the field she was trained for and moved into a more financially precarious world of caring for others. They live near one another now and after some awkward adjustments (you know how different they are!) have settled into a self-aware and accepting sisterhood. Neither of us ever would have imagined how their lives and their relationship have unfolded. All your fears were the wrong ones. Many of mine were too.

There’s a framed series of pictures of us dancing at your granddaughters wedding. We look so delighted with one another as we execute an enthusiastic jitterbug. She’s divorced now and remarried to a much better man. … Continue reading..



The Amazing Max: Show Review by Antonia Kasper


Sunday
January 21, 2018

The Amazing Max isn’t just another kids’ magic show. It’s much more significant. Max Darwin is like a motivational speaker and comedian rolled into one who uses magic as its vehicle to make kids (and adults) feel good about themselves.  The message: Be you. Be proud to be you. And it’s okay to be different.  What makes The Amazing Max show magical is that he lets the kids shine!

There was a fun 30 minute pre-show, with an adult assistant.  The kids who participated sat on a “magic carpet” in front of the stage and learned a few simple magic tricks. Before they headed back to their families in the audience, the kids were gifted with some fun magic giveaways.

Max exploded onto the stage with quick-witted banter and striking poses.  His glowing blonde hair and black cool attire added to his eccentric but kid-friendly persona. While the interactive show is recommended for 3-12 year olds, the audience, young and old, was completely engaged as high energy Max bounced around performing impressive tricks.

I was accompanied by my now “very mature” 9 year-old daughter, Shea, her 11 year-old friend, Lily and Lily’s mom, Leslie.  Leslie and I both sensed these … Continue reading..



Mom Theatre Blogger: This One’s For the Girls: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
January 17, 2018

Lighthearted entertainment, but with an empowering message, this Valentine to women through the past 100 + years, will have you dancing in your seat or cheering….or both.

The 90 minute jukebox musical features such tunes as  “I Want to See You Be Brave,” “I am Woman,” “Over There,” “I Wanna Be Loved By You,” and “You Don’t Own Me”….some better known than others, but many strongly resonating with the enthusiastic, largely female audience in attendance.

Under the direction of Tamara Kangas Erickson, the show stars Traci Bair (CIRQUE DREAMS, PANDORA’S BOX), Aneesa Folds (RAGTIME, SISTAS), Jana Robbins (Broadway’s GYPSY, THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE, CRIMES OF THE HEART), and Haley Swindal (Broadway’s JEKYLL & HYDE, THE SECRET GARDEN at Lincoln Center), with music direction by Zachary Ryan.

The talented and versatile cast of four play a multitude of roles and keep things moving.  The evening I saw the show, there was a technical song glitch, but the gals proved theatrical troopers.

Robbins, with a notable vibrato, plays Janet, the show’s narrator who is an academic relating stories reflecting women’s history and all they have lived through….from famous figures to others. Ranging from war time experiences to dating to the … Continue reading..



Westchester School Break Staycation with My Teen Son & Birthday Party Package Giveaway by Robin Gorman Newman


Monday
January 15, 2018

As a change of pace for my son’s December school break, we decided to make our staycation in Westchester versus the usual NYC.  And, the good news is, we’d love to return.

Finding activities to engage a teen boy is not always the easiest, but my research turned up some “keepers.”

(The Lounge)

We spent four nights at the lovely, elegant and welcoming Ritz-Carlton White Plains.  From the moment we entered, we felt well taken care of.  While  we had a longer wait time than expected for our room, the hotel explained they were extremely busy this holiday season, and they were very gracious and accommodating during our stay.  They truly endeavor to make your visit personal, calling you by name, and attending readily to needs.  I noted that there seemed to be some regulars checking in when we arrived, and each was warmly received.

Our one bedroom suite, with a king bed, was extremely spacious, with an excellent street view of the busy downtown adorned with festive holiday lights.  My son loved having his own separate area with a pullout sofa, television and half bath.  We were able to request a mini frig, and as a Marriott Rewards … Continue reading..



UNDESIREABLE ELEMENTS: GENERATION NYZ: Show Review by Sarah Moss


Monday
January 15, 2018

On the eve before the day reserved to memorialize Dr. Martin Luther, King Jr. it was fitting to explore the intersections of race, culture, history, art, media and technology in the 25th anniversary production of Ping Chong + Company’s community-specific series. No fanfare, glitz or dazzle needed, just the raw stories of 7 young people (Edwin Aguila, Monica Victoria Tatacoya Castaneda, Syl (Andrea) Egerton, Mohammed Murtaza, De-Andra Pryce, Porscha Polkahantis Rippy and Rafael Rosario) ages 18-22, as they discover their inner strength and maneuver through the difficulties of growing up as immigrants, individuals and New Yorkers.

The audience mirrored the actors, an eclectic mix of wild-eyed, beautiful and intriguing people; engaged and ready to hear stories similar to their own. Where, I respect and enjoy a great narrative, especially for the coming of age generation, the stories were not that out of the ordinary. Perhaps, that is the real truth of the immigrant story, today the struggles may involve cell phones or in the case of Rafael Rosario, the desire for a cell phone; not much has changed.

The one hour, 10 minute “seated opera for the spoken word” with no intermission, was not overtly political, but did touch upon … Continue reading..



In Real Life, Incorporated by Andrea Santo Felcone


Monday
January 15, 2018

gamingIf left to his own devices—and by this I mean, digital devices, my teenage son might very likely spend the entire day on his Xbox—with short breaks for reality. I’m not sure why this behavior surprises me; he’s of the generation that has labeled reality, as in, “I’ll meet you ‘IRL’ (in real life).” I’m left to wonder if there’s an entrepreneurial aspect to this in the not-too-distant future….

In Real Life, Inc., “How may I help you?”

Frazzled Mom: “Oh, thank goodness, a real person. I’m beside myself. I took my teenage son to a restaurant, and when the waitress asked what he’d like, my son pointed to the words on the menu, (“hamburger and fries”), and told her to “click here.” CLICK HERE?! His gaming is so out of control he doesn’t know how to order from a real menu anymore?!”

IRL: “No worries. You’ve come to the right place. Are you familiar with our “WELCOME BACK TO REALITY®” packages? We have the “Gentle Nudge™” for the child who has just started to lose himself to Virtual Reality, or the “The Swift Kick™,” for more serious situations.”

Mom: “I only just learned about “IRL, Inc.” from a … Continue reading..