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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Theatre Critic: STRAIGHT UP MAGIC: Show Review by Amy Wall Lerman


Sunday
November 20, 2016

(Photo credit: Matt Christine)

(Photo credit: Matt Christine)

Abracadabra!  Who doesn’t like a good magic show?  And when the magician is funny – all the better.  Skilled illusionist, Jason Bishop, in Straight Up Magic has it all.  He has smoke.  He has mirrors.  He even has the disappearing and reappearing “talented assistant” (the magnificent Kim Hess).  And a magic show is never complete without a volunteer from the audience.  And there are plenty of those. In that sense, Straight Up Magic is your typical magic show.  What is perhaps not quite so typical is Jason Bishop himself.  He has that dripping sarcasm that keeps the audience on its toes, and he clearly has a love for the sleight-of-hand.  Speaking of which, my favorite part of the show involved, what I consider, the impossible.  For about five minutes, with an artistry akin to dance, he made playing cards appear and disappear in a way only Harry Potter and his friends could emulate.  This is a show about showmanship.  The illusions are fine, but Mr. Bishop is wonderful.

Jason Bishop was born in Newark, NJ and now lives in Blandon, Pennsylvania.  He has performed on 6 continents and in 49 states including Hawaii and Alaska. He … Continue reading..



Theatre Critic: FINIAN’S RAINBOW: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Friday
November 18, 2016

(Photo credit; Carol Rosegg)

(Photo credit: Carol Rosegg)

The luminous and ageless Melissa Errico turns in a lustrous and lusty performance in this enchanting, trimmed-down, revival production of the timeless classic FINIAN’S RAINBOW.

Staged at Irish Rep, the two hour musical projects a warmth and intimacy in a space well-suited to the charms of the romantic fable that packs a surprising bit of a social commentary punch.

The 1947 musical FINIAN’S RAINBOW follows an Irishman (Finian) who steals a powerful pot of gold from Og the leprechaun and escapes from Glocca Morra, Ireland with his radiant daughter, Sharon, to Missitucky, a mythical region in the United States that is part of the Jim Crow South where poor sharecroppers yearn to turn the tide on their luck.  The owner of the pot of gold is granted three magical wishes, leading to an avid hunt for the stash.

Sharon falls in love with union organizer Woody Mahoney (an appealing Ryan Silverman), and Og (the wonderful, lanky Mark Evans) falls for Susan the Silent (the wide-eyed, nimble-footed and voiced Lyrica Woodruff).  The show is a romantic, fairytale-like gem with an undertone reflecting on bigotry, economic disparity and cultural injustice, as the Senator gets a much-needed lesson … Continue reading..



Dear Baby H by Elizabeth Dodson


Friday
November 18, 2016

I am writing this as I sit in your nursery, in the glider, nursing pillow across my lap, you on top of said pillow, snuggled into my breast and sound asleep. This is our morning ritual. Every morning – except the weekends, when we hike and take the dog to the beach- you and I spend your morning nap just snuggling. Initially I was forced into it- you wouldn’t let me put you down in the crib and I needed you to nap so I stayed with you. But now I’m addicted to the snuggles. Addicted to watching your many sweet sleepy facial expressions as you change through sleep cycles. Addicted to just holding you close and telling you how much I love you and knowing that this is one thing I am sure I will never regret doing. And feeling so lucky that I get to do this every day with you.

So, here’s the wisdom part: hold your baby. Snuggle him/her and enjoy every single moment you get to snuggle that sweet baby. Don’t worry about the dishes or the laundry or the emails or the bills or the every other stress in the world. Just enjoy that … Continue reading..



Ditching Your Career in Favor of Stay-at-home Mom Status and Other Nutty Acts of the Later Mom by Pamela Francis


Thursday
November 17, 2016

My sisters all have kids. My sisters all have jobs. My sisters are all younger than I.

None of my sisters had their children past the age of 35. I thought I was so special. So… counter-norm. So… Dr. Laura Schlessinger when I decided I would not return to work directly after having a baby. I was quite the judging Judy against younger working women who I felt literally projectiled an infant in their 36th week, and were back at work in their 42nd. Oh, what? The sanctioned maternity leave and its accompanying pittance have run out, so it’s back to work we go…?  I shook my head in dismay. I will not be doing that. I will wait until after I’ve had a life before I have children. And then I will give birth, I will bond with my baby, I will start a home-based business, and I will become one of those millionaire inventor moms who come up with brilliant gadgets and ideas that get picked up by QVC.

Because I was older, I knew that there was more to life than getting back to my desk and my “venti low fat pumpkin spice latte” … Continue reading..



Meet Later Mom: Monica Piper, Actress, Comedian and Writer


Tuesday
November 15, 2016

monica-piper-headshot-3AGE: Buying firming creams at Saks
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Dog Lover
RESIDENCE: Santa Monica, CA
CHILD’S NAME/AGE: Jake/25

Stand up comedian and writer on Roseanne, Mad About You and Emmy Award-winning head-writer and producer of Rugrats.  Author and star of “Not That Jewish,” currently running Off Broadway.

What was your road to parenthood like? After a failed marriage in my 20’s, I spent almost all of my 30’s with a man I truly believed was the love of my life.  It kills me because I believe it really could have worked if only he’d been… an entirely different person.  Although finding great success in my career as a stand up, it had never occurred to me that I wouldn’t SOME day have that husband, be raising those kids.  But finding myself without a man, and 41 in LOS ANGELES, it became a chilling possibility.  I decided I would have my baby, then find our man.

(Monica in "Not That Jewish.")

(Monica in “Not That Jewish.”)

What led to your decision to adopt? A year of fertility treatments and rendezvous with six-foot, green-eyed, musical and athletic sperm sample 142 were deemed “unsuccessful.”  I disagree.  Because it led a good friend to ask, “Do … Continue reading..



The Benefits of Choosing to Have Children Later in Life


Tuesday
November 15, 2016

Your job, love prospects, housing situation, traveling and maturity may be reasons you’ve decided to put off having children. But if you’re having doubts about whether it’s ok to become a mature parent, don’t. There are so many advantages to raising children after the age of 35.

Relaxing Style of Parenting

Women who experience motherhood past the age of 35 are sometimes referred to as having a “geriatric pregnancy.” Although this form of medical terminology may sound cute to some, the words can prove intimidating for those looking to have children later in life. In today’s world, being an older parent is no longer a rare occurrence, and the statistics for pregnancies over the age of 35 are climbing. As a young caregiver, you may be more prone to rearing your children by the book. But as you age, you are more self-assured. This makes it easier for older parents to adopt a more relaxing style of parenting. This stress-free environment also is more pleasing to your child over the years.

Financial Security

As you reach your mid-30s, you may find yourself with greater financial security. This could mean you own your own home where you can make upgrades such … Continue reading..



A Life: Theatre Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
November 9, 2016

Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Photo credit: Joan Marcus

David Hyde Pierce is a long way from his beloved role on the sitcom Frasier.  Those fans who fancy his deadpan comedic delivery will get a glimmer of that in A Life, but Pierce goes much deeper and delivers a raw and revealing, literally, performance as a middle aged, single gay man living solo in NYC who has a somewhat vacuous existence.  In an overly lengthy opening, Pierce (Nate) shares with the audience (in as entertaining fashion as he can) much that is lacking including an ex boyfriend and other failed relationships, a dissatisfying job, a notepad full of To Do items, and how he has become enthralled with astrology to help makes sense of it all.  His search for spirituality has proven unsuccessful including the pursuit of therapy and church going.  We feel his exasperation and our own, as he rambles on in his desire for truth-seeking.

In another scene, we see him sitting on a park bench with his best friend, Curtis (the appealing Brad Heberlee), as they ogle muscled joggers, vowing  that they too should it up to run with that crowd.  They don’t have much else to say to each other.

From … Continue reading..



Feelings Are Contagious: Book Excerpt from The Confident Parent by Jane Scott, MD, with Stephanie Land


Wednesday
November 9, 2016

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Excerpted from The Confident Parent: A Pediatrician’s Guide to Caring for Your Little One – Without Losing Your Joy, Your Mind, or Yourself by Jane Scott, MD, with Stephanie Land. © 2016 by Dr. Jane Scott. TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

 

Most people intuitively know that depression can severely affect the way parents interact with their children, but many assume that our stress and guilt is merely our own cross to bear, a consequence of modern-day parenting that may not be great for parents’ mental or physical health but is tolerable so long as it doesn’t affect our kids. Except it does. All that stress, fatigue, or guilt you might be carrying bleeds into your interactions with your children. A mother who is tired of being “on” is not going to be as attentive, patient, or even as much fun as one who regularly gets time to herself to rest, exercise, pursue her own interests or have an adults-only lunch with friends. If you resent work as a necessary evil separating you from your child, your children will eventually feel that way about work too, and once they are old enough they will do everything they … Continue reading..