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.
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December 23, 2016
I tried to upload a new post the other day, and if you’ve been reading me lately you know that I’m on a bit of a rampage. It’s quite uncharacteristic of my usual tone where I come off as really grateful, really positive and really keen on projecting that all can be well even when it isn’t. My “new” tone is dripping with derision and may actually offend some readers if they haven’t picked up on the fact that my tongue is firmly planted in cheek and that I still really am mostly positive, grateful and hopeful.
But anyway, my post didn’t upload to the site except in the written-by-pamela francis files and I thought, hmmm, not fit for public consumption, huh? If you care to read it it’s called “We’s in the West: A Look Back at My 2016 Escape from Slavery 350 Days In” by Pamela Francis and aside from being cheeky, it’s got some cute pix of me and my sons basking in the California sun.
As I take stock of how my article didn’t post and how abrasive I’ve been in print, I almost want to sit myself in the corner. But I recently found out … Continue reading..
December 22, 2016
On Thanksgiving, I took very ill with what presented as a virus. We are out of town for the holiday, so I visited a walk-in medical center near our hotel, and was given Mucinex and Flonase and toughed it out.
When I returned home a few days later, I went to see my ENT who diagnosed it as a sinus infection. This being my first, I had no idea what to expect. I was put on an antibiotic which I’ve taken before, but this time, I wound up having what looked like an allergic reaction. After a scary night when I thought I might have to go to the hospital, I then went to see my internist, who has a specialization in cardiology.
He did an EKG and exam and concurred about the sinus infection, and I was switched to another antibiotic. A week later, nearly done with the antibiotic and still not feeling well, I decided to have my trusted integrative MD weigh in. He said he thought it was a fungal (vs. bacterial) sinus infection, and put me on a different medication and a host of alternative approaches. Everything from taking Olive Leaf Extract to gargling with Oil … Continue reading..
December 19, 2016
As a parent, you may worry about accidentally ruining childhood traditions–especially around the holidays. You may worry that you won’t be crafty enough, clever enough–stealthy enough–to pull off traditions like Santa or The Tooth Fairy. You may ask yourself: Am I deceptive enough to be a parent?
After all, YOU don’t want to spoil any fun traditions for your children. But maybe you aren’t up for the task? I know my parents “slipped up” by not hiding the Christmas wrapping paper. I had read Nancy Drew often enough to easily spot: “The Mystery of The Ill-hidden Wrapping.” And come to think of it, didn’t the handwritten “Santa,” look oddly familiar? (To his credit, Dad had to hide his handwriting really well–our last name was “Santo”.)
But, now that I was a mom, I wouldn’t make those mistakes. I’d heard the Tooth Fairy horror stories. Those Moms, so busy watching “Scandal,” they fell down on the job. The next morning, when they finally remembered the tooth, they tossed a $20.00 bill (due to guilt) over the side of the child’s bed, pretending the Tooth Fairy had flown off-course. Not me, I wasn’t going to be a tradition-wrecker.
Turns out I didn’t … Continue reading..
December 16, 2016
If you enjoy magic and illusion, this is the Broadway show for you. It’s a limited engagement through the end of the month, so don’t wait.
THE ILLUSIONISTS is set in the 1920s… a bygone golden age of magic and vaudeville.
There are 8 Acts of wonder plucked from around the globe including a juggler, puppeteer, psychics, and magicians demonstrating dexterity and skill. There is a fair amount of audience engagement, and live music from both sides of the balcony accompanies the acts on stage. Who doesn’t love a live orchestra?
Some of the performers and performances are very comical and amusing, which one might not have expected.
There is a large screen above the stage that projects the action so the audience gets the best view of the magic tricks. which might otherwise be difficult to fully appreciate if seated a distance from the stage.
The audience for the performance we attended was mostly adults probably because it was the 8pm evening show, but this show is appropriate for all ages above 8 or 9. Younger children can also attend but might not have the patience to sit through the more sophisticated and longer tricks.
The cast … Continue reading..
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..