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!

Click to determine which type of writing opportunity is best for you.

You Will Be Found: Insight Into Teen Mental Health: A Roundtable led by Dear Evan Hansen, Time and Philosophy Hope and Grace Initiative by Robin Gorman Newman


Monday
May 14, 2018

I am a huge fan of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen, and have had the opportunity to see it twice, once with my then 14 year old middle school age son.

He is now 15, and a freshman in high school, and he seems light years older since we saw the show, though still a young teen with much growth and uncertainty ahead of him.

It’s been decades since I was myself a high school student (I have very fond memories of that phase of my life), and we live in an entirely different culture these days….one that is highly challenging for both parents and teens….largely in light of social media and it’s potential impact on well-being and mental health.  There is nothing that quite prepares you as a mother to navigate a newfound high tech world with your teen, given that it is uncharted territory for most of us.

To commemorate Mental Health Month this May, and in an effort to shed light on an important subject and empower families, TIME magazine joined forces with Dear Evan Hansen and the Philosophy Hope and Grace Initiative to take on the topic of You Will be … Continue reading..



More Than a Diploma by Sharon O’Donnell


Sunday
May 13, 2018

 

This is my middle boy, David, after his graduation with a Masters of Accounting from NC State University this week. This is also my boy who had speech therapy starting at 3, reading comprehension issues in elementary school, an auditory learning disability, & severe anxiety beginning his junior year of high school. He was a good student throughout middle and high school and a very good baseball and basketball player, but he was able to do these things because of his determination and work/study ethic. I got a tutor to work with him, and I worked a lot with him one-on-one also. Athletics came easy to him, but academics didn’t. He was intelligent, but the issues he faced made it difficult. When school athletics ended after high school, he turned all  his focus on academics and — Wow!  He excelled in the classroom like never before, making Dean’s List every semester. His perseverance and drive were unbelievable; there were still some hard times here and there, but he came through them. He learned how to advocate for himself, and he learned how to better deal with his anxiety.

He still played intramural sports in college, and his basketball team … Continue reading..



TICKET GIVEAWAY: RANDY WRITES A NOVEL


Friday
May 11, 2018

MotherhoodLater.com is giving away two pairs of tickets to RANDY WRITES A NOVEL, the new Off Broadway show running through June 9th at Theatre Row’s Clurman Theatre.

Randy has headlined with Neil Patrick Harris in Montreal, won Outstanding Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and starred on his own Netflix show in the UK.

After being married, divorced, arrested, kidnapped and thrown from a moving hovercraft, occasionally sober entertainer Randy has just written his first novel and wants to share a staged reading of it with you. Cursed with stage fright, he begins rambling and ends up sharing a memorable – and very funny, not to mention very adult –  discourse on everything from Buddhist thought to the wisdom of McDonald’s home delivery service to whether Hemingway’s artistic genius was enough to compensates for him being a terrible human being. Randy may share the complexion of Barney the Dinosaur, but RANDY WRITES A NOVEL promises to leave you questioning the meaning of life.

Randy has been performing his unique brand of stand-up comedy since 2005 and depending on who you ask, his debut solo show was a highly revered runaway-cult-hit.

To enter, write robin@motherhoodlater.com, and put RANDY in Continue reading..



MeToo – Mom on a Mission by Amy Wall Lerman


Thursday
May 10, 2018

Earlier this year, while watching the Golden Globe Awards, I suddenly realized I’ve been a coward my whole life.  Seeing powerful Hollywood women, whom I’ve admired from afar, with their “Times Up” buttons pinned to their black evening gowns, speaking up about sexual abuse, made me realize I had to do something too.  A something I’d been toying with for a while but, like with many of my creative ideas, pushed aside to focus on more practical things (like my job that actually pays a salary).

The idea?  Before Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein were powerful, abusive men, they were little boys.  Before the women at the Golden Globes became “survivors,” they were little girls.  What happens between childhood and adulthood that makes things go so terribly wrong?

So it hit me.  It was time to do what any good TV producer would do: Make an intelligent kids TV show that flips gender stereotypes upside down and shows kids who they really are and who they can be.  I was tired of bad TV programming for kids, anyway.  They’re screechy, lots of overacting with inane plot lines.  Okay, I know, they’re all fun and entertaining, but are they?  … Continue reading..



SEEDFOLKS: Show Review by Amy Wall Lerman


Wednesday
May 9, 2018

When I told my 10 year old son we were headed to the theater to see a play, he hesitated.

“Is it a musical?”

“No.”

“Then I’m not going.”

Ever since he saw SpongeBob on Broadway, nothing else will do, so I read him the description of the show.  When I was done, he said, “You got me at the one woman show thing.”  I’m not sure what surprised me more: his Jerry Maguire reference or his interest in a one-woman show. Perhaps he was more sophisticated than I realized?  Well, he was right to be intrigued.  This show could not have been performed in any other way.

Seedfolks is adapted from a magnificent book by Paul Fleischman.  Perhaps the show is so good because the play is also authored by Fleischman.  It’s a novella that brings together 11 characters of varying ages, genders and ethnic backgrounds by means of a neighborhood garden.  But it’s not a garden until one little Vietnamese girl plants the first seeds.  Side-stepping rats and ignoring a trashed refrigerator she finds a spot of earth and plants her dried lima bean seeds.  Her visits to the garden draw the attention of the neighborhood watch – … Continue reading..



Yes, You CAN Be a Mom and a Star! by Liimu McGill


Friday
May 4, 2018

People say that being a mother means sacrificing your dreams. They’ll tell you, “It’s not about you anymore.”

But I’m about share my story of how I learned that following your dreams is the best thing you can do for yourself and your children.

 

When I Dared to Become Extraordinary

From a young age, my dream has been to be an actress and a singer. Things seemed to be going my way for a while – at 17 I got into NYU’s TISCH School for the Arts and worked hard to learn the craft of acting for stage.

But then… shit happened. Long story short, a series of unfortunate events coupled with alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness and mental illness totally derailed my plans for the Great White Way.

Years later when I managed to get my act together, I had all but given up on my dream of performing. I met a wonderful man, landed an incredible job (on paper, that is; in real life it was a nightmare – but that’s another story!), and I was building a family.

It never occurred to me that I could still sing, act and perform until I stumbled upon a copy … Continue reading..



My Littlest Co-Workers by Dana Klosner


Wednesday
May 2, 2018

I was talking with a Communications Director of a non-profit today, who is a working mom with two small kids. When my kids were little I envied people that could make that work. But, after a couple of bad experiences with day care, I was gun shy.  So, I didn’t farm my kids out anymore. I loved my kids more than anything else in the world, but some days I was sure I would just go insane.

That’s why I always kept up with my feature writing. It was the perfect combination. I had contact with the outside world, but I only had to leave the house in short bursts to interview sources. When I got an ongoing freelance gig at “The Baltimore Sun” my kids were 2 and 6. I hired a babysitter to come twice a week for two hours and everyone was happy. I did all the writing late night after the kids were asleep.

It wasn’t always that easy. My son was born when we were living in Monterey, CA. Can’t complain about that. But, my husband was in The Naval Post Graduate School and stayed at school a lot of late nights to finish his … Continue reading..



NY Theatre Ballet’s “The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies” Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Sunday
April 29, 2018

Upon entering the Florence Gould Hall, you are greeted by two charming young girls wearing frilly Alice-in-Wonderland costumes (complete with tea-cup hats on their heads), handing out programs. This delightful touch sets the stage for the completely enchanting ballet that follows.

NY Theatre Ballet Alice in Wonderland

Elena Zahlmann as Alice. Photo Credit: Rachel Neville.

“Enchanting” is the perfect way to describe the NY Theatre Ballet’s “The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies”. Billed as “a ballet vaudeville,” this ballet is enchanting on many levels: for its high-quality dancers, for the spectacular costumes, for the colorful and ingenious set design, for ultimately, its clever concept and choreography by Keith Michael.

Set in “The Palace Theater, New York, in 1915,” the audience is taken on a marvelous journey following Alice as she interacts with many of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice-in-Wonderland” characters. The classic is reimagined with the use of the “follies” concept: there is a dance, The Caterpillar, where a line of female dancers in spectacular green gauzy costumes, perform in a way that is reminiscent of the chorus line of The Ziegfeld Follies. (You may wonder what it would look like to view the choreography from an aerial perspective.) Each dance is presented in a vaudeville style, drawing on a … Continue reading..