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Up Close Festival, Program B: Review by Lainie Gutterman


Tuesday
January 1, 2019

Credit: Buatti-Ramos Photography

My son, Ian, and I were very excited to return to the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St) to see Program B of the Up Close Festival. (See my review for Program A http://motherhoodlater.com/posts/up-close-festival-show-review-by-lainie-gutterman/ which we saw on December 24, 2018)

If I had known it was going to be raining and I’d be battling a cold, I would have selected a different performance date, but we did want to be here for the special New Year’s Eve countdown celebration at the end of the show.

Program B starts off very similar to Program A. Narrator Ms. Pea (Summer Shapiro) explains we are at The Archive and will meet people who lived in the West Village and changed their neighborhood. Ms. Pea is dressed in the same dress she wore in Program A and even remembered Ian. Once again, she shows the same rodent slides and takes a group photo of the audience with a disposable camera.

Ian and I were very excited to get to see the Pizza Rat (Marisol Rosa-Shapiro) again in Velveeta Underground: A Pizza Rat’s Quest To Save Cheesy Beet Poetry (Part 2), another blackout occurs.

Fortunately, it is at this point in … Continue reading..



“The Pirates of Penzance” by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Show Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Tuesday
January 1, 2019

Some of my happiest childhood memories were spent with my father–at the theater. As an adult, I can appreciate how those experiences shaped me. As a parent, I hope to provide that same spirit of cultural enrichment and generosity, introducing my children to various art forms. When the opportunity to see the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) perform the classic, “The Pirates of Penzance,” arrived, I figured this would be an excellent way for my boys to experience their first comic opera.

A show about pirates! It seemed best to lead with the swashbuckling, sword-thrusting pirate part, and save the opera part for just a bit later. Everyone was on board, (yes, pun-intended) after hearing about pirates. My teen son seemed amused in that noncommittal teenager way; my 8-year-old son was excited.

The Pirates of Penzance
All Photos Credit: Carol Rosegg

I was sure once the show started everything would fall into place. Right? Honestly, once we settled into our seats at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, I was a bit nervous that my youngest might not be as interested as I’d hoped he’d be. However, the NYGASP live orchestra was enchanting and a wonderful way to set the stage for … Continue reading..



Up Close Festival: Show Review by Lainie Gutterman


Tuesday
December 25, 2018

Marisol Rosa-Shapiro among the audience members in VELVEETA UNDERGROUND: A Pizza Rat’s Quest to Save Cheesy Beet Poetry. Photo by Buatti-Ramos Photography.

I am extremely picky when it comes to performances. When a last minute opportunity to review Up Close Festival at the New Ohio Theatre in the West Village (154 Christopher St) was offered to me on Christmas Eve, I could not turn it down.

Aside from noticing Trusty Sidekick Theater Company was involved, I didn’t read what the show was about. I prefer walking into a show without any preconceived notions. I also find the less of an expectation I have, the more I actually enjoy what I am watching.

Similarly, Trusty Sidekick says, “Kids often have no preconceptions about what theater should be, so we allow ourselves to be driven with the same sense of curiosity.”

The Inaugural (and first-ever-of-its kind) Up Close Festival is modeled after the community organizing legacy of Jane Jacob’s, the famed West Village urbanist, community activist and beloved Robert Moses foe.  The directors have “reimagined real moments from Greenwich Village’s past in a way that casts you, the community, as our lead character.”

Maybe it’s because I like when things revolve around … Continue reading..



My Boy’s Going to be a Husband! by Sharon O’Donnell


Sunday
December 23, 2018

I haven’t posted since July. Lots of changes. My youngest son started his senior year of high school in August and then began the college application process. He’s been accepted into several wonderful colleges and is looking forward to the decision process over the next few months. My mother-in-law passed away in late September, which was a very sad time for us all. We did enjoy seeing all the relatives whom we rarely get a chance to see who came for the funeral. I had a nephew get married in October, and it was a blast celebrating with him.

On the day after Christmas, my husband, youngest son, and I will leave for Denver, CO for a quick trip and to meet my oldest son out there with his girlfriend and her family. My oldest and his girlfriend leave in DC but are in Colorado visiting her family for Christmas, and we will go out to meet her parents and siblings for the first time. Can’t wait!

And my middle son . . . the one who suffered from bouts of severe anxiety in high school and college . . . well, he just passed the third of four parts … Continue reading..



Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show: Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Friday
December 21, 2018

Kicking off with a nod to Star Wars (scrolling type), followed by an homage to Broadway musicals and a battle of blingy blazers between Ruben and Clay, the tone was set for a warm ‘n witty two hour holiday show featuring the best bud duo of Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken.

Having met on “American Idol” and bonding for the last 15 years, Ruben and Clay both rib and support each other and exhibit an earnest rapport, as they make their way (at times awkwardly) through a host of comedic skits and running gags…some better than others.  But the real treat here is when they sing.

Ruben has a velvet tone and unassuming air.  Clay is more the belter showman who eggs Ruben on, but they balance each other.  Some of their duets are simply lovely, and they had many fans in the audience eagerly cheering them on.

Act 1 has the tone of a gag fest, replete with a “Laugh-In” style curtain with heads peeking out cracking jokes.  It grows a bit weary, and might have benefited from a dose of personal reveal.  Perhaps a bit of reminiscing about their American Idol days might have proved a welcome touch.… Continue reading..



“Tamar Broadbent: Best Life” Comedy, Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Tuesday
December 11, 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, you may find yourself taking stock of your life, perhaps asking yourself the age-old question: “Are you living your best life”? This is the question haunting British comedian Tamar Broadbent, as she dives into the New York debut of her one-woman show at the Soho Playhouse. tamar broadbent best life

As you walk down into the small cabaret-style basement bar/theater (more bar than theater) which currently houses her one-woman NYC show, you may wonder what awaits you. The stage is as bare-bones as it gets, just a keyboard standing alone framed by a black background–no frills, no props. Once the show begins, however, you’ll realize this is as it should be. Ms. Broadbent needs very little other than her luminous personality to shine. She’s full-service, introducing herself from behind the curtain, then dazzling the audience with her brilliant stand-up monologues as well as her own comedic songs—which she sings as herself, and as her very own back-up singer. (The show alternates between stand-up monologue and musical comedy. The fact that she sings back-up for herself makes her all the more endearing.) Her talent for comedy and singing is apparent right from the beginning, creating an instant likeability that … Continue reading..



EMPATH: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Monday
December 10, 2018

After a sold-out run this April, Theaterlab brought back EMPATH, a one-man show about emotional superpowers, written by and starring David Sauvage, that just wrapped its brief return run this month.

The show follows its creator’s path from self-proclaimed “typical Jewish cynic” from LA through the discovery of his gift for experiencing the emotions of others, to becoming a performance-artist-intuitive.

In EMPATH, writer/performer David Sauvage chronicles his own spiritual coming-out as an empath – a person hypersensitive to the emotions of others to the point of experiencing them as his own.  Sauvage’s work is about bringing people back to the truth of who they really are.

“My philosophy is simple. I think there are no such things as ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ emotions. They are all important and need to be felt – even negative ones, like grief and hatred. That’s the only way to work through them,” says Sauvage. “You can’t have empathy unless you appreciate people’s emotions. The average person doesn’t have much empathy because our culture prioritizes everything other than emotional well-being,” says Sauvage. “I want to us to value our inner lives as much as our outer ones. I want us to prioritize personal growth … Continue reading..



How Parents Make Teenage Behavior Worse, by Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D., author, Who Stole My Child? (Book Excerpt)


Monday
November 26, 2018

Most parents with teenagers are familiar with the things they “should” do with their emotionally sensitive (and sometimes abrasive) adolescents. They give them more space than they used to, allow them to have ample time with friends, and let them sleep in on weekends. But, while knowing what to do is important, so is knowing what not to do.

Who Stole My Child?

Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D.

When dealing with moody, backtalking, or otherwise difficult teens, it is tempting to react negatively, treating kind with kind. But, these reactions often backfire, making undesirable behavior worse.  So, to prevent this downward spiral, parents should try to avoid:

Taking unwelcome changes in teenagers personally. These changes are not about you. For example, your teenage son is not acting more forgetful just to frustrate you. The old management system that allowed him to keep track of things in childhood is no longer enough to cope with the increasing complexity of middle school. What he needs from you is patient help for learning how to keep his life together. Personal criticism at this insecure point will only hurt his feelings and detract attention from the task at hand. Coach don’t criticize.

Treating conflict as a contest. As teenagers … Continue reading..