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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Seeing Problem Behavior in a New Way by Rebecca Eanes, author, The Positive Parenting Workbook


Tuesday
March 6, 2018

Adapted from The Positive Parenting Workbook: An Interactive Guide for Strengthening Emotional Connection by Rebecca Eanes with the permission of TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright© 2018 by Rebecca Eanes

 

Seeing Problem Behavior in a New Way

Our culture is constantly feeding us negative ideas about children. When they are infants, we see them as blessings, gifts. We are quick to gush over newborn babies and how “innocent” and “sweet” they are. Oh, but wait just a few months and the message begins to change. Right about the time they learn to walk and talk, the warnings start to come. “He’s walking? You’re in trouble now.” “Just wait, the terrible twos are coming.” “Terrible twos? Ha! Threenagers are way worse.” “Oh yeah, just wait until he’s a teen!”

We are constantly told about how they will manipulate us, test our authority, push our buttons, and see what they can get away with. With the dire warnings come loads of advice telling us the best way to control our little tyrants—so they don’t control us.

Did the “terrible twos” message cause you fear or anxiety? If your child is two or older, do you think this influenced … Continue reading..



A Rising Star on The Voice by Sharon O’Donnell


Saturday
February 24, 2018

Last year, I went two times to hear a 17-year-old local singer/musician from Sanford, NC sing and play guitar/piano. The first time I heard him, I couldn’t believe how talented he was. Went back the second time to discuss maybe someday writing some song lyrics with him, as I’d done with another extremely talented local teen, Brooke Hatala.

Well, the nation is about to find out about this talented young man — Britton Buchanan. He will be blind auditioning on The Voice this Monday night. But, thanks to the promotion of him by the show, we already know he was selected in the audition and will get to choose his coach!  The show put this link below on Facebook yesterday. He is a terrific, very talented young man, and his parents are over the moon about this. Please tune in and vote for him!

http://www.wral.com/sanford-singer-will-kick-off-new-season-of-the-voice-/17364041/Continue reading..



The Baby Onesie That Defied Extinction by Andrea Santo Felcone


Thursday
February 15, 2018

This is one of those “don’t judge” kind of stories. A few weeks ago, I was having coffee with a friend, when she casually rooted through her bag and pulled out a baby onesie. Not just any baby onesie, but a dinosaur-patterned baby onesie, that my firstborn used to wear when he was an infant. He is now 14 years old! By my careful estimation, she has had that dinosaur onesie in her possession for 13 ½ years! (Generally, I only save “exclamation marks” for PTA emails where I try to look more energetic than I am, but here it seems fitting.)

baby clothes on clothes lineNow, don’t let those “exclamation marks” fool you—they are there to demonstrate the somewhat shocking nature of what transpired, not to incite judgment. I don’t judge my friend for the oversight. Things can go astray. She’s the mother of four, so she has every right to stick her hand in her bag and pull out any number of things, i.e. wax lips, half-eaten lollipops, deflated rubber balls, prayer shawls–without one word from me. Did I mention she also has a husband, and a menagerie of pets (it’s like a farm–almost)? Anyway, she has a lot of living things … Continue reading..



Getting Cozy with My New “Husband” in Bed by Robin Gorman Newman


Thursday
February 15, 2018

It’s been some frigid cold weather here in NY…..and I’ve found myself yearning to curl up and relax come the weekend, while reading in bed and watching tv…and even working on my laptop.

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea around three years ago, and since then, I’ve found I’ve had to work on reframing my attitude toward my bed.  What used to represent my sanctuary, in a sense, has taken on more of a battleground vibe for me, as I struggle and adjust to sleep with a cpap mask.  Some nights I get through with less effort than others…and other nights feel simply painstaking….but I tough it out for my health for the long run.

In my childhood and teenage years, I had a backrest in my bedroom, which later found it’s way to my college dorm room at Hofstra University.

I can picture it to this day…it was light pink corduroy….which lost its firmness over time, and some of the stuffing started to emerge from a busted seam….but it holds a lot of memories.

Back in the day they called them “husbands.”  I never understood why and still don’t.

Recently, I posted on social media about being in the … Continue reading..



Have Dating Apps Killed Romance? by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
February 14, 2018

As a multi-tasking mom and entrepreneur, I wear several hats.  One of them is as a Love Coach for singles.

Thinking back to my single days….I remember how challenging it felt to be out there navigating the socializing waters in NYC (mostly).  Not only was it time consuming to go out, but figuring out where to go was one more thing to do.

All that research and longing for a primary source of information led me to put my writing ability to the test….for both personal gain…and to endeavor to help others.

I am the author of two dating books, How to Meet a Mensch in New York and How to Marry a Mensch.   Mensch, for those who might not know, means decent, responsible person.  The origins are Yiddish, but it’s become quite mainstream.  And, in the dating arena, it doesn’t get any better than finding your Mr. or Ms. Right Mensch.  (Stay tuned for the upcoming Off Broadway musical inspired by the books.)

After doing many speaking engagements and special appearances, a single friend suggested I offer personal advice….because no two people are the same, nor do they have the same needs or challenges.  She was so right….and … Continue reading..



Love is in the Air, Can you Feel It? by Wendy Sue Noah


Tuesday
February 13, 2018

Happy Valentines Day! If you have a partner or a spouse, then it is a wonderful time for you to celebrate and honor your intimate connection and love. A toast for you two!

If you don’t have a significant other to celebrate with, you may feel kind of lonely on a celebratory day for lovers? OK, I hear you. Let’s discuss further…

I’m going to start with a profound quote which I find truth, from a book I highly recommend:

“Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.”
― Erich FrommThe Art of Loving

We are taught to believe that we are not complete in and of ourselves, without a partner by our side. Truth behold, we are not complete without being able to love ourselves, really, truly and not just in theory. When we love who we are, from the inside out, our gifts and our imperfections, when we can truly be OK with ourselves that is when we are ready for an authentic partnership!

I’ve actually got some professional experience to back this up, as well as personal. My most exhilarating career choice was to be a part of the … Continue reading..



The Chekhov Dreams: Theatre Review by Sarah Moss


Monday
February 12, 2018

The invigorating portrait of love, loss and newfound life and love is currently playing at the Beckett Theatre.

John McKinney’s dark, romantic comedy The Chekhov Dreams will fulfill all those theatregoers who enjoy Chekhov or yearn for a classic Greek Tragedy. All that may be required is a certain knowledge of literature in order to fully partake in the irony and robust humor of this play. “It is life itself onstage,” just like Koni wrote to Chekhov of his play The Seagull, “with all its tragic alliances, eloquent thoughtlessness and silent sufferings — the sort of everyday life that is accessible to everyone and understood in its cruel internal irony by almost no one.”  McKinney brilliantly created a modern twist on Chekov’s The Seagull and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, with a plethora of references to other well-known literature.

One performance that stands out is the portrayal of Eddie by Christian Ryan, a politically incorrect, every vice known kind of guy.  Yet, it was exactly this abundance of flaws and raw human emotion that made the audience roar with laughter, allowing for a needed break from the sometimes too dark undertones of suicide and death that are a steady … Continue reading..



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..