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.
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November 8, 2016
What kind of crib mattress to purchase?
The first months of a baby’s life are often the hardest for the parents, who may have to arise many times a night to attend to the baby. It’s normal for toddlers to awake during the night well into their second year. If your baby kicks the mattress throughout the night, fear not, because this is normal. A third of parents of babies report “a significant problem” with the sleep of their child (Armstrong, Quinn, & Dadds, 1994, in case you’d managed not to notice).
First of all, you should be using a crib mattress. Suffocation in an adult bed is the principal cause of death from injury for infants below one year of age in the state of Florida. If you employ a sofa, soft mattress, waterbed, or whatever, the baby may not be prevented from rolling out of bed. Don’t be swayed by claims that a product can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (crib death) because there is no evidence that they do.
Infants spend around 70 percent of their time asleep and the wrong choice of mattress can condemn your baby to suffocation during sleep or neck … Continue reading..
November 8, 2016
I had been looking forward to my triumphant return to the elementary school blacktop. It had been a bit of time since I had set foot on that chalk-covered stretch of asphalt. I was 35 years old when I had my first son, what they lovingly refer to as a “geriatric pregnancy” or “advanced maternal age” in the medical community—or a “gerrie,” I suppose if they are being cute. I’m not sure what they say (behind closed doors) when you have your second son at the ripe old age of 42, probably; “good luck with that.” I’m not going to lie, it is challenging. But I am so grateful to have this second “go” at motherhood; that the return to the blacktop seemed like cause for celebration. However, much like childbirth, I had only remembered the rosy glow and had forgotten the pitfalls involved in the mere act of dropping-off and picking-up one’s child. I’d forgotten what the blacktop really is: an emotional minefield.
When my firstborn was in elementary school, I had coined a term for the odd behavior that I started to see fairly regularly, as “Blacktop Crazy”. There’s normal crazy, the garden variety kind, and then there’s … Continue reading..
November 6, 2016
A father’s expectations for his son can cause friction, and lead to dramatic shifts in a son’s sense of identity and his direction in life. Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh, which means “small homeland,” explores that conflict through a unique blend of storytelling, myth, visual design and contemporary dance.
My daughter and I had the opportunity to view this one-hour autobiographical production, choreographed and written by Khan, on its first weekend at the New Victory Theater. Featuring a solo male dancer, evocative visual design and an original score, the production draws on Khan’s younger experiences and memories, from Bangladesh to Britain, as he struggles with cultural identity, a complex relationship with his father and the desire to dance.
Chotto Desh’s story is poignant and funny, as well as universal in our diverse contemporary society, but its originality lies in the manner in which that story is portrayed. It employs enchanting animations, visual projections and large, playful props by designer and Oscar winner Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Memorable visuals include a sailboat which the dancer navigates, as well as a large tree which the dancer appears to climb, and a beehive in the forest, from which … Continue reading..
November 4, 2016
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Performance Schedule: Mon 7pm, Wed 8pm, Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2 & 8pm, Sun 3 & 7:30pm. Additional … Continue reading..
November 1, 2016
Ever since I was little, yet old enough to wear braces, I recall being told I had a tongue thrust.
My tongue was like a rebellious kid refusing to play by the rules. It presented challenges in elementary school when I was assigned the baritone horn and later the flute in music class. I was not able to blow either correctly. Ultimately, I traded them in for the drums, and I would happily bang away on my drum practice pad. I never progressed enough to get an actual set of drums or even one drum.
I’ve never been able to roll my tongue into certain positions inside my mouth, nor can I whistle, and most recently, I discovered I can’t vibrate my lips in the way that most can — I learned this in an attempt to play the Didgeridoo (which I blogged about previously).
What I didn’t know all these years is that having tongue challenges can be a contributing factor in obstructive sleep apnea. That, combined, in my case, with a narrow airway and one where the uvula isn’t visible when you peer into my throat, is a potential recipe for the disorder. With sleep apnea, your tongue … Continue reading..
October 30, 2016
I became a first-time mom at the ripe old age of 35. Yes, I scoffed at the “Down’s Syndrome” and “High Risk Pregnancy” admonitions — twice — to become a mom at age 35 and again seven years later at 42. Admittedly I was downright defiant about my ability to carry to term. I was a strong, healthy, positive-minded individual pretty used to getting whatever I wanted in life for the most part, and besides, I “reasoned”, I’m Black; We can have kids with our tubes tied behind our backs. (cue the inappropriate laughter).
So I did what I’ve done quite a bit of in my lifetime: I defied admonition. Not the doctors’ or the statistical mumbo jumbo. Sure, I defied those too. And gave birth, naturally, two times, to a couple of handsome, ten-fingered, ten-toed, chromosomally correct little powerhouses of intelligence, charm and wit. No negative repercussions to report there, thankfully. But I mainly defied the admonitions of the matriarchs in my life. How could I not?
“Don’t have kids,” they instructed forcefully. “You’ll ruin your life…,” they drummed into me. And that one favorite line my paternal grandmother used to crow… the one that echoes through my mind … Continue reading..
October 27, 2016
For reasons we do not know or witness, Georgie plants a kiss on the back of the neck of a complete, elder stranger at a London train station, and we are swept into their lives and, in particular, the rambling dialogue of Georgie, played by the always charming Mary-Louise Parker, who is totally in her element with this character….and she is a “character.”
Alex, the kiss recipient, is played with sensitivity and grace by Denis Arndt, and he is the perfect unlikely match to her over the top Georgie.
Georgie is an attractive 42 year old free spirit with a 19 year old son who she yearns to reconnect with. Alex is a celibate, butcher shop owner whose business is declining, and at age 75, is not remotely interested in her gregarious, often off-putting, off-color conversation. Georgie runs at the mouth, and listening to her can be both exhausting and exhilarating. Georgie is from New Jersey, and she likes to swear. “I have a complete inability to control my own language,” she says. She introduces herself as an assassin, then advises she’s a waitress at a restaurant where the food “transports me to places I’ve never been to.” She later … Continue reading..
October 26, 2016
Photo credit: Joan Marcus
I have been a fan of the multiple award-winning Judith Light from her days on the soap opera One Life to Live. And, since then, I’ve seen her in various stage roles, and she always impresses. Her latest appearance, however, in Neil LaBute ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU is a tour de force to be reckoned with and potentially her strongest portrayal to date. This one woman show packs an emotional punch.
Light plays Mrs. Johnson a high school English teacher and guidance counselor who had an affair with a high school student that she regretted, only because of the outcome, but not because of the sexual passion that she felt she deserved to experience in a her lifetime. She initiated the illicit dalliance because her attorney husband was leaving her less than fulfilled in their bedroom, and there was tension between them because of their fertility challenges.
It is painful watching her emotional pain and somewhat painful getting through this 60 minute, no intermission production. She addresses the audience the entire time, spilling her guts, as she meanders uncomfortably throughout her school office. And, perhaps that is the point. For us … Continue reading..