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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Meet Later Mom: Monica Piper, Actress, Comedian and Writer


Tuesday
November 15, 2016

monica-piper-headshot-3AGE: Buying firming creams at Saks
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Dog Lover
RESIDENCE: Santa Monica, CA
CHILD’S NAME/AGE: Jake/25

Stand up comedian and writer on Roseanne, Mad About You and Emmy Award-winning head-writer and producer of Rugrats.  Author and star of “Not That Jewish,” currently running Off Broadway.

What was your road to parenthood like? After a failed marriage in my 20’s, I spent almost all of my 30’s with a man I truly believed was the love of my life.  It kills me because I believe it really could have worked if only he’d been… an entirely different person.  Although finding great success in my career as a stand up, it had never occurred to me that I wouldn’t SOME day have that husband, be raising those kids.  But finding myself without a man, and 41 in LOS ANGELES, it became a chilling possibility.  I decided I would have my baby, then find our man.

(Monica in "Not That Jewish.")

(Monica in “Not That Jewish.”)

What led to your decision to adopt? A year of fertility treatments and rendezvous with six-foot, green-eyed, musical and athletic sperm sample 142 were deemed “unsuccessful.”  I disagree.  Because it led a good friend to ask, “Do … Continue reading..



The Benefits of Choosing to Have Children Later in Life


Tuesday
November 15, 2016

Your job, love prospects, housing situation, traveling and maturity may be reasons you’ve decided to put off having children. But if you’re having doubts about whether it’s ok to become a mature parent, don’t. There are so many advantages to raising children after the age of 35.

Relaxing Style of Parenting

Women who experience motherhood past the age of 35 are sometimes referred to as having a “geriatric pregnancy.” Although this form of medical terminology may sound cute to some, the words can prove intimidating for those looking to have children later in life. In today’s world, being an older parent is no longer a rare occurrence, and the statistics for pregnancies over the age of 35 are climbing. As a young caregiver, you may be more prone to rearing your children by the book. But as you age, you are more self-assured. This makes it easier for older parents to adopt a more relaxing style of parenting. This stress-free environment also is more pleasing to your child over the years.

Financial Security

As you reach your mid-30s, you may find yourself with greater financial security. This could mean you own your own home where you can make upgrades such … Continue reading..



A Life: Theatre Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
November 9, 2016

Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Photo credit: Joan Marcus

David Hyde Pierce is a long way from his beloved role on the sitcom Frasier.  Those fans who fancy his deadpan comedic delivery will get a glimmer of that in A Life, but Pierce goes much deeper and delivers a raw and revealing, literally, performance as a middle aged, single gay man living solo in NYC who has a somewhat vacuous existence.  In an overly lengthy opening, Pierce (Nate) shares with the audience (in as entertaining fashion as he can) much that is lacking including an ex boyfriend and other failed relationships, a dissatisfying job, a notepad full of To Do items, and how he has become enthralled with astrology to help makes sense of it all.  His search for spirituality has proven unsuccessful including the pursuit of therapy and church going.  We feel his exasperation and our own, as he rambles on in his desire for truth-seeking.

In another scene, we see him sitting on a park bench with his best friend, Curtis (the appealing Brad Heberlee), as they ogle muscled joggers, vowing  that they too should it up to run with that crowd.  They don’t have much else to say to each other.

From … Continue reading..



Feelings Are Contagious: Book Excerpt from The Confident Parent by Jane Scott, MD, with Stephanie Land


Wednesday
November 9, 2016

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Excerpted from The Confident Parent: A Pediatrician’s Guide to Caring for Your Little One – Without Losing Your Joy, Your Mind, or Yourself by Jane Scott, MD, with Stephanie Land. © 2016 by Dr. Jane Scott. TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

 

Most people intuitively know that depression can severely affect the way parents interact with their children, but many assume that our stress and guilt is merely our own cross to bear, a consequence of modern-day parenting that may not be great for parents’ mental or physical health but is tolerable so long as it doesn’t affect our kids. Except it does. All that stress, fatigue, or guilt you might be carrying bleeds into your interactions with your children. A mother who is tired of being “on” is not going to be as attentive, patient, or even as much fun as one who regularly gets time to herself to rest, exercise, pursue her own interests or have an adults-only lunch with friends. If you resent work as a necessary evil separating you from your child, your children will eventually feel that way about work too, and once they are old enough they will do everything they … Continue reading..



Selecting the Right Crib Mattress


Tuesday
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..



Graying on the Blacktop by Andrea Santo Felcone


Tuesday
November 8, 2016

andreaI 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..



Family Theatre Blogger: Chotto Desh: Show Review by Susan Coronel


Sunday
November 6, 2016

chotto-deshA 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..



ILUMINATE: Ticket Giveaway – from MotherhoodLater.com


Friday
November 4, 2016

iluminate-logonovLight Up Your Holidays!

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The Electrifying New Music & Dance Theatrical Experience

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A mind-blowing visual display of dazzling wizardry, mesmerizing high-tech effects, musical amazement and fun interactive audience games.  iLuminate brings you a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles ranging from contemporary to hip-hop to Latin to break-dancing, delivering a unique glowing dance-in-the-dark experience.

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Performance Schedule: Mon 7pm, Wed 8pm, Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2 & 8pm, Sun 3 & 7:30pm.  Additional … Continue reading..