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 and others write 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  Happy to hear from you!

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New Humor Book About Mid-Life Moms by Sharon O’Donnell

July 14, 2018


It’s been a long journey getting my second humor book published, but it was finally released this week. Please Don’t Let Me Be the Oldest Mom in the PTA is my take on the humorous and poignant moments of being a ‘later’ mom, complete with those times when I was called my son’s grandmother (thank, buddy!), when I realized I was the oldest mom at the PTA meeting, and when I discovered a new age spot had appeared overnight, prompting me to ask, “Where the hell did that come from?”  I was 38 when I had my youngest son after having two who were nine and six years older than my ‘baby’. I knew right away that being an ‘older’ mom was a bit different than motherhood had been the first two times around. My sons are now 27, 24, and almost 18–I’m the mom of men now rather than a mom of boys.

I started working on the ‘oldest mom’ book ten years ago– yes, as in a decade ago, right after my first humor book, House of Testosterone:  One Mom’s Survival in a Household of Males, was published by Houghton Mifflin in the spring of 2008.  … Continue reading..

Your Kid’s Gonna Be Okay: Building the Executive Function Skills Your Child Needs in the Age of Attention by Michael Delman (Book Excerpt)

July 10, 2018

Clueless: How to Upset the Teacher Without Really Trying                                                                       

So this obnoxious teenager walks into the classroom. And he’s sitting there whispering to his friend as the teacher tries to lead the class in what anyone would agree is a very good lesson being taught by a true pro. And the teacher is trying to hint ever-so-nicely to the student, with various looks, and gestures, and the clearing of his throat, and so on, that this student, who seems to think that his conversation is more important than anything the teacher is offering, needs to make better choices and focus on the issue at hand. But the kid goes on until finally there is no choice, really, but to say something directly to the student, even though it will interrupt the flow of the excellent lesson.

So the teacher looks at the student and says, “Mr. Delman, am I interrupting your conversation with your friend?”

And I look up at the teacher and say, “Yeah, but I’m gonna let it go this time.”

And then the teacher, who is known for having an amazing sense of humor, does not give me a high five for cleverness or even laugh. He … Continue reading..

Letting My Baby Go — Sort Of by Dana Klosner

July 10, 2018

I just realized I have to learn how to say the word bathroom again. For nearly 22 years I’ve been saying potty.  “I have to go potty,” or “Do you have to go potty?” or every mom’s favorite, “Yay, you went on the potty!”

I just spent the day at the parents portion of college orientation for my youngest child. My baby, my 18-year-old beautiful daughter. Tonight, she’s spending her first night in a dorm room, while my husband and I watch “Battle of The Network Stars” from 1977 on TV in the hotel room.

I kept telling myself I was ready for her to leave. After 22 years, my oldest, a boy, is 21 and a half and just entered his fourth year of college, I’m done. I get to have my life back again, I get to have new adventures, instead of just being a plain old mom. “And she’s ready,” I kept telling myself. She’s been excited about leaving for college since 7th grade. I kid you not. That’s when my son started looking at colleges. She saw a way out and she couldn’t wait for her turn.

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My Son’s Best Birthday by Sharon O’Donnell

July 7, 2018

Just returned to Raleigh area yesterday from a wonderful trip to Washington, DC to visit my oldest, Bill, 27, who has been living there for a year. Went with my husband and 17-year-old son, Jason, and our beloved 13-year-old long haired dachshund, Fenway. Our middle son, David, 24, picked up his girlfriend, Claire, in Charlottesville and met us there. Got to see Bill’s girlfriend, Jenna, for the second time and get to know her better. She is very sweet and beautiful and seems to be such a great match for our son. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Billy any happier. And that is what it is all about.

This is the first time all seven of us have been together, and it was a lot of fun. July 4th was Billy’s birthday, and I was glad it worked out so that we could spend it with him. We also went to three Red Sox games against the Nationals, which the Red Sox won. Since my husband’s family is originally from the Boston area, he grew up as a huge Sox fan, I became one, and our sons grew up as avid fans. Their girlfriends have become Red Sox fans … Continue reading..

Virtual Reality Impresses at VR World in NYC by Robin Gorman Newman

July 6, 2018

My son, 15, is a lover of everything virtual reality, so we couldn’t resist a visit to VR World in NYC during his recent school break, and we were joined by another mom and her excited virtual reality fan son.

In a word….this place rocks!  Not only for the kids who had a blast and were entertained for hours — around 6 hours (not kidding) — but my friend and I had an opportunity to relax, when we weren’t partaking in a VR experience ourselves.

This venue is a great destination for kids and adults.  There is a bar and tables/chairs where you may eat/drink (which takes on an evening entertainment lounge vibe), plus cushy chairs, and a wide variety of VR stations (over 50)  to choose from.  The friendly staff was very helpful and highly attentive to participants, as some experiences were more challenging than others.  At present, VR World occupies three levels, but I was told they will be moving to a larger space.  And, I can see why that might be a good option, as there was a steady stream of participants during our time there, and it wasn’t even a weekend, so I can only imagine

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The Gracie Awards Honoring Women in Media by Robin Gorman Newman

July 5, 2018

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) recently presented the 43rd Annual Gracie Awards at an elegant luncheon at the iconic Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, and it was my pleasure to attend for the first time and to be in the company of game-changing powerhouse women who have made impressive inroads in media and impacted the lives of those of us who have watched or listened to them regularly over the years.

(Erica Hill)

Host Erica Hill of CNN led the program alongside presenters Pam Oliver from FOX Sports; multimedia host, actress and author Angie Martinez; April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks and CNN; and Larry Mullins from Entercom’s 1010 WINS. The Gracie Awards were presented to honorees which were previously announced (full list of honorees here) in recognition of individual achievement and outstanding programming by, for and about women in local and student TV, radio and interactive media.

Highlights from the afternoon included:

  • AWMF Board Chair and Katz Radio Group President Christine Travaglini opened the Luncheon. After welcoming the record-breaking crowd, she introduced AWM Board Treasurer and Gracies Co-Chair Heather Cohen, executive vice president of The Weiss Agency.

    (Judy Woodruff)

  • Lifetime
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The Inspiring Broadway Beacon Awards by Robin Gorman Newman

July 4, 2018

On Monday, June 25 at their annual Broadway Beacon Awards Gala at The JW Marriot Essex House (160 Central Park South), leading NYC arts education nonprofit Inside Broadway (Executive Director, Michael Presser) honored Tony Award Nominee Ethan Slater (currently starring in the title role of the Tony-Nominated SpongeBob Square Pants the Musical). The evening also honored Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Orin Wolf (The Band’s Visit; President, NETworks Theatrical Presentations), Kenneth G. Alberstadt (Partner, Akerman LLP) and Alexandra Kambouris Alberstadt (Partner, Perkins Coie LLP).

Since 1982, Inside Broadway has impacted the lives of nearly one million New York City public school students with its one-of-a-kind theatre arts and education programs that enrich, educate, and foster new generations of theatergoer.  The Broadway Beacon Awards are presented to individuals in the theatre community who are advocates for increasing audiences for live theatre and understanding the

(Cast of Beautiful)

importance of Arts & Education in the lives of New York City’s young people.

The elegant and inspiring evening, hosted by FOX5 reporter Baruch Shemtov, began with an impressive Cocktail Hour, and silent auction, followed by the Awards Presentation which included special performances from Beautiful – The Carole Continue reading..

A Repeat Visit to Gulliver’s Gate with My Teen Son by Robin Gorman Newman

July 3, 2018

When Gulliver’s Gate first opened, my son and I paid a visit and were highly impressed.

Ever since, we had been longing to return, as it’s the kind of attraction that is ever-evolving and doesn’t grow old.

During his recent school break, we jumped on the opportunity, and it did not disappoint the second time around.  This time we brought friends along, who echoed our sentiments.

(NYC – Times Square)

Gulliver’s Gate, the world’s most technically advanced and interactive miniature experience, located in Times Square, takes visitors on a trip around the world as they check out the 49,000 square foot attraction that is home to over 300 built-to-scale miniature scenes of New York, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Russia, New England, the

(Jerusalem, Israel)

Middle East and Washington DC, as well many other regions from across the globe. Throughout each regional scene, there are hundreds of interactive aspects, including moving model trains and cars, as well as ships that sail and balloons that float through the air. Landmarks  depicted include world wonders such as the Hoover Dam, the Parthenon, the Colosseum, the Pyramids, the Panama Canal, the Great Wall of China and many more.

There are more than 1,000 … Continue reading..