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  Happy to hear from you!

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Sweet Summer Impressions by Andrea Santo Felcone

July 21, 2017

donutWe have a favorite beach town we like to visit when on our family vacation. Maybe that makes us predictable or boring, but I don’t mind, because each time we approach the place in a new way. The comfortable atmosphere shortens the amount of time it takes for the beach and the ocean to work their magic on us, to melt our tensions, to mold us into more adventurous versions of ourselves.

Each year, for some reason, the vacation seems to take on its own tone and flavor. Even in the same setting, each vacation is unique, almost like it has its own fingerprint. One summer, we participated in several day excursions to neighboring towns. Another summer, we mainly soaked up beach time. This summer, there seemed to be a sub-theme of game play. Remember those “Escape the Room” games that were so popular last year (or the year before)? Well, instead of being trapped in one of those places with brain teasers you have to solve to Escape the Room”; we played a much more difficult version. In our challenge: We had to escape the living room of our beach rental house. We had to escape the HGTV … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: A Doll’s House, Part 2: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

July 3, 2017

(Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe)

In her 15 year absence since walking out on her husband and children, Nora Helmer has created a life for herself, and one that she wears well and proudly displays through her fine garb.

Now a successful author, she is empowered and driven and has returned, not to rekindle relationships, but for legal closure….to obtain a divorce once and for all.

A Doll’s House, Part 2, picks up where Henrik Ibsen’s classic leaves off, and it proves immensely satisfying as well as entertaining.

The stellar cast features Laurie Metcalf (Nora) who won a Tony Award for her portrayal, Condola Rashad as her daughter Emmy, Chris Cooper as her estranged husband Torvald and Jayne Houdyshell as Anne Marie, Torvald’s longtime, loyal housekeeper who served as caregiver to Nora’s three children with Torvald when she left them all behind.

No surprise here that it received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play  While it lost to Oslo, this 90 minute, no intermission, work is a masterful piece of theatre.

Written by Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath, it is smart and witty, with moments of great insight (particularly about marriage) and inspired performances.

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Guest Blog Post: Practical Parenting by Tom Shillue, author, Mean Dads for a Better America (Book Excerpt)

June 27, 2017

When I was very young, my mother used to tie me to a tree in the backyard. That way, I could play outside and she didn’t have to worry about where I’d wander off to. She could get her housework done and I could experience the great outdoors—a win-win, as it were. Today, of course, if you search the Internet for the phrase “child tied to tree,” you’ll see all sorts of news stories that end with some version of the phrase “mother arrested for child abuse.” But that was not my story—the way my mother tells it, I loved that rope and harness. The rope allowed me to run around in a fifteen-foot circumference like a dog. I usually stayed taut at the end of the line, but sometimes I would run around and around, eventually coiling myself tightly against the trunk of the tree. I’m lucky there were no large birds of prey in Massachusetts; with the rope strung tightly around my plump flesh I probably looked delicious. After some time, a kind passerby would happen upon me stuck to the tree and help me unwind.

Basically, if all my older siblings were off at school, I was … Continue reading..

Acquisitions (Ir)rationale by Pamela Francis

June 24, 2017

I was sitting at the table in one of our local libraries on a sunny Saturday in Northridge when my fourteen year old did the slump-walk over to me, dejected as all getout. He had just gone outside to see if perhaps he’d dropped his Apple earbuds in the parking lot or wherever, and sure enough, he had. He presented the mangled matter to me, dropping their lifeless, once-white now smudged with road soot bodies onto the table, wires dangling, smashed up, dislocated bud covers and all. For a moment I felt that all-too-familiar sinking feeling I get whenever my sons “share” the pain of their myriad losses with me. Like the beautiful orange bike with the black leather accents and orange stitching ($90), stolen right off our balcony that year we lived in Lancaster. Like the beloved Play Station Portable ($179), swiped out of my baby son’s stroller at a gas station we had stopped at that year we lived in… Lancaster. Like the Play Station Portable that got dropped in the toilet less than 2 yrs prior to that by my son that year we lived in… South Carolina. Like the much coveted Beats by Dr. Dre ($300) … Continue reading..

Guest Blog Post: What Parents Can Do to Increase Grit in Their Children by Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman (Book Excerpt)

June 22, 2017

You may be wondering what is grit and more importantly, how do I grow grit in my children? Grit as defined by Dr. Angela Duckworth, the psychologist and researcher who coined the term is “passion and perseverance for long-term goals.”  The ability to be gritty—to stick with things that are important to you and bounce back from failure—is an essential component of success.

Here are five ways to cultivate grit in your child.

  1. Help your child find his passion. Children feel that they should excel in everything: the arts, academics, sports, and socially. However, most of us are not wired to be strong in every area. That’s why it is essential for you to help your child find his strengths and grow his passion in an area that is important to him. It is when we feel passionate about a goal that grit can grow. For example, if your child loves animals, you can help him find work at an animal shelter or pet store. What if your child does not have a passion? Expose your child to different activities and see if something sticks. Also, remember this is about growing your child goals and passions, not yours.
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Guest Blog Post: Leaping Into Fiction by Mary Carlomagno

June 20, 2017

I am standing at the annual fundraiser for my children’s elementary school.  The band is playing a cover version of Walk like an Egyptian by the Bangles.  An enthusiastic mom drags me to the dance floor, saying that this song was “so popular” when she was in elementary school.  Now, I am no mathematician, but I quickly realize that I was in college when she was born.  Sure, there have been other signs that I am the “old mom” in this group.  One need only scroll Facebook to see the Happy 30th Birthday messages to the other parents in your community.  Or look around at school pickup to notice that you have more in common with the spry 60-year old grandparents than your fellow moms.  Last week, rock bottom came when a friend asked me to pick up her son from school so that she could visit her grandfather in the hospital.  Last time I saw my grandfather, Reagan was president.  In my community, I am not the norm.

There have been other areas of my life where I was late to the party, to so to speak, not just motherhood.   In 2005, after sixteen years in book publishing, … Continue reading..

Summer and the Promise of Shiny Objects by Andrea Santo Felcone

June 19, 2017

Putting aside the obvious reasons—heat, sweat, humidity, and the crazy tan I will inevitably acquire and sport until Thanksgiving—I hate Summer. The dreaded Summer swim lessons as a child were only going to end if I jumped off the diving board. I was never going to jump off the diving board. And when the adults in the water realized I wasn’t jumping–someone, a swim instructor, finally just picked 8-year-old me up, and tossed me off the diving board and called it a day. The only saving grace was that “the tosser,” while tossing, had mistakenly (or ingeniously) called me by my sister’s name, annoying me enough to distract me from the long plunge into uncharted waters.Summer Sea Shell

That plunge into uncharted waters seems to be a prerequisite in the sweltering months from June – August. Summer not only requires I step out of my comfort zone, but into swimwear, and into water, and into amusement parks, where other people thrive, but where I generally fear to tread. Summer asks too much.

The Summer People, (you know who you are) all trim and tanned, sun-bleached hair flipping as they ride atop bicycles, or rollercoasters, or crashing waves; those people make it look … Continue reading..

Meet Later Dad Peter Shankman

June 15, 2017

Peter Shankman

AGE: 44



CHILD’S NAME/AGE: Jessa, Age 4

Peter Shankman is a multiple-startup founder with several successful exits under his belt. He’s a best-selling author, focusing on the customer economy. He’s the founder of Help a Reporter Out (HARO,) the world’s largest source/journalist matching tool, and he runs ShankMinds: Breakthrough, a private, online entrepreneur community with hundreds of members around the world, as well as Faster Than Normal, a leading ADD/ADHD podcast, focusing on the benefits of being gifted with ADD/HD. He can be found at

What was your road to parenthood like? It actually was a road – I was on the DC Metro when I got a call from my then wife who flat out told me “so I’m pregnant.” I remember looking around at the other six people in the subway car, asking myself, “should I give them cigars?”

How does being a father influence your work?   It definitely changes how I perceive things. I’ve always tried to do things for the greater good, i.e., what can I do that will help people, that will make things better for the world? To that, I now add, “is what … Continue reading..