Opportunity Seeking Starts Early by Richard Rende, PhD and Jen Prosek (Excerpted from Raising Can-Do Kids)


So how can we foster opportunity seeking in our children? For decades, scholars have articulated a model for teaching children how to take forays into the unknown and deal with life’s uncomfortable or risky moments. Attachment theory, as it is called, dates back to the seminal work of John ...

Meet Later Dad: Tom LaMarr


NAME:  Tom LaMarr AGE:  “A youthful 61” RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married RESIDENCE:  Colorado CHILDREN: Evelyn, an even more youthful 13 The median age for becoming a parent has climbed, and Tom LaMarr is the reason. This Colorado dad was nearly 48 when he met his daughter, which makes him even older now. GEEZER DAD, his memoir ...

Grandparents and Politics by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan


It’s Saturday morning and I am reading, reading on my iPhone. My daughter is relaxing. I’ve written little here because I have had little to say, particularly on Wednesdays, the day I thought I could write unencumbered. This morning I realized I have things to say on Saturday and that ...

BOOK EXCERPT: Geezer Dad by Tom LaMarr


GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS (excerpt from Chapter One of Geezer Dad) If it wasn’t the boldest decision anyone ever made, it was big for us. After years spent discussing, debating, and generally overthinking our options, we would stop trying to not have a baby. We would place our fate in nature’s ...

Interview with Later Mom: Author Gail Sheehy by Robin Gorman Newman


Gail Sheehy, 77, is the author of seventeen books, including the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by the Library of Congress. A multiple award-winning literary journalist, she was one of the original contributors to New York magazine and has ...

Guest Blog: What It’s Really Like to Have Twins at 50 by Tami Green


My absolutely, positively, adorable, twin girls are feeding me baby carrots. They are seriously cute, and they are my best little friends, but it was hard as hell to have them at my age. They are not my only children. Nor are they the only babies I had “later in life.” ...

Meet Later Mom Filmmakers of Pushing Motherhood: Sybil Azur and Linda Cevallos-French


While I have yet to watch the new (81 minute) feature film documentary from Tempo Entertainment, Pushing Motherhood (now on Vimeo on Demand), it certainly sounds compelling, and I wanted to share a Q&A with the two filmmaker later moms.  It tells the true story of best friends embarking on ...

Guest Blog Post: Equality for All Should Mean Adopted People by Adam Pertman, President, National Center on Adoption and Permanency


At the beginning of the 1900s, grim predictions punctuated the debate over women’s suffrage. Everyone in the family unit would be damaged in innumerable ways if this outrage were allowed to happen, argued the critics, some of whom went so far as to predict the end of civilization itself. Half a ...

Meet Later Mom: Author Linda Goodnight


NAME: Linda Goodnight AGE: 65 RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married RESIDENCE: Oklahoma CHILDREN’S NAMES/AGES: Victoria, 14, Masha, 18 and six more! Linda Goodnight is the award-winning, bestselling author of nearly fifty novels, including her latest, The Memory House. Her books center on broken people, the power of family and love, healing and redemption. She’s been a teacher ...

Meet Later Mom: Mary Ostyn


NAME: Mary Ostyn AGE: 47 RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart, John RESIDENCE:  Nampa, ID CHILDRENS NAMES/AGES: Amanda 26, Erika 24, Jared 22, Daniel 20, Lidya 19, Zeytuna 16, Josh 16, Ben 16, Emily 12, Julianna 9 I am the author of three books:  Forever Mom: What to Expect When You're Adopting,  Family Feasts for $75 ...