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 ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Is Adoption Right for Me? by Leah Campbell


Adoption, as with parenting, is not for everyone. Some couples and single parents are great parents, while others struggle at it. This brings up the question for a lot of people looking into adoption: is adoption right for me? I can’t predict the future for you, but what I can ...

An Awkward Conversation by Margaret Hart


You know those conversations you have every now and again where someone says something that just floors you? Where you just can’t believe they said it? Where, afterward, you feel really awkward and you aren't sure what to say? I had one of those conversations this week, and I haven’t ...

Nia Vardalos


AGE: 50 RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married to actor Ian Gomez RESIDENCE: California CHILD’S NAME/AGE: Ilaria, 8 (adopted at age 3) Nia Vardalos, a “later mom,” is the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress and writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. An alumnus of The Second City comedy theater, she also starred in ...

June 2013 Profile: Nia Vardalos


AGE:  50 RELATIONSHIP STATUS:  Married to actor Ian Gomez RESIDENCE:  California CHILD’S NAME/AGE:  Ilaria, 8 (adopted at age 3)  Nia Vardalos, a “later mom,” is the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress and writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. An alumnus of The Second City comedy theater, she also starred in ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Carried in our Hearts by Jane Aronson (Book Excerpt)


 Excerpted from CARRIED IN OUR HEARTS: The Gift of Adoption; Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents by Dr. Jane Aronson with the permission of Tarcher/Penguin. Copyright Jane Aronson 2013.   I always wanted to adopt a child. When I was very young, I saw those Save the Children advertisements on ...

ROBIN’S SHOW REVIEW: Who’s Your Daddy?


  Who's Your Daddy?in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller & Jami Heidegger   by Johnny O'Callaghandirected by Tom Ormeny Extended through May 26th  Johnny O'Callaghan's Who's Your Daddy? is the uplifting and funny true story of his adoption of a Ugandan orphan. No one expected the single, gay, out-of-work actor living in Los Angeles to ...

GUEST BLOG POST: INSTANT MOM by Nia Vardalos (book excerpt)


                I now know the many ways to become a parent. Sure, some methods are expensive and time-consuming, some can lead to heart-break. Some work for many. Some don’t. And some are amazingly simple and accessible to everyone. One way worked for me.                 I don’t want to come across as ...

The Latest on Later Motherhood by Elizabeth Gregory, author, READY


The 2012 edition of my book on the later motherhood trend, called READY: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood (Basic Books), recently hit bookstores.   The first edition came out in December 2007—the very month the economic downturn began.  Little did we know then that the recession would directly ...

No More Whispers – by Margaret Hart


Have you noticed any new commercials on television for products to help women through a certain phase in life? For someone who typically tunes out commercials, this one made me turn up the volume. I find it interesting that personal subjects women have talked about for many years among their closest ...