Archive for September, 2019

How Can You Help Your Teen Sleep Better?


You may have noticed that your teen is frequently tired of late, particularly now that school has begun.  Most likely they are not getting enough sleep. Without ample restorative sleep, their productivity and focus will not be up to par. Teenagers need to sleep at least 8 to 10 hours every ...

Why Will No One Play With Me? by Caroline Maguire (Book Excerpt)


From WHY WILL NO ONE PLAY WITH ME?: The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive by Caroline Maguire, PCC, M.ED.  Copyright © 2019 by the author and reprinted with permission from Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.   Imagine the brain as a busy harbor, ships coming ...

You’ll Grow Out Of It by Jessi Klein (Book Excerpt)


From YOU’LL GROW OUT OF IT by Jessi Klein. Copyright © 2016 by the author and reprinted with permission from Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.   TRYING I have always hated the phrase We’re trying, which couples generally use to describe their attempts at conceiving a child. I used to think it was ...

MAKE BELIEVE: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


[caption id="attachment_28954" align="alignleft" width="300"] (photo credit: Joan Marcus)[/caption] I have long been a fan of playwright Bess Wohl, soon to be making her anticipated Broadway debut with Grand Horizons.  Ever since I saw Small Mouth Sounds, she has been on my theatrical radar, and Make Believe is yet another reason I ...

Immersive Theater in a Karaoke Bar–Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


My typical Saturday night usually involves some T.V., maybe a book, that kind of thing. You can imagine just how far I had to step out of my comfort zone to say “yes” to the most recent invitation to come my way through Motherhood Later. Would I go to an ...

And then they change… by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan


Raising kids is hard. Uncoupling while raising kids is even harder. The reasons one wants a divorce vary from relationship to relationship, but needless to say something becomes untenable and so one or both parties decide that ending the marriage is the only option. Throw in some kids and the complexity ...

Smoothing the Start of College for Your Child by Jacqueline Jones, MD


I couldn’t help myself. My shopping cart was almost filled as I wheeled around the California Walmart getting what I believed were essentials for my second child’s dorm room. A table light, comfy sheets, new pillows, a wastepaper basket (oh, and look at that great rug!)—item after item filled my ...

The Wonder Weeks:  A Stress-Free Guide to Your Baby’s Behavior By Xaviera Plas-Plooij (Book Excerpt)


Chapter: #Blessed and #Stressed The primary aim of The Wonder Weeks is to reassure you and to give you insight into the mental changes your baby goes through as they grow. It is not easy when your baby takes a leap in their development and it affects your baby, you, and ...

Trips for Two by Sharon O’Donnell


One of the things about being an older mom with a child considerable younger than his/her siblings, is that you inevitably begin to spend more time one-on-one with that youngest child as time passes and the siblings get older. When my two oldest sons were in college, I found myself ...

A Family Visit to The Maritime Aquarium by Robin Gorman Newman


We have always been an aquarium-loving family, so this summer we decided to pay a first time visit to The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.  It is the only aquarium focused on Long Island Sound, and it explores related animals and conservation issues from around the world. A constantly evolving facility, ...