Archive for December, 2020

Poopy Accidents And Other Trials In Parenting by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan


Every phase of raising a child feels incredibly challenging. A few months back in a group chat for Motherhood Later the question was posed asking how have we overcome challenges, which help us know that we will have success in future challenges in our parenting (or something to that effect). The ...

RV Fears of a Late-in-Life, Bronx-bred Mom by Pamela Francis


I grew up in NY in the 1970s (as I'm fond of relating) and I can tell you that the only "bonfires" we experienced were the fiery flames of the 5-story tenement buildings that flanked the brick, monolithic, 21-story structures of the housing projects in which my family lived. Those ...

The Prom: A Review In A Play! By Ali Skylar


CHARACTERS:  Amelia and Jake, a middle-aged couple from NY and NJ.  SETTING:  In their bedroom, getting ready for bed after watching THE PROM on netflix.   JAKE: Hon, so what did you think? AMELIA:  Much better than I expected!  And compiling notes in my head now to share with you…:) JAKE:  You know, I liked ...

Dad’s Great Advice for Teens by Marc Fienberg (Book Excerpt)


Great Advice #3 “Spend Your 44 Hours Wisely”   Spend your free time on the things that will bring you lasting happiness, not just things that are fun in the moment.   “I don’t have time for that.” I hear it all the time, from teens and adults alike. But really? You don’t have time for ...

The Back Forty: 7 Essential Embraces to Launch Life’s Radical Second Half by Darrell W. Gurney (Book Excerpt)


The Lay of the Land The Back Forty is a metaphor with a double meaning. It is  a creative allusion to the second half of life, whether that second half will actually span thirty , forty, fifty, or even sixty years to come. It is also a reference to the farming term ...

Another Perspective On Helping Our Kids Make Friends – by Ali Skylar


The other day I was talking to a mom who is just incredibly overwhelmed helping her two young teenage boys figure out not just how to do school online, but how to create friendships online. As many parents know, making and keeping friends is probably one of the biggest challenges our ...

How to Balance Your Career with Motherhood


For moms who want to maintain a career outside the home, as well as being an active parent, it can be tricky to get the balance right. However, you shouldn’t feel forced to choose between your professional career and your child. With the following tips, you can ensure that you ...

I’m the oldest of 8, and yet I’m an only child by Pamela Francis


It was Thanksgiving again and even though we are supposed to be staying put and not super-spreading Corona all over the country, invitations to Thanksgiving dinner were still being bandied about. Popular gal that I am, by Thanksgiving Eve Eve, I had gotten 1 invite. People know that I move ...