Blog for Later in Life Moms Over 35

Our group for later in life moms features mothers 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 and others write 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.

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RAP GUIDE TO EVOLUTION: Show Review by Hannah Singer

October 11, 2019

I had the opportunity to see one of Baba Brinkman’s “Guide To” rap shows. ‘Rap Guide to Evolution’ was my obvious choice as my tween and I have had many discussions about evolution vs. Adam & Eve.

Right off the bat, you know this will be a show that thinks out of the box, with the writer/performer being named Baba. And with the combo of rap and science, well, this will be interesting.

Upon entering the theatre, there was both a projection of images of life being formed and images of various animals and a quote from “On the Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin: “Whoever is led to believe that species are mutable will do good service by conscientiously expressing his conviction. For only thus can the load of prejudice by which this subject is overwhelmed be removed.”

This seems very relevant in today’s American society, where the anti-evolution sentiment is on the rise.

Baba has a huge stage presence. When he gets on stage we can’t look away. With video projections behind him, he toggles between science and evolution related rap songs and interesting informative thoughts, ideas, commentaries and facts rapidly coming at us, as we see how … Continue reading..

Parenting Right From the Start by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe (Book Excerpt)

October 2, 2019

This has been adapted from Parenting Right From the Start: Laying a Healthy Foundation in the Baby and Toddler Years, 2019 by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe. Published by LifeTree Media.


Your Family History

Though the first source of parental programming is inadvertently passed on by our parents, a second major source comes from generations past via our genes. The collective history of our ancestors is transmitted down the family line through our DNA. The science of epigenetics has revealed that it isn’t purely your DNA sequence that determines the expression of those genes. Rather, the conditions around you can turn on or heighten the expression of some genes while turning off or suppressing the expression of others. In this way, experiences—including traumatic ones—are encoded in the body at the cellular level.

The influence of traumatic experiences can be genetically traced through several generations. Psychologist and author Mark Wolynn describes this transmission of trauma powerfully through stories of his clients with family members who died in or lived through the Holocaust, as well as clients who have grandparents, aunts, uncles, or even more distant relatives who experienced the death of a child or witnessed terrible violence or any other perceived trauma. … Continue reading..

How Can You Help Your Teen Sleep Better?

September 30, 2019

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 night, but only 15% actually meet that requirement.

How can you help them to sleep better?

Limit Gadget Time – This is not to say that you should ban gadgets and all other electronic devices.  Technology is a big part of our everyday lives – adults and children alike.

However, we all know that going online can be addicting.  Your teen’s few minutes of scrolling before sleep could potentially turn into hours.  Gadgets emit a blue light that inhibits the release of Melatonin – an essential hormone that regulates a person’s sleep-wake cycle. The less Melatonin your body has, the harder it is to sleep.

We depend on electronic devices for a lot of things. Their gadgets also serve as great supplements to learning. Having screen time is okay as long as the usage is regulated. Limit technology exposure most especially hours leading up to your teen’s bedtime.… Continue reading..

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

September 25, 2019

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 and going, some docking and others maneuvering their way out to sea, all under constantly changing conditions that can make for smooth sailing or stormy waters. Executive function is the “ship captain” that shapes your child’s view of himself and others in the sea of social activity, organizes the tools your child needs, and trains him in the skills and behaviors he needs to navigate social waters. The captain has a large crew and must coordinate all the activities on this big ship. Each member of the crew has a specific job: stand watch, read the map and chart a course, monitor defense systems, manage communications, maintain the engines, look out for other vessels, and play a role in the full range of day-to-day operations. If the captain is ineffective, then no matter how smart each of the crewmembers is, with a lack of skilled know-how … Continue reading..

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

September 23, 2019

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.



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 because of the slightly prissy euphemistic quality of it, the substitution of the wan trying for fucking; but when I thought harder about it, I realized maybe it’s because trying evokes so much struggle; in a way, it’s the opposite of a euphemism. Maybe it’s all too accurate, and what I don’t like about it is how graphically it paints a portrait of two people joylessly having intercourse in an attempt to breed.


I’d made up my mind long ago that I would never be one of those ladies who was trying. It sounded so sad and desperate, and I wasn’t sad and desperate. I’d never wanted a baby. In my mid-thirties, I thought this primal urge might kick in, but it didn’t, and I was glad it didn’t because then I would become someone who talked about trying. Or even worse, blogged about … Continue reading..

MAKE BELIEVE: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

September 20, 2019

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 continue to be a fan.

Directed exquisitely/interestingly by Michael Greif, the show features a gifted cast of all ages who consistently deliver believable, nuanced performances including Kim Fischer, Susannah Flood, Ryan Foust, Harrison Fox, Marey Heary, Brad Heberlee, Casey Hilton and Samantha Mathis.

The four Conlee kids, ages 5 to 12, are playing house in the attic (charming/detailed set design by David Zinn) of their home, when it becomes evident that are home alone without parental supervision.  We aren’t sure how long it’s been or will be, but we sense something is awry and quite disturbing.  Their adolescent coping skills prematurely get kicked into high gear, as their playtime is filled with both laughter and trepidation.

Hence the stage is skillfully set by Wohl for intrigue, playfulness and emotion….all of which draw us into this strong family unit, with major tugs at our hearts strings.

Fast forward 32 years and we meet them again, this time in … Continue reading..

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

September 20, 2019

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 underground speakeasy/karaoke bar to review an immersive, paranormal show about Edgar Allan Poe? (What, now?) Well, I suppose binge-watching “Downton Abbey”, in time for the upcoming movie, could wait. This sounded too good to pass up. Think of the writing potential with this blogging experience.

“Experience” really is the best way to convey it. None of those words: “paranormal”, “immersive”, even “karaoke”, are words I associate with myself—especially the “paranormal” part. I’m not someone who seeks out horror movies or haunted houses. I’ve never gone to a Murder Mystery Dinner Party. (Unless you count playing “Clue”? Didn’t think so.) However, I’m trying to say “yes” to new experiences, so I decided to grab a friend and go. The show, “Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe? The Cooping Theory 1969” is being performed in RPM Underground—an 11,000 square-foot bar and eatery in New York City (244 W. 54th Street), where the … Continue reading..

And then they change… by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan

September 16, 2019

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 of navigating the murky waters of divorce gracefully is an emotionally exhausting task.

I remember when Gwyneth Paltrow caught a lot of flak for saying that she was “uncoupling.” But the term “uncoupling” from the book Conscious Uncoupling, 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After by Katherine Woodward Thomas reframes the notions of divorce. In fact I never use the term divorce at all when I speak of ending my marriage. The truth is I spent fourteen years with someone and created a family; and now even though we (my wasband and I are not a couple) we are still very much a family in the process of raising our 13 year old daughter. Thank you Gwyneth.

But still some days are hard and others even harder. We have a fifty /fifty split financially and physically in the court record. We are next-door neighbors in our small town apartment … Continue reading..