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.

If you’d like to submit a topic, product, destination, event, show or attraction for consideration, write  Happy to hear from you!

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“Story Pirates’ Creator Club”—A Subscription-based Digital Program To Inspire Your Child to Write, A Review by Andrea Santo Felcone

January 10, 2021

Recently, I had the opportunity to write a review for Motherhood Later about Story Pirates and their new creative endeavor: Sleep Squad” —an immersive virtual theater experience aimed at helping children fall asleep. In case you missed that review, or are unfamiliar with “Story Pirates,” they are a nationally-renowned group of top comedians, musicians, authors, and teachers who use stories written by children to create humorous songs, comedy sketches, and clever writing lessons that encourage all children to write. They have school literacy programs, which also use kid-created stories as the seeds of inspiration.  

In addition, they now have a very popular podcast which has been downloaded more than 25 million times. The podcast also features songs and sketches based on stories written by kids, and as such, all their content is entertaining, fresh, and funny. It’s an interesting circle: a child writes a story, “Story Pirates” adapts that story to a song or comedy sketch, or podcast, etc., includes a writing prompt or writing lesson into the mix, then this content encourages other children to write stories. It’s a smart process that feeds itself and allows for a continuous flow of Continue reading..

Conquering the College Application & Scholarship Process: Recommendation from Robin

January 9, 2021

Are you in the throes of college conversations with your teen, and does it feel daunting?

Could your high school junior or senior use some guidance re: choosing schools?

Do you want ideas/support re: exploring suitable merit scholarships and applying?

Would you welcome assistance with application completion?

Is it hard to stay on track and manage the process?

Is essay writing challenging for your child?


Several months ago, we hired an experienced college coach, at the suggestion of a friend, and I wanted to share with you.

She knows the process inside ‘n out and has helped lots of families, with some college grads even circling back to thank her for helping them get to a good place in their lives.

She has helped us identify colleges/majors to consider, jump started essay writing, assisted with the application completion….and made it all way less painstaking.  As a result, my son has gotten accepted into one of the colleges high on his list and we await word from others.

She is now helping him seek out and pursue potential scholarships relative to his background.


She has varied rates, both hourly and packages, and if you have a financial hardship, she … Continue reading..

SOUL: a review by Ali Skylar

January 6, 2021

I may be in the minority but I’m not sure I really liked SOUL – as much as I wanted to!

I LOVED the realistic depiction of Manhattan and the characters.

I LOVED that the subject matter was about pre-life, life and death.

I LOVED Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey.

But they kinda of let me down when they went into the ethers.

Maybe as a creative artist (myself a bit older or should I say an experienced artist like the main character) and coming from a family of actors, singers, painters and writers, I was a bit devastated that the minute middle school music teacher and jazz musician, Joe Gardner,  got his big break he then ends up on his way into the afterlife instead of getting ready to make his big debut.

But let me backtrack for a moment.

Pixar is one of my all-time favorite movie making companies. Toy Story 1 was my daughter’s first movie at the theaters.  I’ll never forget this little 6 year old kid, sitting with a tub of popcorn bigger than herself, mesmerized, wide-eyed and amazed every single moment of the film!  

And then there’s Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo (and Finding Dory), Continue reading..

The Love Course: Show Review by Reva Solomon

January 3, 2021

When asked to review this play (my first for, I had no idea it would connect me, and now you the reader, with a vibrant NY theatre company of a much forgotten genre – the one-act play.

I attended virtually on Zoom, with a small (about ten non-paying patrons) socially distanced in-person audience. They all had their temperatures taken at the door by medical personnel before entering the theatre, as well as the cast and crew, and all were required to wear masks.

Before the start of the play, Food For Thought Productions founder, award-winning playwright Susan Charlotte, gave a little background about the theater company, the playwright, as well as this specific production.

Special permission was given to the theatre by the city of New York and SAG/AFTRA (a first) to present this one time event in the midst of COVID and NY theatre shutdowns. It was the final presentation in the 2020 season of Food for Thought Productions, part of their Monday Matinees at Theatre 80 – 80 St. Marks Place, NYC.

As stated on their website:  Food for Thought Productions, which started out as the brainchild of award winning writer Susan Charlotte, was launched … Continue reading..

Poopy Accidents And Other Trials In Parenting by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan

December 30, 2020

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 first story shared was about working through difficulties in potty training a son. This opened the door for almost everyone to share their own “war stories” about reaching this milestone. Just about everyone sharing had older children with one mom who was beginning to embark on the journey.

There was laughter in recounting the process, germ phobias, tools, and tips. But I also remembered how I felt working through the poopy accidents: sometimes it was just hard and messy and worrisome. Toilet training is one of the first big milestones of parenting. When one is going through the process it’s hard to know that success is imminent because it is a process with advancements and regressions and everything in between. It’s physical. It’s measurable. It’s milestone by which the outside world knows the parent has been successful.

As an aside and something to consider: I could imagine though that Continue reading..

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

December 22, 2020

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 rat and roach-infested tinderboxes (the tenements, not the pjs) went up in a conflagration of bright orange every week, it seemed, until eventually nothing remained but a row of abandoned, charred and blackened environmental health hazards. Those of us who lived in the Projects (mostly Black) would wonder if those of them who had lived in those tenements (mostly Puerto Rican) would be alright, as squadrons of fire trucks would roll in, sirens blaring and whining the call of destruction.

Fast forward two score and three years to earlier this month when I sprang a surprise Birthday Camping Experience on my 11-yr-old Junie. Complete with RV, fire pit and s’mores fixin’s. In for a penny, in for a pound, right? You betcha. So, in that same spirit, I even slept in the camper five out of the seven days we had it. We’re living on 3 acres of wooded farmland … Continue reading..

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

December 17, 2020

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 it too. And I’m not usually into the campy, predictable storyline, but overall, it was directed well, musical numbers were great production pieces and how can you not love Meryl Streep?!?!  Although not really digging the red hair.

AMELIA:  Yep, totally agree. But I have to say it would have been so cool to have Bette Midler and Nathan Lane in the lead roles.  Love Corden – he’s such a cutie – but he couldn’t match Streep’s skills. And I think he was too young.  

JAKE:  You are so right.  Bette and Nathan! That would have been a dynamic duo of the highest order.

AMELIA: Meryl was, as usual, even with a campy script, able to give some depth and dynamics to the character, but I think she needed a more mature, older actor to match wits with. Since I haven’t seen the Continue reading..

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

December 15, 2020

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 “that,” whatever “that” is?

Allow me to convince you otherwise.

I’m not great at math, but with 24 hours in a day, and 7 days in a week, that gives you 168 hours to spend as you please every single week of every single month of every single year of your life. This is true regardless of your race, religion, sexual orientation, where you live, how much money you have, what country you come from, how smart you are, how pretty you are, or how nice you may be. Time is the great equalizer; we are all given the same amount of time each week no matter what our lot is in life.

Sadly, if you’re one of those human beings that need to sleep every night, then you lose a bunch of those 168 hours. But even after accounting for eight hours of … Continue reading..