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 robin@motherhoodlater.com.  Happy to hear from you!

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Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails! at the Long Island Children’s Museum: Review by Alyson Treglia


Monday
January 27, 2020

 

© 2020 Gullane (Thomas) Limited Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! was created by Minnesota  Children’s Museum, presented by Fisher-Price. Sponsored locally by People’s United Bank.

The Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) has been a favorite place to visit over the years, located on museum row in Garden City nestled next to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, the Nassau County Fire House Museum and Nunley’s Carousel. We as a family have been frequent visitors during many of its rotating exhibitions, always discovering new things that interest my son as he grows. It was ideal timing that the Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails! came to LICM, since my son, Thomas, has been a huge fan and is the perfect age to appreciate such a wonderful exhibition!

We attended the exhibit opening weekend to explore, along with LICM members, before being open to the public that day. When entering the museum, there is a very cute photo op with a large wooden LICM  train…..a convenient way to keep little ones occupied while buying tickets.  The LICM also offered breakfast to its early morning members, which consisted of bagels and refreshments; welcome fuel for the adventures that awaited us.

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4 Great Gift Ideas for Young Adults Ideal for Any Occasion


Wednesday
January 15, 2020

Holiday season may be over, but gift shopping and giving doesn’t just end in December.

For those special young adults in your life, you’ll likely want to buy them birthday gifts, just-because rewards, graduation presents and/or housewarming goodies throughout the year.

With this in mind, here are four gift ideas for the young adult(s) in your life, regardless of the occasion:

1. A Subscription Box

No matter what your favorite young adult is into, you can find a subscription box that suits their interests. As a bonus, this is the type of gift that keeps on giving, as you typically buy these boxes in three-, six- or 12-month increments. In other words, the recipient will enjoy receiving them for months to come. 

For ideas and inspiration, check out My Subscription Addiction, which offers any number of themed boxes devoted to beauty, food, craft, clothing, technology and pet products. For instance, MunchPak offers three different subscription packages featuring an assortment of newfangled snacks, along with some classic favorites.

2. New Furniture and Décor

If you recently visited the apartment of a young adult in your life and found it to be lacking comfortable furniture, you might consider gifting him or Continue reading..



An Interview with Ada Calhoun, author, Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis


Monday
January 13, 2020

In a few sentences, can you please tell us what Why We Can’t Sleep is about?

Why We Can’t Sleep is a book for middle aged women who are having a hard time. If you’re sleepless, anxious, freaked out, broke, exhausted, or overwhelmed, this book is about all the reasons why it makes total sense. It’s a book that looks closely at women of our generation, a group that is so often ignored. I talked to hundreds of us and did a ton of research I found out some things that I think it’s really liberating and empowering to know.

This story originated on Oprah.com. What made you want to expand on the topic?

The hundreds of emails I got from women saying “Thank you, I thought I was alone.” As women with a ton of responsibility we tend to minimize our unhappiness and say we’re lucky. The truth is, many of us are in full-blown crisis. We should call it what it is.

Was there a particular moment where you felt like there had to be so many other women feeling the way that you did about this?

I kept hearing really similar things in the interviews: “What did Continue reading..



UP CLOSE Festival 2019: Review by Hannah Singer


Wednesday
January 8, 2020

Sometimes I think I am younger than I am, after all, I write for Motherhood Later! (In my case it was later and later and later!) But I also forget I have a moody tween, and I never know if she will enjoy anything. But, when I was offered tickets to review this 2nd Annual UP CLOSE Festival show, which is very interactive for all ages, I jumped at it. And I am glad I did!

Before the matinee on Saturday January 4th, we went across from the New Ohio Theatre for a bite to eat in a mom & pop coffee shop. I had a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. (This detail will become important later on in this review.) We then explored the Hudson River Park a few blocks away. The day was foggy, we could not see Jersey, nor the boats whose foghorns we heard. It was drizzly, but it felt good to be walking there.

We walked to the New Ohio Theatre (which once house the National Archives Record Center — which inspired this work) and walked one flight down. There was a small waiting area where we could get our tickets as well as purchase … Continue reading..



Don’t Let Fear Stop You by Dr. Ivy Ge, author, The Art of Good Enough. (Book Excerpt)


Wednesday
January 8, 2020

Don’t Let Fear Stop You  

Do you have something you’ve always wanted to try but never get around to doing? What has stopped you from real- izing your goal? Too much responsibilities and too little time? No, the real answer is fear.

Fear of the Unknown  

Fear is like a locked door, keeping us safe with few opportunities.  

We are all afraid of the unknown. The mysterious black hole of danger looms over our heads. We imagine all kinds of awful things that could happen. We say our lives aren’t that bad, at least everything is familiar. That is one of the reasons an abused wife stays in the toxic relationship. That is also why some of us continue working day after day at the same job we hate.

Remember the first time you swam in the open water, feeling the wind, the current, that vast body of water around you and beneath you? It was so scary. There was no plastic divider to define the lanes, no walls you could hold onto. Once you relaxed, you realized no matter how deep the water was, you would stay afloat as you had learned in the pool.

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The Grip of Childhood by Cecile David-Weill, author, Parents Under the Influence (Book Excerpt)


Monday
January 6, 2020

Like it or not, we have no more control over our role as par­ents than we do over whom we “choose” to fall in love with. Just as in some measure we fall for partners based on our childhood rather than on our conscious desires as adults, we instinctively model our parenting style on that of our par­ents, instead of following our own “updated” and conscious ideas on the matter. While this explains why our parenting style is often neither wise nor rational, it does no good for us to blame ourselves. Our difficulties as parents, similar to our poor choices in our love lives, are not the result of bad luck, character flaws, or poor judgment. Rather, these difficulties stem from an ineluctable tendency to replay our own child­hood. We are indeed “under the influence” of our childhood and of the ways our parents treated us.

It is this very predisposition that we mistakenly call our “instincts,” which in reality are nothing more than a set of unconscious automatic reflexes inherited from our past—our first, knee-jerk reactions regarding how to man­age certain situations. In fact, our most questionable in­voluntary conduct does not correspond to a lack of what we … Continue reading..



“Mrs. Maisel’s Marvelous Tour of New York City” by On Location Tours–Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Thursday
January 2, 2020

Fans of the popular Amazon series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, which follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a Jewish wife and mother through her journey to become a stand-up comic, know how meticulously detailed Midge’s world is. Her story takes place in the late 1950s mainly in New York City. What stands out for viewers is how beautifully-produced this fictional world is, with its vintage jewel colors, gorgeous costumes, and lighting. No doubt much care is taken under the leadership of creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her partner/showrunner husband Daniel Palladino (both known for The Gilmore Girls) to get the details exactly as needed to create a believable period comedy-drama.

If you have ever wanted to step foot inside this world, now you have your chance. You can take a cleverly conceived, new tour, brought to you by On Location Tours. What becomes apparent on their “Mrs. Maisel’s Marvelous Tour of New York City” is just how much New York City itself breathes life into the show. If the show is a love letter to New York City, then New York City loves “Mrs. Maisel” right back. Many of the New York City locations where the show is filmed have remained untouched … Continue reading..



THE MIKADO: Show Review by Hannah Singer


Tuesday
December 31, 2019

When my daughter was 4, she was glued to the tv where an opera was being shown. I was floored! I have been meaning to take her to an opera since then. Luckily now that she is a tween, I had the opportunity to do just that. And it did not disappoint.

I had not been familiar with The Mikado and am not a follower of all that is Gilbert & Sullivan as many people in NYC are.  But this production has changed me. I am now a fan of both! Well, I am also now a fan of the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players.

This is NYGASP’s 45th year. The Mikado is an operetta in two acts which premiered in London in 1885. Libretto was written by William S. Gilbert and the music by Arthur Sullivan.

We arrived at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on December 28 at 12:45pm in order to participate in the “Family Overture”, a musical intro and summary explained and made interesting for all ages and free for ticket holders. It looked like four generations of people were there spanning perhaps 80 years.

We sat right in front, and there was a man … Continue reading..