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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Budget Conscious Bedroom Design Trends for Children by Kristina Marshall


Tuesday
November 10, 2020

There’s enough work that goes into being a great mom without the pressure of investing thousands of dollars to make your kids’ rooms stylish.  But, even without breaking the bank, it is possible to achieve fabulous!  Here are the top ten popular kid’s bedroom design trends you can recreate on a budget!  And, don’t be afraid to take on these trends on your own!

 

1- Neutral Tones With Pops of Color

Although we may think of rainbows and bright tones when it comes to the average child’s room, that’s not necessarily the best place for a young mind to grow!  Neutral tones can be soothing and comforting.  Straying away from too many bright colors can help keep kids calm and create a restorative space.  Still, you should allow some pops of color so they won’t get bored. You can achieve this with wall paint and a change of sheets and decor.  If you don’t have any neutral-colored art for them, ask your child to draw art for their walls!

 

2- Varied Texture

Kids are still developing their sense of texture and feel.  They’re deciding whether or not they like velvet or if cotton is their favorite sensation.  You … Continue reading..



When Tech Goes Airy-Fairy by Pamela Francis


Monday
November 9, 2020

I am in the middle of learning a totally new skill to add to my cadre of success secrets for my businesses.  I am going to refrain from telling you the exact skill I am being taught (for now) because I haven’t run the metrics on strategic placement of a dreamTM  (that one’s mine) with this particular crowd yet.  But when I do… you’ll be the first to be informed.  What I will tell you is that this learning experience is very different from any I’ve had before in a number of ways.

Way #1: everyone teaching me is way younger than me.  (or “than I”, if you still care about such things, which they don’t)

I think I’m going to coin a new title to describe my mentors: baby gurus.  Wait, let me trademark that one, too.  baby GurusTM.  That font should be comic sans.  Did it translate…?  I don’t know.  I’ll see if it did in the preview.

It almost seems insulting to use comic sans as a font to trademark my baby gurus, but I have a tremendous fondness for that font (I’m a mom, an elementary school teacher, and the owner of a … Continue reading..



Ted Lasso To The Family Rescue! by Ali Skylar


Sunday
November 8, 2020

My kids are about 7 years apart. My daughter, Lexi, now 28, is the big sister. My son, Chaz, is 21 years old and the younger bro.

When they were young, it kinda sucked when it came to planning family vacations, or trying to find a game we could all play together, or watching a movie that was appropriate or that everyone could agree on, or even picking a restaurant.

The age range was tough enough, but add in the fact that they were of the opposite sex and life became doubly challenging.

I felt like I had two parenting lives:  one for my daughter, and then one for my son.  Why didn’t we have them closer together? 

I didn’t plan on having a second kid. Between running a 24/7 business with hubby and raising a kid holistically (cloth diapers, homemade foods, natural remedies, nursing, and traveling far distances for cool pre and elementary schools), I wasn’t sure I had it in me to bring another being into the world and raise them the way I saw fit.  

But then my daughter just got so friggin’ cute and around 5 or so started asking for a sister. I got bit Continue reading..



A Time to Seek: Meaning, Purpose and Spirituality at Midlife by Susan Pohlman (Book Excerpt)


Wednesday
November 4, 2020

My midlife disequilibrium began unexpectedly. I started experiencing pseudo panic attacks when Katie left for college, a feeling that I couldn’t inhale deeply enough. The doctor assured me that it was nothing major—this was life. Katie was happy and thriving on her campus in California, but I missed her desperately. Even when we think we are ready to send our kids off to college, it’s hard to see an empty bedroom.

And I was jealous.

It took me a while to own that feeling. What kind of mother admits that part of the angst of dropping my daughter off at school was the sudden realization that I wanted to be her? I wanted to be starting again. I had forgotten about the raw sexual energy of a college campus, the excitement of higher learning, the intoxication of questioning. I wanted to be free to roam, free to learn. I wanted to be able to want. Of course, all of this wanting was ridiculous. I loved my family, and I didn’t really want to go anywhere, but my spirit began to rattle its cage.

I awoke one Wednesday and observed myself in the mirror as I applied my new special cream … Continue reading..



Mom, You Just Don’t Get It by Ali Skylar


Monday
November 2, 2020

The other day my 21 year old son Chaz called after watching a documentary called The Social Dilemma. According to the filmmakers, this documentary is “a powerful exploration of the disproportionate impact that a relatively small number of engineers in Silicon Valley have over the way we think, act, and live our lives.”

The film explores how social media is “a system that connects us that also invisibly controls us. The collective lack of understanding about how these platforms actually operate has led to hidden and often harmful consequences to society—consequences that are becoming more and more evident over time, and consequences that, the subjects in The Social Dilemma suggest, are an existential threat to humanity.”

Chaz was really disturbed by what he learned, but also felt empowered discovering how the tech industry negatively and subliminally manipulates young people’s minds and behaviors in all areas of their life – especially when it comes to dating. There’s such an unhealthy pressure to fit into a standard of beauty and success that drives the nervous system into overdrive and the real authentic self into hiding.

Chaz had an “aha!” moment, as he explained to me how it all makes so much sense … Continue reading..



Resounding presents “Dracula”: LIVE immersive audio drama, review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Monday
November 2, 2020

DraculaA new live immersive audio entertainment company, appropriately named Resounding, debuted their first audio play this past weekend with two performances of “Dracula”–one on the eve of Halloween, the other on Halloween itself. If you think back to images of old radio show performers huddled around a large microphone, this experience takes that as its seed of inspiration. However, due to the pandemic, the cast of “Dracula”—all performed LIVE—but amazingly—from remote locations. It was really fun to listen to this production, and an especially great treat to hear the ending credits where each performer announced the location where they were performing from, some in NYC, some in California, many of them using their closets as recording studios.

The creative force and director behind Resounding, Steve Wargo, has been thinking about how performances such as these—immersive audio dramas—could work, for the better part of a decade. In his own words, he had been considering, “how to leverage the internet to increase audience and participation in the theatre….” Now, with the pandemic tragically shutting down physical theaters, this challenge offered Wargo the opportunity for his ideas to take center stage—specifically, a chance to recreate the style and substance of the broadcasts that … Continue reading..



All In by Later Mom Ali Skylar


Sunday
October 25, 2020

I was at a Motherhood Later Zoom gathering when one of the moms shared a bit about her parenting journey, and how an extremely challenging birth experience “birthed” an incredible commitment on her husband’s part to help make changes in the workplace. On a global scale, Josh Levs’ work has helped to shift societal and corporate attitudes with regard to equal opportunities for paternity leave for men.

Author of the book, All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses–And How We Can Fix It Together, “Levs was denied fair parental leave to care for his preemie daughter and sick wife. He responded with legal action against CNN/Time Warner and a public campaign that landed him on the front page of the New York Times. His effort drew support from all sectors across the United States and worldwide. The company ultimately revolutionized its policy for the better — and other numerous corporations have followed suit.”

When I was a kid, my dad took me out for ice cream, to the playground, or brought me home comic books and a candy bar when I was sick. He never changed a diaper, cooked a meal, or went to a PTA … Continue reading..



Keeping the House Clean with Kids by Will Cotter


Thursday
October 22, 2020

Almost everyone wishes to have a spotless house throughout the day, but keeping a perfectly neat house with kids is a lot of work. Every mom will tell you how easy it was to clean their house when they didn’t have kids, and Bettercleans.com knows better than anyone how hard it is to keep on top of things. Unlike adults, children don’t have the instinctual ability to maintain cleanliness. They will scatter toys all over the floor, spill liquids on seats all the time, and wipe their dirty hands on the curtains. No matter how many times you declutter or clean, messes pile up within minutes.

As a mom, a house that is constantly messy can drive you nuts. Apart from posing some serious health risks to yourself and your family, a dirty house can attract disease-carrying pests. It’s difficult to relax in an untidy home. Moreover, staying in a dirty house can impact mental state, and cause confusion and stress amongst the kids.

The reality is that taking care of your household often falls on your shoulders as a mom. If you are wondering how to keep your house clean with kids, read on to learn some of the … Continue reading..