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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What?!? I’m An Older parent?!? by Ali Skylar


Sunday
October 18, 2020

I’ll never forget the moment I realized that my hubby, Jamie and I were “older parents.”  I never really gave it a second thought until my son, Chaz, now 21, was in Kindergarten.  He came home one day after Jamie picked him up from school very upset.

 

Me: Hey love! How was your day?

Chaz: Not good mommy.

Me: Oh yeah?  Why not?

Chaz:  Well, daddy is going to die.

Me: What?!?!?!

Chaz:  The kids called him my grandpa.

Me (again): What?!?

Jamie:  It’s my gray hair, hon.  They thought I was Chaz’s grandpa because of my gray hair.

Me (laughing):  Oh Chazzie, your hair color has nothing to do with age.  Dad’s been gray since he was 25!

Chaz: Mom, he’s old, and he’s going to die soon.

Me (trying not to laugh): Look, I’m telling you, the color of your hair has nothing to do with age or when you’re going to die.   That I can promise you.

Chaz:  Still mommy, he’s old.

Me: Older my love. And that’s a pretty special thing to be because when you’re older, you are really, really wise and can teach your kids so many cool things.

Chaz:  Like what?

Me … Continue reading..



“American Dreams”: Interactive and Engaging Virtual Off-Broadway Show, Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Saturday
October 10, 2020

It’s very gratifying to see what artists are doing to reimagine theater for our current times: since we can’t enjoy live in-person theater right now, artists will bring theater to us, in our own living rooms. The show must go on, as they say, and it does in “American Dreams,” a newly-imagined virtual Off-Broadway show. Prior to the pandemic, the show was performed in-person, but since, it has been re-imagined to work across a virtual platform–Zoom. Now, before you say you are tired of Zoom, I have to tell you how remarkable it was to see a show actually leverage Zoom to work in its favor. (It was also fascinating to watch a show and see the audience reaction simultaneously.) “American Dreams” is a truly immersive show and is very creative in how the audience can interact with the actors, and thus, affect the show, and especially, in this case, impact the ending.

The concept: Due to federal prohibitions on gathering, a popular TV game show, “American Dreams” has been moved online. The hosts, “Chris” (Jens Rasmussen) and “Sherry” (Leila Buck) appear from their individual home studios–everything appears very professional. The contestants are housed in their “home countries,” where they … Continue reading..



The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents by co-author Rosalind Wiseman (Book Excerpt)


Tuesday
October 6, 2020

HAPPINESS?

What is it?

Before the pandemic, most parents, when asked what they want for their children, said, “I want my child to be happy.” But what does happiness really mean? It can’t mean free from painful experiences or conflict with others because those things constantly hap- pen. It can’t be free from failure because that happens as well, and it often presents important lessons. Not only can happiness include struggle and uncertainty but can also provide emotional resilience to be content even through hardship. Here’s some good news. What makes humans happy tends to come down to the same things no matter their race, age, political viewpoint, ethnicity, religion, or class. It’s one of those things that connects us to each other. So, let’s define it in a different way. Consider the following five conditions as essential ingredients of happiness.

  • A sense of purpose and meaning beyond oneself
  • Hope of success
  • Meaningful social connection
  • Fulfilling work (especially if you are working with others on a common goal)
  • A place to process and find peace

By the way, one of the reasons why young people love playing video games so much during COVID-19 is because the games provide these conditions. … Continue reading..



Diary of a Midlife Mom – September 2020 by Lin Griffith


Wednesday
September 30, 2020

My story begins like many other women.  As a little girl, I dreamed of marrying my prince charming one day, happily raising at least 4 children all while being the perfect wife and mom.  Sound familiar?

Fast forward about 20 years, and lo and behold, I was finding myself going through a divorce before the age of 30, and no children yet.

At the time, my family and friends tried to remain positive for me.  The reality was that I could move on with no strings attached, and there was still time to remarry and have babies.

Time. Now there is a word.  Think about what that word means to you for just a moment.

With my indefinite amount of time, I set out focusing on building on my career and education, dating once in a while, falling in and out of love, traveling, and navigating my 30s as a single woman…not an uncommon path for many women at that age.

Nevertheless, I felt there was a missing piece…..I still wanted to be a mom.  Simply put, I wanted a family of my own, and the older I got, the more I began to worry if it was ever going … Continue reading..



Cool Outdoor Games for Family & Adult Fun by Robin Gorman Newman


Monday
September 28, 2020

If you’re like me, given the Pandemic, I’ve been spending more time in our backyard.  That has included inviting friends for social distance visits, bringing in food….and looking for activities that we can safely share.  This has inspired me to seek out cool games we can play, and these also work for parks, beaches, and event a home space if you have one that works.

Having younger children doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy outdoor games with them. Cycling is a great way to get outdoors, and getting a child bike seat means little ones can enjoy safely too.

Here’s a few of my favorites that I’d like to share…

LADDER GOLF – The original Ladder Ball game since 2003

This Ladder Golf brand double Ladder Ball Tournament Edition comes with everything 2 to 4 players need to play a game of Ladder Ball. This set is super fast and simple to setup (even I could do it), and very solid and sturdy.  Made of hardwood, it comes real golf balls, and has brass hardware and unbreakable rungs. Though a bit on the weighty side, the setup was easy, and you can break it down for compact storage.  Comes in … Continue reading..



Halloween Treats for the Kid in All of Us by Robin Gorman Newman


Friday
September 25, 2020

Having been in business for over 80 years, Economy Candy is New York’s oldest retail candy store and a family owned business.

My son, now 17, and I, used to do regular staycations in NYC (we live on Long Island), and during one of those trips, we visited the iconic shop at 108 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side.  It is a sweet feast for the eyes with a cool retro vibe, and there is something for everyone, including amusing novelty items, candy collectibles that make for unique gifts, dried fruits ‘n nuts, specialty chocolates, sugar free offerings….and candy for various occasions including weddings and baby showers.

They are presently gearing up for Halloween and have created a number of super fun Halloween CandyCare Packs™  currently available on their website to ship nationwide.

When they reached out to me, I couldn’t resist taking them up on their offer to gift my family Halloween goodies and more, and I wanted to share about their binge worthy array of offerings. My son’s jaw dropped when I surprised him with the Halloween CandyCare Pack, and I warned he needs to ration his daily intake, which no doubt will be easier said than … Continue reading..



The College Conversation by Eric J. Furda and Jacques Steinberg (Book Excerpt)


Tuesday
September 22, 2020

From THE COLLEGE CONVERSATION by Eric J. Furda and Jacques Steinberg, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright © 2020 by Eric J. Furda and Jacques Steinberg.

 

As readers of this book, you may be joining the College Conversation at different points in your child’s development. But our particular focus here will be for parents of children currently in middle school or high school. If your oldest child is still in elementary school, our strong counsel is to let them enjoy being children—exploring their academic interests and having fun—as you gain insight into their emerging learning styles.

For those of you whose children are in middle school—typically grades six through eight—we believe that these years are far too early in a child’s development to be visiting colleges, and we can as- sure you that no college admissions officer is going to be dipping into your child’s middle school record as part of an admission decision. But the course selection that you and your child make in the middle school years can impact later academic choices. For example, a pre-algebra course in eighth grade can serve as a foundation for … Continue reading..



7 Ways Arts and Crafts Help Child Development


Wednesday
September 16, 2020

Although some people view arts and crafts simply as fun activities for kids to enjoy, they can actually greatly contribute towards your child’s development. This is why so many elementary school projects and lessons include art in some way. It’s the perfect medium to teach kids how to express themselves while also reaping plenty of other benefits. Even if your children are participating in arts and crafts in school, you should make time at home to work on projects together like diamond painting or illustrating their own book. These activities will encourage you to bond and develop fundamental skills. Here are some other ways that the arts can impact your child.

  1. Help Develop Motor Skills

Children have to learn how to master their motor skills through practice. As a child is growing, they work on gross and fine motor skills. Gross motor skills refer to actions that require major muscle movements such as standing or walking, while fine motor skills are developed through smaller muscle movements like holding a pen or brushing your teeth. Arts and crafts involve the use of tools and utensils that can greatly improve your child’s ability to perform tasks that require fine motor skills.… Continue reading..