Blog for Moms Over 35


Our group for older moms over 35 parenting later in life blog features moms 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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MAKE BELIEVE: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Friday
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


Friday
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


Monday
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..



Smoothing the Start of College for Your Child by Jacqueline Jones, MD


Friday
September 13, 2019

I couldn’t help myself. My shopping cart was almost filled as I wheeled around the California Walmart getting what I believed were essentials for my second child’s dorm room. A table light, comfy sheets, new pillows, a wastepaper basket (oh, and look at that great rug!)—item after item filled my cart. I knew I shouldn’t be doing this. I had learned so much from my first son as he transitioned to college. Trust that they will make the right decisions, give them space to grow and make their own mistakes, be there for them when they need you but don’t overstay your welcome. I knew all these things in my heart, but if his bed was uncomfortable or his feet were cold at night, he would appreciate my efforts then! As I wheeled my cart around the corner, my six-foot-tall son stood at the end of the aisle staring at me. “No, Mom. Just put it back. I don’t need any of it.” “But sweetie, your pillows are old and that comforter you brought is from middle school. This will be so much nicer,” I pleaded. “Nope. Mom, just put it back. I’ll be fine.”

I followed him to the … Continue reading..



The Wonder Weeks:  A Stress-Free Guide to Your Baby’s Behavior By Xaviera Plas-Plooij (Book Excerpt)


Wednesday
September 11, 2019

Chapter: #Blessed and #Stressed

The primary aim of The Wonder Weeks is to reassure you and to give you insight into the mental changes your baby goes through as they grow. It is not easy when your baby takes a leap in their development and it affects your baby, you, and your family. We hope that The Wonder Weeks will help alleviate your doubts and concerns because you will know why your baby is upset during certain periods. We cannot eradicate the stress that accompanies a leap, and we wouldn’t want to, either. Stress is all part of life and parenthood, and it shapes us, making us more alert and more receptive to the changes our baby is going through. And that latter is important. What we can do, however, is offer you a helping hand by reminding you of the importance of taking time for yourself and suggesting ways to do that, with 5-​minute, 10-​minute, and longer “anchor moments.” These are simple things that you can do, or not do, that anchor you in the here and now. They take you away from the roller coaster of events and emotions and help you regain balance; they provide a moment … Continue reading..



Trips for Two by Sharon O’Donnell


Saturday
September 7, 2019

One of the things about being an older mom with a child considerable younger than his/her siblings, is that you inevitably begin to spend more time one-on-one with that youngest child as time passes and the siblings get older. When my two oldest sons were in college, I found myself eating out or going to movies very often with my youngest son, their little brother who was nine and six years older than them. And since I held my youngest back a year in school because he has an August birthday, there is a decade gap in school between my oldest and youngest. My oldest was a college freshman in 2009, while my ‘baby’ just started his first year a few weeks ago. That’s a lot of time in between. An age-gap baby indeed.

But I’ve so enjoyed my one-on-one time with my son, which was frequent, especially when my husband travels a lot. What I’ve enjoyed most are the trips that my youngest and I have gone on together. Several weeks before he went off the college two and a half hours away, Jason and I went to Chicago together — just the two of us. I loved it, … Continue reading..



A Family Visit to The Maritime Aquarium by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
September 4, 2019

We have always been an aquarium-loving family, so this summer we decided to pay a first time visit to The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.  It is the only aquarium focused on Long Island Sound, and it explores related animals and conservation issues from around the world.

A constantly evolving facility, The Maritime Aquarium offers visitors personal interactions with animals and interpretation by knowledgeable staff and volunteers.  It supports an active collaborative research program on species and natural systems related to its collections, and it serves as a regional forum for dissemination of information related to Long Island Sound and the oceans.

The aquarium’s ultimate goal is to help people recognize that Long Island Sound enriches the quality of their lives, and must be protected.  From sea turtles to jellyfish to playful seals, there was plenty of underwater eye candy to observe and in some cases touch.

We spent about two hours, including taking in one of their IMAX® movies included in the price of admission. All standard movies are about 40 minutes long.  The film we chose was Superpower Dogs and totally loved it.  Very entertaining and enlightening film that sheds light on the training and all that these … Continue reading..



Meet Later Mom Jodi Meltzer Darter


Monday
August 26, 2019

AGE: 46
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married
RESIDENCE: Franklin, Massachusetts

I am a blogger on my personal websites, Jodi Darter and Mommy Dish, and a parenting writer/contributor for several publications, including HuffPost, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. I am also the author of a novel children’s book, When You Lived in My Belly.

 

Tell us about your path to parenthood. Growing up, I envisioned the conventional route to motherhood–love, marriage, and a baby carriage–but that wasn’t the path I was supposed to take. The proverbial stork dropped a sweet 8-year-old girl on my doorstep first.

If you asked me in my twenties if I would marry a widower with a child at age 32, I would have emphatically said, “No” (or “Hell, no!” because I had an attitude). But that’s exactly what happened. While my relationship with my ex-husband did not last, my love for his daughter did. We bonded over milkshakes, movies, and mom-and-me moments she missed losing her mother at age 4, and I was smitten. I still am.

Still, I longed to experience the magical moment of discovering my pregnancy, nourishing a living being growing inside of my belly, and feeling the pure … Continue reading..