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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Meet Cat Miller, Later Mom, Playwright and Director, THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS


Thursday
October 17, 2019

Can you share with us your road to parenthood? It was an unexpected one. I always wanted to have kids. When I was 30, my first marriage ended, and I remember being terrified I had missed my chance. Then, just about three years later, my step-kids came into my life, and I went from zero to two kids in an instant. It was really intense and hard, but also infinitely joyful and I am very close to both of them. They live with us half time, and when I told them I was pregnant, my stepdaughter’s first question was “will Mommy accept another child?” We had to explain that this child wouldn’t go back and forth.

It was a scary decision to have my son. We knew we wanted another kid, and there was definitely a sense that the window was closing, but I was still very much building my career, and I was afraid having a baby would derail it. In some ways it did. But it also led me to focus on my writing which led directly to this play and this production. I couldn’t be more grateful for that.

What do you most want to teach your Continue reading..



Praise in Public, Criticize in Private by Margery Kraus, author, ROOTS AND WINGS (Book Excerpt)


Tuesday
October 15, 2019

CHAPTER TWO —————

Lesson Two:
Praise in Public, Criticize in Private

As parents and as leaders at work, one of our most important jobs is building character and self-esteem. Public criticism and attacks are the fastest ways to tear people down and destroy self-confidence.

One of the guiding principles in raising my children and developing people at work has been to help them grow and learn by teaching them to deal with and overcome their mistakes. I have made it a practice to never publicly humiliate others. When mistakes are made, pull aside the involved individuals and have a discussion so you can help them learn and move forward in a positive way. Do not criticize in public and embarrass those who have erred.

This lesson was reinforced when I was a target of bad behavior. In the early days of APCO, when it was part of the law firm Arnold & Porter, the senior partner in charge was fiercely critical of me in front of staff. Afterward, I asked to talk to him behind closed doors. When we were alone, I told him that what he just did undermined him and his authority. He brought shame on himself, not … Continue reading..



BEETLEJUICE on Broadway: Ticket Giveaway and Discount (from MotherhoodLater.com)


Monday
October 14, 2019

 

“THE WHOLE WORLD LOVES BEETLEJUICE!” New York Post 

“A BIG, FANTASTICAL FUNHOUSE OF BURTONESQUE MAGIC!” People Magazine 

Bring your family to the show The New York Times calls “A JAW-DROPPING FUNHOUSE!” Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious new musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set, and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, BEETLEJUICE is “SREAMINGLY GOOD FUN!” (Variety). And under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love, and making the most of every Day-O!

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Ticket Giveaway

MotherhoodLater.com is giving away tickets to see BEETLEJUICE on Broadway through November 21st. To enter to win a pair, please email robin@motherhoodlater.com.  Put BEETLEJUICE in the Subject Line, and indicate why you would like to see the show.  Winners will be … Continue reading..



RAP GUIDE TO EVOLUTION: Show Review by Hannah Singer


Friday
October 11, 2019

I had the opportunity to see one of Baba Brinkman’s “Guide To” rap shows. ‘Rap Guide to Evolution’ was my obvious choice as my tween and I have had many discussions about evolution vs. Adam & Eve.

Right off the bat, you know this will be a show that thinks out of the box, with the writer/performer being named Baba. And with the combo of rap and science, well, this will be interesting.

Upon entering the theatre, there was both a projection of images of life being formed and images of various animals and a quote from “On the Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin: “Whoever is led to believe that species are mutable will do good service by conscientiously expressing his conviction. For only thus can the load of prejudice by which this subject is overwhelmed be removed.”

This seems very relevant in today’s American society, where the anti-evolution sentiment is on the rise.

Baba has a huge stage presence. When he gets on stage we can’t look away. With video projections behind him, he toggles between science and evolution related rap songs and interesting informative thoughts, ideas, commentaries and facts rapidly coming at us, as we see how … Continue reading..



Parenting Right From the Start by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe (Book Excerpt)


Wednesday
October 2, 2019

This has been adapted from Parenting Right From the Start: Laying a Healthy Foundation in the Baby and Toddler Years, 2019 by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe. Published by LifeTree Media.

 

Your Family History

Though the first source of parental programming is inadvertently passed on by our parents, a second major source comes from generations past via our genes. The collective history of our ancestors is transmitted down the family line through our DNA. The science of epigenetics has revealed that it isn’t purely your DNA sequence that determines the expression of those genes. Rather, the conditions around you can turn on or heighten the expression of some genes while turning off or suppressing the expression of others. In this way, experiences—including traumatic ones—are encoded in the body at the cellular level.

The influence of traumatic experiences can be genetically traced through several generations. Psychologist and author Mark Wolynn describes this transmission of trauma powerfully through stories of his clients with family members who died in or lived through the Holocaust, as well as clients who have grandparents, aunts, uncles, or even more distant relatives who experienced the death of a child or witnessed terrible violence or any other perceived trauma. … Continue reading..



How Can You Help Your Teen Sleep Better?


Monday
September 30, 2019

You may have noticed that your teen is frequently tired of late, particularly now that school has begun.  Most likely they are not getting enough sleep. Without ample restorative sleep, their productivity and focus will not be up to par.

Teenagers need to sleep at least 8 to 10 hours every night, but only 15% actually meet that requirement.

How can you help them to sleep better?

Limit Gadget Time – This is not to say that you should ban gadgets and all other electronic devices.  Technology is a big part of our everyday lives – adults and children alike.

However, we all know that going online can be addicting.  Your teen’s few minutes of scrolling before sleep could potentially turn into hours.  Gadgets emit a blue light that inhibits the release of Melatonin – an essential hormone that regulates a person’s sleep-wake cycle. The less Melatonin your body has, the harder it is to sleep.

We depend on electronic devices for a lot of things. Their gadgets also serve as great supplements to learning. Having screen time is okay as long as the usage is regulated. Limit technology exposure most especially hours leading up to your teen’s bedtime.… Continue reading..



Why Will No One Play With Me? by Caroline Maguire (Book Excerpt)


Wednesday
September 25, 2019

From WHY WILL NO ONE PLAY WITH ME?: The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive by Caroline Maguire, PCC, M.ED.  Copyright © 2019 by the author and reprinted with permission from Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.

 

Imagine the brain as a busy harbor, ships coming and going, some docking and others maneuvering their way out to sea, all under constantly changing conditions that can make for smooth sailing or stormy waters. Executive function is the “ship captain” that shapes your child’s view of himself and others in the sea of social activity, organizes the tools your child needs, and trains him in the skills and behaviors he needs to navigate social waters. The captain has a large crew and must coordinate all the activities on this big ship. Each member of the crew has a specific job: stand watch, read the map and chart a course, monitor defense systems, manage communications, maintain the engines, look out for other vessels, and play a role in the full range of day-to-day operations. If the captain is ineffective, then no matter how smart each of the crewmembers is, with a lack of skilled know-how … Continue reading..



You’ll Grow Out Of It by Jessi Klein (Book Excerpt)


Monday
September 23, 2019

From YOU’LL GROW OUT OF IT by Jessi Klein. Copyright © 2016 by the author and reprinted with permission from Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.

 

TRYING

I have always hated the phrase We’re trying, which couples generally use to describe their attempts at conceiving a child. I used to think it was because of the slightly prissy euphemistic quality of it, the substitution of the wan trying for fucking; but when I thought harder about it, I realized maybe it’s because trying evokes so much struggle; in a way, it’s the opposite of a euphemism. Maybe it’s all too accurate, and what I don’t like about it is how graphically it paints a portrait of two people joylessly having intercourse in an attempt to breed.

Trying.

I’d made up my mind long ago that I would never be one of those ladies who was trying. It sounded so sad and desperate, and I wasn’t sad and desperate. I’d never wanted a baby. In my mid-thirties, I thought this primal urge might kick in, but it didn’t, and I was glad it didn’t because then I would become someone who talked about trying. Or even worse, blogged about … Continue reading..