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.

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Kissing Bandit


Friday
March 13, 2009

Today caught me by surprise.

I was on the phone long distance with a friend who is so wise…a former teacher…with a dedicated spiritual practice…when my call waiting kicked in. I quickly picked up, and it was the father of a girl in my son’s class who was over the top upset with the fact that he learned his daughter and my son had kissed in school.

I had no knowledge of the situation. Hadn’t heard a word about it. So I told him I’d have to call him back. I shared with my friend what transpired, and it led to an interesting discussion about people’s upbringings and belief systems. I will blog about that another time….but in a nutshell….part of what she shared is that people come to parenting with what they experienced when they were being brought up. Sure, they may have formed their own beliefs separate and distinct from those of their parents, but their foundation is that of their parents…for better or worse.

I called Seth’s teacher as fast as I could. She was at lunch break. I anxiously waited to hear from her so I could get the lowdown.

When she called back, she explained … Continue reading..



Guest Post — Is it Too Late? By Lee Silber


Wednesday
March 11, 2009

TAKING STOCK OF WHERE YOU ARE—AND WANT TO BE

When you look at the list of old bands still on the road it makes you wonder, when are you too old to rock and roll?

Bruce Springsteen and his band performed at this year’s Super Bowl half-time show (and have a new album out) and he’s only five months away from turning 60. Other acts that are still successfully touring include the Eagles (all the key members are 60 or over), Jimmy Buffett is still going strong at age 62, and the Rolling Stones never stopped rockin’ even though Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are both 65. Does that make you feel old? Think about this, John Bonham and Ringo Starr’s sons are drummers with the latest versions of Led Zeppelin and the Who.

What does this mean for us? Well, for one thing, 60 really is the new 40 when it comes to age. Also, it’s never too late to do what you want to do. Many people were hanging onto a job they really didn’t like because it paid the bills. Then, all of a sudden that job is gone. Disaster, right? Not necessarily. This could be your … Continue reading..



Jo Bros Fan Here


Sunday
March 8, 2009

I’m 48….going on 18…..going on 8.

I admit it. I like the Jonas Brothers.

Some of my mom friends don’t know who they are…which I find a little hard to believe. Do you?

But, if you’re the mother of a would-be 6 year old rocker boy, as I am, you surely do know them.

Tonight we went to see their new 3D movie, and I have to say, it was cool.

Joe Jonas is the heartthrob lead singer. Nick has a really interesting, unique voice. And, Kevin, I don’t know quite what to make of him. But, together they are a musical force with legions of fans I image worldwide…..including me and Seth.

I also like High School Musical.

And, I must admit, Miley Cyrus kinda appeals to me to.

And, I’m addicted to American Idol. My son came home one day this week from kindergarten and told me the kids in his class were talking about American Idol.

I feel like teeny bopper again. Wish I was one, chronically too. That would be fun.

I do appreciate keeping up with these pop cultural wunderkids thanks to my son.

Were it not for him, though I’d know of these performers, … Continue reading..



Snow Angels


Thursday
March 5, 2009

Monday was a snow day for Seth, and he couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

My reaction wasn’t exactly the same.

While I was SO hoping that my snow boats could be retired for the season, the weather man had other things in mind.

I have never loved snow. It’s cold. Wet. Messy. Slick roads….hard to drive in. Requires shoveling. Turns to ice. etc. etc.

It was interesting, though. More than one friend emailed me after the storm and wrote “enjoy the snow.”

I thought….hmmm….am I missing something?! Enjoy it? I don’t ski. We don’t have a sled or inner tube. Sure, I could build a snowman with Seth, but I don’t have ski gloves. I could make snow angels, but only have wool coats.

Am I a snow party poop? Perhaps…….

I did take pleasure in the pleasure Seth took from it.

He couldn’t get out there fast enough to shovel. Chomp away at the ice. Jump as high as he could to break off icicles hanging from tree branches. Lay himself down in the snow and make angels.

He even dove face down into it when the snowfall was fresh. He emerged all rosy cheeked and a bit … Continue reading..



Birthday Boy


Thursday
February 26, 2009

Seth turned 6 this week.

I went to his school and had a birthday party for him in his classroom. It was so sweet.

He loved wearing his cool Birthday Boy cap that I had made up for him, and helped me dish out the cupcakes and cookies for his classmates.

He’s such a big boy now…where does time go?

A friend emailed me a photo of herself with Seth that was taken when he was an infant. It was the cutest thing. When I look at him now, it’s hard to believe he was once a baby I cradled.

I found the infant years very challenging, and much prefer him spending time with him as a young boy, but I don’t want him to be 16 tomorrow.

Don’t grow up too fast….my little guy.

I love being able to give him a squeeze and have him come running when I walk into the house, as he commands a “jump hug.” I adore that.

I love that he sleeps cradling his beloved teddy bear, despite that it barely has any fuzz anymore. He’s picked much of it off.

I love that he wants me to lay with him when he … Continue reading..



Date Nite…a "quickie"


Monday
February 23, 2009

I don’t do this enough….or hardly at all for that matter.

My husband and I got a babysitter tonight for a few hours so we could have a belated Valentine’s dinner out. It was lovely. We had French food in an adult restaurant, complete with candlelight and white zinfandel. The roast duck was delectable. The service was impeccable. And, Seth wasn’t there. He tugged at my heart strings as we left the door, as he asked why he couldn’t come. But, once there, it reminded me of how important a date night is.

I hated to see it end.

I told my husband to drive slowly on the way home. Though, I did want to get home in time to watch the Oscar’s.

We definitely need to make a point of some alone time.… Continue reading..



Mom Meltdown


Thursday
February 19, 2009

I had a total mom meltdown yesterday.

I feel like I’m 48 going on 8.

My son had a playdate here. It was supposed to be at a friend’s house, but plans got changed last minute, and they wound up at our house. It was the second playdate with this particular friend, and I wanted to be a good host. This was a drop-off, and the mom was going to hang with me a bit when she came to pick her up after two hours.

I have to confess. Playdates here are often not fun for me. On one level, I love seeing kids playing happily and creatively. On another level, when it becomes a “playdate gone wild,” I ultimately crack. Not during the playdate, but afterwards, when I have to do battle with my son to do clean-up. That’s when “mommy maid” emerges and I get completely fed up. And, yesterday, I really lost it.

We are planning to gut our basement in the few months and redo the whole thing, complete with a play room area, etc. But, until then, our living room (we don’t have a den), has taken on a life of its own with Seth’s … Continue reading..



Valentine’s Day & A High School State of Mind


Saturday
February 14, 2009

It’s Valentine’s Day.

What do you have on tap?

My husband is working today….tax season….and then we have errands to run later.

So, it’s me and Seth hangin’ at the moment…and he’s being very good company today. Often he can get a bit naggy asking me incessantly, “what are we doing today?” But, today isn’t one of those days, thankfully.

What would I be doing to celebrate Valentines’ Day if I were single, I’ve been thinking? (Not that I wish I was.) Would I feel like I should have a date? (probably…knowing me) Would I feel like I should be going to a party and socialize? (probably…knowing me) Would I decide to get a massage? (probably not….though I should) I strongly believe that we should, as best we can, do what feels good.

I had lunch with a gal from high school yesterday who I haven’t seen in years. We’ve been loosely in touch via email, but getting together was nice. It was different in person. Email is not the same. A positive trip down memory lane. I think back on high school with fond memories.

Hard to believe it’s like 30 years later. And, interesting, how as women, we … Continue reading..