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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Happy Fourth Birthday by Debbie Oberlander


Thursday
May 30, 2019

Four years ago today, I held my beautiful little boy for the first time.  The nurse escorted me to the operating room at noon for a scheduled c-section, and by 12:45 I had become a mother. I felt the warm skin and tender breath of my son, as his grandma held him to my chest.  Amazed at how quickly and efficiently the delivery took place, I reflected that in less time than I have spent going to the post office and waiting in line to mail a package, I had a baby.   I was not prepared for the next four years to pass just as quickly.  The happiest and most fulfilling days of my life were those four months of maternity leave when my days and nights revolved totally around my newborn love.  Even through the sleep-deprived and chaotic early weeks, I felt an inner peace and contentment.  How quickly those months and now the years have passed.  I am sitting in my “nursing chair”, as I write.  The glider’s armrests show wear from my elbows, first clumsily and then competently placed as nursing became more established. The chair now most commonly serves as a resting place for my clothes … Continue reading..



Midlife is Not a Crisis…Using Astrology To Thrive In The Second Half of Life by Virginia Bell (Book Excerpt)


Tuesday
May 28, 2019

THE SECOND SATURN RETURN

The New Elder (Age 58)

Wisdom is one of the few things in life that does not diminish with age. -Ram Dass

At fifty-eight, there’s another shift as we enter the phase of the elder. Once again, taskmaster Saturn is our guide when we come to our Second Saturn Return. And you thought you were finished with Saturn. Sorry, it returns every twenty-nine years.

Before you mutter Dorothy Parker’s famous “What fresh hell is this?” let me explain. Yes, it’s the same old “tough love” Saturn we met at twenty-nine, so it involves discipline, responsibility, commitment, reality, and new challenges. With our first Saturn cycle as a reference point, we’ve outgrown ourselves again; we need a new purpose, a great work – one that will occupy the rest of our lives. But at this age, our goals are different, and so are we. During our first Saturn cycle at age twenty-nine, we’re invited to move from youth to adulthood; at age fifty-eight, during our second Saturn cycle, we move from adulthood to becoming an elder. During our first cycle, it’s normal to be self-centered; we’re establishing an identity and carving out a place for ourselves in … Continue reading..



Cirque du Soleil LUZIA: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Friday
May 24, 2019

Cinco de Mayo proved to be the perfect day to take in the latest Cirque du Soleil, LUZIA, celebrating the faces and sounds of Mexico in a truly delightful, two hour production (with an intermission), that is taking stage in a tent adjacent to Citi Field now through June 9th.

I have been a fan of Cirque du Soleil for some time, but for me to date, this NY premiere is the most impressive I have seen, both in performance and staging.

Written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, in association with Brigitte Poupart, LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.  And, they don’t miss a Mexican beat. From mariachis to maracas to marching armadillos and beetles to falling sombreros, this production is like a pinata on stage with loads of desirable treasures to be revealed once cracked open.

Vivid projections provide bold backdrops of color and whimsical designs…birds flying, butterflies, bugs crawling…etc….creating striking imagery.

Falling raindrops, cascading in design patterns, are simply lovely and meditative.

This show is a stunning Mexican cornucopia of acrobatic athleticism and beauty.

There is … Continue reading..



Meet Later Mom to Be Jennifer Clary


Wednesday
May 15, 2019

YOUR NAME: Jennifer Clary
AGE: 35
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single
RESIDENCE: Los Angeles

I am the co-founder and President of The Baby Box Co, which equips parents across the globe with vital education and resources timed to their child’s developmental milestones. 35% of all expecting parents in the USA, Canada, and UK register with our platform currently and our community is growing every day! I created The Baby Box Co to ensure that parents have equitable access to vital health and safety information. All parents in our three active territories can join www.babyboxco.com for free, take an education course appropriate to their child’s life-stage for free, and receive a high value product or service tied to that education for free.

Tell us about your impending path to parenthood. My partner and I were married for 13 years. We were so busy working throughout our 20s and quite transient, moving from NYC to Austin and finally LA. I think we just assumed we’d be able to start a family in our 30s without incident; it seemed sensible to wait until we were more financially secure and had a home base. Anyway, long story short, the years snuck up on us, and suddenly … Continue reading..



My Children Are a Work of ART by Marina Paleos


Tuesday
May 14, 2019

 

Sometimes, life leads us down paths we never expected to travel.

At 46, I was more than okay with being single and not having a family. Well, just when you think you’ve figured things out, life throws you a curve ball. I met my future husband at 47, married at 48, a first marriage for both of us. We instinctively knew we wanted to try for a family. Curve ball #2. My husband and I became caregivers for my mom who we were slowly losing to dementia.  We moved from NY to NJ so we could be closer to my sister and found a mother-daughter home  so mom could live with us. We kept parenthood on the back burner. I think that many people have a false sense of insurance because of advances in reproductive medicine. We were those people too. We almost missed our chance at the greatest, life changing event you can imagine.

At 52, I practically fell into the care of one of the top fertility doctors in NJ, someone we would have never worked with had we not moved here from NY. My first son was born when I was 54 (if he had arrived … Continue reading..



Around the World in 80 Days: Show Review by Lainie Gutterman


Monday
May 13, 2019

There has always been something about the call of the unknown. Published in 1873, Around the World in Eighty Days is an adventure novel written by French writer Jules Verne.

I admit that my family has not yet had the opportunity to travel around the globe as much as I would like. That said, I was extremely excited to spend Mother’s Day bringing my son to see this theatrical re-imaging of Verne’s timeless story at The New Victory Theater.

Taken from the theatre’s performance description: The clock is ticking! With a fortune at stake, Phileas Fogg and his silly sidekick, Passepartout, must abandon the misty streets of Victorian London and circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days, or lose everything. Get swept up in the adventure as they race across Asia on the back of an elephant, speed by steamer ship over the stormy Pacific and ride the railroad through the American Wild West. Adapted by Laura Eason from Jules Verne’s classic novel, this fast-paced, globe-trotting theatrical romp is jam-packed with slapstick hilarity and comic book-style action scenes. Hurry, there’s no time to waste!

A talented ensemble of eight actors play over 125 characters in this high-caliber, globe-trotting tale. The … Continue reading..



Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour provided by “On Location Tours” Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Monday
May 13, 2019

Did you know that William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), poet, journalist, and editor-in-chief of the New-York Evening Post–the man Bryant Park is named after–is credited as the first to advocate for Central Park? Bryant put out a letter as a call to action for the public authorities to provide extensive open grounds for the public to use an area for shade and recreation. He wanted something city dwellers could enjoy without having to leave the city. In response to this plea, a design contest was held, and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and architect/landscape designer Calvert Vaux won the competition. That was the beginning of Central Park–the first public park built in America–a park that has come to mean so much for so many.Central Park

This was only one of several interesting facts imparted by our friendly “On Location Tours” tour guide, Madeline, on the “Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour” that my friend Abby and I attended on Saturday, May 4th. Madeline, like all of the guides that work for “On Location Tours,” is an actor, and as such was perfectly suited to provide details on television shows and movies that have been filmed in Central Park. Although this … Continue reading..



The Joys of Raising Boys: The Good, the Bad, and the Hilarious: A Memoir by Diane Auten (Book Excerpt)


Friday
May 10, 2019

Relationships

TEACHING BOYS HOW to love is one of the most important jobs that we have in this world. So many boys grow up unable to express them­selves, whether it comes from societal influences, peer pressure, or parental shaming, it is a norm that as a society, we must turn around.

Without getting too heavy here, I am sure that most of us can agree that face-to-face communication skills are declining in our society today. A lot of us have become too dependent on technology, and many of us have lost some of the humanity of connecting with others on a deeper level—looking into some­one’s eyes when they talk to us, having empathy in difficult situations, and truly listening when someone is talking. This lack of connection is also rubbing off on our boys.

I don’t necessarily want to go into all of the theory behind why it is harder for (most, not all) boys and men to communicate, but research shows us that it is true. The roots of empathy start early, and when it comes to nurturing empathy skills, girls have the upper hand. If you think about it, most girls grow up play­ing games that involve communication … Continue reading..