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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21st Century Parenting: A Guide to Raising Emotionally Resilient Children in an Unstable World by Rick Capaldi, MFT, PhD (Book Excerpt)


Tuesday
June 18, 2019

Chapter 11

21st Century Parenting in Review

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Remember school, tests, midterms, finals? If you were like many of us, you looked forward to the review prior to the test so that you could cram to improve your grade. Unfortunately, there is no way to cram for the parent test. It’s ongoing and all around you, lasting for eighteen years and beyond. Your final grade is what your child demonstrates as an adult and lives with him or her the rest of his or her life. So let’s go back and review:

As parents, you need to recognize today that your kids bring more home and to the classroom, playground, and their social community than books, pencils, and iPads. Their emotional backpacks are often affected by family dysfunction, economic impact, physical challenges, learning disabilities, academic challenges, mental health issues, and various influences both in and outside the family, positive and negative, that often affect their ability to perform, feel good about themselves, develop relationships, and feel accomplished.

Today’s performance in and outside of school requires more … Continue reading..



Pip’s Island – A bedazzling theatre experience! Review by Jo Mispel


Thursday
June 13, 2019

The two musketeers and I headed off last week to experience the much lauded interactive theater show ‘Pip’s Island’, currently showing at Times Square. Previously a sold out ‘pop up’ show in Chelsea in 2016, this is the show’s second well-deserved run, and considering the incredible artistry and unique storytelling, and how fresh the experience was, I trust it won’t be the last.

This will become a new way of doing kids theater. Think escape room for adults or some such. Experience and embodiment being the key words. There is nothing passive about this theater. The audience becomes the show, in a multi-sensorial, participatory way, like diving into an alternative universe. Better than any video game or movie theater escapism.  Plus the kids come out with a real sense of collective and individual accomplishment.

Without giving too much away, because surprise and suspense work so beautifully in the experience, the premise of the story is that a call for help has been received from Pip’s island, a magical far away land. An evil character named Joules Volter has started to steal the island’s unique energy. The children will need to journey to Pip’s island to restore it’s power and capture … Continue reading..



Self Care In Order To Be Mother Bear by Wendy Sue Noah


Thursday
June 6, 2019

 

I consider myself a Polar Bear Mom, through and through! After winning full custody of my five children, whom I lovingly call my ‘tribe’, my life and heart has been dedicated to these magnificent beings who came through me, and who are a part of me, in every way.

To put it lightly, it has been tremendously overwhelming raising five children by myself, not only as a single mom, but also without family here in Los Angeles! That’s right. No grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., to help me out along the way. As you can only imagine, life became an accelerated blur of who needs what when, and a list of endless To Do items, all while making sure there was enough money for rent and other essentials!

I look back now, however, and cherish our uncommon and unpredictable life together. It has brought us closer, as a family unit.

Now my tribe is mostly grown up, well, no more little ones anyways. My oldest just finished her Sophomore year in college, and the next one is on her way to UCLA, as she graduates high school next week!

I will still have three left in the nest. My … Continue reading..



Waves of Mom Emotion by Robin Gorman Newman


Monday
June 3, 2019

It’s not a task I enjoy, but I started receiving warning messages stating my laptop storage is almost at capacity.  So….I’ve begun the painstaking process of email purging.

I never would have thought that hitting the Delete key would inspire a piece….but I find myself at the keyboard feeling a wave of emotion I didn’t see coming.

As I sorted through the thousands in my Mailbox that had clearly outstayed their welcome, I turned up emails from various teachers my son has had over the years, offering comment on his academic classroom performance and in some instances, praising his behavior.

I turned up emails announcing school play rehearsals, plant sales, international culture fairs, etc…..all activities I enjoyed participating in.

I turned up emails from tutors we had hired over the years and potential babysitters.

I turned up email invitations to birthday parties and playdate proposals.

I turned up emails alerting us to check his report cards and progress reports.

I turned up emails from other moms when I was a new mom seeking to connect with peers also doing it later in life.

I turned up drafts of family holidays cards we created every new year and announcements of his … Continue reading..



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..