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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“Chick Flick: The Musical” Show Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Wednesday
March 20, 2019

Last Saturday, I grabbed a friend and we headed over to the lovely Westside Theatre, to see the Off-Broadway production of “Chick Flick: The Musical”. A show–you guessed it–about those well-known romantic, often funny, sometimes sappy, cinematic gems. Those movies that have helped many of us regroup from a bad break-up, or live vicariously through its main characters (during a dating dry spell). Perhaps we’ve shared a cry and a laugh with the leading men and women of such classics as “When Harry Met Sally”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, and “The Notebook”, etc. Who hasn’t had their spirits lifted by watching, when, against all odds, the couple is reunited—often in the pouring rain, or falling snow, (precipitation is usually involved), but still, they are finally reunited?

So, a musical featuring four female leads, celebrating female friendship, all around the central theme of “chick flicks”? It sounded delicious, just like a tiny bit of fluffy cotton candy, the kind that evaporates in your mouth in mere moments. The premise: Four female friends meet up one night to share snacks (many snacks) and wine (even more wine) while drowning their “bad day sorrows” in a “chick flick” (or two). They come together to … Continue reading..



ACTUALLY, WE’RE F**KED: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Friday
March 15, 2019


ACTUALLY, WE’RE F**KED, a new play by Matt Williams, is receiving its world-premiere production at Cherry Lane Theatre.

From defecation to periods to circumcision to religion….the show opens with a steady stream of highly opinionated millennial banter as two 30-something couples gather to eat, drink…and not quite be merry.  The world is going to pot and is achingly overpopulated, in their universal opinions, thus the notion of one day potentially becoming parents is not remotely on their respective radars .  So, it’s as if a bomb drops when Rachel (Marin Lee) unexpectedly announces that she is expecting.  This is especially a shocker, we later learn, because her husband cannot father a child.

Attorney Rachel is married to teacher/fitness/health buff Nick (Ben Rappaport), and it is in their well-adorned apartment where all the action takes place. Interior Decorator Molly (Keren Lugo) and Banker Frank (Gabriel Sloyer) are married, but ambitious Frank appears to have a thing for career-driven Rachel….or at least he once did.  This isn’t a real shocker since he seems mismatched with the maternal, spiritually-minded Molly who is busy redoing Rachel’s bathroom and stressing over tile color choices.

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Keeping Your Family Lice Free (Sponsored Post)


Thursday
March 14, 2019

Nothing makes a parent’s skin crawl faster than hearing the dreaded L-word: lice.

Head lice cases are on the rise in New York City. Parents are reporting their kids having lice two or more times per year compared to never getting lice in previous years.

Lice are highly contagious. Head-to-head contact with an already infested person is the most common way to get head lice. Head-to-head contact is common during play at school, at home and elsewhere, such as sports activities, the playground, slumber parties, and camps. Traditional over-the-counter treatments contain pesticides that are no longer effective. Lice have evolved into “super lice” and have developed resistance to those pesticides.

What to do if your kids are sent home with lice?

Anyone can get head lice. If your child gets lice, it has nothing to do with bad hygiene. In fact, quite the opposite: head lice prefer clean hair as it is easier for the louse to grab hold of hair that is not oily.

  1. Inspect your child’s head at home, especially if your child has an itchy scalp. Look for nits (eggs), nymphs and adult lice.
  2. Call the parents of your child’s friends and have them check for
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The Formula: Unlocking the Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children by Ronald F. Ferguson and Tatsha Robertson (Book Excerpt)


Wednesday
March 13, 2019

The Navigational Voice in their Head

When he turned five, Sangu began a strange nightly ritual based on something his mother would tell him: “Before you say your bedtime prayers, I want you to go and look in the mirror in the bathroom, and ask yourself: ‘What have I accomplished today? Can I really feel confident that I’ve actually done something useful today?’ And if you feel confident that you’ve actually done something today, say your bedtime prayers, and go to bed.” Many nights, he’d need to head to the family’s small home library to read or study “until I felt I had met the threshold” by learning something new.

Even when Sangu was off to college, his mother’s words were always in his head, and to this day, they serve as a guiding force, an opportunity for personal growth not to be squandered.

“I’ve literally had days where I pray and I’m about to go to bed and I say, ‘I didn’t do anything productive today.’ And I won’t go to bed because I can’t go to bed when I had a day when I didn’t accomplish anything. So, I’ll go back and read something.”

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FIERCELY INDEPENDENT: Show Review by Jamie Levine


Wednesday
March 13, 2019

As a recently engaged single mom, I have no personal experience with a broken marriage that both parties are completely uncertain about how to repair. But I do know how distracting cell phones, computers, and the overwhelming presence of modern technology can be when it comes to trying to communicate with loved ones. So I found the premise of “Fiercely Independent,” a new original play by 3-time Tony Award Winner Kathleen Johnson (who also directed), engaging, and thoroughly enjoyed this dramatic Off-Broadway play.

In it, a 30-something couple, Julie (played by Caitlin Gallogly, best known as Princess Kenny on Comedy Central’s “South Park” and as Kim on “Silicon Valley” (HBO)) and Robert (played by Christopher M. Smith, who has select TV and theater credits, and is making his Off-Broadway debut here) find their 4-year marriage in crisis, and decide to spend 24 hours together in a hotel room with no television, cell phones, or Internet/computers, to see if they can resolve their issues. They also come to this rendezvous with a list of ground rules that both of them must follow (e.g., no drinking alcohol, must always be honest, etc.). The conversations, interactions, and revelations that transpire between the couple … Continue reading..



Motherhood’s Guilty Pleasures by Andrea Santo Felcone


Monday
February 25, 2019

vintage televisionThis won’t do much for the image of the stay-at-home mom, but the truth is the truth, so here goes. One of the very best parts of my day is emailing a friend to discuss all the juiciest bits of our favorite television shows. Emailing “Maggie” (not her real name, she has some modicum of pride, whereas, clearly, I do not) about the latest goings on in either Genoa City, or Port Charles, or at the famed Forrester Creations–these are some of the best parts of my day. Now, before the full confession, let me just say that I have never eaten a bon-bon while watching my “stories,” so let’s just dispel that myth right from the outset. I will admit to carving out a bit of time (most days) to watch my favorite soap opera. Yes, there, I’ve said it. Now, judge all you like, but if you are watching reality television, you owe a bit of debt to the original soap operas. (So, there’s that.)

I know there are thousands of better uses of my time. But you have to understand that soap operas hold three worlds for me: they are a nostalgic link to my childhood, a … Continue reading..



KING KONG Alive on Broadway – Ticket Giveaway & Discount


Tuesday
February 19, 2019

“A GRAND, HEART-STOPPING SPECTACLE.”

Newsday

“SIMPLY AMAZING!”

The Hollywood Reporter

“YOU’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT ON STAGE. EVER.”

Entertainment Weekly

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*Offer valid for performances through 9/1/19. Additional blackout dates may apply. Regular prices are $49-$169 and are subject to change. Not valid on prior purchases and cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. All sales final; no refunds or exchanges. Telephone and Internet orders are subject to standard service fees. A $2.00 theatre facility fee is included in the price of the ticket. Limit 10 tickets per order. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Production Photo by Matthew Murphy.

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Mary Poppins Sing Along: Review by Lainie Gutterman


Thursday
February 14, 2019

My son saw Mary Poppins Returns twice over the holidays.  So, when I was offered tickets to Mary Poppins Sing-Along at Schimmel Center, I immediately said “yes” even though we had to rearrange our jam-packed weekend schedule to fit it in.

An hour prior to the movie, there were pre-show activities including games and coloring, along with a meet-and-greet with Mary Poppins (Elizabeth Earley) and Bert (Michael Scott Torbet). My son who is a die-hard movie fanatic couldn’t wait for the film to start so he wasn’t big into participation, but other kids had a great time while waiting for the film to start.

We had never attended a “sing-along” before, and I had thought it would be more like a big dance party with the kids up on their feet singing while the movie played simultaneously on a big screen. Rather, it was a seated screening of the classic Disney original Mary Poppins with the song lyrics on the bottom of the screen like subtitles and/or karaoke.

It was an awesome feeling sitting in the theater listening to the entire audience (both young and old) break out in applause when Best Actress Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke’s … Continue reading..