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!

Click to determine which type of writing opportunity is best for you.

Meet Later Mom Ophira Eisenberg


Tuesday
February 12, 2019

AGE:  47
RELATIONSHIP STATUS:  Married
RESIDENCE:  Brooklyn, NY
SON’S NAME/AGE: Lucas, 3 Years Old

 

Standup Comedian

Host of NPR’s Ask Me Another

Frequent host and teller with The Moth, featured on Moth Radio Hour, podcast, in two of their best-selling books.

 

What was your road to parenthood like?  It was a long road. I spent most of my adult life adamantly telling everyone that I didn’t want kids. And I was very pragmatic about it. I’d tell them – “hey, I made the choice to live in New York and pursue standup comedy. I live in a small apartment and I don’t have a ton of money. So that’s that!” And they believed me.

Then life happened. Many good things. And one very bad. The moment I turned 40, I was diagnosed with breast cancer (luckily, an early stage breast cancer). After a year of surgeries and treatment, I reassessed EVERYTHING, and I felt like maybe I wanted to be a parent. I got pregnant. I miscarried, and it resulted in another cancer scare. After getting through that, I thought I’ll just try one more time and then, perhaps, I’ll reassess again. Amazingly, I did manage to get … Continue reading..



A SIMPLE SPACE: Show Review by Lainie Gutterman


Tuesday
February 12, 2019

My son Ian and I were lucky enough to recently see A SIMPLE SPACE at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street).

Taken from the theatre’s performance description……….Who needs circus rigging, sparkly costumes or even shoes when you’ve got each other?  This talented, tight-knit troupe and their dynamic drummer saturate their stripped-down spectacle with high-energy athleticism. A SIMPLE SPACE is a down-to-earth and downright delightful display of human strength, breathtaking skill and cheeky, good-natured one-upmanship. 

The show literally just starts with no introduction. Percussion music is played by the drummer, and the acrobats begin moving around saying, “falling.”

There is such an element of trust and comfort amongst this troupe of athletic performers/acrobats. (Benton Adams-Walker, Rachel Boyd, Lachlan Harper, Jackson Manson, Ashleigh Pearce and Jacob Randell)  They are literally swinging, balancing and climbing all over one another and have their bare feet on each others hands, heads, shoulders, etc.

I was totally in awe as a female climbed on top of two of the males. An audience member even exclaimed, “I’m out of breath.”

It was impressive to learn in the Q&A in the Playbill that the acrobats consider their fellow castmates family first. … Continue reading..



How to Create a Strong Bond With a Surrogate by Taylor Will


Friday
February 8, 2019

For many hopeful parents, the fertility process can be an exhausting and emotional battle. You may have already tried IVF and applied for adoption and are still waiting for the family that you dream of. Many who have used a surrogate to have a child say that the process is a rewarding one that is filled with complex relationships.

Using a surrogate may not seem like the best choice for everyone, but with time, the process has become refined and easier for all parties involved.  A surrogate can help you create a family that may have been impossible by other methods.

If you are considering a surrogate, make sure you do your homework and find out as much as you can about the process.  For everything that you need to know about surrogacy, click here for more information.

To develop a healthy relationship with your surrogate, you need to focus on four important aspects: trust, communication, setting boundaries and being flexible. Let’s take a look how these elements can help you create a strong bond with your surrogate.

Trust

The nature of the surrogate process is one that needs to have high levels of trust. You are depending on another … Continue reading..



Creative Birthday Party Ideas Kids Will Love by Jordana Choo


Saturday
February 2, 2019

Your children are your world, no matter what age they are. You want to give them the best and plan the most memorable parties over the years that you can come up with, so they may reminisce about them with friends.  Since a child’s mind can change in an instant, how do you plan a party that you know they’ll love?

There are so many ideas out there, where do you even start?

It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to think out of the box.  Here’s a list of seven birthday party ideas that might excite your kids and your family.

City-Wide Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt birthday party is not only fantastic for children, but it can also be fun for adults (so don’t forget to include the parents on the invite). You can set up your own scavenger hunt throughout the neighborhood by creating riddles and leaving behind clues. Alternatively, you can hire someone to do the work for you.

Scavenger hunt companies create and tailor city-wide scavenger hunts. When looking for a scavenger hunt company, find the ones that work to make the hunt engaging for your family and your guests. A generic … Continue reading..



I Blinked and He Grew Up by Dana Klosner


Tuesday
January 22, 2019

My son is graduating college this year. Bigger than that, he’s in love. How did that happen? When did I blink?

I didn’t cry when he went to college. I didn’t cry when he went half-way around the world to Australia for a semester abroad. I didn’t even cry when he told me he took a permanent job in San Francisco. But when he called from college to say he was cutting winter break two weeks short to take his girlfriend to Puerto Rico, I cried for two hours. He isn’t mine anymore, he’s all grown up.

He’s always been a late bloomer – and yes, a bit of a “Momma’s boy.”  When he was born, I said I was going to create the perfect boyfriend without realizing that meant I would have to give him up one day.

As a baby, he hardly ever slept. We would drive him around the neighborhood to get him to fall asleep, then as soon as we transferred the car seat into the apartment the waterworks would begin. He only slept if I slept with him. I have to admit, a part of me loved that. He would rest his little head on … Continue reading..



LaBute New Theater Festival: Show Review by Lainie Gutterman


Friday
January 18, 2019

On Sunday, my husband Scott and I attended the evening performance of St. Louis Actors’ Studio presents LaBute New Theater Festival at The Davenport Theater (354 W. 45th St.) featuring three one-act plays by Neil LaBute.

“The truth will set you free” was the common theme of the evening. But whose truth is it?

THE FOURTH REICH, directed by John Pierson, is a one man monologue. Actor Eric Dean White plays Karl who is dressed conservatively in a blazer which when removed reveals a burgundy vest with a blue oxford dress shirt underneath. He is wearing a wedding band. He looks like an upstanding citizen who could be a professor/member of academia or a therapist)

Karl asked, “Is there anyone out there with more bad press than Adolf Hitler?”

The audience member behind us responds, “Trump.” This, which was not part of the show, might have been the most entertaining part of the night.

Karl goes on to talk about the Russians. Later, he declares, “All anyone talks about in relations to Hitler is 6 million Jews….that’s where the conversation ends?….A man is never one thing.”

Karl switches gears and brings up the “one bad thing he did as … Continue reading..



“MAESTRO” starring John Noble, Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Wednesday
January 16, 2019

“Maestro,” currently running at The Duke on 42nd Street, brings to life the story of legendary Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867 – 1957). John Noble stars in this production from the Ensemble for the Romantic Century. You will recognize Noble’s name from voice, television, film and stage, including his work on “Fringe,” “Elementary,” and in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, to name just a few. Physically, Noble is fairly transformed here, almost unrecognizable, in this musical biography of the brilliant, yet complicated, Italian conductor.

First, what should be noted is the concept: The critically-acclaimed Ensemble for the Romantic Century brings the past to life through original multimedia productions that fuse chamber music, drama, and history. This style of performance was an interesting platform for telling Toscanini’s story. Behind Mr. Noble and the musicians, large screens are used to project historical footage or abstract background images that are meant to highlight what is happening on stage. The stage itself is fairly bare, except for seating for the musicians and period Victrolas–which play historical recorded music, excerpts from rehearsals and live performances of Toscanini conducting “Aida.”

Early on, there are moments when the musicians silently creep past Mr. Noble, and … Continue reading..



The Excuse of Role by Rachel Martin, author, The Brave Art of Motherhood (Book Excerpt)


Tuesday
January 15, 2019

From an early age we’re assigned roles: hall monitors, lunch-line captains, student council presidents, shift leaders, camp counselors, resident assistants, and more. We give our kids and ourselves roles that define responsibility even further, such as using chore charts and assigning who’s in charge while we walk to the neighbor’s house and whose job it is to get the mail. Roles become even more defined in the workplace, where  we’re given a name tag, a business card, an office title, and a path of roles to get a promotion.

Roles don’t disappear as we age. In marriage (and relationships) there is often an invisible division of labor that develops. It’s an efficient way to divide responsibilities between two living in the same space. One person may be the only one who trims the kids’ nails, while the other always takes out the trash. Some roles are defined mutually, others by external forces. You may be the one to wake up early and get the kids ready for school because your husband’s the one who works third shift and gets home at 2 a.m. That’s a role given due to circumstances.

For the most part, roles provide order and a means … Continue reading..