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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Love Bug, Sweetie Dear, Pumpkin Pie, Etc by Polly Rosenwaike (Book Excerpt)

April 19, 2019

From the Book:

Copyright © 2017 by Polly Rosenwaike
Published by arrangement with Doubleday, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC


From the story…..Love Bug, Sweetie Dear, Pumpkin Pie, Etc.

The book about how to calm your baby said to swing her vigorously back and forth. Swing her harder than you’d think. Serena paced the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, with all the lights turned out, sailing Eve like a boat in a stormy sea. The edge of violence in it gave her more satisfaction than those tedious maternal tactics: cooing, nursing, humming lullabies. Sometimes she wondered how much vigor was too much, how much more force she would need to apply to be on the wrong side of those public service announcements on the bus: Never shake your baby.

Surely any day now, the child’s real parents would return and collect her. Surely Serena and Henry were the surrogates, the starter parents. They’d done all right; they’d kept her alive. But soon they’d be relieved from their strange duties and change back into themselves. Time would resume its prevailing sensible arrangement: work … Continue reading..

Budgeting Key to Less Financial Stress for Working Moms

April 17, 2019

Motherhood is a beautiful phase in a woman’s life. However, it comes with a whole new set of challenges, one of them being increased expenses.  According to a report released by USDA, it costs an average of $233,610 annually to take care of a child until the age of 17.  This amount only covers the necessities.

Every mother desires to give her family a comfortable life and have enough left for an emergency. Sadly, if you are a low-income earner, this may seem like a dream.  But, it may be done.

Budgeting is the solution. It enables you to stretch your income enough to cover all expenses by planning and controlling every penny spent.

The following are ways in which you can benefit from budgeting….

It Makes You a Wise Spender

With the account well loaded on payday or a few days after, it’s easy to indulge and ignore that money should last until the next paycheck.

In a survey conducted by Schwab, 64% of the respondents regretted spending on meals out, expensive clothing, and vacations. However, the respondents showed satisfaction spending on things such as tuition fees for their kids.

You are Better Armed for Emergencies

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June is the First Fall: Show Review by Debbie Gray Bloom

April 7, 2019

Overheard in the Ladies’ Room at the New Ohio Theatre,”There are a lot of Asian people here.” With almost no hesitation and a quick debate as to whether or not to mind my own business I told them, “Well you know the play is about an Asian family, written by an Asian playwright and is presented by Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America.”  They didn’t seem to appreciate my input.

I went to see June is the First Fall with high expectations after learning that the playwright Yilong Liu had won the Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Playwriting award. I also was intrigued by the story of a young Chinese man who is dealing with the fallout of coming out to his family as gay. I had not yet been to the New Ohio theatre and found it easily off the 1 train, a small comfortable black box space set up for this production with stadium seating.

The set by Jean Kim depicting the living room of a small home in Hawaii immediately informed us that this was a family of modest means. The first scene, on an airplane simply represented by two chairs and an airline blanket, grabbed our attention immediately … Continue reading..

My ‘Older Mom’ Mother by Sharon O’Donnell

April 7, 2019

Not only am I an older mom since I had a child when I was 38, which is considered advance maternal age; but, my mother is also an older mom because she had me when she was 38. I’ve written in my book, Please Don’t Let Me Be the Oldest Mom in the PTA, about our close relationship, particularly how my being the youngest child meant that we spent a lot of time doing things together as my siblings got older and did things with friends.

Mama is now 94 years old. She suffers from macular degeneration, so her eyesight is poor, but I think she compensates somehow because she still cooks great meals and gets around pretty well. When me or one of my siblings takes her to the eye doctor though, suffice it to say that she has to squint to make out the top line. I really don’t know how she does it. She has been a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, great-grandmother, friend to many, and of course, wife.

My father is also 94, and he also is a gem. Worked in his own business from the 1950s until just this year when hip and leg pain … Continue reading..

THE WHITE DEVIL: Show Review by Debby Gray Bloom

April 4, 2019

I attend every show prepared to do two things.

First, suspend  my disbelief and two, totally enjoy the performance.

Unfortunately, I was totally unprepared for The White Devil, produced by The Red Bull Theatre at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on Christopher Street.

When a Playbill includes a full page insert with a synopsis of the plot, you know it is either truly complicated and or the director realized the audience may  be confused. Presented on a thrust stage with seats on 3 sides, the set is modern, simple and intimate.   The ushers warned us in advance to keep the aisles clear as entrances and exits would be frequently made through the audience.

The play was written  in 1612, yes that 1612, by John Webster, a contemporary of William Shakespeare.  I suggest that one should be a fan of Shakespeare to be a fan of the lesser known Webster.

The show starts with high energy impactful music, lights, and video. Later there are 8 screens with what resembles real time surveillance  videos. With costumes not of the period, they still help define the characters. It takes skill and experience to deliver Shakespearean English in a way that allows the audience to … Continue reading..

Teaching Good Financial Habits Young

April 3, 2019

(Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by PSECU, a Pennsylvania-based credit union.)

Many parents put off initiating financial discussions with children until they become old enough to begin babysitting or performing odd jobs to earn cash. However, attitudes about money start forming in the human mind shortly after vocabulary begins to develop. The earlier parents start saving for their child, and inspiring them to do the same, the more interest to be reaped as a return on investment.

A simple piggy bank can serve as a good starting point, and little ones can literally save their pennies until they amass enough to open a savings account at a bank. As a child matures and can begin forming their own spending and savings habits, parents can share strategic thinking and planning around money.

Parents experiencing financial challenges can endeavor to empower their children not to fear economic downturns, but to use the experience as a teachable moment and encourage them to come up with creative ways to earn extra cash.

Regardless of economic situation, parents can help children learn the concept of opportunity cost by allowing them to start a separate savings account for a special desired item.  Then, teach them to … Continue reading..

VILNA: Show Review by Rochelle Jewell Shapiro

April 2, 2019

Ira Fuchs must have been called by the voices of the dead to write his impassioned play, VILNA. In 1974, after college graduation, he wrote a few plays. One was put on at the YWHA on Eighth Avenue, the other at Playwright Horizons. Then he left the theater to become a successful tech entrepreneur and wrote a couple of books in his field. After forty-five years, he was moved to take a six-week college class in playwrighting. The Assignment: write a full-length play. He read a report of an escape tunnel at the site of the Vilna ghetto and by the end of the class his  masterpiece, VILNA, was born.

Since the tenth century, the city of Vilnius was the hub of Jewish learning. “The Jerusalem of the North,” Napoleon called it. Fuchs tells the heroic tale of Motke Zeidel and Yudi Farber from the ages of 11 through 28, actual people who grew up in Vilna. Through them, we see Vilna, a city of culture that had been degraded by the annexation at various times by Poland, Russia, and Lithuania changed during WWII into a ghetto where Jews were forced to subsist. Then came Hitler’s order to take

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The Adornment of Maternal Attire by Nancy Carolyn Kwant

March 28, 2019

You first became a part of my wardrobe when my structure stretched to accommodate your growing body.

I would shop at thrift stores for larger shirts and skirts not having the money to waste on a growth spurt that would only last for a couple of weeks.

I remember starting with one outfit in the morning and by noon, having to run to the second-hand maternity store to buy a bigger size.

No matter how much belly balm I rubbed in, a monkey scratch dance would alleviate my expanding skin only momentarily.

There is nothing sexy about compression socks not to mention the difficulty of trying to put them on with a burgeoning belly, orange dish gloves, and ole Portuguese lady swollen ankles.

In labor, the bandanna I fashioned to keep the hair out of my face eventually fell to the side as my head writhed deep into a pillow and my short brown locks twisted and knotted.

In between contractions, I slept and a brief look of peace would sweep my face.

An operating theatre of bright lights, blue masked strangers, a curtain hung between me and my belly, and my anticipated expression  of “girl” or “boy?”

When I … Continue reading..