Make Your Mess Your Message by Shari Leid (Book Excerpt)


Excerpted from Make Your Mess Your Message by Shari Leid. Copyright © 2021 Shari Leid. Reprinted with permission from Shari Leid. Seattle, WA. All rights reserved.   Chapter 49 Tiffani’s Story: Acknowledging My Adoption Trauma Born in Seoul, Korea Fun fact: Tiffani’s adoptive parents were both very fair-skinned, both six feet tall, and both very ...

Meet New Later-in-Life Dad Stephen McCall: Interview by Robin Gorman Newman, founder, MotherhoodLater.com


Stephen McCall AGE: 43 RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single  RESIDENCE: Washington, D.C.  AGES OF YOUR CHILDREN: 11 & 15 I am a senior staffer for the U.S. Congress.  I also am a distinguished military veteran (US Air Force) and worked over 20 years in the Department of Defense as a civil servant. I was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at age ...

’True Mothers’ (Japanese movie w/subtitles): Review by Hannah Singer


I am an adoptive mom of an 8th grader, adopted from birth, just like the adoptive parents in this movie. When I was offered to review this movie, I was somewhat reluctant. Even after all these years, I am sensitive to the situation. Basically, I didn’t want to be upset or ...

Diary of a Midlife Mom – September 2020 by Lin Griffith


My story begins like many other women.  As a little girl, I dreamed of marrying my prince charming one day, happily raising at least 4 children all while being the perfect wife and mom.  Sound familiar? Fast forward about 20 years, and lo and behold, I was finding myself going through ...

Navigating Adoption Later in Life – Meet Later Mom Melissa Couch Salim, founder, Baby Buzz Adoption Advisory & Head, Houston Chapter of MotherhoodLater.com: Interview by Robin Gorman Newman, founder, MotherhoodLater.com


Robin: What led you to adopt? Melissa: My road to adoption was a long and winding one with many speed bumps, hills and unexpected pot holes.  But I stayed the course as somehow, I knew in my heart adoption was for me.  What I didn’t realize is that by the time ...

Meet Later Mom to Be Jennifer Clary


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 ...

Opportunity Seeking Starts Early by Richard Rende, PhD and Jen Prosek (Excerpted from Raising Can-Do Kids)


So how can we foster opportunity seeking in our children? For decades, scholars have articulated a model for teaching children how to take forays into the unknown and deal with life’s uncomfortable or risky moments. Attachment theory, as it is called, dates back to the seminal work of John ...

Meet Later Dad: Tom LaMarr


NAME:  Tom LaMarr AGE:  “A youthful 61” RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married RESIDENCE:  Colorado CHILDREN: Evelyn, an even more youthful 13 The median age for becoming a parent has climbed, and Tom LaMarr is the reason. This Colorado dad was nearly 48 when he met his daughter, which makes him even older now. GEEZER DAD, his memoir ...

Grandparents and Politics by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan


It’s Saturday morning and I am reading, reading on my iPhone. My daughter is relaxing. I’ve written little here because I have had little to say, particularly on Wednesdays, the day I thought I could write unencumbered. This morning I realized I have things to say on Saturday and that ...

BOOK EXCERPT: Geezer Dad by Tom LaMarr


GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS (excerpt from Chapter One of Geezer Dad) If it wasn’t the boldest decision anyone ever made, it was big for us. After years spent discussing, debating, and generally overthinking our options, we would stop trying to not have a baby. We would place our fate in nature’s ...