PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE the OLDEST MOM in the PTA by Sharon O’Donnell & Giveaways



“Older moms are a rapidly growing segment of the population. They call us “Advanced Maternal Age.” Yes we have been dubbed. I hate it when I’m dubbed, don’t you?” Sharon O’Donnell

PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE THE OLDEST MOM IN THE PTA (TorchflameBooks) is the must-have book for all moms who had a child after the age of 35. Sharon O’Donnell writes about the humorous and poignant stories of having a child at 38 and how she discovered that breastfeeding and AARP membership aren’t really all that far apart.

O’Donnell’s book has a collection of delightful essays, under the heading: “A Mom of a Certain Age,” “The Caboose Babe,” “How I Got My Wrinkles,” “A Woman of a Certain Age” and “Forever Young.”

Sharon says being a mom of a certain age can be tough and rewarding—and rather alarming when you realize that all the TV programs you watch have commercials for incontinence or the Scooter Store.

The kids are back in school and into their insane routines. This is a must read for any PTA parent of any age.



Sharon O’Donnell, a native North Carolinian, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in print/broadcast journalism.

Sharon’s debut title, House of Testosterone—One Mom’s Survival in a Household of Males, was named a notable book by IndieBound. From 1998-2010, she wrote a regular column for The Cary News that won several statewide awards in North Carolina. Her writing has also been featured in Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens, The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), and Blue Mountain Arts greeting cards.

Sharon lives in Cary, NC with her husband, Kevin, their youngest son, Jason, 17, and their 13-year-old long-haired dachshund, with frequent visits from sons Bill, 26, and David, 24. In addition to her own websites, Sharon is a blogger for, the leading website for older moms.

Thanks to Sharon, we have two copies to giveaway. Just tell us your experiences with the PTA – at any age. We’ll announce winners soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only, please.

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16 thoughts on “PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE the OLDEST MOM in the PTA by Sharon O’Donnell & Giveaways

  1. My youngest was born when I was 37. I get it. Sometimes, I’m one of the oldest moms in PTA. I spent 13 years with kids in elementary school. Including preschool, I’ve had kids in school since 2000. My oldest is in grad school, middle in college, and my youngest is in 8th grade.


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  2. I had my last son when I was 43. People thought I wa his grandmother yet I didn’t look old. It was an uncomfortable setting at times but I was determined to know what was going on in the school my son was attending,

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  3. i only helped with fundraising for PTA when my kids were in school.
    my youngest is 23, oldest us 34. even though i was 31 when youngest was born, at the times i seemed like the “old parent”.

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  4. I turned AMA during my last pregnancy I don’t think there is anything wrong with it I would LOVE to have one more
    I am definitely an older mom in my area but that’s only because there are a lot of teen moms where I live
    Thank You for sharing your story with us

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  5. PTA mom here
    Ran the Scholastic Book Fair
    Audit Committee
    Market Day
    Christmas Bazzar
    Mothers Day Flowers committee
    None of the moms were older. We were all in our 20’s and early 30’s


  6. I have no direct experience with any sort of PTA (that I recall). PD~A~, though– Let’s see, where do we begin. First, a general comment/observation: It is my experience (*wink*) that simply being in a foreign country (it helps if you do not speak the local language[s]) can be quite… freeing.
    But! I reluctantly digress. Back to the PTA and growing old(er). womp womp.
    Ya, I’m a hot single lady with zero children… who would happen to be (just barely! just barely! *panic*) of “advanced maternal age.” …Ooohh, do I get to be “a woman of a certain age” next? Quick, someone hand me a Dorothy Parker quip!
    …Srsly. This book looks fly.


  7. I’m a teacher AND a parent, so my PTA joys are many. The biggest thing is that I like to send in stuff or money, but can’t usually volunteer or be the room mom.


  8. I worked full time at a job I couldn’t leave to go to PTA meetings at my sons school but I supported what they did and helped with money.


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