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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Notes from a Jewish mother

Amy Fenster Brown

Caps in the air, parents in despair: The graduation gloom

BY AMY FENSTER BROWNPublished May 22, 2024

By press time, my oldest child will officially be a high school graduate. Also by press time, I will be swimming in deep waves of emotion, texting and calling all of the other parents who are stranded at sea with me. What do we do now? How did this happen...

Momming Never Stops

Momming Never Stops

BY AMY FENSTER BROWNPublished May 2, 2024

When I cook dinner for my family, I tend to announce what each dish is. There’s really no need because it’s usually pretty obvious with foods like chicken that look like chicken, broccoli that looks like broccoli, and noodles that look like noodles....

Buzz Off! Why I’m serving up unfiltered truth to nosy advice-givers

Buzz Off! Why I’m serving up unfiltered truth to nosy advice-givers

BY AMY FENSTER BROWNPublished April 18, 2024

Recently I read an article about home organization. The expert suggested vacuuming in natural light to really be able to see dirt and debris, so you won’t have to go back and do touch ups. Until that moment, I had no idea going back and doing touch...

Amy Fenster Brown with her father, Ron Fenster.

Remember my ‘sweet guy’ dad with a big dose of his humor

Amy Fenster Brown, Special To The Jewish LightPublished March 21, 2024

My family and I just experienced a bummer of a milestone: my dad’s 10-year yahrzeit. Ugh.  After a stroke and some cardiac issues, my dad, Ron Fenster,  lived a handicapped life for many years but managed to keep his sense of humor. Frankly, I never...

Teen sons’ road trip chats offer mom a dose of humor

Teen sons’ road trip chats offer mom a dose of humor

By Amy Fenster Brown, Special To The Jewish LightPublished March 10, 2024

Cute story — a few months ago we were on a family trip, driving from Flagstaff, Ariz., to the Grand Canyon when the following scene played out between my teenage sons. AAANNNDDD ACTION! Leo – Will there be signs saying we are at the Grand Canyon? Davis...

Weve decoded the latest teenglish lingo so you dont have too

We’ve decoded the latest ‘teenglish’ lingo so you don’t have too

Amy Fenster Brown, Special To The Jewish LightPublished February 26, 2024

Kids these days. The older mine get the less I understand what they’re saying. I hear the words and I know they are words, but when strung together and spoken, they just don’t make sense.  In the past, I’ve helped you de-code what in tarnation...

Why Im starting a rage journal for my health

Why I’m starting a ‘rage journal’ for my health

Amy Fenster BrownPublished February 12, 2024

(Starting this week, you now listen to Amy's column on YouTube or click the link above) Journaling is all the rage. That’s why I’m starting a Rage Journal. It’ll be healthy to get the anger out.  Life always needs new coping strategies, so when...

Free advice to teens from Aunt Amy, that they didnt ask for

Free advice to teens from Aunt Amy, that they didn’t ask for

Amy Fenster Brown, Special To The Jewish LightPublished January 25, 2024

Dear Teens and Young People, You are special and wonderful and perfect just the way you are. But there are some things you need to know to be even better. Well, good news! Aunt Amy has got your back with some advice you didn’t ask for. It’s easy...

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