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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

'The Messier Side of Parenting' with Taryn Goldstein: Naptime

‘The Messier Side of Parenting’ with Taryn Goldstein: Naptime

April 28, 2021

“The Messier Side of Parenting” introduces readers to Taryn Goldstein, 43, a St. Louis Jewish mother of four sons, ranging in age from 9 to 15. In her video blog, Goldstein will offer her no-holds-barred take on parenting, with topics ranging from...

The Messier Side of Parenting - with Taryn Goldstein

The Messier Side of Parenting – with Taryn Goldstein

March 30, 2021

“The Messier Side of Parenting” introduces readers to Taryn Goldstein, 43, a St. Louis Jewish mother of four sons, ranging in age from 9 to 15. In her video blog, Goldstein will offer her no-holds-barred take on parenting, with topics ranging...

How to choose the right pediatrician: Guide and checklist

Amy Fenster Brown March 16, 2021

Getting started:Get referrals from other parents, your own doctors and social media groupsCall pediatric offices to make sure they take your insuranceGoogle candidates’ names and see what you can learn (education, background, etc.)Set up interviews...

Monthly columnist Amy Fenster Brown is married to Jeff and has two teenage sons, Davis and Leo. She volunteers for several Jewish not-for-profit groups. Fenster Brown is an Emmy Award-winning TV news writer and counts time with family and friends, talking and eating peanut butter among her hobbies.

The doctor is in: How to choose the right pediatrician

By Amy Fenster Brown March 16, 2021

I am in love.  He had me at “hello.” While there is no ring on my finger or any legal documents to sign, it is a committed relationship based on trust, respect and open communication, and I hope it stays rock solid for years to come. I use the term...

Yavilah McCoy

Jewish Federation plans parenting for racial equity webinar

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief October 18, 2020

Meet with other parents and discuss our racial equity habits in parenting during an interactive webinar with Yavilah McCoy from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19.McCoy is a pioneer of the diversity and equity movement and advocate for the empowerment of...

Amy Fenster Brown with her son, Leo, at his bar mitzvah earlier this month. 

More ‘mitzvah,’ less ‘bar’: A lesson in silver linings

By Amy Fenster Brown August 27, 2020

Raise your hand if you’re tired of the phrase “the new normal.” Keep your hand up if you realize you’re actually adapting to the new normal, even though the term annoys you. I see lots of hands.  The world has changed plans with regard to work,...

Amy Fenster Brown

Mom? Mom! MOM! Kids’ demands are proof of our parenting acumen

By Amy Fenster Brown February 27, 2020

True or false: Our kids need us only when we’re on the phone or in the bathroom.  True. Do kids have a secret device that alerts them to when we are actually busy, and an alarm goes off in their heads telling them to find us that very second? It’s...

Carla Naumburg, Ph.D., is a clinical social worker and writer. She is the author of two books, “Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters” [Parallax, 2014] and “Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family” [New Harbinger, 2015].

How an anxious Jewish mother became a free-range parent

By Carla Naumburg, Kveller via JTA July 20, 2017

I am not built to be a free-range mother. I am anxious and overprotective by nature, and my years of experience as a social worker have only increased my awareness of everything that could happen to my daughters, from sexual abuse to traumatic brain injuries.If...

Laura K. Silver

A Mother’s Day I Won’t Soon Forget

By Laura K. Silver May 18, 2012

Mother’s Day this year was nice-for the most part. I woke up to breakfast served by my husband. I received cards made by my kids. I spent the day at my Mom’s house. And to round out a pleasant day, I got my arm stuck in the freezer. Yes, that’s...

‘Chores’ no more

By Laura K. Silver March 16, 2012

This week, I decided to make my kids a chart so that they could keep track of what is expected of them each morning, after school, and evening. The expectations are not new to them, but they were having trouble keeping track of everything so my husband...

Portman visits her roots, Stern drunk dials, Bialik writing a parenting book

By JTA Staff, 6nobacon.com January 3, 2012

After a short stint in France visiting her husband's family, Natalie Portman, along with hubby Benjamin Millipied, enjoyed a weeklong vacation with baby Alef in her native Israel. According to Ynet news, the couple stayed at the King David Hotel in...

Ellen Futterman

Jewish ‘Pop’ Culture

By Ellen Futterman, Editor June 15, 2011

For better or for worse, Jewish mothers have captured most of the attention in modern-day American popular culture. Today, we're not going to delve into the reasons why this is the case. Rather, in honor of Father's Day on Sunday, we (as in me and colleague...

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