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Parenting Isn't for Sissies

These are my stories about the humbling and hilarious moments I share with my children. Parenting Isn't for Sissies ... but sometimes I feel like one.

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Jennifer DuBose has been a featured blogger for chicagoparent.com since March, 2007 and a columnist for Chicago Parent Magazine since August, 2007.  She also writes a column for the Saturday edition of The Kane County Chronicle she calls "Tales from the Motherhood."

Though she has graduate degrees in and experience practicing both family therapy and school counseling, DuBose admits she sometimes feels bewildered when parenting her own children.  In her stories about the humbling and hilarious realities of life with kids, she tries to connect with other parents - because they struggle with, laugh about and are moved by the experience of parenting, just like she is.

A Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since 1995, DuBose has a private practice in Batavia and can be reached at (630) 454-4047 or jenniferdubose@msn.com.  She lives in Batavia with her husband, Todd, their two children, Noah, 12, and Holly, 9.

Learning how to make a difference


Posted Nov 25, 2009 4:03 PM

I struggled to find a way to make it okay for Noah to surrender the coat he'd outgrown - especially since it was already in the trunk of my car, destined for the 'Coats for Kids' box at the grocery store.
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What's up with those itty-bitty chairs at parent-teacher conferences?


Posted Nov 18, 2009 12:35 PM

I know I’m not alone when I say that parent-teacher conferences are a good time. Parents glow with pride one moment and then find themselves sweating about ‘areas needing improvement’ the next, all while perched on itty-bitty chairs that make their knees lock up and their butts ache. What's up with that?
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Anniversary of Election Night, 2008: Priceless Memories for this Mom


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:58 PM

Along with an estimated quarter-million other fans of history who poured into Chicago's Grant Park on that unusually balmy November night, we got to hear Obama make his victory speech in person. I still can't believe we were there to see it happen - to feel it happen, alongside so many.
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I'm not a "normal parent," apparently ...


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:53 PM

Have you ever met an eight-year-old? They are truly magical creatures, in my opinion, with preferences that shift with the wind.
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Go apple picking with your kids and make some great memories. And some great pie.


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:51 PM

Oh, how I look forward to apple-picking time.
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Sex and condoms and STD's! Oh my!


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:49 PM

Sometimes I feel like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. Whatever happened to Goodnight Moon and Santa Clause? Where has the time gone?
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Public Breastfeeding is 'Indecent?'


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:48 PM

What’s that expression? Don’t bring up religion or politics unless you wanna pick a fight? Well, go on and add public breastfeeding to the list.
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eat planet. Discover the World


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:47 PM

Yesterday, apparently, was Andorra’s national holiday. Never heard of Andorra before? You're in good company.
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What is your child's mis-behavior really all about?


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:46 PM

We parents often scratch our heads and wonder about our kids’ undesirable behaviors, but what if they serve some very real purpose?
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First Day of Middle School: One Mom's pathetic stakeout


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:45 PM

School started last Wednesday, for my kids. I made sure Noah and Holly had their new backpacks and school supplies, but they had their own strategies for getting ready for the big day.
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