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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.

Hunting for School Supplies Isn't For Sissies


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:43 PM

School is starting whether or not I can wrap my head around that fact, and I have to make sure my kids are ready.
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Looking for Lincoln in Springfield


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:42 PM

The highlight of our trip to Springfield, as far as the kids were concerned, was the hotel.
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Do it like the Obamas


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:41 PM

Date night. Date night? Yes indeed. What a concept.
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Sometimes We all Need a Little Comfort


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:38 PM

Who was it who said that being a parent is like being pecked to death by a bunch of chickens? I can relate.
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The kids saying they're bored? Let them see just how good they've got it, at Garfield Farm


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:36 PM

The Garfield Farm Museum, an 1840’s living history farm in LaFox, is a throwback to an era where children never complained – as mine are wont to do, a few short weeks into summer – that they have nothing to do.
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Telling your children about your divorce


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:34 PM

It’s hard enough for adults to make sense of divorce, no matter who initiates it. Imagine what it’s like for a child?
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Uptight About Masturbation?


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:32 PM

It never occurred to you that you’d be confronted with the notion of your innocent baby as a sexual being quite so early, and, honestly, you’d rather avoid thinking about it altogether. Am I right?
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Kids Partying at Your House? Skip the Booze


Posted Nov 12, 2009 2:24 PM

We've heard a lot about underage drinking and the consequences to parents who allow it to occur in their homes.
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Sometimes Moms Just Need a Hand


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:38 PM

This Good Morning America story reminds me of the infectious joy we can experience when we help another or allow others to help us.
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"Mommy, is that a boy or a girl?"


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:38 PM

"Mommy, is that a boy or a girl?" Holly whispered, after our server left to retrieve a pitcher of water.
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