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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.

Revisiting Black Friday Memories


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:12 PM

I figured that in 20 minutes I’d have secured my son’s happiness Christmas morning and that in 30 I’d be back under the covers where I belonged. My cozy visions and confidence evaporated when I got to Wal-Mart and discovered that the parking lot was jam-packed.
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Witnessing History


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:11 PM

Last week I got a call from Jami Kunzer, reporter and Mom-blogger for the Northwest Herald and Kane County Chronicle.
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We Were There: Election Night in Chicago's Grant Park


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:10 PM

Oh, what a night, and Noah and I were there!
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Make the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:08 PM

Hold onto your hats, folks, it’s parent – teacher conference time again.
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Bullying, Part 2: Cyberbullying 101


Posted Nov 10, 2009 3:53 PM

It’s enough to make this Mom just wanna pull up the covers and pull the plug on all of this ‘progress.’
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Revisiting 9/11, Seven Years Later


Posted Nov 10, 2009 3:52 PM

This morning I turned on the television before I even got out of bed and propped myself up on my squishy pillow, ready for my Waltons fix with the kids before school.
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My Worst Nightmare: My Son Was Hit By a Car


Posted Nov 10, 2009 3:51 PM

My son was hit by a car. My worst nightmare.
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Bullying, Part I: There's More to a Bully Than Meets the Eye


Posted Nov 10, 2009 3:48 PM

No one likes a bully. But you know what? Chances are pretty good that the bully knows this, and feels the same.
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Dodging Storms With Kids


Posted Nov 10, 2009 3:46 PM

Wild night last night, huh? As for my clan, we hunkered down in our new home's cobwebby old basement with a game of Boggle, our kitty, a cell phone, flashlight, crank-powered emergency radio and a thermos of water. Oh, and some M&M's.
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Moving With Kids? Plan to Dole Out a Few More Snuggles at Bedtime


Posted Nov 10, 2009 3:44 PM

Moving is hard. It's harder with kids.
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