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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.

Bunny Prints and Believing


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:45 PM

Easter has always been about new life, and about believing in things not easily seen. For my kids, it’s also about chocolate.
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Ethical Easter-Egg Hunting


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:44 PM

Easter Egg Hunts are a metaphor for life. Why do you grab more than you need? And if you find that in your excitement you have unwittingly done so, why not slow down andshare a few of your extras with those who weren't as fortunate, quick or clever as you?
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"What's War Mommy?" Five Years Later


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:42 PM

The comfort of my anonymous little existence, in which I mull over major life decisions like meatballs vs. meatloaf (or take-out vs. drive-thru), has for five years now been overshadowed by the stark and sobering intrusion of war.
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Trap A Leprechaun and Get a BMW?


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:41 PM

"I'm tying dental floss across this (a black, plastic kettle) and putting Holly's Chucky Cheese token in it. To bait him,” Noah explains. “He'll think it's real gold.
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It's OK to make mistakes. Really.


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:40 PM

Every now and then, we parents get it right. Here’s a high-five for you, too.
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The Day the Neighborhood Changed Forever: Missing Mr. Rogers


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:38 PM

Rogers’ magic was his simplicity, and his ability to quietly convey messages of affirmation and acceptance: “You always make it a special day and a special week for me, by just your being you."
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Who, me? Stop a gunman?


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:33 PM

Show your kids how much they count. Refuse to be part of the problem and teach your children well, and things can get better for all of us.
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In Memory of Julia Saia, Mentor to a New Mom and So Much More, on the Occasion of her 90th Birthday


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:31 PM

Like many new parents of my generation, once the brief flurry of grandparent-visits subsided, I had no family around after the birth of my first baby nine years ago. But I had Julia.
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Vote. Your Kids Are Watching


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:29 PM

It’s no picnic bringing the kids along, but it's well-worth the effort. Let them see you doing your civic duty and enjoying the privilege of having your say.
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Just Call Me Bond. Mommy Bond


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:28 PM

A healthy dump of fresh snow, a slippery slope and a stranger’s stalled car threatened to block my path to freedom this morning, but they were no match for me.
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