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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.

Fired up about TSA pat-downs?


Posted Apr 20, 2011 6:10 PM

A year-and-a-half after 9/11, my daughter, then just 2 years old, was asked to take off her Winnie the Pooh sneakers and stand, spread-eagle, for a female Transportation Security Administration screener. She was scanned with a wand and quickly patted down.
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A Mom's New Year's Resolutions


Posted Jan 20, 2011 2:12 PM

I’m not a big fan of making New Year’s resolutions. I suspect this is because I know I’m a slacker – and won’t keep them.
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Fresh apple pie, sweet cookies baked by my sweeties, and frolicking in fallen leaves. Can it get any better?


Posted Oct 24, 2010 8:45 AM

“We can’t have too many cookies, right?” Noah called from the kitchen. “Umm, I can’t imagine a scenario where that would be a problem,” I replied, grinning as I typed. Guess I'll need to take three Zumba classes every week now, definitely three. And maybe do a few situps. But if Holly has her way, all I really need to do is rake.
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Scare up some fun with your family at Six Flags Fright Fest!


Posted Oct 9, 2010 5:22 PM

Looking for a thrilling way to enjoy the Halloween season with your family? Last Sunday, mine headed up to Gurnee for “Fright Fest” at Six Flags Great America and had a fabulous time. October may just be our new favorite time to visit, after all, and I have a hunch that folks hitting the rides this weekend will enjoy the sweetest treat of all: short lines and comfortably warm days.
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Racing in a canoe with your kid isn't for sissies, either!


Posted Jun 21, 2010 10:50 AM

Water, check. Sunscreen, check. Sunglasses, check. But “Oooh, I forgot to Google ‘canoeing,’” I winced, as my husband backed the car out of the driveway. I’d hoped to soak up some last-minute tips on how to avoid tipping … Noah and I had canoed before, but never in a race – and certainly not for six miles. But we were pumped, ready or not.
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Getting Ready to Tread the Fox in our Tippy Canoe


Posted Jun 11, 2010 11:11 PM

My son and I participated in the 49th Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on the Fox River last Sunday. “Hey Noah, I heard about this canoe race…” I ventured, a few days before. “You and me, Mom!” he shouted, high-fiving me. Yes! And I didn’t even have to talk him into it. You see, I have an unrequited love of paddling.
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Recalling garage sale memories and making new ones with my kids


Posted May 29, 2010 6:09 PM

“I love this! You’re gonna sell it?” my daughter Holly exclaimed. I cringed as she admired the yellow bud vase I’d hoped to unload in our garage sale last month. Deciding it will look great in her bedroom after the room is painted baby blue, she promptly peeled off the price-tag. The vase wasn’t the only thing reclaimed.
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What a 'Croc': My daughter's first run-in with the fashion police


Posted May 19, 2010 1:03 PM

Crocs and Croc-wannabe's are springing up everywhere again, which reminds me of an encounter I observed between Holly and the fashion police.
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Tales from an 'un' soccer mom


Posted May 13, 2010 12:45 PM

My kids both play soccer, so our Saturdays are spent driving from pillar to post and cheering from the sidelines. It's a blast -- unless it’s your turn to bring the half-time snack and you drop the ball.
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My Spectacular Mom, in a Nutshell


Posted May 9, 2010 10:15 PM

My mom would hate for me to sing her praises with flowery tributes or cliched sentiments, so I won't.
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