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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.

Kids say the darnest things.


Posted May 6, 2010 3:48 PM

Whenever I need a good belly laugh I recall the fleeting moments when my muses comments inspired me to take notes with whatever was handy. My daughter Holly went through a particularly funny phase. These are among the ‘best of’ my funny-girl’s moments, and they still make me smile.
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Posted Apr 21, 2010 8:12 PM

Did you happen to catch that episode of NBC’s new prime-time show “The Parenthood” where Julia, a working mom in a rush to get to a meeting, endures the brazenness of another mom who sneaks in front of her in the car drop-off lane at her daughter’s elementary school? I can relate!
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West Virginia mining tragedy struck a chord with my family


Posted Apr 17, 2010 7:25 PM

You know how every now and then you experience a confluence of events that really make you think? Such was the case for us, recently.
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Easter Baskets, Bunny Prints and Believing


Posted Apr 3, 2010 11:06 AM

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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Posted Apr 2, 2010 11:03 AM

One year, the egg hunt gave me more to ponder than whether or not my kids would be willing to share any of their sweet loot with me.
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Posted Mar 6, 2010 11:26 AM

Into every parent's life a few pets must fall ... a 'cautionary tail!'
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Posted Mar 3, 2010 8:11 AM

The Midwest Ballet Theatre is presenting its full-length original story ballet "Peter Pan" on Saturday, March 6, 2010, and Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 1:30 PM at the Tivoli Theatre, located at 5021 Highland Avenue in downtown Downers Grove.
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What do car thieves, a gorilla and I have in common?


Posted Feb 27, 2010 12:14 PM

I remember reading the news online. "Oh my God! Mr. Rogers died," I gasped. "No he didn't, Mommy, he's on T.V.," Noah assured me, with the sturdy confidence of a four-year-old.
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The quiet can wait. For now, I have kids and they have drums.


Posted Feb 20, 2010 1:34 PM

Oh, it was going to be so lovely. A comfy chaise lounge nestled in a quiet, out-of-the-way corner. A good book, a chenille throw for those delicious, impromptu naps between chapters and a cup of hot tea. It was to going to be ‘Mommy’s special place.’ Now? Not so much.
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Watching the State of the Union Address with kids isn't for sissies, either.


Posted Feb 15, 2010 6:49 PM

My daughter did cartwheels and my son did the 'worm,' but at least they were in the room to witness the pageantry and hear the president speak.
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