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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.

Mama Bear Takes on the Swine Flu


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:36 PM


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Have Some Twinkle Soup This Mother's Day


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:34 PM

Motherhood certainly isn’t for sissies – or fashion snobs.
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When Your Child Says He Wants to Die


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:31 PM

What possesses a child so young to take his own life?
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Spring Breakin' at Disney Isn't for Sissies, Either


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:29 PM

Planning to take your brood to the Magic Kingdom for spring break? There’s no place like it.
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This Too Shall Pass, But Not Too Quickly, Please ...


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:28 PM

Though I still catch glimpses of admiration, affection and even gratitude from my kids, five years have passed and they’re noticing and not appreciating life’s inevitable inequities and limits.
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Sit for a While in the Sun, Won't You?


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:25 PM

Step away from the computer, run outside and reclaim what's left of your lunch hour or that reprieve you earned when you coaxed your baby into going down for a nap.
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A Cautionary 'Tail'


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:22 PM


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Redux: Tales of Barf and the Holiday Blues


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:21 PM

The lights are twinkling, the cinnamon is wafting and your children’s cheeks are rosy with anticipation, so why do you feel so darned blue?
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Are the Obama's Good Role Models for other Parents?


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:19 PM

The most striking thing about this family is just how 'normal' they seem.
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Talking To Your Kids About Family Finances? Give Them the Gift of Perspective


Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:16 PM

Maybe your cash flow is far greater than your parents’ ever was and belt-tightening feels too much like the old days so you reject the notion, fend off your dread and keep up appearances.
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