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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.

Don't Be A Sissy -- Stick To Your Budget At Six-Flags


Posted Nov 10, 2009 3:42 PM

Simple planning and a few insider tips will make you and your wallet feel a bit less spent when you head to Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor in nearby Gurnee, Illinois.
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He'd Better Miss Me ... Or I'm Getting My Money Back


Posted Nov 10, 2009 3:40 PM

A child's first trip to camp is a right of passage. I'm going to have a little cry now.
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Some Implications of Skipping a Grade: Pre-K or K?


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:55 PM

My bias is generally to keep kids with their same-aged peers, as academic development is not the only focus of the school experience.
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Loving And Learning As A Parent: Lessons in Bullfrog Kissing and Twinkle Soup


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:54 PM

I became a parent nearly a decade ago. A few blunders later I’ve come to a few startling conclusions.
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The Hot Lunch Lady And the Ice-Cream-Sandwich Scam (an oldie but a – well, you know, one of my favorites)


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:53 PM

Do I have “sucker” stamped on my forehead? Am I a pushover? Do I look like I was born yesterday? Apparently the kids at our elementary school think so.
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So Yeah, I'm Drowning Another Blessed Mother's Day In Maple Syrup, Thank You Very Much


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:51 PM

I don’t need any gifts for Mother’s Day. All I want is a piece of Denny’s French toast smothered in butter and syrup.
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What A Croc! Nabbed By The Fashion Police


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:50 PM

Crocs and Croc-wannabe's are springing up everywhere again, which reminds me of an encounter Holly had with the fashion police last Spring.
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A Little Off The Top, That's All


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:49 PM

It was the “First Haircut Certificate” presented by the barber, proclaiming that Noah had “officially graduated from babyhood” that did me in. Not so fast, I thought, as my tears finally fell, on the sidewalk outside the shop.
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Earthquakes and Me, an Action-Adventure Heroine?


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:47 PM

Noah, my nine-and-a-half-year-old, isn’t sure what woke him up and prompted him to climb into bed with us, but I have a hunch: an earthquake.
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Got the Second Baby Blues?


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:46 PM

Cradling my newborn should have brought me nothing but joy, right? So why was I a sobbing mess?
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