Jennifer DuBose

When a child is gay, how should parents respond?

Most scientists, doctors and mental health professionals agree that people are born gay, that it is as natural as heterosexuality. Nothing you did or will do has any bearing on whether or not your child is gay. Whether you agree with this or not, though, isn’t really the issue. The question is, are you willing to love and support your child?

When to stop going on your kids’ field trips

Is your child no longer keen on getting lunch box notes from Mom—let alone “Mommy”—or does he drop your hand like a hot potato whenever another kid his age appears? Or perhaps he’s like my son, Noah, who recently put the brakes on my plans to chaperone his school field trip.

Fresh apple pie, sweet cookies baked by my sweeties, and frolicking in fallen leaves. Can it get any better?

“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.

Scare up some fun with your family at Six Flags Fright Fest!

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.

How to be a good stepparent – and avoid the wicked stepmother label

Blame Cinderella. Stepparents have a bad rap, and overcoming the built-in obstacles can be tough. Do it with patience, dedication and sensitivity.

Parenting Isn’t for Sissies | Why your family should make a ‘bucket list’

You know that nifty list of adventures you hope to experience before you kick the proverbial bucket? Your family can have a “bucket list,” too.

Help for the anxious child

Anxiety isn't necessarily something children outgrow, but many can learn to manage it. Some children discover strategies for doing this on their own, while others may benefit from a little coaching.

We’re parents, not friends

It may be Independence Day, but our children may not be quite ready for the independence they crave—or, perhaps, that we give them. How much is too much?

Racing in a canoe with your kid isn’t for sissies, either!

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.

Getting Ready to Tread the Fox in our Tippy Canoe

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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