Amanda RodriguezAuthor

Amanda Rodriguez

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes, petting her Baby Dog Daughter, high-fiving her stuck-in-the-90s husband, and eating cupcakes in her garage to escape the crazy. You can Tweet with her online as @dumbparent, but don’t expect her to be serious. It’s virtually impossible.

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holiday gift idea

The holiday season is upon us, and when you’re a festive lover-of-everything-about-the-holidays-aside-from-the-weather person like me, that means celebrating! I don’t mean the buying of material goods and commercialized celebrations (although I do find that element fun, too), I mean the spreading of joy and cheer to all of those around you. It is the season [&hellip
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best holiday photos

Basketball shorts. That’s what my children want to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. Because that’s what my children want to wear everywhere. No regard for weather, or dress code, or occasion. Just basketball shorts and those dri-fit shirts and sneakers and tall socks. All day. Every day. No matter what. Only, guess what? Mama don’t play [&hellip
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books for boys

Reading is a passion I’ve had since 4th grade when my teacher read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to my class.

I’ve shared this and countless other titles with my dudes over the years. Here are some they love and some I know yours will, too
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brotherhood

When I think about all of the things I love about raising my boys, the top of that list for sure is their brotherhood. The idea that these three dudes will get to grow up together and not kill each other in the process as lifelong besties brings tears to my eyes. I know sometimes [&hellip
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leftover halloween candy

Halloween is capping off the week, and if you’re still struggling to costume your kiddo (shame on you; although, I can’t really talk), we’ve got you covered with some last-minute costume ideas. Once that’s squared away, though, it’s time to think of what’s to be done with all of that candy. Sure, all of the [&hellip
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halloween costume DIY last minute

Halloween will be hitting the streets in T-minus eight days. Are you ready? Probably not, because, ugh, Halloween, with the indecisiveness and the Mommy-I-wanna-be-all-of-the-things and the $40 price tag for a cape. Here are some super easy DIY costume ideas for Dudes (or non-Dudes!) in case you’re like me and you need them. Nacho Libre. [&hellip
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how to use pumpkin

When you think of fall, you probably think cooler temps, earlier sunsets, changing leaves, Halloween, and pumpkins. I love the cooling off of fall, I’m good with getting The Dudes in bed earlier, I have offspring to rake my leaves, and Halloween is my favorite holiday. But, pumpkins? Shiver. They’re a mess to carve and [&hellip
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moms want sons to learn about being men

Raising sons is mostly about fun and being OK with really bad smells, but it’s also about helping these dirty-handed dudes grow into spectacular men. Trustworthy, hardworking, compassionate, intelligent men (who are also crazy good looking and funny, too) who can lead happy, independent lives. And if one of these men so desires, he can [&hellip
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dudemomlife ef

Aside from all of the farts, of course. As much as I’m down with the DudeMom life, there are times when I wish my lovely lady lumps weren’t the only ones in residence. Here are a few not too awesome elements of being the only girl in a house full of Dudes. The only time [&hellip
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When it comes to being the lady of the house, the only competition I have comes from the four-legged diva we adopted three years ago. While most of my life as a DudeMom has been spent learning to navigate the grimy boy-infested waters, I’ve decided that being the lady of the house has its definite [&hellip
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