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.

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.

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. ...

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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 find a ...

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My father is an amazing man. It would take an entire month's worth of blogs to share all of his life stories and lessons with you, so just take my word for it: he is a man with a lot of knowledge and experience to share with the world. Of course, this truth was one that took me years to realize. I remember growing up thinking, "Jeez, he ...

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I don’t like play dates. Never, ever have they been my thing. Mostly, I don’t enjoy being around other kids. Or their parents. Or other kids and their parents. Or just other parents? ...

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For my middle son’s sixth birthday, he received a really cool shirt.

I remember it vividly because when he opened the wrapping paper, he said, in his louder-than-should-be-possible-kid-voice, “AWESOME! My first new shirt.”

All of the parents in the room turned their judgy eyes on me. I stammered about how he was ...

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It’s okay to cry.

Truer words have never been spoken and, as a mom of boys, one of my least favorite phrases has always been: boys don’t cry.

The statement is not only terribly unfair, but also grossly inaccurate.

Because, guess what; boys do cry. And they should be allowed to. Without being made to feel like ...

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Family photo season is quickly approaching.

As a professional photographer in my not-online-life here are some tips that I hope help you as you and your family make time to smile pretty for the camera.

Picking a Family Photographer

1. Set a budget. Remember how when you’re planning your wedding, it was so easy ...

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Facebook is one of those things: you hate it, even though you love it, even though, really, you kinda hate it. If you don't have a Facebook page, people are always telling you to get one, and if you do, people are always telling you all the reasons you shouldn't. Personally, ...

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I was a co-sleeper by choice.

Judge if you must, but it’s what worked for us.

It was easier to nurse. It was easier so soothe my colicky baby. It was easier because we lived in a tiny townhouse with at least one of those newborns and no way was I walking down two flights of stairs to get a baby in the dead of night. ...

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At our house, St. Patrick’s Day is sort of a big deal.

Nope, we’re not Irish, but we do have a child who celebrates his birthday on the happy holiday. So, we always go green that day in the spirit of my honorary Irishmen.

To celebrate, I was planning to share with you a great breakfast recipe for green eggs and ham that ...

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