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.

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I’m raising three biracial children.

I know, it’s not a very unique position to be in in today’s America, but as far as I can tell, it’s still a pretty important part of our existence.

When my husband begged me to love him long time and I got together, we didn’t really think much about the fact that he is Mexican ...

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Being a mom is a lot about sacrifice: giving up “me” time to go to 8 a.m. football games, spending the money you saved for that cute clutch you saw at DSW for light up character shoes you actually kinda hate, rescheduling your pedicure and living with scaly feet for another weekend to stay home and hold your son’s hair while he barfs ...

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  I didn't ask for the blessing of boy motherhood. In fact, when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was hoping for a daughter. Just like I was when I was expecting Dude 2. And, again, with Dude 3. Because I desired the experience of being a mother to a ...

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The thought that my boys will one day choose another woman to love and leave me for makes my eyes leak. I know it's going to happen, and deep down, I want it to happen. But also, sigh. Despite my reluctance to release them fully from my womb, I have made preparations for that day ...

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I grew up a few streets away from my grandparents. I saw them plenty, but I can't really say we were super close. But I appreciate that I got the opportunity to get to know them well, and I know they were always around for my parents in a pinch. The Dudes are lucky to have some of the most awesomest grandparents on the planet, and I'm not ...

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2015 was a wonderful year for The Dude family! We are so grateful for making it through 2015 happy, healthy, and together and are looking forward to another joyful year crushing life and having fun. Here are things I wish for in 2016 ... ...

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Moms get a bad rap when it comes to style. Mom jeans, mom shoes, mom hair, these are all things we've heard and none of them are good! Personally, I think being a stylish mom isn't that hard of a task. Yes, I have those days where Snuggie life is my life, but i clean up well and I do it often. Possibly it's because my closet is appropriately ...

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I know that with DSLRs so accessible to people these days, the allure of hiring a family photographer is diminishing. Making the investment in a camera and having a friend shoot your pics seems more economical than hiring a pricey photographer to do the capturing for you. I get that; I do. Time, money, effort -- all of it plays a role. With ...

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There was a time not super long ago when my idea of a wonderful gift would be a solo shower. Those days are successfully in my past now and I can take showers, short ones, without anyone screaming for me from their crib or banging on the door urgently. Baths are still largely out of the question. Christmas is about giving, but I think every mom ...

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The holidays are upon us! Every single day we get closer, the more excited I get! And I SO desperately look forward to everything the holiday season has to bring. It's probably because I have been at this mom thing for a while now. I know of the secret holiday missions and the elusive planning so extended family doesn't make you go all ...

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