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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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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I was pregnant with my oldest son on September 11, 2001. It’s one of those days that every American adult seems to have a story about. Most of us can easily recount what we were doing when we heard, how we found out, who we talked to first, who we lost. It’s a piece of [&hellip
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Super hero room DIY

The Dudes are obsessed with super heroes. I know, totally cliche: little boys who like super heroes, big surprise. But, whatever, they are fans of all things Marvel (and, to be fair, many things DC too) at the moment. I think it’s awesome because it’s still such a boyish thing to love. And I fully [&hellip
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Dude Mom Life Is …

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

dude mom life

It’s hard to describe to moms without sons what raising a son is truly like. It’s different they all agree, because boys are just, um, different. Plus, the whole never having been one is sort of a thing! I will never understand their I-have-to-touch-it-constantly-so-it-doesn’t-fall-off-penis-obsession, and I don’t think farts are THAT funny, or know why [&hellip
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bucket list

I’ve never been a huge fan of the bucket list. I mean, I’m all for dreaming and planning and setting goals, I just don’t like my due date to be the same as my expiration date. It seems morbid, and um, I don’t know, rushed somehow. I decided, however, that I did want to take [&hellip
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best gift ideas for boys

Surrounded by girl kids and not sure what to get your friend’s soon-to-be 12-year-old for his birthday? Or maybe you’re a baby-less lady who has a new nephew turning one, or eight, or holy-how-old-is-that-kid-and-why-is-he-so-hard-to-shop-for?! Don’t worry, Girl. I got you. 1. Cool Shirts. Face it. Baby kids don’t especially care what they wear, but if [&hellip
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