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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Despite all of the words that flow daily from my mouth, my children learn many lessons more quickly and completely when taught by their siblings. I think there is an element of tune-mom-out when it comes to most things, and when it comes right down to it, they really probably only believe 50% of the [&hellip
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Women are notorious for judging other women. It’s just a thing for us. We don’t allow each other to just woman and mother and be without weighing in on the how of it and attempting to advise on the should of it. Sometimes it’s well meaning — like when your mom tells you to exercise after your [&hellip
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say to sons

If you roll by my windows on any given cool-ish day, you will be able to hear the goings on of our Dude life. We are a loud group of people, and we interact a lot, and they require all sorts of directions to complete most any single task. But it’s not all me saying [&hellip
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If I had to sum up my birth experience in three words, I would say brutal, traumatic, and bloody. Basically, the last three words anyone would want to use to sum up any experience at basically any point in their lifetime. Ever. Especially when it comes to welcoming a squeaky new human into your life. [&hellip
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summer edition

Earlier this year, I started a new series on my personal blog called People Who Must Be Stopped. You can read the air travel edition and the mom edition on my blog if you want. But, to give you a little background, I came up with it while being fondled by some stranger’s naked toes [&hellip
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At my house, summer is only a few days in. Not even a week and already the shimmery glow of school being done has begun to fade into the dull and inky color of full on summer where I try to work around moments of acting really enthusiastic so my kids stop looking at me [&hellip
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father's day gifts ideas

Quick, give Ma Father’s Day ideas!

It’s in three days, and I need ideas. All of the ideas.

So I asked the kids. Mine. And everyone else’s I could find, too.

Here is what they recommend
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old school summer

I have so many summer memories from my youth. Going to my grandma’s house and taking “baths” with the water hose in the front yard. Making up skits for my parents with my little brother while my parents were at work. Hanging out with friends at the pool. Learning to use the card catalog at [&hellip
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Growing up, I remember countless times sitting on my bed, brooding over some minor altercation I’d gotten into with my parents, judging them for their inept parenting techniques. Nine-year-old me had an extensive list of things that made my parents rank well below average on their parenting performance scale and thus they were great role [&hellip
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sleeping baby

I’ve decided that the thing people say to you when you have a newborn, about not sleeping again for 18 years is entirely true. I’ll admit, it took me some time to come to this realization. When I was in the throes of dude-the-sun-is-down-you’re-not-an-owl-you’re-a-baby newborn hood I imagined this future life where my toddler was [&hellip
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