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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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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social mom idols

As any awesome mom can tell you, active kids are happy kids. But, after weeks and weeks and weeks of summer your brain may be hitting a wall when it comes to creative-activity-your-kids-can-do-without-spending-hours-on-Pinterest. Pinterest isn’t your only awesome mom avenue. Besides, the chocolate chip cookie recipes are so distracting. Here are some awesome moms online [&hellip
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kid on table

Stitches, contusions, broken bones, cuts, bruises, and even ambulance rides–we’ve had it all in this house. In fact, the guy at urgent care in charge of sewing up human parts knows my Dudes by name. I guess Dudes are just rough like that. Strangely, we can match the number of outdoor injuries to the number [&hellip
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kid ipad

I’m not old. But, sometimes I feel like it. Not because chasing after my kids exhausts me or because I don’t get the lyrics to half of the songs on the radio, but because my kids live such different lives than I did at their age. Everything is just so different. I’d love it if [&hellip
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social mom idols

Last year I became a special needs mom. At that point in my life, when everything was spiraling out of control, I was serching frantically for information and support, online and in my community. Blogs, written by moms who had been where I was (and still am many days), were a huge help. Here are [&hellip
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sick kids

I am a firm believer in the five-second rule. Call me icky if you must, but if my Dudes drop a fruit snack on the ground, and it’s not snatched up by the dog within five seconds, I consider it fair game to go back into their own bellies — I find it less scary [&hellip
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