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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back to school DudeMom

After weeks of planning and prepping, The Dudes went back to school this week in a flourish of anxious tears and excited laughter. The night before the first day, I lay in my 7-year-old’s bed with him, talking about everything he was frightened about for the first day, and he asked me if I was [&hellip
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life advice

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 [&hellip
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having kids dudemom

I am so totally done having kids. Psychologically, sometimes I feel like I’m maybe not, but physically for sure. Like I burned that factory down ages ago, and it would take a miracle for sure. But people are always asking if we are going to try for a girl (no) and how I know for [&hellip
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Lies I Tell My Children

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

lies

Generally, I am an honest person. I’m not blunt. I’m not forward. I’m not hurtful or mean. But I am honest. You know, generally. There are certain situations wherein lying just feels right. More than half of those involve my kids. These are the lies I tell my children. Santa is real, and he is [&hellip
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Dudemom

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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dudemom

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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dudemom

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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dudemom

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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