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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new mom help

Everyone experiences new-motherhood differently. Some people have great support at home, some not so much. Some new mothers have babies with special circumstances or just really big personalities and well-developed lungs that they enjoy using to their fullest capacity. Some newborns adjust more easily to their new environment and sleep and eat easily while finding [&hellip
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brotherhood

My two youngest Dudes share a room out of necessity. We have three bedrooms upstairs, and three kids, so we jam two of them in a room together, and no one has to sleep in the depths of the basement. I thought it would be a thing but, as it turns out, it’s also a [&hellip
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valentine's day recipes

Valentine’s Day isn’t a huge deal in my neck of the woods. DudeDad has never been a fan, and The Dudes don’t enjoy pink or hearts or girls at school getting the wrong idea about love. Buuuuut, everyone loves an excuse to enjoy something yummy. Here are some easy, edible treats to help you say [&hellip
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likeaboy

I, along with so many other Americans, watched the Superbowl partly for the commercials. And like so many other people, I hated that Nationwide nonsense and was moved by the Always #LikeAGirl spot. I loved the message of that one, not only for girls, but for boys, too. Plus it got me to thinking. Boys [&hellip
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make a good husband

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 [&hellip
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authority

The mother-in-law relationship is one many struggle with. She gave birth to the man who helped you create the children you gave birth to. In many ways, you get her protectiveness. You can probably empathize with her desire to be as close to and involved with the care and keeping of the babies her baby [&hellip
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dealing with anxiety disorder

My youngest son is 6 years old. He is smart and funny and fast. Crazy, super, unbelievably fast. He is a great friend and an awesome brother. He is a dedicated student, a super athlete, and he’s crazy good at Minecraft. He collects cards. All different kinds of cards. And he would SO be Lord [&hellip
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dudes 3

  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 [&hellip
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2015 joy

Every year starts off with the same six words: I’m gonna look like Gillian Anderson be a better me. I know, it’s silly, but I’ve been doing it all of my life, and it’s become sort of routine — make-New-Year’s-resolutions-you-will-not-keep-because-it-feels-right-even-though-you-know-it’s-totally-not. Only last year I tried a different approach. I got more intentional about my resolutions. [&hellip
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gifts

Christmas, for those of us that celebrate, will be here in T-minus two days, which means, technically we only have one shopping day left! GAH! What to get? What to get? Don’t panic. I checked in with some of my closest friends and asked them to share what the best gift they’ve ever given or [&hellip
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