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.

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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Facebook is one of those things: you hate it, even though you love it, even though, really, you kinda hate it. If you don't have a Facebook page, people are always telling you to get one, and if you do, people are always telling you all the reasons you shouldn't. Personally, ...

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I was a co-sleeper by choice.

Judge if you must, but it’s what worked for us.

It was easier to nurse. It was easier so soothe my colicky baby. It was easier because we lived in a tiny townhouse with at least one of those newborns and no way was I walking down two flights of stairs to get a baby in the dead of night. ...

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At our house, St. Patrick’s Day is sort of a big deal.

Nope, we’re not Irish, but we do have a child who celebrates his birthday on the happy holiday. So, we always go green that day in the spirit of my honorary Irishmen.

To celebrate, I was planning to share with you a great breakfast recipe for green eggs and ham that ...

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Looking back on my baby making journey I don't have many regrets. Sure I wish I would've done a better job at controlling my seriously-I-NEED-French-fries-to-dip-in-this-milkshake cravings that hit me every day at 3pm, but other than that I'm generally pretty pleased with how things worked out for me. One question I ...

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner and, if you're anything like me, you plan to spend it on your couch, surrounded by kids, in your fleecy pants. Totally cool. As commercial as V-Day has come to be, I like to encourage families to not necessarily focus on that element, but to also not ignore ...

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I’m raising three biracial children.

I know, it’s not a very unique position to be in in today’s America, but as far as I can tell, it’s still a pretty important part of our existence.

When my husband begged me to love him long time and I got together, we didn’t really think much about the fact that he is Mexican ...

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Being a mom is a lot about sacrifice: giving up “me” time to go to 8 a.m. football games, spending the money you saved for that cute clutch you saw at DSW for light up character shoes you actually kinda hate, rescheduling your pedicure and living with scaly feet for another weekend to stay home and hold your son’s hair while he barfs ...

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  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 ...

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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 ...

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I grew up a few streets away from my grandparents. I saw them plenty, but I can't really say we were super close. But I appreciate that I got the opportunity to get to know them well, and I know they were always around for my parents in a pinch. The Dudes are lucky to have some of the most awesomest grandparents on the planet, and I'm not ...

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