About Maia Rodriguez

"Military Mom" Maia Rodriguez was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but that was about twenty homes ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, she traveled just about everywhere in the country, lived in a green turtle-like tent for 6 months, toured and slept in the back of her van and even worked in Japan for a year. Then she met her husband who tamed her (ha!) and they embarked together on the adventure of parenthood in southern California where she worked as a professional pirate. Now, two children later, the family currently resides in VIrginia, where she sings for the US Navy as a vocalist. When she’s not mothering, she’s writing music for "Evernight," singing and writing for the Baby Bullet Blog.

My Parenting “Don’t” List

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I’ve had many different parents with many different parenting styles over to my house over the years, and it’s a real treat to watch their dynamic. More often than not, it’s the child and not the parent who calls the shots. At dinner time, the child asks for something else to eat. I don’t say [...]

Car Wash Kid

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Who said washing your car had to be a hassle? Although kids can sometimes make getting work done more difficult, sometimes we’re presented with the opportunity to include them in on the fun – and yes, they can even make chores fun! Check out how Baby Bullet blogger Maia Rodriguez spends her afternoons.

License to Parent

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We need a license to drive a car. If we want to rent or buy a house, we have to provide our credit history. And though there isn’t an official parenting class required to become a parent, I wouldn’t mind one. The following are some of the questions I’d ask: They say it takes a [...]

Decoding our Digital Footprints

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How many times have you been at the playground and then saw your kid doing something cute? You probably thought to yourself, “Hey, I should snap a picture of this and post it on Facebook!” I do this more often than I realize. And so as I was driving home from work the other day [...]

Playtime with Darth Rowan

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Baby Bullet blogger Maia Rodriguez shows us her son Rowan’s dark side. Who knew playtime with Darth Vader could be such a blast?

Metabolism for Dummies

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I keep hearing about methods to increase your metabolism and this often invokes visions of a stubborn little toddler inside my body. If I feed him correctly, he rewards me by working harder and helping me squeeze into my skinny jeans. But, if I feed him poorly, he punishes me by stubbornly storing fat and [...]

The Ice Kingdom

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Baby Bullet blogger Maia Rodriguez introduces us to her son’s magical Ice Kingdom – have a look around!

Immersion: The Gift of a Second Language

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Tomorrow we look at a school for our daughter (now 6) that will potentially make her bilingual. Immersion programs have been a swift growing hot commodity in public school systems since 1971. And it’s a pretty intensive program in the sense that children are spoken to in the second language either for half the day or [...]

The Food Pyramid: Is it Wrong?

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The food pyramid was released to the public by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1992. Is it any coincidence, then, that this was the decade in which Americans gained the most weight? The original idea was that all fat = bad. So just eat low fat and you should be good, right? Wrong. What [...]

Paternity Leave

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On the commute home from work last week, NPR did a piece on paternity leave. Men don’t take it and they should. Why is that? Google offers 7 weeks of paid leave and Facebook offers twice as much. I feel like I keep thinking about this lately because my husband is a rock star stay-at-home [...]