Yesterday I read an article that made me angry. At first I was angry because the author was claiming that I’d irreparably damaged my children. I’m not a perfect parent. Sometimes I let my kid leave the bathroom without washing his hands. I’ve lost my temper, and thrown table manners out the window. I write about it openly, so that I can laugh at myself right along with my readers. But deep down, I think I do a pretty decent job as a mother. Needless to say, I was feeling a little defensive after reading the article.

The article, published in The Huffington Post, was titled 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned For Children Under The Age Of 12. The author listed 10 “scientific” arguments for why children should NEVER use hand held technological devices such as iPhones, iPads, Leap Readers, and Video Games. I’m sure I’m not the only mother whose heart would jump up into her throat when she read that description.  I had to read on. . . . CONTINUE READING 

Mary Widdicks

Mary Widdicks is a 31-year-old mom to two boys and is expecting the birth of her first daughter in February, 2015. Being outnumbered in the family means that sometimes her voice gets drowned out by fart jokes and belching contests. She started Outmanned so she’d have a place to escape the testosterone and share her hilarious life with the rest of the world. Mary’s writing has been featured on popular parenting sites such as Mamapedia, Mamalode, In the Powder Room, Pregnant Chicken and Scary Mommy. She has also been honored as a 2014 Voice of the Year by BlogHer, and Badass Blogger of the Year for 2014 by The Indie Chicks.

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