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April 29th, 2005 · 2 Comments

No, diapering does not make you ditzy. Motherhood, argues a new book, makes you smarter

After a rough week, I was happy to find [via Ghost Word], a Time magazine interview with Katherine Ellison, author of The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter:

My argument is that there are many surprising and fundamental ways in which, despite all the boring time you now have to spend picking up Lego bits from the floor, the experiences of having and rearing children can stimulate and enrich your brain and make you smarter. [snip]

We’ve come to see our children taking things away from us, and we’ve lost the sense of how much they’re adding to us, as people, as thinkers.

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  • 1 Lucy // May 2, 2005 at 9:27 am

    Personally, I’m much better at asking the right question now. I had never given it much thought until I noticed recently that my husband lacks it completely. He’s more a “judge” when they come tell him “someone pushed me”, laying down the law that pushing is wrong. I’m more a Grand Inquisitor, asking what happened immediately before the pushing, and what happened before that.

  • 2 Beth // May 8, 2005 at 8:29 am

    Happy Mother’s Day!

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