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Friday, March 27, 2009

Mommy Brain or Mommy A.D.D.?

Ted and I were talking last week about my day. I was relating to him the things I had tried to get done and the interruptions that prevented me from finishing most of them. Some days I feel like nothing gets done throughout the day because I hop from one thing to another, forgetting what I was doing in the first place. As I'm doing one thing, I see something else that needs attention, then one of the girls calls me over, then on my way back to the first thing, I spot something else. Can you relate?

I said to him, "Seriously, sometimes I think I have A.D.D. or something!"

He said back, "Yeah, sometimes I think you do, too."

I admit I was a little taken aback because I wasn't expecting him to agree with me so quickly! We laughed about it together and the next night Ted spotted this article in his google reader:

"The BBC is reporting that a new study suggests that our mental abilities start to dwindle at 27 after peaking at 22, and 27 could be seen as the 'start of old age.' The seven-year study, by Professor Timothy Salthouse of the University of Virginia, looked at 2,000 healthy people aged 18-60, and used a number of mental agility tests already used to spot signs of dementia. 'The first age at which there was any marked decline was at 27 in tests of brain speed, reasoning and visual puzzle-solving ability. Things like memory stayed intact until the age of 37, on average, while abilities based on accumulated knowledge, such as performance on tests of vocabulary or general information, increased until the age of 60.'"

My question for this professor would be if he saw a difference between moms with children and women without children. I think that would be an interesting study, don't you?

Then I saw this clever post at Simply Simonsons about mommy brain, based on the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie". It sums it up just perfectly, so you have to go and read it.


Anonymous said...

I love what you were saying. A girlfriend of mine and I, both mommies, were just talking about this yesterday. Where is the line between ADD and Mommy Brain? I wanted to see what the Simply Simonsons said but couldn't fine it. Could you post a direct link? Thanks.

Jessica-MomForHim said...

Sorry, but it looks like the blog is gone now. Bummer, it was cute!

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