Mommy Brain

While Daddy and the big kids took a ride on the swan boats today, A and I lounged in the Boston Public Garden and read the cover stories of the July/August issue of Scientific American.

Two articles in this issue detail the neurological changes that occur in both moms and dads, but especially moms, when babies enter our lives. The articles discuss how the "mommy brain" gets systematically re-wired to allow us to be more alert, more responsive, and more capable of succesfully managing multiple tasks simultaneously. Disproving popular myth indicating that "mommy brain" makes women less sharp, the article cites studies showing that "motherhood actually improves the brain in many ways" (p. 26).

It's definitely worth grabbing a copy of the magazine at your local newsstand to get a glimpse of how our brains adapt to meet the demands of raising little ones!