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Mommy Brain: Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Who knew that having babies (and raising them) makes us smarter? Mothering actually results in measurable growth in grey matter in the mid brain!!

No question that having children has taken every ounce of intellectual AND emotional ability I could bring to bear on the project . . . and some days continues to do just that with my two fine adult kids.

Yup, you can actually feel the ol' expansion of the brain (and heart) as you stretch and grow with the continuous effort of being a mother -- much like the physical expansion that began the whole project! Which left a few stretch marks here and there too, right?

Regrets? Sure, I've had a few in the mothering department. Wish I'd known more, wish I'd tried harder, wish I'd snapped less, wish I'd been more laid back. Wish I'd been more of the person I've become through the process from the beginning. But it doesn't work that way, does it? All-in-all, I did my best and certainly have taken huge huge pleasure in being a mother. And still do, of course.

Those of you reading this do too: I'm sure of it! That's mothering, and it's a verb.

So: Happy Mother' s Day to all of us who are mothers, and are continuing to become mothers . . . a becoming that never ends. Given my own mother's continuing voice inside my own head . . . truly never.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUSANNAH31 5/14/2013 7:43AM

    Being a mom stretches us and challenges us - and I've always thought it makes us better people. It's good to hear that it grows the brain as well.

Hope it was a great Mother's Day for you.


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MANDELOVICH 5/13/2013 8:25PM

    Love this blog - so true in so many ways. Happy mother's day Ellen!!

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KALIGIRL 5/13/2013 10:23AM

    Here's to giving and getting back in return!

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NANCY- 5/13/2013 7:41AM

    I'm still hoping for my body to “bounce back” emoticon

Motherhood does alter us forever. Doing the best we can with what we have and know at the time, certainly challenges our brain. I'm not sure I have ever heard of a perfect mother.... but a loving mother... the world is filled with them.

Thanks for sharing this. Hope you had a great Mother's Day.

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NUOVAELLE 5/13/2013 1:39AM

    What a beautiful blog! A real tribute to all mothers.
Thank you! I hope your Mother's Day was beautiful.

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CRYSTALJEM 5/12/2013 10:23PM

    It is an experience like no other. Happy Mother's Day.

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DDOORN 5/12/2013 7:26PM

    Cheers to all mothers and the collective wisdom you've acquired and passed along!


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CARRAND 5/12/2013 6:59PM

    Happy Mother's Day to you!

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_LINDA 5/12/2013 12:42PM

    Happy Mother's Day! The fact your children turned out great shows you did a good job, rising to the challenge!
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BOOKAPHILE 5/12/2013 11:37AM

    Vindication!! One of my daughters (in her teens at the time) used to tell me that "having kids makes you stupid. Thanks for sacrificing your brain cells for me, Mom, but I'm not going to do that."
I might have to share that article. lol.

Happy Mother's Day to you, too!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/12/2013 11:08AM

    And a Happy Mother's Day to you, too! emoticon

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