It’s distressing to think that the sound of a baby crying reduces our mental agility just at the moment when we most need it. But it helps to take the long view of parenthood and its effects on our intellectual capacities. In her wonderful book The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter, journalist Katherine Ellison reviews the research demonstrating that, over time, the experience of mothering makes women “more perceptive, efficient, resilient, motivated, and emotionally intelligent.”
Fun fact, the number one sound to wake a woman is a baby crying, whether they’ve had a baby or not. For guys? It’s a car alarm.