This was a headline that I was welcomed with one morning as I turned on my computer. I heard the familiar beep of my laptop as my settings began to start. As my home page opened, I glanced across the news headlines. This was the one that stopped my wandering eyes from moving down the page.
I thought to myself, “Surely there is no way that my IQ is lower just because I am now a parent.” Still, I was intrigued enough to click on the article for more information. Even before reading, I chuckled and thought, “Well, it might be possible,” as I remembered instances that might cause this statement to be true:
1. I have three children. When calling one of them, I usually wind up starting the sentences with all three of their names as I scramble to speak the name that I actually mean. My kids laugh at me. “Don’t you even know who you want to talk to?”
2. In an attempt to sensor any questionable language, I wind up sounding like an idiot. “Hey Mom, I don’t think shicapoo is a word.”
3. I obsess for days about school projects, bake sale items, and soccer snacks.
4. When my child asks me why he can’t do something, I can’t think of anything more creative to say than “because I said so!”
These are just a few things that came to mind that led me to question if something during childbirth or within my time of parenting caused my mind (or at least my memory) to change. However, the more that I thought about it, my conclusion is fatigue may be the main culprit.
After reading the article with the eye-catching title, I found that there was no evidence to support that a person’s IQ truly goes down after becoming a parent. But as a parent, you just feel like it has.