Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Impact of Kids on IQ

When I do posts like this one, I feel like I am preaching to the Choir. I know through my research for the Childless by Choice Project that some of you are well aware of these costs and that awareness may be one of the reasons why you chose not to have kids. However, this clever graphic from EarlyChildhoodEducation.com showed me something that even I had not been aware of before, and that is:
The IQ's of parents dropped 12% after having kids.
Okay I get it, high doses of hormones, hours of baby talk and kiddie shows, and attempts to connect with your kid at the level of a three year old can have serious consequences. But I was shocked that is was 12 percent!

What do you think? Are you smarter for not having had kids?
Costly Kids
Created by: EarlyChildhoodEducation.com

2 comments:

AutumnSylver said...

I can see how it's possible. You spend all your time playing with your baby, watching baby TV shows, babbling at your baby, etc. You don't have time to read anymore, or to continue your education (at least, not until they're older). People probably forget a lot of what they learned in college (if they went to college). I also saw on the news on TV a few years ago that pregnancy causes brain shrinkage. I wonder if that has anything to do with it as well.

Two of Us said...

I do believe having to listen to endless drivel, dumb down your sentences and leave stimulating hobbies impacts IQ.


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