Having Kids Might Benefit Your Brain

Having a kid might be worth the trouble for your brain. Australian researchers found that moms and dads over age 70 had thicker grey matter in their brains compared to people who never had kids. Grey matter is found mostly on the outermost layer of the brain, and processes information. The thickness of the brain’s grey matter is known to decline with age, so being a parent may actually help the brain age more slowly. This could be due to the fact that parenting is a challenging experience. Researchers note, “In addition to their own personal needs and existing responsibilities, new parents must confront persistent demands for care and protection of their infant. As children grow, new challenges arise. […] We argue that these late-life structural brain differences associated with parenthood are related to the environmental complexity of parenthood.”
Daily Mail