My Attention Span is a Mess, and Here’s What I’m Doing About It

Is it my fault? Possibly not. Can I fix it? Uh… maybe.

Amy Colleen

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Is “mom brain” a real thing?

Opinions on the Internet vary (isn’t that true of all things? Like vaccines? Gas prices? Books turned into films? Cannibalism?) but many agree that there is a verifiable lag in mental operating power once you have a child or two. (If you’re female, that is. “Dad brain” isn’t something often joked about in the workplace; funny how that works.) Forgot your purse at the grocery store? Mom brain! Can’t remember what chapter you finished reading last night? Mom brain! Can’t stay focused on a TV show longer than 30 minutes? Mom brain!

People more literate and learned than I have studied this phenomenon. The results and conclusions are mixed. You can read more below if you’re really interested.

For me, though, it’s sufficient to say that since my son was born I’ve had a much harder time focusing on anything related to reading, absorbing new information, or disseminating information for other people.

Some of the blame for this phenomenon may be placed upon sleep deprivation. Reasonable. “Normal” for any new parent. But my son is nearly two now, and sleeps through most of most nights.

Another scapegoat is the sheer enormity of everything I am trying to track and organize in my head, starting but not ending with sleep schedules, what to make for meals, when to go grocery shopping, did I clean the toilet or just think about cleaning the toilet, is it time to go up a size in onesies, if I already let him have 16 oz. of milk is it okay to let him have more before bedtime, do I push for him to eat peas or do I let it go, how much screen time has he had today, oh…

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Amy Colleen

I read a lot of books & sometimes I’m funny. I aspire to be a novelist, practice at humor & human interest writing, and am very fond of the Oxford comma.