Brains and Multitasking Written Products

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // Aging


June 13  

In my book, You Can Totally Screw Up As A Mom And Still Raise Great Kids, I say this:

I had a conversation one day with the mother of a one-year-old who was saying that her daughter's language development had seemed to stall – but that she was running all over the place. That happens – pieces of the development puzzle often compete with each other. Some adults, the saying goes, can't "think and chew gum at the same time." Well – in adults we see it as funny – in kids – it's part of the pattern of language and physical development.

The body needs a lot of energy for language and for running – or in broader terms for cognitive development and physical development. At this point in your child’s life, it may be that the amount of energy required for one of these activities is so great, that one is all your child can do at a time. 

After the walking/running is under control – language will zoom ahead. It hadn't stopped developing – it was still undergoing the process but we weren't seeing it – or hearing it. 

Well – I seem to be like the child. I finished the book and fiddled with it: working on the cover and formatting to get it up for sale: You Can Totally Screw Up As A Mom And Still Raise Great Kids [on Amazon for your Kindle] and at Barnes and Noble for your Nook.

Then my fingers and brain seemed to be controlled by another ebook just waiting to be written and that one is It's Not Always Baby Fat! which is about our childhood obesity epidemic.

It too is now published:  It's Not Always Baby Fat! [for your Kindle] or [for your Nook.]


it seemed my brain, fingers and time can only go toward "so much" writing and then no more – and so my blog posting stopped! Just like the one-year-old's language development had stopped when she started running.

I could switch from writing one book to the other – but until recently [a lull in the brain?] I could not switch from book to blog…

Is it normal brain functioning? Or aging? Or just my quirk?

Or is it a simply a good lesson to learn!

That what we think of as childhood development is not always only in childhood – sometimes the same normal processes are at work in adults!

Do you ever have tings like this happen?  Please share your thoughts.

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About the Author

Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.