It turns out, though, that when confronted with the same stressful circumstances, female mammals with offspring are far calmer than their peers who have not had children according to a study in the October 2003 issue of Physiology and Behavior.
They also respond to the adversity with more intelligence and with more of a take-charge attitude. They will courageously and fiercely defend their children if the situation requires it.
Mothers are more able to get a job done, and to do it efficiently. But their calm, in circumstances that would be intolerable to others, is perhaps most striking.
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