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First-Born Children Have Better Thinking Skills, Study Says

A new study shows that eldest siblings not only have higher IQ scores than their younger brothers and sisters, but also have better thinking skills, The Guardian reports. The study’s authors speculated that this is partially because first-borns may get more help from their parents with tasks to develop thinking skills. They also found that parents alter this helpful behavior as they have more children.

There are a number of things that you can do as a parent to help your children develop their minds, creativity and awareness of the world around them. For example, did you know that simply spending time in nature can help with mental health for both adults and children?

It’s also been shown that children with greater exposure to green spaces, particularly while at school, had improved working memory and decreased inattentiveness. A large part of the benefit (anywhere from 20 percent to 65 percent) was attributed to a reduction in exposure to air pollution as a result of the green spaces.

Other improvements include: Among children with ADHD, spending time in nature leads to improvements in focus and higher scores on concentration tests; walking outside increases creativity; and physical activity outdoors for as little as five minutes leads to measurable improvements in mood and self-esteem.

Going for the green also exposes you to sunlight, which allows kids and adults an opportunity to build and maintain vitamin D levels. Increasing your vitamin D levels is important, as researchers have pointed out that increasing levels of vitamin D3 among the general population could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly 1 million lives throughout the world each year.
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