Kid Discoveries: How to Make Kids Smarter


How Green Spaces Affect The Brain + other Weekly Discoveries

How to make your kids smarter, a must-see video, life advice from cats, and more…


We are all part of a global community, and in that spirit we take each Friday to spread the love to others who’ve inspired us. In our Great Discoveries series, we feature the most interesting articles, a must-watch video and the most inspirational quote we discovered this week. Please spread the love and enjoy your day!

How Green Spaces Affect The Brain + other Weekly Discoveries

Green Spaces Make Kids Smarter

A new study finds that vegetation around schools cuts down on air pollution and boosts memory and attention. [Read @ The Atlantic]

How Green Spaces Affect The Brain + other Weekly Discoveries

Here’s why you should worry if a woman just got promoted to a top position at your company

It might not mean what you think. [Read @ Business Insider]

An absolutely must-see video — no introduction can do it justice:
How Green Spaces Affect The Brain + other Weekly Discoveries

13 Important Pieces Of Life Advice From Cats

With accompanying can’t-miss photos, of course! [Read @ The Dodo]

How Green Spaces Affect The Brain + other Weekly Discoveries

Fortysomething parents are not alright

Still waiting to have kids? You’re not the only one. [Read @ Quartz]

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Reader Discussion: 30 Comments

  1. Winona Miller

    Right after I finished watching Ea’s video, I got the point that we should be taking care of trees and I feel motivated to do so in any (even though small) acts I could. I was motivated, and that’s it. I also remembered that he indirectly stated that joining Stand for Trees is voluntary, I mean, if you do not wish to join, then don’t, as Ea said at the end of his video “This is the option that I chose, whatever way you choose to stand for trees, do it.” I don’t know if you’re trying to play politics right here or what, but please, if you’re trying to tell us that carbon trading does not stop climate change, then do it right, do it in a way which people could learn and know what they need to do to stop climate change if what your headline stated was true. Then your article made me wonder, how could someone focus so much on the things about the government when you’re talking about a video of green movement. See the goodness in someone, for once. Be critical, but sometimes what’s not the focus is not the focus, then don’t discuss it. I think what Ea was saying in the video is simply about saving the tress for future generation, and a little bit about Stand for Trees. But, then again, what’s wrong with that?

  2. Ariana Rhyder

    Prince EA has great stimulation and should be abused for all good environment projects. He does it perfectly for getting attention of people to the topic and issue.

    Yet when I went to the website of Stand for Trees I immediatelly felt that US business approach to charity. Give me the money and I’ll make sure some part of it gets to the cause.

  3. Teresa Tanner

    Just saw the video by Prince EA… My inspiration level went from over 9000 to near undetectable after hearing the solution to destroying trees for money, was money.

    It is not money, it is ideology. You can not solve the problem with the problem…

    just stop excepting it, be conscious of what you buy. Be vocal about the destruction of what keeps us healthy, that you will hold anyone in contempt very aggressively if they do not take the environment into consideration.

    If this becomes the general populist mindset, it will not take money to change it. It will simply happen. If an idea is adopted by large numbers of people, that energy will manifest itself as reality. It can not be stopped.

    • Charleen Washington

      You can’t eat money. You can’t drink oil.
      But you can power every home with solar. Thus we can energize every city with solar energy.
      We have once chance to save the earth.
      By building homes with 100 solar panels, we can house all the people in a well lit place,
      powered by the sun.
      Where each house generates 200% more energy than it needs.
      Where the house uses the sun to help pay its mortgage, if, if,
      if the local Utilities
      pay each home owner $0.99 kwh.
      Having such a house is like having an oil well on your roof, but without the pollution, mess, toxins and dead oil covered birds.
      We can’t drink oil.

  4. Camila Hilhorst

    OMG I adore the post about life advice from cats! How cute is it!!! <3 Reminds me of this book I read called You Need More Sleep: Advice from Cats by Francesco Marciuliano. I highly recommend it. 🙂

  5. We humans are always looking for guidance for how to be better, more efficient, more effective, happier and more lovable. Have you ever noticed that cats don’t really seem to care what you think of them? They have a certain confidence that their life has meaning and purpose and everything they do is important and relevant. It’s time for us bipeds to learn a little something from the feline kind. 🙂

  6. I teach in an Urban School and our 100+ Kindergarteners love getting out into our courtyard garden. Want to do more to promote the idea of school gardens.

  7. Thank you for the great articles you shared and reminding me of the importance of preserving my children’s outdoor time, even when life’s demands make it difficult to do so. I think this will help me to take the actual step toward starting my own waldkindergarten-based preschool program so more children can have an opportunity to play and learn outside…

  8. Love these articles and as a parent of a small toddler in the forestschool system, I couldn’t agree more with the one about green spaces making children smarter. We started the school candidly thinking the whole thing was a little nuts – as it turns out, it’s the most “non-nuts” thing we’ve ever done for her – it’s amazing how much children really do love being outside and how much our traditional schools are increasingly set up to take that away from them.

  9. Great round-up! Reall enjoyed reading each of it, as well as the video! Already a subscriber of Prince EA’s YouTube channel. He has so many other inspirational stuff there. Must check it, if you haven’t. 🙂

  10. Great work, guys! Awesome finds especially for thos who have children! I’m not a mother yet, but even I enjoyed it. Sharing this page on my Facebook for my friends to read too! 🙂

  11. Great research skills! All these articles (and the video) are AWESOME! Thank you for compiling and sharing these to us, your readers!

  12. Rachel F.

    Great finds from around the web! My comment is particularly for article on the benefits of vegetation around schools.

    Here in dense, urbanized San Francisco, our public school district and its community allies are committed to removing asphalt on schoolyards and creating gardens and green spaces. You don’t need acres of land to have a thriving pollinator garden, grow vegetables, or plant some trees. These small patches of green benefit children’s learning and emotional development — and they also benefit our local environment. It’s a win-win all around. Kids don’t have to attend school “in the middle of a forest” to benefit from nature on school grounds.

    Just sharing 😉

  13. Performance was great, message was even better but I don’t see how this video helps solving the global problem we face to save the trees. Why do I get the feeling that the website behind the video is gathering money for temporary ransom to pay to forest owners or local communities. I bet as soon as this organisation fails to gather enough money for those communities these so called saved trees are eventually gonna be cut down. Instead of those grandiloquent words to describe what a great thing we are doing here by buying those certificates, would be great if you enlighted us if it really matters and how.

    • Those Trees are not going to be cut down because the solution to avoid resorting to that would have been in place by empowering the community with the meager $10 you and I give it. Stand for Trees has numerous places you can donate to solidify a community of your choice, we are millions, at $10 per person can come up to a lot to eradicate the problem of Deforestation. Please let’s not be cynical, denial is not a river! In Stand for trees website they SPELL IT OUT for you, completely, you just need to read it and as a French person in love with French words, Grandilloquence is attributed to Moliere or Marivaux in their Grandilloquent plays and hardly describes PrinceEA to the Heart words who are profound, insighful and directed AT THE PEOPLE! VIVE LES FORETS!! JE SUIS UN ARBRE!!!

  14. I’m on the process of establishing schools and it’s great to be aware of the educational benefits of nature for students.

  15. Life in developed countries’ congested cities and in poor city neighborhoods is truly deprived of green living space. They are also deprived of decent schools.

    However, I’m skeptical of this claim. Look at the many jungle-sited African cities and villages there (not the desert areas). See how African people are waging tribal wars and still doing slave labor in a few areas. Notice the unintelligent ways they reacted to Ebola: no decent educations are available. Yet the jungle is near, often only a stone’s throw from the villages and fields. Green spaces can’t automatically produce intelligence! More factors are needed.

  16. Drunkenly rescued a kitten from being trampled in the middle of a large festival crowd a few years ago when I was 18. She seems like she never forgot that. She also still thinks she`s the baby of the house. 🙂

  17. Why do articles like this always assume that older parents “postponed” having kids because they were just too darn busy with their high-powered careers, etc.? I would have loved to become a mom at, like, 26, 28, 30, 32, but I had a hell of a time with dating. I had a boyfriend for 5 months when I was in college, then about 10 years of dead-end very-short-term dating scenarios (go a few dates, then it wouldn’t work out; meet another guy a few months later, then that wouldn’t work out, and so on), followed by a 2-year relationship with a guy I was madly in love with and thought was The One, who then cheated on me and dumped me and left me devastatedly heartbroken. Several more years to recover from that and endure more dead-end dating scenarios, but this time through Match, eHarmony, etc. Finally, at 37, I met a good guy who wanted to stick around and we got pregnant three months after getting married (when I was thirty-nine). “Postponed” parenthood? I gladly would have traded years of loneliness and heartache to start a family sooner.

    • I agree wholeheartedly!! Like you, I had a lot of relationship dead-ends and lame men in general. I didn’t even want kids because I just couldn’t see doing so with the relationships I had experienced. Like a lot of women, I suffered abuse, cheating etc. Then I met my husband in my 30s and we got married when I was 36. We tried to get pregnant but it wasn’t easy at all and we ended up having to get some help with a fertility doc (drugs, IUI) to make our kids happen at 39 & 41. So it wasn’t a choice but our reality, and I’m totally ok with it!! I love my girls and I feel blessed. Statistics mask real life and the stories of us in them.

  18. I have a cat that loves climbing up on my back, usually when I’m on the toilet. Then I have to give her a ride to my bed before she’ll get down. She also loves to sit on my back when I’m on my exercise bike.

  19. Fantastic compilation! I particularly love the article on women and leadership! How I wish there’s a cure for the “Queen Bee syndrome.” I feel terrible “personally” knowing some women who work perfectly with other women to get to the top, but once top position is achieved, women who helped to get to top will be seen as competitors and should be kept down… Very, very, very bad!

  20. Green spaces is part of a larger context. Having nice parks to go to or transportation to get there is often a feature of some degree of affluence. This is less common in concrete jungles and slums. So, at least some of the benefits of green spaces should probably be attributed to the lifestyles of more affluent persons. The closer we live to nature, the healthier we will be.

  21. That video has touched my heart. Awesome work and great project! Must be heard and seen by as many people as possible. Sharing to spread the word!!!

  22. To be truly good for the body, mind, and soul of children, exposure to green spaces must be combined with teaching and training. In Europe the children were more likely to have had their time spent in nature gaining significant benefits by working with their parents.

  23. Great reads! Love the video too. 🙂 Oh and, all these kitties are so precious! ❤️? Thank you for posting these!

  24. I’d like to suggest a good book, “Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman.” Women tend to forget that their main competitors are other women not men.

    Setting goals and working hard to achieve it is very important!

  25. I love that video, I seriously do. I have a lot of gay friends and I am really, truly happy for them. That study that mentions that green spaces make children smarter is probably a wake up call for all of us – our environment rewards us greatly and this is why we should take care of it.

  26. I love the cat one! Hilarious 🙂

  27. I love this series you guys do. I always find such interesting stuff in these posts, so I check every Friday at lunch. Fun!

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