At the start of a new school year, you may feel like a spectator who’s simply cheering your child on. After all, his brainpower is largely out of your hands, right? Wrong. The truth is there’s a lot you can do to boost your kid’s ability to learn and reach his intellectual potential. “Children are born with their brains hardwired in a certain way, but parents have a tremendous influence on the development and shaping of their child’s brain and the connections that are being made inside,” says child educational psychologist Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D., an associate clinical professor of psychology at UCLA and author of The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success. The key is to give your child’s brain the TLC it needs and deserves. Here are 20 ways to do that.