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6 Easy Ways to Bring Out the Best in Your Child

You are your child's first teacher  -- how you interact with him plays a key role in how he'll progress. With each of our eight kids, my wife, Martha, and I have always tried to do everything we can to help them be the best they can be. And since those first few years of life are a prime time for intellectual and emotional development, we knew it was smart to get started as early as possible.

Over the years, we realized that elaborate toys, expensive computer programs, and special tutors aren't the answer. There's much that parents can do themselves to stimulate a child's imagination, nurture his confidence, and encourage a love of learning. You can make a big difference if you: