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He also loves paging through books and even though he can't yet read words, he spends hours looking at the pictures. He looks for -- and recognizes -- any new books added to the children's shelf since last visit. (Most of these we get at the thrift store, so that if he tears pages or spills on any of them, it's not big deal. You do not want to be saying "no" or scolding a toddler about damaging his books, or you will kill his interest. You should, however, teach him how to respect and care for books.)
All of this suggests that turning off your TV and other gadgets on a regular basis is a very good idea. I would even go so far as to say that the Sabbath may well contribute to the high literacy rate among Jews. At the very least, it helps us connect better when the family around the Sabbath table -- not a TV screen -- is the focus of our attention. Try it sometime.