While I typically focus on children's physical health, I think most parents want their children to be wholly healthy--physically, emotionally, financially...all the "-lys." In that spirit, I would like to make a plug for reading with your children (and enjoying some of the best ever snuggle time, who could resist that?).
Research aside, I want to add my testimony to the power of parents reading with their children. We moved several times when I was younger and, after a grocery store, the local library was always one of the first things we visited. To this day, I can't see a copy of The Chronicles of Narnia or anything by Beverly Cleary or a bazillion other books without thinking of my mother and all the time she spent reading those to us. Besides the adventure and laughter it allowed us to have, that time reading together really helped us to feel loved and important. To this day, none of my siblings or I can resist a good book (and some of us can't resist even a mediocre one) and I truly feel that is a gift.
So grab your kiddos and pick up a board book--from the library or the thrift store or even WalMart--and enjoy a few minutes of cuddle time today. I guarantee you won't regret it!