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7 Good Habits to Start Today with your Family for Lasting Success (Updated)

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A good habits list is like the foundation of a house. It has to be sturdy to bear the building’s weight and to avoid the whole structure collapsing.

A family list of habits is a powerful basis for a successful life.

In times of crisis, good personal habits act as a lighthouse to a floundering boat.

They steer you away from crashing and into the safety of calm waters.


It is an activity that is done on a daily basis and has a beneficial effect.

Examples of good habits are physical activities like exercising daily and healthy eating.


Your beliefs become your thoughts.
Your thoughts become your words.
Your words become your actions.
Your actions become your habits.
Your habits become your values.
Your values become your destiny.
Mahatma Gandhi

Habits are linked to goals. For example, if you want to read a book a week, you will have to first cultivate a reading habit.

You may start with reading for 15 minutes a day and then over time increase the set time until you are able to read a book in a week.

So, a daily habit needs regular and disciplined practice for it to stick and for your desired goal to be reached.


So, just what’s the deal with a list of habits for your family to follow?

Well, good habits have the power to transform the quality of the lives of your family.

They are like moonlight on a dark night: their vital function is to steer and guide you to live your life well.


The positive effect of good habits is living a life that is marked by admirable morals and values.

These are especially important today when there are so many negative influences that can easily lead you astray.

An example is bullying at high school is very common.

If your teen subscribed to your good habits list, he would be able to stand up and refuse to conform to bullying.

In fact, he may vehemently oppose it by reporting it to the authorities.

A family good habits list acts as a guide and is the hallmark of the world’s most successful people.

For instance, a child learns early that if he wants to be a college professor, his grades have to be good.

So he develops good study habits and a great work ethic to help him make his dream come true.



This post describes a morning routine as:

a set of repeated actions performed in the same sequence to assure optimal productivity, focus, and creativity

You need to create a morning routine for your family that charges them with positivity for the day ahead. Click To Tweet

It must steadily gear them towards a can do instead of a can’t do mindset.

Some ideas for your daily morning routine:

A good habits list must include morning yoga

– Get up early

– Deep breathing exercises


– Morning Yoga to a YouTube channel

– Reading from a Spiritual/ Personal Development text

– Reciting or writing out daily affirmations

Regular practice of this morning routine ensures greater productivity at school or work. This is the basis of a successful life.



eating a healthy breakfast daily is a good habit to build
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Ever had the embarrassment of your rumbling tummy betraying you in an important meeting?

This is probably due to your skipping breakfast. 

A daily healthy breakfast:

– Gives you the energy you need for the day

– steadies the blood sugar level all-day

– Keeps you full all day

– Helps with concentration and productivity

Keep your breakfasts simple – oatmeal ( takes just 5 mins), topped with almonds and sliced fresh fruit, tea/ coffee/ fruit juice.

To help you save time and avoid skipping breakfast, draw up a breakfast menu.

For more quick easy ideas for breakfasts, check out this blog post by Eva of Making the Most Out of Your Mornings (part 1).

Your family will be happier, healthier and more productive with this one simple change.




Have you ever thought of making a special time for family reading?

In an article in Inc, Habits of the Most Successful Leaders That Can Change Your Life Too, Marissa Levin revealed the reading habits of a few world leaders:


a habit of daily reading
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• Warren Buffet reads 500 pages a day

• Mark Cuban reads 3 hours a day

• Bill Gates reads 50 books a year

If you’re anything like me, you’re dead serious about your role as a parent.

You want to give your kids every skill they need to have a successful life.

Reading, and a special family reading time is like a steroid shot to the brain.

If you need convincing, let’s take a look at some of the advantages of reading.

– provides you with an escape from reality

– allows you to travel the world without the cost

– builds powerful values such as empathy and compassion

– improves vocabulary and makes you smarter

– develops analytical skills and improves the memory

– grows discipline

How to ensure success:

– tap into each child’s special interests to start off with

– get them to read a book about a sport they play

– invite them to read a book about a favorite movie

– be flexible about the choice of reading matter

– create variety with readouts from a favorite book

– once the habit has taken root, include audiobooks.

For more ideas on how to make reading a winning family habit, read Julie’s post 25 WAYS TO MAKE READING FUN FOR YOUR CHILD.

The rich tradition of reading will build family unity and loyalty.

It will be like you and your kids share a wonderful secret that few other families do.


Wouldn’t you like your children to be able to hold their own in a conversation with adults? One way to make this happen is to encourage them to have hobbies.

Hobbies make kids interesting to engage with,strips them of their shyness and is brilliant for their self – esteem.

However, with the tech devices that kids have to keep them busy today, hobbies are not valued at all, But, they are a wonderful way to build a unique set of skills. Hobbies give children:

  • a chance to satisfy their curiosity
  • a way to explore their creativity
  • a means to develop patience, confidence
  •  an opportunity to set and achieve goals


The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature
To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.
Alfred Austin

Gardening is often low on the good habits list for parents.

But you stand to harvest much more than flowers, herbs, fruit, and vegetables if you adopt this habit.


Let me show you what I mean. As a family, you decide to start a garden.

Every step in the process taps into or teaches a vital skill:

• the location of the garden

• clearing the area of weeds and brush

• deciding on what to grow and when to plant

Decision-making skills such as consultation and negotiation are addressed.

As a family, you get the unique opportunity to bond while carrying out routine tasks such as weeding, watering, mulching, and harvesting.

Kids love the mucking about with water and sand, so it gives them the license to be dirty.

The added bonus is the physical exercise involved in keeping a garden.

Other benefits to your family are:

• patience and responsibility

• organizational skills

• a healthy appreciation for the beauty of nature

• a keen interest in eating what they grow

• an interest in cooking what they harvest

Get inspired to embrace the tradition of gardening and growing your own food with Gail’s amazing post, The Children’s Garden That Will Help Your Kids Bloom.

Family outdoors


It is better to serve than be served. 
Lailah Gifty Akita

The key, especially if you have teenagers, is to choose fun activities.

A few examples are:

• taking part in a charity fun walk or race

• a renovation project – a nursery school or old age home

So, why should your family volunteer?

Let’s look at the advantages:

• having quality time together helping the needy

• it’s an all-natural mood booster

• helps to reduce stress

• builds values such as selflessness, kindness, empathy, and compassion

• improves communication and socializing skills

• meet new people and make new friends

• learn new skills

The only cost to your family is the sacrifice of time.

But the rewards are lifelong strong moral values so sorely lacking today.

If you need to be persuaded more about the power of family volunteering, read WHY FAMILY VOLUNTEERING IS ESSENTIAL TODAY


How often have the greatest thoughts and ideas come to light during conversations with the family over the evening dinner?
E.A. Bucchianeri


Eating dinner together daily
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If you’ve ever watched the TV Series, Blue Bloods, you would have noticed the importance of family dinners.

Four generations gathered together around the dinner table chatting together at the end of the day. 

But, the hectic pace and stress of modern life for parents and their kids has killed that tradition off.

Everyone is too tired after a long day at work or school to put in the time and effort to cook dinner.

There are also chores and homework to be done before the next day. So junk food or take out dinners become an easy way out.

But family dinners are a golden opportunity. You need to turn this into a fun activity.

Play some nice vibey music to signal the start of dinner prep and cooking.

Take turns to be head chef. Get the little ones to wash and shred lettuce for a salad, teens to prep veggies and hubby to marinate the chicken.

As you chop and dice, mix and slice, you chat about the events of your day.

In no time at all, a great healthy dinner will be ready but you’ve gained so much more than something to eat.

So just why should families have dinner together as often as they can?

• it’s quality, tech-free family bonding time
• it’s a great chance to truly connect with each other

Research shows other plus points about children who regularly have family dinners. They:
• develop healthy eating habits

• have a lower risk of having weight issues later in life

• have less chance of substance abuse as adults

Family dinners are also a powerful tool to build:
• social skills

• communication skills

• confidence

Long after your kids move out, family dinners will hold a special place in their memories.

They are a symbol of comfort and support, of love and nourishment and family loyalty.


eating a healthy breakfast daily is a good habit to build
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This quotation sums up family habits perfectly:

A long healthy life is no accident. It begins with good genes, but it also depends on good habits.
                              Dan Buettner

So if you want a happy, rewarding life, you have to cultivate a garden of good habits.

What better gift can parents give their children than a tradition of good habits. They are the keys to a successful life.

Let’s recap:

A list of good family habits are:
– a great morning routine
– eating a healthy breakfast
– having a hobby
– gardening
– reading
– volunteering
– family dinners

If you’re still in search of more information on the importance of a list of good family habits, check out Smart Secrets for Establishing Good Family Habits

Do you have habits which your family adheres to? Share your story in the comments below.

If you enjoyed this post, please help to share it on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook because parents need to embrace the power of good family habits.


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63 thoughts on “7 Good Habits to Start Today with your Family for Lasting Success (Updated)”

  1. As a family, it is important to build good habits. All these habits are great ones to include in family life. My children are now young adults and we not only eat together we cook together, sometimes dinners, sometimes breakfasts. I think I may have taught my kids to enjoy cooking as their hobby. One of my goals is that at sometime throughout the year we as a family volunteer together at a soup kitchen.

  2. From these, the most important habits I want to pass on to my kids (and actually work toward) are reading and hobbies. Self-development with these things is endless and will last well into adulthood.

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  4. These are phenomenal good habit routines and suggestions. I really try to impress a healthy morning routine. I believe that if we set the tone for an amazing day then it’s more likely to manifest. Thanks for sharing. More families could use this encouragement.

  5. They are all great ideas, but I must say I love the idea of enjoying time together as gardening or volunteering. I didn’t think about them as a possibility to spend great time together as a family, thanks!

  6. We definitely try to cultivate good habits in our household. I consider it important to my boys’ future lives outside of our home. I encourage them to help with chores and cook dinner, so they will know how to function as adults some day.

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  8. Such a great list of tips for those in need of additional parenting help. They say it takes a village, and the more knowledge and input you get can really help navigate those difficult situations that may not be common in your family unit.

  9. What a great list! I’ve started a morning routine for myself but haven’t included my young kids. Perhaps I’ll figure out a way to adapt it for them. We love gardening and volunteering but I’d never considered these to be habits. I like the way you’ve looked at them and broken each on down. Thank you.

  10. This was such an awesome post for my family and I to reflect on before the new year! I will save this post and share with others! Love it!

  11. I cannot get out of my house in the morning without a solid and consistent routine. You see, I have a 7 year old son who is NOT a morning person and if we deviate from our routine it’s usually anarchy.

  12. These are all great habits! I used to be an avid reader, but lost that habit in recent years. I need to get that back in my life.

  13. This is so so wonderful! I am right there with ya thinking that every family should incorporate mindfulness into their daily routines! It is so important! Thanks!

  14. Very interesting! If everybody would follow these tips, there would be so much more harmony within families. My biggest routine when the kids were younger was having dinners together. I have always insisted on that and that has given us including our many homestay students a lovely way of finalizing the day and chatting about how the day was. It has given my oldest daughter the interest in home made food, the youngest… time will tell.

  15. Thanks for sharing this helpful information. Good habits definitely build routines. Each morning, while the girls eat their breakfast we end with “morning talks with Trenye (mommy). “ as I sip my coffee

  16. Since we decided to take our big daughter to a Waldorf school, we have been learning about routines and how good is for them. Thanks for this information!

  17. Can’t agree enough! Some great suggestions here. Family dinner is huge in our household, as are some other habits such as sharing good deeds, thankfuls, and prayer before bed. We are the building blocks for our children.

  18. Such a good list of ideas. I definitely need to start some of theee routines while my kids are young. Especially in the morning. Thanks for some ideas!

  19. Great article. I especially agree about the morning routine. My kids and I have a morning routine and it saves us tons of time and stress in the AM.

  20. I love this blog! Very informative. I’m a mental health therapist and have the opportunity to work with families on parenting skills, in their nature setting. I’ve always facilitated parenting groups.

  21. Such a great idea, Poovanesh! I am always working on personal goals, but to do it at the level of the habit, rather than the goal seems pretty powerful – and then to add the family in. I think another great family habit would be to schedule family adventure – whether that’s a “family date” night once a week where you do something together or something you do once a month that’s a little more involved – like going to a tourist attraction, trying an escape room or something else that’s in line with what your family likes to do!

  22. Tracy @ Cleland Clan

    Good habits and healthy routines are so good for kids. I have so many students who could benefit from them. Most good students already have a repertoire of great habits learned from parents, but there are so many kids that don’t.

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