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New Year’s resolutions are notorious for their unhelpfulness. We don’t usually keep them, so I don’t really bother making them.

Habits on the other hand are remarkably reliable. I brush my teeth every night before bed. And put my seat belt on each and every time I get into a car. These aren’t things I think about or will myself into. I just do them. Mainly because they’re habits my parents instilled in me at a young age. Now, they’re effortless non-negotiables. Now doesn’t that sound nice?

What do you want to be an effortless non-negotiable in your life? Make it a habit.

Want to drink more water? Make it a habit to fill your water bottle each night before bed. This sort of mini habit will set you up for success.

Our current family habits include:

  • Morning snuggle time
  • Reading a chapter from a chapter book each night at dinner
  • A solid bedtime routine: brush teeth, use bathroom, pjs, prayers, and song
  • Washing our hands as soon as we get home from an outing
  • A fairly predictable morning routine

Habits we want to incorporate into our family this year include:

  • Drinking more water (mini-habit: fill our water bottles each night)
  • Actually taking our vitamins each evening (mini-habit: put our vitamins in a more visible spot)
  • More vegetables with meals (mini-habit: plan two vegetables for each dinner)
  • Some sort of chore system (mini-habit: pick one non-negotiable chore that happens daily)

What family habits do you want to develop this year?