Kids start their lives with wonderfully blank slates. They don’t have years of experience dodging chocolate cravings and morning lethargy that keeps them from daily exercise. “Routines are absolutely essential,” says pediatrician Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson. “What we do now can help our children turn habits into practices that they will do without thinking. These habits will last a lifetime.” Here are the habits your little one should work on—with you leading the charge, mom.