Some thoughts on habit training today from Miss Mason...
"Knowing that ... conduct and character alike are the outcome of the habits we allow: knowing, too, that an inspiring idea initiates a new habit of thought, and, hence a new habit of life, we perceive that the great work of education is to inspire children with vitalising ideas as to the relations of life, departments of knowledge, subjects of thought: and to give deliberate care to the formation of those habits of the good life which are the outcome of vitalising ideas.
-- from Parents and Children, p, 255
"We who teach should make it clear to ourselves that our aim in education is less conduct than character."
-- from Charlotte Mason's Toward a Philosophy of Education, p. 129
It's very easy to get caught up in training our children in good habits without remembering the end goal: virtue. Conduct can (usually) be trained by repetition alone, but character requires the inspiration of "informing ideas" that make that conduct worth having.
Now all I need is to post that up somewhere in my home with flashing lights and bells...