Using Continuity to Help Change {Carnival of Natural Parenting}

Welcome to the January 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: The More Things Stay the Same
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have talked about the continuity and constancy in their lives. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


Sometimes it seems that the focus this time of year is on change, and lots of it. The irony though, is that for any change to become permanent, you need to repeat the action until it becomes ingrained. To effectively enact change, you need continuity. The fact of the matter is, you need both in your life. Without change we would never grow, but some things are better staying the same. Continuity can mean stability and security. The trick is knowing which things should be allowed to stay the course.

My goal for 2014 (to work towards my most authentic life), will involve changes. I can already see things in my life that aren't helping me, that will need to be changed. Just as important are the things that promote my health and happiness; and those things I will be working my hardest to cultivate, to embrace. A steady path, continuity, "more of the same." When that means security and well-being, then they shouldn't be thought of as stagnation or monotony.

The truth is, sometimes a little continuity can be just the thing to help you push forward in other areas of your life. Continuity can be the biggest aide to change. If I tried to change all aspects of my life at once, I would feel adrift, lost, and out of control. By maintaining areas, I give myself the confidence, freedom, and security to move forward in others. Knowing that I will have consistency elsewhere helps to deal with the uncertainty that can come from stepping out into the unknown.

It can also help free me from worrying that my changes will adversely effect my family. If I can provide them with continuity in most areas, then the small changes in others won't be so hard.

So my lesson for early 2014: Embrace change. And equally embrace continuity. Let go of it as a sign of stagnation. See it as the safety net that gives you the courage to take the big leap.


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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
  • Always an Artist — Some kids take longer than others to come into themselves, so you have to stick with them, as a parent, long after everyone else has given up, writes Douglas at Friendly Encounters.
  • Not Losing Yourself as a First Time Mom — Katie at All Natural Katie continues to stay true to herself after becoming a new mom.
  • Using Continuity to Help Change {Carnival of Natural Parenting} — Meegs from A New Day talks about how she is using continuity in certain areas of her life to help promote change and growth in others.
  • Staying the Same : Security — Life changes all the time with growing children but Mother Goutte realised that there are other ways to 'stay the same' and feel secure, maybe a bit too much so!
  • Harmony is What I'm AfterTribal Mama gushes about how constant change is really staying the same and staying the same brings powerful change.
  • A Primal Need For Order and Predictability – And How I Let That Go — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares how she overcame her primal need for order and predictability once her awareness shifted, opening her eyes to the impact this had on her young daughter. Take a short journey with Jennifer and she bares her soul, exposes her weaknesses and celebrates her new outlook and approach to living life, even in the face of total chaos.
  • Breastfeeding Before and After — Breastfeeding has come and gone, but Issa Waters at LoveLiveGrow finds that her relationship with her son is still just the same and just as good.
  • A Real Job — Back in high school That Mama Gretchen had a simple, but worthwhile career aspiration and today she is living her dream … is it what you think?
  • Comfortingsustainablemum never thought she would want things always being the same, but she explains why it is exactly what her family wants and needs.
  • 'The Other Mums' and The Great IllusionMarija Smits reflects on the 'great big magic show of life' and wonders if it will continue to remain a constant in our lives.
  • Unschooling: Learning doesn't change when a child turns four — Charlotte at Winegums & Watermelons talks about the pressure of home education when everyone else's children are starting school.
  • Finding Priorities in Changing Environments — Moving from Maine to a rural Alaskan island for her husband's military service, Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work found that keeping consistent with her priorities in changing environments can take some work, but is vital to continuous health and happiness.
  • Keeping it "Normal" — Kellie at Our Mindful Life has moved several times in the last two years, while doing her best to keep things stable for her kids.
  • The Evolution Of Our Homeschool Journey — Angela at Earth Mama's World reflects on her homeschooling journey. Homeschooling is a constant in the life of her family but the way in which they learn has been an evolution.
  • Sneaking in Snuggles: Using Nurturing Touch with Older Children — When Dionna at Code Name: Mama's son was a toddler and preschooler, he was the most loving, affectionate kiddo ever. But during the course of his 5th year, he drastically reduced how often he showed affection. Dionna shares how she is mindfully nurturing moments of affection with her son.
  • Steady State — Zoie at TouchstoneZ writes a letter to her partner about his constancy through the rough sailing of parenting.
  • A Love You Can Depend On — Over at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, Jennifer has a sweet little poem reminding us where unconditional love really lies, so it can remain a constant for us and our children.
  • Same S#!*, Different Day — Struggling against the medical current can certainly get exhausting, especially as the hunt for answers drags on like it has for Jorje of Momma Jorje.
  • New Year, Still Me — Mommy Bee at Little Green Giraffe writes about how a year of change helped her rediscover something inside herself that had been the same all along.
  • One Little Word for 2014 — Christy at Eco Journey In The Burbs has decided to focus on making things this year, which is what she is loves, as long as she doesn't kill herself in the process.
  • The Beauty of Using Montessori Principles of Freedom and Consistency — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares the continuity of her teaching, parenting, and grandparenting philosophy using a combination of freedom and consistency.
  • My Husband's MiniCrunchy Con Mom shares which of her sons looks more like her husband's baby pictures — and the answer might surprise you!
  • Growth Happens When You Aren't Looking — Lori at TEACH through Love is treasuring these fleeting moments of her daughter's early adolescence by embracing the NOW.
  • A New Reality Now - Poem — As Luschka from Diary of a First Child struggles to come to terms with the loss of her mother, she shares a simple poem, at a loss for more words to say.
  • Making a family bedroom — Lauren at Hobo Mama has decided to be intentional about her family's default cosleeping arrangements and find a way to keep everyone comfortable.
  • New Year, Same Constants — Ana at Panda & Ananaso takes a look at some of the things that will stay the same this year as a myriad of other changes come.
  • I Support You: Breastfeeding and Society — Despite how many strides we've taken to promote "breast is best," Amy at Natural Parents Network talks about how far we still have to go to normalize breastfeeding in our society.


  1. I love your point about not seeing continuity as stagnation. We cannot change everything at once. We need the security and comfort of the familiar to be able to take a step forward into the unfamiliar.

    Hopping over for the Carnival of Natural Parenting.

  2. Very wise! It would be very unsettling to completely change your rhythm - keeping some things consistent can make the changes easier to process.

  3. So true about change having to be repeated to become 'ingrained' and it's surprising really how quickly that can happen and how used we can get to something new, especially, as you point out, if you keep continuity on some points!

  4. You are quite right. Continuity can be the biggest aide to change. I used to make a dozen New Year resolutions and often achieve only a couple. Now I make four or five, keep everything else the same, and I get them done. All the best for the coming year.

  5. It's so true — a new habit isn't a habit until you've been doing it awhile! We're working on encouraging good habits in our family right now as well. Best wishes to you!


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