FAQs

As The Holistic Parent, I can help you as a mentor and educator.  My role is one of support for your as a parent, primarily when you are transitioning with a newborn, but also with a future focus. I can also support you when you are going through other transitions across the lifespan. By providing and holding a safe space where you can, without judgement, voice your worries and concerns, I am a listening ear and an advocate for you and your situation.

I work practically and pragmatically. That means at times, there may be tough observations or statements to be made. Rest assured I will always do that with the same empathy and compassion I use throughout my business, with your holistic wellness in mind. Together we can figure out what is the best course of action for you and your circumstances and so throughout our sessions it is usual to have lots of conversation and communication.

It is said it takes a village to raise a child. Allow me to be part of your village.

 

N.B. I am not a psychologist or psychotherapist. However, I use the sciences and social sciences of psychology (developmental, behavioural, cognitive, positive and health), biology (human anatomy and physiology), learning (cognition) and education (philosophy, anthropology and sociology) combined with a holistic approach, to provide informed content and reasoning. My aim is to help and support you as you discover your own unique way of parenting that works for you, your family, and your life.

By now you will have reviewed the website and decided where you feel you may need support at the moment. The next step is to use the booking option here or from whichever service you require and book a clarity/connection call with me. This is a free 30 minute call and offers the opportunity for you to explore how best The Holistic Parent can help and support you and if you feel we can work together.

Once that call has been completed, during which I will gathering a little information about your circumstances, the next step will involve scheduling of your programme.

 

N.B. I am not a psychologist or psychotherapist. However, I use the sciences and social sciences of psychology (developmental, behavioural, cognitive, positive and health), biology (human anatomy and physiology), learning (cognition) and education (philosophy, anthropology and sociology) combined with a holistic approach, to provide informed content and reasoning. My aim is to help and support you as you discover your own unique way of parenting that works for you, your family, and your life.

Depending on the individual circumstances a programme will be over a set period – anything from eleven days (the Newborn & Infant initial three-session Programmes) to six weeks (most others, once weekly sessions). The Schools and Corporates programmes may be single option webinars/seminars, six-week workshops, seasonal stand-alone talks or regular scheduled sessions throughout the year. Short Course SPHE-style programmes are also available for primary, post-primary and 3rd level.

For example, the Newborn & Infant Programmes, are specifically set over a period of eleven days, starting with Day 1, and on to Day 4 and Day 11. The interventions I use may result in a chain of reaction. Close monitoring of change is important. It is important for me, that you as a parent feel fully supported during the sessions, as you make the changes necessary.

Day 1 begins a process. By Day 4 any shifts will have become apparent and so this session works progressively forward on that basis. By Day 11, it is obvious as to whether the intervention has succeeded, with you the parents, being able to carry on with the work from here. If additional support is needed that can be scheduled. At times, the programme is extended and is dependent on the individual situation.

 

N.B. I am not a psychologist or psychotherapist. However, I use the sciences and social sciences of psychology (developmental, behavioural, cognitive, positive and health), biology (human anatomy and physiology), learning (cognition) and education (philosophy, anthropology and sociology) combined with a holistic approach, to provide informed content and reasoning. My aim is to help and support you as you discover your own unique way of parenting that works for you, your family, and your life.

I can conduct 1-2-1 and group sessions via a variety of online platforms. Generally, I use Zoom or Google Meets as they work well. However, Facebook Messenger Video Calls can also be used, as well as MS Teams. BlueJeans or even Skype. dsd asdasd ada sda sdas da sda sdasd

For some 1-2-1 work (Newborns & Infants) it may be necessary for you have access to two devices, for instance a smart phone and laptop or tablet or two smartphones. One is for communication while the other is used for observation. Observation of your child’s movements and behaviours is important for these programmes where the client is the chid as well as the parent. For Parenting or Family work within the same home, each person participating needs to have a device and for this reason will also need to use headphones or work from a different room or location.

For group sessions, any of the online platforms mentioned above may be used. When a school, business or organisation is hosting my programmes for the benefit of students, employees or colleagues, they have the option to host or invite The Holistic Parent. This would mean their attendees are protected and covered by the hosts practicalities of GDPR, contractual confidentiality etc.,. The Holistic Parent records all sessions for use by the parents for a period of time after the session (usually 2 weeks) and for discretionary office use. These recordings are not available publicly nor are they used for any other purpose than that specified.

The Holistic Parent, Sinead C. Kavanagh operates under Company Registration numbers 660550 (THP) and 668297 (SCK) as a sole trader. The business is Tax Compliant with the Irish Office of the Revenue Commissioners. The business and Sinead C Kavanagh are insured with Public Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance through FBD Insurance and their agents.

Sinead holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Psychology from Maynooth University. She holds a Certificate in Training & Development from the Institute of Commercial Management, is QQI Certified with a Special Purpose Award in Training & Development, Literacy Development and Business, holds Diplomas in Reflexology, Anatomy & Physiology from ITEC, and Certificates in Business, GDPR Compliance, Intercultural & Anti-Racist Training and First Aid (General, Paediatric & CPR/AED Trained).

Sinead is also a qualified practitioner of holistic Reflexology, Reflexology for Children & Special Needs, and Thermal Ear Candling.

Sinead has completed the HSE’s Children First Child Protection programme, is Garda Vetted and insured to work with under 16’s. She is also registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland under strand 3.

Sinead has been in self-employment since 1997 and has worked with families and organisations in the areas of holistic health, wellness and mentoring for over 16 years. She has worked in and with, the private, public and corporate sectors for over 30 years with a focus on client care, customer interface, service delivery, training, learning and development and holistic wellness. Sinead has worked for the Department of Education and within the schools’ system as well as in large multi-national corporates and national businesses and organisations.

Who Am I? I am…..

  • an animal lover
  • a tree hugger
  • an AQUAholic
  • an amateur gardener of the ‘let-nature-do-its-thing’ variety
  • a family cook
  • a lover of natural healthy foods and remedies
  • an aspiring author
  • a swimmer, freshwater preferred but any water will do in a push
  • a puzzle lover
  • a problem solver
  • a philosophical thinker
  • a history student
  • a possessor of McGyver traits
  • a holistic practitioner
  • a person with a world view
  • a big picture visualiser
  • a giver
  • a former ‘people pleaser’
  • a former ‘yes woman’
  • a wanna-be bohemian
  • an advocate for individuals
  • a loyal friend
  • an honest human
  • a curious individual
  • a natural scientist
  • an eternal child of the Earth
  • a laugher
  • a thinker
  • a lover of humans
  • a freedom seeker

What do you think? I figure if you can check off about six of those, we can probably work togther well. Alignment is not about being the ‘same’. It is about being able to accept how different we are. 💞

If you’ve read through the website and managed to get this far, then you get to have the lowdown. This is my take on life 🙂

  • We only have one life, honour it
  • It is up to each of us, to make the most of our own
  • It is too short for carrying around other people’s crap
  • It is too short not to get to know ourselves as early on as we can
  • Therapy is for all. It helps you to find YOU!
  • Be kind, be fair, be fun (sometimes at least). Above all be honest, with yourself and others
  • Egocentricity is lovely in newborns and toddlers. It isn’t quite as cute in grown-assed adults. If you have to exhibit it, do so from a place of self-care, not self-indulgence
  • If your gut is talking to you, e.g. butterflies, nausea, the runs, wind, cramps, knots etc., – why aren’t you listening to it? It’s not always about your diet! Your head has a huge part in the function of your gut too!
  • If your skin looks like crepe paper, you can spend all the money in the world on fancy creams, potions or lotions and it won’t make a difference. You are dehydrated, too frequently. Drink water and breathe. Take better care of yourself and your body. You will want it to take care of you. Don’t be careless.
  • Everyone deserves love but not everyone finds it. No-one has the right to prevent anyone from having true, reciprocated love.
  • Stay in your own lane and live your own life – no-one ele’s, including your kids’ lives!
  • Look after our world – it’s the only we we have
  • Let everyone have their own beliefs and truths. It is not your job to ‘enlighten’ others. Accept people right where they are.
  • Teach people how to treat you, by treating yourself well, with kindess, with love and with respect.

It is said that in life, no-one every really leaves this earth, as long as you remember to say their name. My Mum was Aileen Kavanagh, nee McCormack. She was born in Dublin to a Meath-Mother and Dublin-Father. She was one of six children and was one of the most empathic people I have ever known. The word fey is an old one, often used to describe someone with unique intuition, perhaps something other worldly. My Mum possessed this, as did hers. Mum passed away a few years ago now, a result of the dreaded Alzheimer’s Disease. We speak of her daily though, and her sayings always bring a smile to me, ESPECIALLY when I hear myself saying them in context! 😁

So here are a few sayings that, ‘My Mum Always Said…’

  • “With a book you will never be lonely”
  • “Children teach you how to mind yourself”
  • “Always mind the heart”
  • You can bury your worries in the soil”
  • “When you’ve harrowed all I’ve ploughed……”
  • “I’ll put my coat on and walk if you don’t…..”
  • “He’ll get a belt of the wooden spoon!”
  • “They have my heart broken!”
  • “Put on two pairs of knickers. They’ll keep your tights up and your kidneys warm”
  • “It doesn’t have to look nice, to taste nice”
  • “Always put something away for a rainy day”
  • “Don’t mind them”
  • “Neither a borrower not a lender be”

Life wasn’t easy for my siblings and I growing up and my parents separated when I was a teenager. It was only later as an adult that I began to realise the geuius mind that was my father’s, was a large reason for the idiosyncrasies of his nature. My own learnings and studies in life, allowed me to gain an acceptance that we must meet people where they are, not own their issues and stay in our own lane. My father taught me that. He absolutely lived in his own lane, partially because no-one was driving a vehicle suitable to join him and partially because others didn’t understand him. He had his own unique take on life and these are some of his sayings that remind me clearly of him and him alone. Unique to the last. 

  • “Never buy a new car. It has depreciated in value once you drive it off the forecourt.”
  • “You’ll reap what you sow”
  • “That’s between me and my maker”
  • “You need to know the difference between a flat head and a philips head”
  • “The live wire is always either brown or red. Don’t touch it unless you’ve taken out the fuse.”
  • “That note is flat. Try again”
  • “Stop looking at your fingers and the keys. Use your ears and HEAR the notes”
  • “Women shouldn’t wear slacks. It’s unattractive”
  • “Cover your head going into the church”
  • “In nineteen hundred and …. in the year of our Lord….”
  • “It’s eleven and a half minutes past the hour”

If you’ve read the two FAQ notes above (yes, I know they’re not really questions….) then I can confirm I have heard myself repeate many of the sayings of my Mum and Dad. These ones are ones that I think are unique to me. Perhaps my own daughter will find herself repeating them throughout her life. 

  • “I love you very much but I have to love you much more today”
  • “Never borrow what you can’t afford to replace and never loan what you can’t afford to lose”
  • “Mind your heart”
  • “Clean out the litter trays”
  • “Come here, I want skuggles”
  • “Emergency check before you leave”
  • “Lets go, up the wooden hill for bed”
  • “Do you need to do a tinkle?”
  • “Did you just toot?”
  • “No toilet talk at the table”
  • “Where’s your phone?”
  • “Come out here and clean up this mess”
  • “Stop terrorising the cat”
  • “No, she does not love it!”
  • Did you do those dishes?”
  • “No today I’m Sinead. I’m only Jesus on Sundays”
  • “I’m going to hell in a bikini”
  • “Put on sunscreen would you!?”
  • “I wuv uu”

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