Sinead – The Holistic Parent Adult Education & Courses in Dublin, Navan, Ireland Hi, I am Sinead C Kavanagh,
a solo parent, creative, lifelong learner, and positive psychology enthusiast. I am a parent to one teenager, a landlord to two spoiled cats, and a lover of humans and the earth. I laugh daily, smile a lot, and frequently embrace the child within. That is one of my proudest traits. Remembering the child within. I am also a parent mentor, parent educator, writer, and inspiring, motivational speaker.
My lived experience has equipped me with some useful life skills, such as resilience, self-efficacy, and an internalized locus of control. Coming from a large Irish family, where connections were not positive ones, I also learned from a young age, the importance of personal autonomy. These are all tools that I use in life and in my work.
I’ve studied in one form or another, for most of my life. For me, every day is a learning day. Every experience whether it’s a good one or not is one to use for growth, to evolve and develop as a person. I am empathic, so I feel and see people on an emotional level. As a child that meant I could pick up on the nuances of human nature quite easily. As an adult, I use that incredible gift to the benefit of those I love and those I work with. "We cannot be all things to all people but we can be honest to ourselves."
The Holistic Parent
We all have inherent traits that form part of our blueprint for life. I own mine lovingly and with pride, but it wasn’t always that way. I’ve spent a large part of my adult life reframing the messages that came to me throughout my childhood. For example, I feel deeply and strongly, as I’ve said, ‘emotionally’. To those for whom emotions feel too big and make them uncomfortable, I have been called ‘dramatic’, ‘unstable’, or ‘over-emotional’.
For those who shy away from honesty and their true selves, my curiosity has been labeled ‘nosey’, or ‘interfering’. These are negatives used to project the discomfort that my inquiring mind can sometimes generate. I have learned we cannot be all things to all people, but for those who want to make a change, my empathy and curiosity are invaluable to their growth.
I am a quick thinker and generally a doer. A ‘shit-or-get-off-the-pot’ kind of person. Don’t keep talking about it, unless you’re going to do something about it. But again, it has taken work to get to this point and in the process, it means some people get me, some don’t, and that’s absolutely okay. Not everyone can move along as quickly as I do. Sometimes my brain is on the next task before my hands have finished the first. I put that down to an abundance of self-sufficiency – too much sometimes! "To Thine Own Self Be True" (from Hamlet), William Shakespeare