Kids in Harmony’s interview with Dr Paul

Kids in Harmony’s interview with Dr Paul


Kids in Harmony recently interviewed Dr Paul Shanahan to find out a little more about him and what inspired him to bring Pinky McKay to Townsville.  With thanks to Kerry, please see the interview below!

How long have you been in Townsville?

We arrived in May 2008 and fell in love with the Strand, the markets, 300 days of sunshine per year..

What do you love about our city?

Townsville culture clearly values families! From the night markets to the aquarium, from the playground and park facilities to the library services, so much is available for families.  When you put this with the alfresco dining it is just beautiful.

What was the ‘YES’ behind getting Pinky to Townsville?

Pinky changed the course of our parenting style at a time when our son was developing and learning at his fastest.   As new parents overloaded with information and advice – it was easy to get bogged down second guessing ourselves.  Pinky changed that and we found that Kids In Harmony was a great support for our family and that way of gentle and intuitive parenting.   Every parent deserves to be able to trust themselves!

What do you draw from Pinky McKay’s work and wisdom?

I draw a fresh and empowering perspective that has taught me to respect and validate whatever it is that my toddler may be expressing.  I feel energized knowing that I can influence my child this way and that he may one day influence somebody that way.

What does being a Dad mean to you?

Being a Dad has taught me to be a better person for my children.  I know they learn every nuance of communication between me and the shopkeeper or telesales person so I am aware of how I am and how that affects others.  I have also learned new skills – like listening to their mum!

What do you do to relax?

We like to explore Markets, see Magnetic Island or meet with friends for a bbq.

How would your son (Noah) describe you?

He says; ‘mostly crazy’ so perhaps I am not as Zen as I want to be!

What’s your best parenting tip?

Listen to your child, whatever their age and respond to them.

What do you value about a Chiropractic Lifestyle?

I value the freedom it gives to people.  In an expecting mum, it can give the bub the freedom to move from breech to head down.   We have been responsible for many young children being removed from their headache medications, so that’s a freedom.  We have helped many people trust their bodies enough to go back to their hobbies again.

What do you love about being a Chiropractor?

I love the simplicity of the chiropractic story; health comes from within.  If we remove the interference to the expression of health – our bodies begin to heal.

What do you do to relax and keep a balanced life?

We like to escape to Cairns or Magnetic Island.

What is the best parenting advice you have received?

Listen to your heart and trust in yourself.

What is your favourite way to spend time together as a family?

Choosing fresh produce from the Cotters Market and having a picnic on Pallarenda.   Or a walk on the Strand with a play at the park and an ice cream!

Do you have any embarrassing or parenting moments?

Oh yes! Noah painted his face as tiger and insisted I have the same.  Later on we had to dash to Woolies at Hermit Park and I only realized I was still painted as a tiger when I was in the car park.  I couldn’t tell you if anybody looked at me because I couldn’t take my eyes off the ground!


Thank you for sharing your interview Kerry!  For more information about Kids in Harmony, please visit