Monday Local Mum Sophie Whitehouse Sparks

Where and how long have you lived in Sydney’s east: I have lived in Paddington in Sydney’s east for 10 years.

How many children: I have two beautiful daughters one at school and one at the Conservatorium of Music.

Favourite Park: I just adore Rushcutters Bay park, the beautiful water, harbour view and open space.

Favourite Beach: Balmoral Beach in Sydney’s north.

Favourite kid friendly cafe: Barbetta, in Paddington.

Favourite Coffee Spot: Calipress in Double Bay, it has great coffee and juices.

Favourite date night place: Maeda Japanese at five ways in Paddington.

Favourite Local Day Out Activity: Doing the foreshore walk followed by a swim at Parsley Bay with my girls and husband.

Favourite Local Shop: Journals in Five Ways; it is filled with beautiful bespoke stationary and other goodies.

Favourite wet weather location: Verona Cinema in Paddington.

Describe an ideal day in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for you? Yoga, then brunch with friends, followed by an afternoon on and in the water
and a family dinner.

What area of the east have you yet to explore much but would like to? Friends always talk about Little Bay, but I am yet to get there!

Work or SAHM: I am currently the CEO and Co-founder of TutorTime and ClassTime and also the founder of the You Can Sit With Me programme (YCSWM). My lifelong vision has been to foster and nurture children as they seek an education. As a qualified teacher, I continue to mentor and tutor children with care and passion. Students wellbeing comes at the highest priority for me and for this reason I established the anti-bullying organisation, YCSWM. This inclusive and kindness campaign is being utilised in schools, sporting clubs and community groups.

Motherly advice Be kind and empathetic as you never know other people’s struggles, stand up for your values and never give up.