Tiffany Kennedy is a singer, musician, business owner and mum who calls Sutherland home. We find out if there’s anything she can’t do!
Where and how long have you lived in the Sutherland Shire and what do you love about it?
I moved from Singapore when I was 13 and currently live in Sutherland – I love just how you can’t really avoid knowing at least one person when you are out and about!
Tell us about yourself and your family:
I am married to my high school bestie Scott, and we have two gorgeous children Hannah who is 5 years old and Max, who is almost 1 and a half.
I am also the director and owner of Kennedy Music Academy, a music school located in Miranda. I was a solo piano and singing teacher and a professional musician and singer for 10 years before starting the school in 2020, just before the pandemic hit!
What does a typical day look like for you?
A mad juggle to get the kids out the door for school and daycare/grandparents’ place in the AM then a full day of working and teaching at the music studio.
After the chaos of dinner, bed and bath time, I usually love chilling on the couch with my husband and a series. We are so into Australian Survivor at the moment!
Favourite thing to do with your bubs/kiddies and why:
We like going to Darook because it’s a worry-free beach for little ones, and they just love the freedom to roam and explore the water and sand.
Favourite restaurant or favourite night-spot and why:
My husband and I love Alphabet Street in Cronulla. We are also very excited that they have opened another one just walking distance from our place in Sutherland. Amazing food, great vibe and those Apple Martinis!!
What do you like to do when you have time to yourself:
I like binging a series (Grey’s Anatomy or Gilmore Girls at the moment) with a cup of tea or a glass of wine if the day has been particularly hectic.
Work or SAHM (Stay at Home Mum):
Both! Those newborn/baby cuddles and time at home are so precious. Still, I thrive on putting my mind to work – whether performing, teaching or running my music school.
Motherly advice on how to stay sane:
Always remember that you are worth taking care of too. Because if you are not well, you can’t take care of anyone else. I learned the hard way and would not want any other mum to go through that! Even if it is something small like taking 10 mins to drink your tea/wine/coffee – things can wait. It all counts towards your sanity!
Funny mum moment:
I was at the Powerhouse Museum with a friend once, with my 3-year-old at the time. We waited for the lift to another level as we both had prams/strollers. The lift arrived, doors opened, and Miss 3 at the time walked in. Before I could get in with the stroller, the lift door closed and off she went on a joy ride. We could just see the look on her face through the clear lift doors, confused but secretly enjoying it too.
So I left my pram and bub with my friend whilst I bolted downstairs to meet Miss 3 there, but just as I got there, the lift doors closed again and up she went again. Thankfully, another bolt up the stairs, and I managed to grab a very confused (secretly thrilled) toddler… there were a lot of spectating strangers trying not to laugh, and my friend and I almost wet our pants laughing!
What is your guilty pleasure?
I’m pretty sure the Bubble tea place in Westfield has made a fortune from my addiction!!
What makes you lose your shit?
Inconsiderate and unkind people. It doesn’t cost you to be kind, so there’s no excuse.
What’s something not many people know about you?
I cannot for the life of me tell apart Isla Fisher and Amy Adams… my husband makes fun of me all the time for it.. haha!
What’s the best product/service you can recommend since becoming a mum? (for baby/kids or you)
Bump Day Spa in Cronulla. Treat yourself, girl!
What’s your “can’t live without” beauty product?
I can’t live without my tinted moisturizer from Go-To. It’s my quick morning “try to look alive” routine!
How have you changed since becoming a mum?
I am almost a completely different person now since becoming a mum. Motherhood has brought good (though painful) growth to nearly every facet of myself – emotionally, mentally, spiritually (and yes) physically! Haha!
The ups and downs of motherhood have really put me through a journey of rediscovering myself. With the help of my loved ones and a therapist, motherhood has solidified what I really stand for and what is truly important in life. And for that, I am so grateful that my children have made me a mum.
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