Dr Lachlan Soper, based in Sydney, Australia, is many things to many people—a caring general practitioner to his patients, a committed cyclist to his biking companions—but, most importantly, a father to his three beautiful children.
Dr Lachlan Soper, based in Sydney, Australia, is many things to many people—a caring general practitioner to his patients, a committed cyclist to his biking companions, but, most importantly, a father to his three beautiful children.
Of all the roles and responsibilities he’s taken on, being a father is the most rewarding for Lachlan Soper. Nothing is as beautiful of a sound as his children giggling and laughing or the warm feeling of cuddles at the end of a tiring day. The responsibility of raising a young human being, moulding them and helping them learn how to make their own decisions, isn’t one that Lachlan Soper takes lightly. He feels honoured and blessed to have the opportunity to share his life through authentic conversations with his children through that very moulding process.
Authenticity is, above all, the foundation of his parenting philosophy. Lachlan Soper believes that it is essential to model authentic behaviour to his children, making sure they know he is a flawed human being just like them. He is not always perfect, not always right, and when those moments happen, he shows them the power of a sincere apology and forgiveness. Many of the lessons he tries to instil in his children are supported by his Christian faith. Whenever he can, Lachlan Soper uses his faith to explain issues his children may face in their daily lives, where possible linking it to his own actions or mistakes if necessary, so that they can learn to react and respond in a Christ-like manner.
In addition to authenticity, Lachlan Soper practices the three F’s of parents: firm, fun, and fair. He stays firm through setting boundaries for the safety of his children, fuse in fun whenever possible, and is fair to his children in relation to their siblings and to them as an individual. For his family, fun usually comes in the form of outdoor activities. Lachlan Soper is an experienced cyclist who has travelled all over the country on his bike. He regularly takes his children on bike rides around Sydney Harbour and its lakes and coastline, or joins them as they play outside.
When Lachlan isn’t cycling or spending time with his children, he can be found working as a general practitioner. With over two decades of experience as a doctor, he is continuously fascinated by medicine and the human body. Infusing a bit of his parenting style into his work, he takes the time to listen to his patients so that he can make informed and comprehensive management plans that link into their lifestyle and personal preferences.
Dr Lachlan Soper is blessed to be able to work with generations of family members, from newborns to those in their more senior years. As someone who prioritises family above all, he understands and deeply appreciates the honour it is to be referred to as, “My family’s GP.”