10 Parenting tips from Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton is a member of the British Royal Family. She is the Duchess of Cambridge, wife to Prince Williams, Duke of Cambridge and is widely known for her exceptional parenting skills and fashion sense of course. Here are 10 parenting tips from Kate Middleton that we’ve picked up:
1. Be a Hands-on Mum
Defying Royal tradition, she refused to get a maternity nurse for Prince George and broke the long standing royal tradition of hiring a nanny, insisting that—together with her husband—she could handle mom duties on her own. Even though her family has grown since then, Kate still insists on covering play dates and doing everything within her royal power to maximize time with the kids.
2. Protect your children’s privacy
With the fact that her children get a lot of public attention, Kate will stop at nothing to protect her children from peeping paparazzi. In fact, following the birth of Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kate and William issued a friendly reminder to photographers not to invade their privacy. —or else.
3. Get Snap-happy and share
Kate proved she has incredible photography skills with the release of Charlotte’s first-day-of-school pictures—shots she took herself. The Duchess also took Charlotte’s first official portraits.
4. Value Date Nights
5. Share your hobbies
Prince George is already taking after his sporty parents. On a royal tour of Scandinavia, Kate Middleton and Prince William visited the Holmenkollen ski jump and revealed that little George had his first ski lesson at just 2 years old.
6. Limit Screen Time
According to a recent story in Us Weekly a source close to the royal couple explains that iPads have been banned at home.
“They’re very much seen as Mummy and Daddy’s toys, not for children,” says the source.
As any parent knows, technology can be both a blessing (like when you need to distract your kid on a four-hour plane ride) and a curse (like when you forgot to lock your smartphone and your kid accidentally texts your boss).
“As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play and encouraging an active imagination,” the source told Us Weekly.
7. Draw the line with your in-laws
Kate makes one thing clear: Her role as mom comes way before royal protocol. This means she let her hubby drive her and the future heir and heiress home from the hospital after she gave birth instead of hiring a chauffeur, they’ve spent Christmas dinner at her parents’ place instead of with the Queen, she even had a baby shower. All of which are against the stipulated “family traditions”.
Let your in-laws know where they stand and make sure they don’t interfere with your family matters.
8. But trust in the sage advice of mum
When in doubt, Kate calls her mother, Carole. The children get quality time with their grandmother too.
9. Quash sibling rivalry
Her secret? One-on-one bonding time with George. She ensures she spends equal quality time with both her children.
10. Don’t be afraid to be the disciplinarian
At a wedding in 2017, the Duchess wasn’t afraid to tell her kids (and the other little page boys and bridesmaids, too) to use their indoor voices. Hey, you can’t be the fun parent all the time. The kids will still love you regardless.
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