How Kate Middleton parents the Cambridge kids and stops tantrums from code words to head taps
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Kate Middleton is forever being praised for her down to earth, hands-on parenting when it comes to her three young children.
Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, are regularly complimented on their behaviour during royal appointments and public appearances.
Somehow, Kate always manage to keep her cool when out and about with her children wherever the family goes.
So how does the 39-year-old keep her children toeing the line? Let’s take a look…
Dr Rebecca Chicot, founder of Essential Parent and the Calm and Happy Toddler author, analysed Kate's parenting for Fabulous and concluded that the royal's parenting style is loving and modern.
“Kate is a sensitive and warm mum. This is called an authoritative style of parenting that is now encouraged. This is compared to autocratic parenting encouraged in some circles in Victorian times (e.g. children should be seen and not heard)."
During a Q&A about the importance of early years education, Kate was quizzed about how she tackles toddler temper tantrums.
When asked, "how do you manage temper tantrums in your household", Kate said: "Yes, that's a hard one", before laughing and adding ", I'd also like to ask the experts myself".
Deputy head of the Early Years Programme at the Anna Freud Centre, Alice Haynes, cut in with her own experience with her son.
She said: "When my son has a temper tantrum, I try to put into words how I think he might be feeling in a slow and calm and gentle way."
During Pippa Middleton’s wedding in 2017, Kate could be seen putting this into action when George became restless. Kate intervened and gently patted him on the head, telling him to be quiet gently but firmly.
Parenting expert Rebecca was also a fan of her choice, saying: "It’s very hard for any parent to have to parent in public. She seems to be good at making warm contact ‘touch to the head,’ which is a nice connection."
The Cambridge's will always level with their children when they discipline them, crouching down to face them directly, which is a simple yet effective parenting tip.
Dr Rebecca added: “Kate gets down to their level to talk to them but lets them be children.
“She has a lovely balance of sensitivity and gentle boundaries. She doesn’t expect them to behave like little adults and knows that children go through perfectly natural stages like tantrums.”
According to a report from The Sun, Kate phrase for “calm down” is to tell the children: “Let's take a break.”
Kate is also always keen to limit screen time and has confessed to a love of the outdoors, stressing the importance of getting her young family out in the fresh air.
Speaking on Giovanna Fletcher's podcast Happy Baby Happy Mum, Kate said: “As children, we spent a lot of time outside, and it’s something I’m really passionate about.
“I think it’s so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying those foundations.”
Kate told Mary Berry on their Christmas Special with ITV: “We grow our own vegetables. We’ve got carrots, beans, beetroot – a massive favourite – Louis absolutely loves beetroot.
"I think being outside and being in nature is such a great environment for children to learn lifelong skills, really. Physical, emotional and cognitive skills. Whether it’s digging, running, boulder-hopping…”
However, Kate is also open to taking advice. She has admitted to reading up on books by parenting experts such as The Modern Mother’s Handbook: How To Raise A Happy, Healthy, Smart, Disciplined and Interesting Child, Starting From Birth.
Kate gave the world a peek into her parenting style when she loved the book so much that she sent a letter to the author, who remains anonymous, saying how much she appreciated reading it.
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