‘Unusual’ parenting style Kate & William use for their children – ‘protocol is softening’
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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have been married for more than 10 years. They met one another while studying at the University of St Andrews and tied the knot in 2011. What is their parenting like?
Since marriage, the couple have had three children who are occasionally seen in public for events.
Prince George is seven, Princess Charlotte is six and Prince Louis is three years old.
The family split their time between Anmer Hall – their Norfolk home – and their London residence, Kensington Palace.
While the royal couple tend to keep their children’s lives relatively private, their parenting techniques can be seen when they are in public.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dannielle Haig, Principal Psychologist from DH Consulting explained how the affection Kate and William show their children is “unusual”.
The expert explained: “The overt affection that Wills and Kate show towards their children is most definitely unusual for the British Royal Family.
“But my, how wonderful it is to see.
“As a psychologist, it is well known that children need to feel affection, love, and safety from their parents to truly thrive and be happy in life.
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“To be kept at arm’s length and not shown affection as a child, can have all sorts of negative impacts on a child psychologically and emotionally.”
Traditionally, it would have been frowned upon if a member of the Royal Family showed their child affection in public.
However, modern norms allow members like Kate and William as well as Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward to be more relaxed around their royal children in public.
The expert added that it is “healthy” to be “affectionate” as a family.
She went on: “I’m glad that Kate and Wills feel comfortable enough to display this playfulness with their children to the world.
“It seems that protocol in the Royal Family is softening and evolving with the times.
“With the amount of influence that the royal couple have, our future King and Queen are setting a great example to other parents to unapologetically enjoy their time with their children.
“I feel like they are showing the world that they are just like us and they progressing the behaviours and attitudes of Princess Diana in their openness with their parental affections.”
Kate and William will often show affection towards George, Charlotte and Louis in the form of a hand-hold as well as picking them up and cuddling them.
The couple can also be seen encouraging their children’s independence on a number of occasions.
Previously speaking on That Peter Crouch Podcast, Prince William was asked whether his son has an interest in football.
Prince William replied: “I took George and Charlotte a while back, we went to the Norwich-Villa game.
“We tried to slip in there quietly but the [cameras] picked us up. George started getting really into it by the end.
“I’m trying not to persuade [George] to be a Villa fan, I’m letting him choose his own way, having a variety of clubs of interest that I want him to go and experience. It’s about finding what fits for him.”
Kate is also very interested in childhood learning and development, which shows she is keen to be there for her children in their childhood.
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