Kate Middleton, you modern mom. Based on the pics from last week’s christening, it’s clear that you’re crushing it when it comes to parenting George and Charlotte. Here, nine parenting tips we’ve picked up watching her in action.

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BE A HANDS-ON MUM

Bucking Royal tradition, she said no to a maternity nurse for Prince George and dragged her world-famous heels while hiring a nanny, insisting that--together with William--she could handle mom duties on her own. Now, even with nanny Maria Borrallo by her side and a temporary baby nurse for Charlotte, Kate still insists on covering playdates, taking George to the park and doing everything within her royal power to maximize time with the kids.

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PROTECT YOUR KIDS’ PRIVACY

Look, she gets the public interest in her children, but Kate will stop at nothing to protect these babes from peeping paparazzi. In fact, following the birth of Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kate and William issued a friendly reminder to photographers saying, "Hey, give us our space--or else."

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GET SNAP-HAPPY AND SHARE

Kate proved she has mad photography skills with the Twitter release of Charlotte’s first official portraits--shots she took herself. It’s a talent that seems to run in the family: Dad Michael Middleton famously snapped the first official pics of George.

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KNOW THE VALUE OF DATE NIGHT

A basketball game in New York, a romantic midweek movie, a low-key dinner at their local pub--Kate and William nurture their relationship with a regular dose of kid-free nights.

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THERE’S NO SHAME IN MOVING TO THE ’BURBS

They’d pretty much do anything for privacy, but Kate and Will also wanted to give George and Charlotte a childhood that’s down-to-earth and modest, much like Kate had growing up. This meant saying farewell to their 20-room setup in London at Kensington Palace and heading 115 miles north to Anmer Hall, a ten-bedroom country house free from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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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 spent Christmas dinner at her parents’ place instead of with the Queen. She even had a baby shower.

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BUT TRUST IN THE SAGE ADVICE OF MOM

When in doubt, Kate calls Carole. George hearts QT with his grandmother, too.

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QUASH SIBLING RIVALRY

Her secret? One-on-one bonding time with George.

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TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM

Hey, drool happens--even when the only thing you have handy to wipe it on is your designer dress.

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