9 Parenting Lessons We’ve Learned from Kate Middleton
Or why the princess is the best mom ever
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
QUASH SIBLING RIVALRY
Her secret? One-on-one bonding time with George.
TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM
Hey, drool happens--even when the only thing you have handy to wipe it on is your designer dress.