With three kids, Prince William and Kate Middleton are officially parenting pros and they’ve picked up a hands-on trick that even us plebeians can use to nurture better familial communication. 

Both royal parents make an effort to kneel down to their children’s eye level—OK maybe not Prince Louis’s yet—to foster open communication. (See, Jon Snow? Bending the knee isn’t that hard.)

Kate Middleton bending down with Prince George
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By meeting their children eye-to-eye, William and Kate aren’t asserting dominance and are instead encouraging Prince George and Princess Charlotte to express themselves on equal terms. From the smiles on George’s face, their tactic seems to be working. 

British Royal Family at Trooping the Colour 2016
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Although this technique is a Will and Kate go-to, it’s not common royal practice. Queen Elizabeth doesn’t go quite to the same length when speaking to children, but she is the queen and, um, 92 years old.

Queen Elizabeth bending down to speak to Prince George
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Hey, if dropping it low will keep our kids from throwing temper tantrums in the Trader Joe’s parking lot, then we’re down.

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