Kate Middleton is a real-life superhero. She constantly juggles being a senior royal, philanthropist, and an amazing mom to three children, which is a hard task by itself.
Especially when your three children are so young, with Prince George being 6, Princess Charlotte being 4, while the youngest Prince Louis is only 1, soon to be 2. At that age, it is crazy to expect them to have near-perfect behaviour when they are in public, but we got to find ways to deal with it. And dealt with it Kate has.
Kate knows that she can’t expect her children to act like adults, let alone as mini-royals, so she has found a way, which just goes to show how Kate’s parenting prowess is simply incredible. As the family goes out in public very often, Kate and her two eldest, George and Charlotte, with Louis to join them in the future, have a special language Kate uses to inform them when they need to check their behaviour.
According to a source close to the royal, the phrases Kate uses are “Let’s take a break” when she wants them to calm down. When this happens, both George and Charlotte react instantaneously, taking things down a notch and slowly stopping whatever they were doing, and if they are not in public when this happens (apparently the code is also used behind doors too) they take a few minutes to engage in a quiet, solo activity, such as reading a book or doing a puzzle, to give them a breather and to compose themselves.
“It’s very hard for any parent to have to parent in public,” Dr Rebecca Chicot, founder of Essential Parent and the author of the Calm and Happy Toddler, told The Sun.
“She seems to be good at making warm contact ‘touch to the head’ which is a nice connection,” Chicot explained. “She 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.” Hey, my mother had something like this as well, with more sharp looks and subtle punishments.
“Kate is a sensitive and warm mum,” Chicot added. “This is called an authoritative style of parenting that is now encouraged. This is compared to autocratic parenting that was encouraged in some circles in Victorian times (e.g. children should be seen and not heard).”