Kate is the proud parent of three wonderful children, and she is often praised for her specific parenting method, combining royal rules with the ordinary world. Parenting experts have said that when it came to her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the Duchess has skipped a number of royal traditions.
Her parenting style combines the best of both worlds, the simplicity of ordinary life and the many rules and protocols of royal life.
Zoe Bonser, who is the Show Director at The Baby Show, told the Express: “Kate values quality family time and has broken some traditions.
“For example, sending George to a mixed school, dropping George off at school herself, or having her mum to help in the days after the birth, rather than an army of staff.”
Both she and William are trying to give their children a down-to-earth upbringing as much as they can, but there is only so much they can do when all of them are in line for the throne, meaning the spotlight will be on them, whether they like it or not.
Here are just a couple of ways how Kate has made her parenting style her own
Taking Their Photographs Herself
While royal fans are always looking out for their next glimpse of George, Charlotte and Louis, Kate and William often times shield them from the public eye.
Instead of having them pose for frequent photocalls, Kate, being the amateur photographer she is, has taken up the task of photographing them herself, and we might say she has delivered time and time again.
Zoe added: “Usually, Kate takes pictures herself, giving her the freedom and power over what is used in public – and a chance to use her artistic skills.”
The photographs that fans do get oftentimes capture a certain natural and relaxed essence, something that only a mother can see.
It has become a sort of a tradition for Kate and William to share photos, made by her when celebrating any of the birthdays of their children.
Chose Her Own School For The Kids
Both Prince George, 6, and Princess Charlotte, 5, attend the £19,000-a-year Thomas’s School in Battersea, as Kate and William didn’t decide to send them to schools where the previous royal has attended.
Murray Morrison, an education expert, told the Express that Kate and William have prioritized choosing what’s best for their children instead of just the following tradition.
George Murray said: “Princes William and Harry attended Wetherby Prep as children, and this remains an excellent school and would likely have been in the running.
“However, the Cambridges’ chose St Thomas’s Battersea for their children.
“There is a range of other schools that the Royal Family have chosen over recent generations and doubtless the choice has come down to which school offered the best fit for their child.”
Goes To The Pub For Drinks With School Moms
Kate recently only showed just how down-to-earth she is, revealing that sometimes she goes to a London pub for a drink with some moms from her kids’ school.
Last November, it was revealed that the Duchess had managed to sneak in through a secret entrance at the Chelsea-based Hollywood Arms for a “meet-and-greet” party.
The event was held so that parents of the new pupils at the £6,000-a-term Thomas’s Battersea school could get to know each other.
Princess Charlotte started attending Thomas’s last year in September, while her older brother Prince George, has been a pupil there since 2017.
According to reports from the Mail, super-spy mom Kate managed to sneak in through a rear alley, away from any unwanted attention from cameras and phones.
Let Them Be Silly
Kate doesn’t expect nor hold her children to royal adult standards, letting them be silly and childish. She was praised for her reaction when Princess Charlotte poked her tongue out at crowds at the charity regatta in 2019.
In the video, Kate is encouraging her daughter to wave at the crowds gathered in Cowes, Isle of Wight-however the Princess had other ideas. As Princess Charlotte cheekily put her tongue out, Kate appeared to erupt into laughter, like many well-wishers.
Many amused parents were quick to gush over the clip, with one saying: “Just a normal child! You can’t control their every move. Kate’s response was fantastic!”
Hugs Are Important
One thing that she and Prince William have disregarded since the beginning of their relationship, is the rules and etiquette royals have for personal affection, not only between them but with their children as well.
Zoe explained: “She promotes that children deserve time, attention and love from their parents, advocates that children should speak about their feelings, be taught kindness, respect and honesty and greatly values the importance of hugs.”
Kate has previously talked about how “very important” hugs are in the Cambridge household.
When Kate met with Janet Emery during an engagement at Basildon Sporting Centre, she spoke about how vital they are in her family.
When Janet went to hug Kate, the duchess said: “Hugs are very important. That’s what I tell my children.”
Ditched The Stiff Upper Lip Approach
Kate and William both are very passionate about mental health and have launched dozens of projects about it, the most recent being a help scheme for frontline coronavirus workers.
It is said that they apply this to their home life as well, encouraging open dialogue with their kids.
Prince William previously told CALM magazine: “Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings.”
Messy Is Good
Despite having a full staff in their house which can do anything they wish, Princess Charlotte and Prince George love getting messy in the kitchen.
Kate has talked about how her two eldest love making pizza from scratch, but we are sure that Prince Louis also lends a helping hand of some kind.
When Kate was recently making food for a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke’s Community Centre, she said: “I’ve done that with George and Charlotte—making pizza dough.
“They love it because they can get their hands messy.”
Kate also revealed during an engagement in Luton where she watched a cooking demonstration: “When I try to do this with George at home, chocolate and the golden syrup goes everywhere.
“George makes so much mess. It’s chaos.”