Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and mother of Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one and a half, opened up about being a mother, her parenting style, her difficult pregnancies and her own childhood in a rare solo interview for Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, released on Saturday.
The Duchess of Cambridge gave a rare interview—and her first-ever for a podcast for the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast.
Kate opened up about her parenting style and her own childhood in the conversation with Happy Mum, Happy Baby host Giovanna Fletcher.
While on the podcast she revealed that she had a “very happy childhood,” doing all the “simple” things.
However, given her current senior role as a Royal Family member, it is no surprise that it is a lot more difficult to do the “simple things” she enjoyed doing as a child with her own brood of young, but regardless she tries to give them that same joy she had as a young girl.
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She said: “With my own children, life now is so busy. It’s so distracting and actually those simple things like watching a fire on a really rainy day provided such enjoyment.
“And actually, I remember that from my own childhood. Doing simple things like going for a walk together. That’s what I really try to do with my children as well, as it totally strips away all the complications and pressures as a parent.
“I think those [simple] experiences also mean so much to children and the world that they’re in. It provides a real adventure.
“If you really think about that, is it that I’m sitting down trying to do the maths and studying homework over the weekend? Or it is [having] bonfires, sitting around trying to cook sausages that haven’t worked because it’s too wet?
“That’s what I would want them to remember, those moments with me as a mother but also as a family, going to the beach,” she said.
“Those are what I’d want them to remember, not the stressful household when you’re trying to do everything and not really succeeding at one thing.”
When asked about the aspects of her own childhood that she’d like to pass on to her three children, she shared: “One is quality of relationships. So, those moments that you spend with people that are around you.
“I remember that from my own childhood. I had an amazing Granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us.
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“I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now.”
“There are also the environments you spend time in as well: a happy home, a safe environment.
“As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it’s something I’m really passionate about.
“I think it’s so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying [developmental] foundations.
“It’s such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of ‘I’ve got to cook’ and ‘I’ve got to do this’. And actually, it’s so simple.”
When questions about the “quality moments” in her life, Kate responded: “Spending quality time with your children [is] not really whether you’ve done every single drop-off and every single pick-up, but actually it’s those quality moments that you spend with your child, where you’re actually properly listening to them, properly understanding what they feel.”
“And actually, if things are going wrong, then actually taking time to think, how, as a mother, am I feeling? Am I actually making the situation worse for my child? Because actually, this is bringing up all sorts of things that I feel, rather than actually just focusing on them and how they might be reacting or responding to certain situations.”
Kate shared on her Instagram page a photo of her daughter smelling a flower.
“I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me it’s moments like that mean so much to me as a parent,” she said. “I try every day to put moments like that in, even if they’re small or even if I don’t have time.”
Kate’s podcast debut as part of her efforts to promote her new “Five Big Questions” survey as part of her Early Years initiative focused on early childhood development and the long-term impact of a child’s most formative years.