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Kate Middleton uses parenting trick to appear more ‘relatable’ and ‘likeable’

Kate Middleton uses parenting trick to appear more ‘relatable’ and ‘likeable’

The most recent appearance from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came on Sunday, when the royal couple watched the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final in Wembley.

Prince George also made an appearance, taking the middle seat between his parents.

While the royal children’s lives are kept quite private, they are sometimes seen out and about for special occasions.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Leon Hady of Guide Education explained that “children are taught through behaviour modelling”.

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He said: “There are ideas of competition-obsession and focusing on a specific type of ‘success’ that some ‘modern’ parents go for, but this is just one way to parent. 

“Modern parenting, if such a thing exists, focuses on an individual or two raising a child at every stage rather than hundreds of thousands of years of parenting being based around children being raised by communities and villages as much as by the two biological parents.”

One traditional parenting technique that the couple did decide to ditch when Prince George was born back in 2013 was the hiring of a team of staff to help out.

Instead, the family use one nanny, Maria Teresa Barrallo, who is often spotted with the royal children.

Leon explained that they may have done this to appear more “relatable”.

He said: “There is far less need for people’s support thanks to technological advancements and also keep in mind that many royal families are making conscious moves to relate more to the people in their countries or those deemed as ‘subjects’. 

“They do this in order to be relatable, likeable and have relevance. 

“Nowadays royal families must be, to a point, engaging with life in the same way typical mothers and fathers in their countries do. 

“They cannot afford to be too far removed from the norm, at least not with an issue such as parenting that is very much in the public eye.”

When watching the Euro 2020 final on Sunday evening, William and Kate can be seen bending down to speak to Prince George on several occasions.

The couple also regularly do this when speaking to their other children, Charlotte and Louis.

Leon explained that this is “very important to build trust”.

He added: “Being close, at eye level, speaking with a reassuring tone creates a feeling of understanding and closeness that assures a child and make them feel connected better to the parent. Very good, supportive practice.”

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Sophie Wessex's body language shows ''genuine and strong' parenting with Louise and James

Sophie Wessex's body language shows ''genuine and strong' parenting with Louise and James

Commenting on their outings as a family, body language expert Darren Stanton stated Sophie appears “strong” when in public.

He said: “I think it’s clear from many of the pictures that Sophie is the strongest member of her family.

“Prince Edward has his hands in his pockets which of course could just be that his hands are cold, however this could also signify a lack of confidence in his surroundings.”

As well as seeming confident with her family, the expert claimed this personality trait seeps into her parenting style.


Darren stated this is obvious in a picture featuring Sophie and Lady Louise.

He continued: “This is a really nice genuine shot of Sophie displaying a genuine smile to a daughter.

“Even though she is aware of the fact that the moment has been caught by camera, she is not phased.

“Clearly she is a very strong personality and does not care about the cameras snapping pictures.”

“Sophie’s approach in public appears to be very hands-off.

“She often walks slightly ahead with an air of upbeat determination that should make her a role model for both her husband and her children.

“There are no signs of any fussing or anxiety.

“Although she would be more tactile when they were younger, as the children have grown bigger she seems keen to allow them to be treated more as adults, joining in any fun like one of them.”

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on March 26, 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 39, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

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'I squealed' Dick Strawbridge, 61, speaks on parenting mishap with daughter Dorothy

'I squealed' Dick Strawbridge, 61, speaks on parenting mishap with daughter Dorothy

Dick Strawbridge, 61, shared a hilarious photo of himself and his daughter Dorothy, seven, after she had decided to put his hair in scrunchies. The Escape To The Chateau star admitted he had “squealed” when his mischievous youngster had forced him to wear her hair accessories.

Dick typed: “Apparently a chap can’t have too many ‘bunchies or scrunchies’. 

“When I squealed as I was getting pulled Dorothy said, ‘Get used to it’ …. this is officially my new look.”

The star posed in the photo alongside his beaming daughter while he wore scrunchies on his head, ears and was even made to put one in his mouth.

In response to the post, fans gushed over Dick’s new look.

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“With the children at home we’ve enjoyed sharing knowledge – we haven’t tried to mimic their formal education, or tried to be fully-fledged homeschoolers, instead we have been working together in the garden and being creative,” she wrote.

“And Dick is finally going to write some children’s books that he has been testing on his four children, and finessing, for over 30 years.”

Dick is also a doting dad to two grown-up children, James and Charlotte, 35, from his first marriage to Brigit Weiner.

Last year, James made an appearance on his dad’s show Escape to the Chateau as Angel threw her parents a fiftieth wedding anniversary during the episode.

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Kate Middleton spotted in Chelsea using parenting trick with George and Charlotte

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Kate Middleton spotted in Chelsea using parenting trick with George and Charlotte

“She is a wonderful mum, who devotes her life to them, her husband, the Monarchy, and her patronages. Its nice to hear she equally beautiful on the inside and the children too,” one said.

Another wrote: “She never puts a foot wrong, even on a very bad day. She’s so dignified and was made for the job. Catherine the Great, indeed.”

Kate Middleton’s funeral appearance wowed a number of fans as she tackled cobblestones in killer heels to pay her respects to Prince Philip. ‘How on earth?’ Princes criticised as Kate tackles cobblestones in skyscraper heels

The Duchess wore a pair of towering black heels, in black suede.

The Duchess also wore a pair of towering black heels, in black suede.

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'Total fabrication!' Our Yorkshire Farm's Amanda Owen corrects fan about parenting method

'Total fabrication!' Our Yorkshire Farm's Amanda Owen corrects fan about parenting method

She recently told the Radio Times: “The snowflake generation, they can’t do anything.

“They don’t know anything about how to look after themselves, or a work ethic, all of that has gone out of the window. It’s our fault as parents.

“If you put your child on a pedestal, with no sense of independence, and think you have got to entertain them the whole time, what can you expect?”

She added: “I rebuff swaddling children, because I want to see them go on and do well and be themselves, whatever that is.

“I feel like it is their life and all I do is prepare them.”

Our Yorkshire Farm airs on Tuesdays on Channel 5.

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Prince Philip dead: Kate Middleton & Meghan Markle must follow parenting rules at funeral

Prince Philip dead: Kate Middleton & Meghan Markle must follow parenting rules at funeral
Prince Philip has passed away at the age of 99, it has been confirmed. His funeral will be attended by royals including Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. This is what the royals will do with their children.
It is believed this will be held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

No matter the size of the funeral, Britons across the country will join the Royal Family in mourning his passing.

His funeral will be attended by the Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family.

Kate and Meghan were the granddaughters-in-law of Prince Philip.


They are sure to support other members of the Royal Family by attending the funeral.

Kate and Prince William have three children together, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Meghan Markle is the mother of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, one.

Young children have not traditionally attended royal funerals in the past.

If any of the royal children do attend, it is likely they will follow the same rules as the rest of the royals.

All members of the Royal Family have been required to dress in black since Prince Philip’s passing was announced, as per tradition.

The royal children will also be required to dress in black when attending the funeral.

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Kate Middleton ‘enjoys’ playing an ‘active’ parenting role for George, Charlotte and Louis

Kate Middleton ‘enjoys’ playing an ‘active’ parenting role for George, Charlotte and Louis
Kate Middleton and Prince William are both senior working members of the Royal Family which means they must adhere to and follow certain parenting techniques. However, the Duke and Duchess have also been known to step away from traditional rules and implement their own. 
Kate joined the Royal Family in 2011 when she married Prince William in Westminster Abbey. 

The couple had met previously while studying at university.

Since then, they have had three royal children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.

The children are regularly seen with their parents for royal engagements although this has been paused due to the pandemic.

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Sophie explained: “Having multiple children is difficult, as any parent of two or more will attest to. 

“You can’t meet all their needs at once and there is always a time when all three need you and you only have two hands. 

“It seems as if Kate is coping admirably with the joys and strains that three children bring – as well as any mum in her position would. 

“Kate and William could have easily hired more staff to help with childcare but chose to keep just one nanny, showing that Kate enjoys playing an active and present role in the lives of her three children.”

The Duchess will often be seen showing affection towards her children in public and has a huge interest in early years education.

Last year, she launched a campaign which encouraged parents across the country to answer questions on what they thought on early years education.

This might mean that she likes being involved in bringing up George, Charlotte and Louis because she knows how important their early years are.

The expert added: “Kate is a very involved mum and clearly wants to influence the way in which her children are raised, how they are educated and the morals that they will value. 

“Employing just one nanny, rather than a team, means that Kate can be actively involved in her children’s upbringing while still having help and support with day-to-day childcare.”

Due to the pandemic, the royal children have been kept out of the spotlight for several months.

The last time they were seen as a family of five was back in December when they attended a special pantomime performance.

Sophie explained: “Keeping children out of the spotlight will never be a negative thing. 

“Children in the public eye have to deal with so much more than others the same age and allowing them time away from cameras and public appearances means that they have the opportunity to be normal children.”

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Louise Redknapp talks being seen as 'terrible mum' as she slams parenting double standards

Louise Redknapp talks being seen as 'terrible mum' as she slams parenting double standards
Louise Redknapp, 45, divorced football pundit Jamie Redknapp, 47, in 2018 after 19 years of marriage. She has since discussed some of the negative reactions she received as she continued to work and get on with life as a single mum. In her new book You’ve Got This, the singer addressed parenting double standards.
She said: “When I split up with Jamie, the accusations came in thick and fast.

“I was so heavily judged, and it amazed me that so many people, including other women, made assumptions about what I was or wasn’t doing when it came to my kids.

“I noticed real double standards: women are simply expected to be with their kids, whereas if fathers spend any time with their children, then suddenly they are ‘Super Dad’ or Dad of the Year’.”

Giving an example, she added: “If I go on holiday with some of my girlfriends, or even just out for a meal in the evening and I’m photographed, it feels like I’m suddenly being seen as a terrible mother.”

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She added as soon as fathers play an active role “they are seen as heroes”.

In the book abstract obtained from The Metro, the singer went on to say she wasn’t criticising her ex-husband, who she called a “fantastic father”.

But, she believes people need to refresh their thoughts on parenting and view mums and dads on an equal level.

Addressing life as a single mum, the mother-of-two went on to say she probably lets her sons get away with more now than before as she wants to be the “good parent”.

“Stop, say what you need, say what you think, don’t be afraid to say what’s really going on. You don’t have to be quiet.”

Louise added she had a split-second thought about ending her life after their public break-up.

She continued: “I would be standing in Central London and would wonder whether it would be easier for a bus to take me out.”

“All it would take was for me to step out at the wrong moment and it would be over.”

Following her candid interview, Louise admitted she was apprehensive about opening up in her new book due to there being “so much judgement”.

She wrote on Instagram: “You’ve Got This is by no means a tell all autobiography, but I do talk about many different aspects of my life – some good, some bad and other lessons I have learnt along the way.”

She added: “It is very difficult opening up as there is so much judgement, lack of compassion and nasty comments in the world today but, the one thing I’ve learnt over the last few years is that kindness really can go a long way!”

Louise went on to say she hoped to empower others who had also been through something similar.