Celebrities are idolized more often than they should be, but then there are some that set pretty good examples. Take the British Royal family for instance. When it comes to parenting, 35-year-old Prince William and 35-year-old Duchess Kate are the perfect examples of how you should do it. Here are a few parenting tips you can pick on from watching the royals interact with their kids, 4-year-old Prince George, and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte. You might be surprised just how useful and down-to-earth some of their tactics truly are. Tphero has made a collection of 13 useful actions that parents can learn from.
1. Limit babysitters/nannying as much as possible
They are fortunate enough to not have a “traditional job”, beside their royal duties and Prince William working as an emergency medical helicopter pilot. Nonetheless, it’s pretty admirable that the royal family only uses one part-time babysitter to take care of George and Charlotte every now and again. Other everyday duties like feeding, taking baths, and daily playtime are done by Will and Kate themselves, which is awesome!
2. Respect people’s work
Even though they were always wealthy, the young royals have been taught to respect and value everyone’s work. Their Grandma, Queen Elizabeth, reportedly taught the children to always value people’s work. That’s why the royal kids are required to thank palace employees and pick up their own toys to help out the cleaning staff.
3. Family is the first priority
Will and Kate are determined to raise the kids so they’re close with their family members. 4-year-old George takes care of his little sister Charlotte, and the Duchess has said they are becoming as close as best friends. The children know the history of their family and visit the grave of their grandmother, Princess Diana as well. Kate and William spend a lot of time with their children. George, for example, likes to chat about everything with his daddy, and Charlotte likes to cook together with her mom.
4. The kids can express themselves
Unlike the popular thinking that the royals are known for raising “restrained” kids, Kate and Will want their children to be in touch with their feelings. “Seeing children communicating with each other at school, I understand that we live in an absolutely different time. We are being replaced by generations that are not afraid to declare things that really worry them,” says Prince William.
5. Education is crucial
Just because George and Charlotte’s lives are basically planned out, it doesn’t mean that they can skip school. In fact, the royal kids love to learn! Reading is one of their favorite activities and the Musem of Natural History in London is one of their favorite places to visit.
6. Staying active is important
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Although they are too little to express interest in a sport, their parents have noted that it’s important for their kids to stay active. Will, for example, loves playing polo and football, while Kate loves playing field hockey.
7. They’re taught good manners early
They are so much in the spotlight, and we can’t be happier to see Will and Kate handle their misbehavior. If George or Charlotte aren’t behaving, they will be left behind from events or even taken out of events if they can’t calm down.
8. NO physical punishments
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Will and Kate are very verbal about never using physical punishments with the kids.
9. Home is a safe space
The kids are themselves when they are at home. For instance, George is so well-behaved in public because he loves getting his energy out at home, according to Prince William. “They have not broken their bones yet, but they are always trying to do it. George always runs around at home, pushing things and jumping. Please tell me that after some time things will get easier,” says Prince William.
10. Get down to their level
One of the favorite things Will and Kate do is squatting down to talk to their kids. Actually, psychologists have proven that talking to little ones like this is far more effective. Way to go, Will and Kate!
11. TV is sometimes allowed
Cartoons are allowed in the royal family. For example, Charlotte often asks to watch Peppa Pig, and George adores Fireman Sam. However, there is a limit to telly time.
12. Kids clothing is simple
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The royal family might have plenty of cash, but they don’t really buy designer clothes for George and Charlotte. Instead, they buy value outfits for the little ones, or even re-use onesies from Harry and Will’s childhood as well.
13. Tablets and phones are for adults.
They don’t want their kids to be dependent on technology, so the royal children are not allowed to have tablets, computers, or smartphones just yet.
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