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Kate Middleton is a busy mum of three – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – and as someone working closely with experts in the area of early years parenting, she's well-placed to raise her kids with ease.
That's not to say, of course, that the royal trio don't have their somewhat naughty moments – they are just children, after all. But, the vast majority of the time, the Cambridge family is the picture of calm and happiness, and it seems a big part of that is how Kate diffuses potentially difficult situations.
The Sun reports that one way the Duchess handles her kids being a little bit naughty is by using the code phrase 'let's take a break' instead of telling them to 'calm down' when a tantrum might be brewing.
The Duchess then apparently gives the kids, if possible, space to settle down with a puzzle or book.
In the article, Kate is also praised for another tantrum-avoiding parenting technique, which she displayed at her sister Pippa's wedding in 2017.
Outside the church, Kate was photographed softly touching her son George's head and raising her fingers to her lips, signalling for the children to be quiet. According to Dr Rebecca Chicot, a parenting author who spoke to The Sun, Kate's approach is just the right amount of warm and caring.
'It’s very hard for any parent to have to parent in public. She seems to be good at making warm contact ‘touch to the head’ which is a nice connection,' Dr Rebecca said.
She added that Kate's habit of getting down on her kids' level to talk them is also helpful.
'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,' the expert added.
It's perhaps little wonder that Kate is such a thoughtful mum, as she's previously explained that memories of her own childhood, and advice from experts in early years development, have allowed her to focus in on what's truly important when parenting.
Last year, she told Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast that she's all about creating strong relationships.
'One [lesson] is quality of relationships. So those moments you spend with people that are around you,' Kate said. '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, going into her greenhouse doing gardening stuff and cooking with us.
'I try to incorporate a lot of the experiences she gave us as at the time into the experiences that I give my children now.'
Aww! Keep those nuggets of parenting wisdom coming, Kate. We're sure lots of mums and dads out there find it super helpful and reassuring.
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