Kate Middleton has ‘gentle approach’ to parenting with ‘new’ techniques

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Kate Middleton, 38, and Prince William, 38, met at university and married in 2011. Since their marriage nine years ago, they have had three children. Prince George is seven, Princess Charlotte is five, and Prince Louis is two.

The family split their time between their country retreat, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, and their official residence, Kensington Palace. 

While the Cambridge’s are seen out in public together, this tends to be limited and the children’s lives are kept private. 

However, when in public, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can be seen to show affection towards the royal children including holding their hands and cuddling them.

Martina Mercer, relationship and parenting expert, told Express.co.uk that although Kate uses some forms of traditional parenting, she has also introduced new techniques. 

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The expert said: “Kate does follow many traditional royal parenting techniques. 

“She makes sure her children are always spotless, very well-groomed, from their hair to their outfits. 

“They’re well ironed and always in outfits that require high maintenance, through dry-cleaning or ironing, and not always the most comfortable choice for a baby, toddler or child. 

“She also ensures they’re well behaved in the public eye, and you’ll often see her with one either side of her, in the trio pose or walking slightly behind. 

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“Already they’re learning the etiquette rules of the royal family and this shows. There’s no rolling about on the floor, sudden outbursts of singing, or fidgeting while standing in place.”

The expert explained that new rules she has introduced into the Royal Family include showing affection in public.

She said: “Kate is a leader within the royal family now and a princess who has taken the royal family, and their reputation into the 21st century. 

“Princess Diana tried this yet was met with scorn by many members of the royal family as it was seen as rebellion or a failure to understand the importance of her position. However, Kate has had a more gentle approach, softly introducing more love, connections and affection with the children in the public eye. 

“Meghan also rebelled as she wanted change and she wanted it to be dramatic and instantaneous, whereas Kate has evolved the royal family from within, gradually, and working in harmony with stoic protocols, in order to be able to display her maternal instincts and her love for her children while still remaining completely professional and following royal family etiquette. 

“In the past it may have been seen as uncouth for princesses to display so much affection to their children in public, to be seen playing with them on the grass and even scolding them when they misbehaved. However, Kate executes this with style and grace.”

Being part of the Royal Family means following strict protocol but Kate seems to have stepped away from traditional techniques.

Martina added: “I think Kate knew it was time for the Royal Family to connect more with the general public, to create a relatable relationship between her and the general public. 

“Interest and faith in the Royal Family were faltering, as they seemed so far removed from us, as civilians, and people were questioning the point of them while finding them impenetrable and unrelatable which prevented the public from feeling any real connection. 

“By showing that she’s a normal mum, sharing the same emotions and problems that any mum does, Kate has built that bridge and allowed us to feel empathy with the Royal Family while also respecting their roles.”

As well as showing affection, Kate and William will often both speak to their children on eye-level.

According to Martina, this is to remove “threat”.

She said: “It’s well known, in psychology, that children don’t respond well to people towering over them barking orders. It can cause anxiety and rarely has the impact desired from the parent. 

“Children will retreat while becoming confused as they don’t fully understand the situation. By getting on a child’s eye level you remove the threat. 

“You show facial expressions that reassure the child while also ensuring they can understand every word you say. It’s showing solidarity with the child while it’s also the most effective way to communicate with someone smaller and the child is much more likely to listen and absorb information this way.

“It’s also reassuring to the children in public events where there may be a lot of adults, it lets them know that their safety net (mum) is right there with them, like a reassuring hug.”

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