Kate Middleton’s ‘authoritative’ parenting – head taps, bending down and raising finger | #parenting | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

Most parents pray their children will be on their best behaviour when out in public.

And the Duchess of Cambridge is no different when it comes to her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

In fact, Kate has the added pressure of all eyes and all cameras being on her family whenever they make a public appearance.

However, it’s rare to see the Cambridge children ever put a foot out of line and according to one parenting expert it’s down to Kate being a “warm and sensitive mum”.

Dr Rebecca Chicot, founder of Essential Parent and the author of the Calm and Happy Toddler, told Fabulous : “This is a called an authoritative style of parenting that is now encouraged.”

Here are some of the techniques she follows…

Head taps

Kate with George and Charlotte at her sister Pippa’s wedding in 2017

At her sister Pippa’s wedding in 2017, Kate was seen placing her hands on Prince George’s head after he appeared to start acting up.

She was also seen telling George, Charlotte and the other little bridesmaids and pageboys to “shhh” as they entered the church.

And according to Dr Rebecca: “She seems to be good at making warm contact ‘touch to the head’ which is a nice connection.”

Getting down to their level

Kate is often seen getting down to the same level as her children

When speaking to her kids, Kate is often spotted bending down to her children’s eye level.

And parenting author Martina Mercer says this is important as it shows you aren’t towering over the child.

She told the Express : ‘She understands the importance of being on a level with children and not towering over them.

“This has been a trend in the last few decades, as psychologists have explained that it has many benefits.

“It removes the fear of the parent while utilising eye contact and connecting with the child on their level.”

Raising her finger

Princess Charlotte had a small toddler tantrum in Germany in 2017
Princess Charlotte had a small toddler tantrum in Germany in 2017

When Princess Charlotte had a small toddler tantrum in 2017 while at Hamburg Airport, Kate quickly diffused the situation.

She knelt down to her daughter’s level, calmly talked to her and raised her finger.

Dr Rebecca said: “This shows firmness and warmth – neither cajoling nor getting angry.”

Sofa chats

Both Kate and William have implemented a clever trick when things are getting out of hand – and it’s not the naughty step.

Instead, they sit their children down for a sofa chat.

The Cambridges are thought to sit their children down for a sofa chat rather than use a naughty step
The Cambridges are thought to sit their children down for a sofa chat rather than use a naughty step

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A source told the Sun : “The naughty child is taken away from the scene of the row or disruption and talked to calmly by either Kate or William.

“Things are explained and consequences outlined and they never shout at them.”

Spending time in nature

Kate has spoken before about how she believes that spending time in the outdoors “enjoying simple things” is good for children.

Speaking on the podcast Happy Baby Happy Mum, she said: “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 those foundations.”

Never afraid to show affection

Prince George gives mum Kate a big hug while celebrating England's goal during the Euro 2020 final
Prince George gives mum Kate a big hug while celebrating England’s goal during the Euro 2020 final

Even though Kate is quick to show discipline if needed neither she nor William are afraid to show affection towards their children.

Just last week, Prince George was seen hugging his mum and dad and celebrating wildly with them when England scored an early goal in the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley.

While at full-time, they were seen consoling their eldest son after England lost a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out.

And in 2018 on a visit to Basildon Sporting Centre, Kate smiled as she told fans: “Hugs are very important. That’s what I tell my children”.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dannielle Haig, Principal Psychologist from DH Consulting praised the couple for expressing their fondness so openly.

“The overt affection that Wills and Kate show towards their children is most definitely unusual for the British Royal Family,” she said.

“But my, how wonderful it is to see.

“As a psychologist, it is well known that children need to feel affection, love, and safety from their parents to truly thrive and be happy in life.”

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