Kate Middleton’s parenting is ‘nurturing’ and she uses ‘intense eye contact’ with children
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Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 38, are bringing up three children in the limelight. Raising children can be hard for any parent but one expert has shared how the Duchess’ body language may give an insight into what her parenting is like.
The royal children can be seen with their parents on regular occasions and the youngsters will often be holding Kate or William’s hand.
This is unusual for members of the Royal Family as they tend to maintain a professional level of royal etiquette in public.
However the couple brought it upon themselves to add more techniques into their parenting, including being more natural with their children in public.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, body language expert Judi James revealed how Kate’s body language when she is on her own is very similar to when she has her children with her.
Judi said: “The interesting thing about Kate’s body language with her three children is that it barely changes from her normal look of happy positivity.
“She clearly became more experienced and relaxed about all the more physical skills of carrying and lifting as each child was born, but in terms of her essential style of being ‘mummy’ she appears to have retained all the usual qualities of being ‘Kate’, i.e. caring and fun, but without any over-protective fussing in public.”
The Duchess first became a mother in 2013 when their first son was born, Prince George.
Since then, the couple have had two more children, Princess Charlotte, who was born in 2015, and Prince Louis, who was born in 2018.
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Judi explained that Kate realises the amount of responsibility her children will have and she does her best at offering them support.
The expert added: “Kate appears to be very aware of the goldfish bowl life her children will have as well as the heavy responsibilities they will bear as they grow up and her body language with them suggests she is trying to create confidence in them as much as offering support and nurturing.”
Creating confidence can be seen on many occasions, in particular when Prince William appeared on That Peter Crouch podcast.
When William appeared on the podcast this year he was asked whether he had to persuade George to become an Aston Villa fan like himself.
He replied: “I’m trying not to persuade him to be a Villa fan, I’m letting him choose his own way. It’s about finding what fits for him.”
The Duke and Duchess seem to have encouraged their children’s confidence by letting them speak openly about their feelings, which will benefit them in the roles they will have within the Royal Family as they get older.
“She uses a lot of ‘sharing’ rituals, bending down or lifting her child to so that they are equal height with their heads together, showing she’s tuning into their thoughts and sharing their view of the world,” Judi said.
“She also uses some intense eye contact when she communicates with them to show active listening but although her touch rituals signal support and caring she also looks very much as though she is encouraging them to be suitably grown-up in public.”
Providing affection in public for the Royal Family was extremely rare before Kate and William had their first child.
They are more hands-on with their children in public than royals have been in the past, and this can be seen during royal events and engagements when there are a lot of people around.
Looking at a photo of Kate and George together, Judi explained that the Duchess’ parenting is never “over-fussy”.
Judi said: “Even when she’s holding little George’s hand to balance him it looks as though he is helping his mum to get up.
“Kate’s tie-signs with her children are constant but never over-fussy in a way that could make them feel nervous or shy.
“She seems to be taking them through all their milestones as royal children wearing an air of positivity and confidence that should be passed on to all three of them.”
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