Kate Middleton’s ‘authoritative’ parenting style ‘maintained away from cameras’

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Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have been together ever since they met in their first year at university. The couple now have three children together and although they have followed many Royal Family parenting traditions, one expert has explained to the Express.co.uk how Kate is often seen comforting her children in public.

Kate and William had their first child, Prince George, seven, in 2013.

Princess Charlotte, five, was born in 2015 and Prince Louis, two, was born in 2018.

Royal parenting traditions remain in place for those in the family and there are still etiquette rules everyone must follow. 

However, an expert has claimed that whilst Kate follows an ‘authoritative’ parenting style she is also very affectionate with her children in public. 

Leon Hady of Guide Education said: “It’s easy to see Kate Middleton’s authoritative parenting style in her interaction with her children.

“She is a constant rock of support and needs little effort to guide and support their interplay with her.”

While there are many royal traditions, being affectionate in public isn’t often seen.

The parenting expert continues: “We see constantly how important touch is throughout her interactions, and how safe the children feel. Whether it’s a gentle squeeze or the boundary of a soft-barrier arm, the children are working happily and most likely need, those gentle limits.”

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The Duchess faces less protocol than a reigning monarch and modern norms allow her to act more naturally with her children. 

The expert says: “Furthermore, Kate is quick to ‘be’ where her children need her to be, whether that’s crouched in support, sat flat playing, or standing tall as a pillar of support.

“This contrasts most significantly with permissive parenting styles, where parents are distanced physically and with boundary setting are non-existent.”

Kate and William will often be pictured holding the children’s hands which is unusual for Royals.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seem to have encouraged their children to speak openly about their feelings and have encouraged their independence at a number of events.

Leon continues: “In all instances, we see that proximity to their mother is well understood by the children, which is a key determiner of how likely her style is maintained away from the cameras.”

It is thought that while authoritative parents might have high expectations for their children, they also give them the resources and support they need to succeed. 

A source recently told The Sun how Kate and William deal with things when their children misbehave at home. 

They said: “There’s no ‘naughty step’ but there is a ‘chat sofa’.”

Putting boundaries in at a young age puts the children in a good position for their future independence and roles within the Royal Family. 

Parenting expert Leon Hady continued: “From working with hundreds of children and parents, in just a few seconds, it’s very easy to see, where boundaries and trust lie between parents, children and of course siblings, and from the images, it’s clear that these strong loving bonds are in place when away from the camera too.

“Parenting styles are obviously changing from generation to generation and culture to culture, and it would be interesting to know how much of Kate’s actions are innate, learned from her own upbringing or conscious choices.”

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