Kate Middleton has given royal fans a rare insight into her parenting, and revealed how her own childhood experiences have influenced the choices she makes in raising her kids.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, praised her “amazing granny” Valerie Glassborow, for influencing her on how she spent time with her own children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one.
Speaking in a rare candid chat to Giovanna Fletcher in her Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast, Kate opened up about how she spent time with her grandmother Valerie, who worked as a Codebreaker at Bletchley Park during World War II, as a child.
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She said: “'I had an amazing granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us.
“And I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now.”
The Duchess also said how a “happy home” and “safe environment” were aspects in her childhood which she thinks are important to provide for her own children.
“As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it's something I'm really passionate about,” she said. “I think it's so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying (developmental) foundations.
“It's such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of ‘I’ve got to cook’ and ‘I’ve got to do this,’ And actually, it's so simple.”
Prince William’s wife sat down with Giovanna, 35, after a joint visit to LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery in London.
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The pair met in Birmingham at the launch of 5 Big Questions on the Under Fives survey, which was put into motion by Kate in January.
Kate also shared her views on the survey and why she feels it’s important to spark a national conversation on the early years of children, a pivotal stage which is understood to shape a child’s life.
The Duchess said: “I think ultimately if you look at who's caring and looking after and nurturing children in the most vital period from pregnancy all the way to the age of five, you know parents and carers are right at the heart of that, and families are right at the heart of that, and although I've spoken to the scientists and the service providers, it's so important to listen to families.”
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She continued: “What is it that they aspire to? What are their challenges? What we're doing with the survey is asking people – what is it that matters for them in raising their children today.
“It's going to take a long time – I'm talking about a generational change – but hopefully this is the first small step: to start a conversation around the importance of early childhood development.
“It's not just about happy, healthy children. This is for lifelong consequences and outcomes.”
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