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Prince William favours a parenting tactic popular with Super Nanny and his late mother


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Taking your children out is quite stressful even when you’re not a royal – even a tiny tantrum can incite judgement from passers by.

But when the entire world is watching and looking out for a tantrum, that’s some serious pressure.

Prince William’s tactic for dealing with this pressure (apart from having hot and cold running childcare) is a tactic which was popular with Super Nanny Jo Frost.

During public appearances, Prince William always kneels down to Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s levels so that he can talk to them face to face.

This is, apparently, a tactic that his late mother Princess Diana used. A source told People magazine: ‘William can do all the things that he thinks are important for family life and make sure that his children have that loving, caring, fun home that his mother was trying to create. The Royal Family used to say that everyone had to be deferential to them but Diana believed, “If you’re speaking to a very young child or a sick person, get yourself on their level.”‘

Parenting expert Jo Frost has always condoned this parenting tactic, saying that it is important to come down to a child’s level so that you don’t intimidate them while you’re asserting yourself. 

As well as taking away the intimidation of being taller than your child, being on an eye level demonstrates that you’re really listening. ‘Active listening is one of the most important ways you can send the message, ‘You’re important to me’ says Gill Connol, author of A Moving Child is a Learning Child.

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