THE Duchess of Cambridge says she looks back to her own childhood for inspiration on caring for her young family.
Kate, 38, recalled gardening, cooking and doing arts and crafts with her grandmother as she discussed raising George, six, Charlotte, four, and 21-month-old Louis.
She also said spending plenty of time outdoors was crucial to bringing up happy and healthy children.
The duchess told the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast: “There’s a few things that really stand out for me.
“One is quality of relationships. So, those moments that you spend with people that are around you.
“I remember that from my own childhood.
“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 to incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now.
“There are also the environments you spend time in as well: a happy home, a safe environment.
“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 foundations.
'IT'S SO SIMPLE'
“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.”
Kate, who lived with her wealthy family in the Berkshire countryside, joined podcaster Giovanna Fletcher to promote her 5 Big Questions for the Under Fives online survey.
She told host Giovanna – wife of McFly’s Tom Fletcher and also a mum of three – it was important to listen to carers, service providers and experts but more important to listen to parents.
She added: “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.”
Giovanna responded: “It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have, or where you come from — we’re all trying to do our best with our children while continuously doubting our decisions and wondering if we’re getting it completely wrong.
“Talking helps unite us all.”
The podcast featuring Kate, recorded at LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery in South London, will be released today at 4pm.
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