The special woman who inspires Kate Middleton's parenting style

Kate Middleton's parenting style for raising George, Charlotte, and Louis is inspired by this unexpected member of the family

Kate Middleton's parenting style for raising George, Charlotte, and Louis is inspired by this unexpected member of the family
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Kate Middleton revealed the woman who inspires her parenting style, and it's someone rather unexpected!

Kate revealed the woman who inspires her parenting style when it comes to her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, when speaking to author Giovanna Fletcher on her podcast. 

While speaking about her family life with her three little ones and husband Prince William with author and TV presenter Giovanna Fletcher on her Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, the Princess revealed where she gets her parenting inspiration from.

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In her candid chat, Catherine credited her 'amazing granny' Valerie Glassborow, who worked as a Codebreaker at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, for her parenting style.

“I had an amazing granny who devoted a lot of time to us,” said the Princess of Wales fondly, adding, “playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us.”

The mum-of-three then went on to say how her grandmother’s role in her childhood influences her own parenting, explaining, "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."


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Princess Catherine also spoke about how she feels like a “happy home” and “safe environment”, like what she had during her own childhood, are essential to children’s development and she tries to influence her own children’s lives with those factors.

“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 well-being and laying (developmental) foundations.

“It's such a great environment to spend time in,” she added, “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, Prince William, and their three children split their time between their new Windsor property Adelaide Cottage, and their Norfolk country abode, Amner Hall. Their new Windsor property is far more secluded than their previous Kensington Palace property in London, and will allow the couple to spend more quality time with their children outside.

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