The special woman who inspires Kate Middleton's parenting style

Kate Middleton takes inspo from someone special when it comes to raising the Cambridge children

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Kate Middleton has revealed the woman who inspires her parenting style.


Kate revealed the woman who inspires her parenting style when it comes to her three children, when speaking to author Giovanna Fletcher on her podcast.

The Duchess is is mum to seven-year-old Prince George, five-year-old Princess Charlotte and three-year-old Prince Louis.

Kate, Prince William and the Cambridge kids split their time between their London home, Kensington Palace, and their Norfolk country abode, Amner Hall

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 Duchess 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 Kate 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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Duchess 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 wellbeing 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.”

Aleesha Badkar
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