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5 Royal Parenting Lessons

Now that Prince William is a dad, all eyes are on the newest Royal parents and it seems that the world likes what it sees. It’s not just the “royal wave” that has us all taking note, here are 5 royal parenting lessons that moms and dads across the globe can take heart in and apply to their own parenting regimen. 

By
Cheryl Butler,
May 20, 2018
Episode #481

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Here in New England, we’ve had to embrace an unusually wet, dank, and drizzly spring. I live on the coast of Rhode Island where we are surrounded by stretches of beautiful beaches. By mid-May we are usually spending lots of time outdoors soaking in the warm sunshine and inhaling the beginning of summer’s refreshing seaside breezes.

This year, not so much. Instead, we’re constantly grabbing our rain slickers and wondering if we’ll ever see sunshine for more than a single day in a row. I’m all about making my own sunshine, but even I’m getting a bit desperate. I woke up this morning yet again to the sounds of raindrops gently tapping on my bedroom window and wondered how the good people of England survive with this type of weather pattern for most of the year.

England is certainly known for her gray and wet climate, but equally noted is the lush, picturesque countryside, rich history and most of all—the Royal Family! Here in the United States we continue to be fascinated by all things royal, most recently with the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on May 19, 2018, at Windsor Castle in England. Prince Harry is fifth in line to the throne and the younger son of The Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Also making royal headlines was the recent birth of the third child of Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

For those wanting a detailed view of who’s who in the Royal Family, you can visit https://www.royal.uk/royal-family where you’ll learn that “The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) is the second in line to the throne and the elder son of The Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. His Royal Highness is married to The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, with whom he has three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and newborn, Prince Louis."

Throughout history, the British Royal Family has not been “hands on” when raising their children. An article A Royal Upbringing stated “Nannies, governesses and tutors, not parents, traditionally have raised the children of the British aristocracy.” That all changed, however, when the late Princess Diana had her children, Prince William and Prince Harry, three decades ago. She and Prince Charles bucked tradition and made it a priority to be intricately involved with the care and upbringing of their two young sons.

Now that Prince William is a dad, all eyes are on the newest Royal parents and it seems that the world likes what it sees. It’s not just the “royal wave” that has us all taking note, here are five royal parenting lessons that moms and dads across the globe can take heart in and apply to their own parenting regimen. 

5 Royal Parenting Lessons

  1. Hug Often
  2. We All Make Mistakes
  3. The Value of Money
  4. It’s Important to Give Back
  5. Share Your Feelings

Let’s look at each a bit closer.

1. Hug Often

Some of us are born to be “touchy feely” and simply enjoy the warm human touch when interacting with our family and friends. I am one of those people! I know when to not cross another’s personal boundaries, but I can’t help myself when it comes to giving hugs. I hug my friends, siblings, acquaintances I haven’t seen in ages, the mailman who has returned to his route after being out for three months with a broken leg, my kid’s teachers, always my kids and, yes, even trees!

If the late Princess Diana and I had been friends, one thing we would’ve shared for certain was our enjoyment of hugs. In an article on Dailymail.com marking the 20th anniversary of her death, we learn from Diana’s aunt, Mary Roche, “Diana was very affectionate and warm and a great hugger, which is very unlike our family tradition. Hugs were very important to her, and hugging her children. She even gave me The Little Book of Hugs." This book, published in 1986, illustrates the benefits of a good hug, in turns both whimsical and serious. Diana gave many copies of it to family and friends.

“Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children,” Princess Diana said. Not everyone is comfortable when it comes to hugging, but when it comes to our kids, this royal lesson is one that requires no crown, just a warm, loving embrace.

2. We All Make Mistakes

When we become new parents, we want everything to be as near perfect as possible, but hey—we’re human and none of us are perfect, particularly when we’re raising kids for the first time.

Father of three, Prince William agrees. “We are all human, and inevitably mistakes are made. But in the end there is a great sense of loyalty and dedication among the family, and it rubs off on me. Ever since I was very small, it’s something that’s been very much impressed on me, in a good way,’’ said Prince William on his 21st birthday, according to the book William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls by Katie Nicholl.

Mistakes are like silver linings. When you use them as a learning tool, it can help define the type of parent you are as well as set a great example for your kids. So if the message in your home is that mistakes can become learning opportunities, your kids will walk away, as Prince William did, knowing a few things:

  • Making mistakes are a part of life.
  • We can survive mistakes by picking ourselves up and trying again rather than staying knocked down.
  • No one is perfect.

Learning from our mistakes makes us resilient, a wonderful royal quality for parents and kids alike.

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