Unlike many royal mothers before (besides Princess Diana), Kate Middleton is all about letting her kids be kids, and letting them feel all the emotions that come with life. She often breaks royal protocol by letting her expressive children show affection, and she shows affection right back. And in a recent interview, she revealed that the most expressive kiddo of the bunch, Prince Louis, does an activity at school that lets him sort out his emotions. (And we’re taking notes!)
During her speech at the Shaping Us National Symposium at The Design Museum in London, she couldn’t help but happily gush over his school activity, per OK.
“Louis’ class, they came back with a feelings wheel — it’s really good. These are 5 or 6-year-olds and going with names or pictures of a color that represents how they feel that day, so there is a real keenness in school particularly to get involved in conversations,” Kate said. “It’s actually helping continuity across the board and then how does that feed into you, with your mental health — it’s same conversation, so to be able to find a bit of framework to talk about this, is very important.”
It’s no secret that the Princess of Wales is all about early childhood development and care, but highlighting this game-changing mental health activity shows how much people are ready to help their kids learn about how to navigate the world.
In an article for the American Psychological Association, experts discussed how teaching your kids to name and recognize their emotions can help in the long run. And per the Gottman Institute, you can start teaching your kids emotions as early as their toddler years, so by the time they reach childhood, they will be “more likely to develop and use appropriate emotion regulation skills to deal with difficult feelings.”
William and Kate: A Royal Love Story by Christopher Andersen
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s life as parents and husband and wife has been well documented over the course of their marriage. But when royal fans go back long before the couple’s 2011 nuptials, they find a love story with twists and turns. Christopher Andersen’s William and Kate: A Royal Love Story chronicles the couple’s early days in college, through their breakups, and finally to their memorable engagement. This is a must-have addition to any royal fan’s bookshelf.
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