There's been a lot happening with the royal family lately, what with engagements and weddings and new babies and more babies. Duchess Kate and Prince William are sort of the OG royal couple at this point, the old married couple with a gaggle of kids who're setting the example for the new up and coming couple, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry. Kate and William have been married since 2011, and have welcomed three adorable kids in that time. George is now 5, Charlotte is 3, and little baby Louis will be 1 in April. Seeing the family out and about together, it's pretty clear that Kate and William are great parents.
But at one point, they were brand new parents, and even royals experience the jitters and nerves and uncertainty that we all experience when we welcome our first child. The couple recently opened up about becoming parents, and we have to say, this is probably the most down-to-earth we've seen them!
During a busy week of royal engagements, Prince William appeared at a Future Dads session put on by the Future Men Fathers' Development Programme at the Abbey Centre in London. He recalled having a fear of newborns when George first arrived, saying "The fear of having a newborn baby, that’s very vulnerable and that’s what you spend most of your time worrying about, thinking what do I do? And that’s the thing isn’t it? It’s very daunting of how tiny they are when they first arrive."
He also expressed a fear that we think is probably common among first-time parents: changing diapers on a tiny newborn! He said that they seem so fragile that you can feel like you could break them from moving them around too much. We all know how sturdy newborns actually are, but we totally agree that their tininess and seeming fragility can be scary in the beginning!
Kate Middleton also opened up a bit about parenthood during a visit to a Mental Health in Education conference last week. Kate said she was naive about how important the early years of a child's life were when it comes to their development, growth, and future. Kate now spends her time working with organizations that promote and support early childhood development. Things like that really come into clear focus once you become a parent yourself!
It's hard to relate to royal couples like Kate and William on most stuff. After all, how many of us can say we're an actual prince or princess or have the access to resources they do? But as parents, we can totally relate to them and their fears and concerns. Parenting is one of those things that transcends class and demographics - we're all just trying to do the best for our kids, and even though our specific experiences may differ, there are plenty of things we have in common. We're sure Kate and William are sharing their own newfound knowledge with Meghan and Harry, to help prepare them for the challenges of parenthood!