Kate Middleton who’s a mother of three amazing kids, says raising children today is “tough.”
The Princess of Wales, who shares Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, with Prince William, addressed the difficulties and challenges of parenting in her new “Shaping Us” campaign.
Kate told UK radio host Roman Kemp in a conversation published Friday, “Every family is different. The pressures we face are all different, whilst raising the importance of early childhood. This isn’t about putting extra pressure on families.”
She continued, “It’s actually saying they need the support and help reprioritizing family life, home life and all that it takes in raising children today because it is tough.”
Kate, 41, stated that a child is influenced more by their upbringing and emotional support than by the toys or gifts they receive as a child.
She said, “The relationships in a family or that’s surrounding a child is so important. The environment in which you bring up a child is as important, as whereas the experiences you engage them with.
“It’s not about the number of toys they’ve got or the number of sort of trips that you go on with them. It’s just making sure that they’ve got the right emotional support around them and that comes from the adults in their lives.”
Kate Middleton was responding to a mental health advocate’s point about struggling families.
“All you have to do is look around, especially, you know, at the country, and see people are not just struggling with raising kids, they’re struggling with just putting a roof above their heads, to be able to heat their house,” Kemp said. “So, all of those things can come into play.”
Kate Middleton agreed and also shared that “Yes, absolutely. love goes a long way.” The January conversation is part of Kate’s new campaign, which was launched this week.
The initiative was created to “increase public understanding of the critical importance of the first five years of a child’s life,” according to a royal press release.
“The way we develop, through our experiences, relationships, and surroundings during our early childhood, fundamentally shapes our whole lives,” Middleton said in a statement.
“It affects everything from our ability to form relationships and thrive at work, to our mental and physical well-being as adults and the way we parent our own children.”