Body language expert Judi James has analysed Kate’s role as a mother, looking at what parenting techniques she used to raise her three children. The expert claimed the Duchess of Cambridge uses four main techniques: prioritising, stepping back, fun, and unity. Judi discussed these four skills with Express.co.uk in more detail.
Judi described Kate as a “swan” as her parental skills combine a “protective and nurturing approach with stepping back to encourage independence and social confidence” in her children.
She said: “Her [Kate’s] three small children are also increasingly in the public eye and making public appearances as royals.
“This must mean an even stronger instinct to keep them protected for as long as possible as well as intense worry they will behave themselves in the public eye rather than just behaving like any other naughty, playful toddlers.”
Swans are protective of their young to the point of sometimes being aggressive, but they hide this well because of their peaceful and elegant movements.
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Judi claimed this is very much like Kate.
The body language expert said: “Kate’s body language with her children over the years then has been very much the swan approach, i.e. gliding gracefully on the surface while the legs are paddling away like fury underneath.
“Kate brings a royal elegance to her public appearances with her children, often bending deep to communicate with them despite wearing heels and a hat.
“This trait has to be telling, though, in terms of her determination to not compromise when it comes to her parental role.
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“Even when she is in full regal mode she prioritises her children and her style of communicating with them face-to-face.”
Judi went on to speak more about Kate’s prioritisation skill, which is central to her approach to motherhood.
She said: “Kate uses the technique of head closeness and signals of full attention with her children, holding them close to her face to talk, using non-verbal tie-signs when they are smaller, and bending right down to their height as they grow.
“This eye-attention and proximity should create feelings of self-confidence in her children as well as creating strong bonds of empathy.
“It helps her ‘tune in’ to her children’s emotions and thoughts and allows them to see that they are important and a priority, even when she is working.”
Although Kate is protective of her children, she also knows when to step back and encourage them to develop their independence.
Judi gave an example of when Kate and William took George to watch the Euros, saying: “They chose to stand apart from and slightly behind their young son to allow him to take his first steps to developing a sense of independence and confidence.
“They also appeared to use no signals of anxiety or ‘hovering’ to do so.
“Kate leaned or stepped in toward her son to have small chats, and she was there with a cuddle of celebration when England scored or a small touch of sympathy when they lost, but it was a very fuss-free performance that might have taken more resolve that she appeared to show.
“George seems to have a strong love of exploring and Kate’s stepping back will allow him a sense of freedom despite his goldfish bowl lifestyle as a royal.”
Judi went on to say Kate “joins in the play and fun” of her children with “a sense of spontaneity and enthusiasm that reflects the state of her children more than that of an adult”.
The body language expert added: “Louis will make her laugh out loud and she will play with the other children like one of their gang.
“Sharing like this can help show her as an empathetic mother who gets their games in a way that could encourage them to ‘get’ her rules as their mother, too.”
Judi described Kate’s fourth main parenting technique as “unity”, suggesting the Duchess has a knack for bringing the family closer.
The body language expert concluded: “The Duchess comes from a very tight family and she appears to have brought that sense of family bonding to her own husband and children.”
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