The Duchess of Cambridge says that the childhood experiences she shared with her “extraordinary grandmother” are those she now tries to give to her children.
Speaking to Happy Baby’s Happy Mum podcast, Kate said that time with her grandmother was an aspect of her younger years that “really stood out” for her.
She told podcast author Giovanna Fletcher that she was part of her childhood that she would like her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
“I had an extraordinary grandmother who spent a lot of time with us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening and cooking with us,” said Kate in her first podcast interview.
“And I try to incorporate many of the experiences he gave us at that time into the experiences I give to my children now.”
Kate talked about her views on the parents’ podcast, which will air on Saturday, following a visit to the kindergarten and the LEYF (London Early Years Foundation) kindergarten.
The episode analyzes the five big questions about The Under Fives, which is a survey launched by Kate in January to start a conversation across the UK on creating the best foundation for children to thrive.
The one-month online survey, conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of Kate’s Royal Foundation, is considered the largest of its kind and the data will guide the future work of the Duchess.
The five big questions about Under-Fives have now attracted 200,000 answers.
“What we’re doing with the survey is asking people – what matters to them in raising their children today,” said Kate.
“It will take a long time, I’m talking about a generational change, but I hope this is the first small step: starting a conversation about the importance of early childhood development.
“It’s not just about happy and healthy children. This is for lifelong consequences and results.”
Kate said that a “happy home” and “safe environment” were also aspects of her childhood that she wanted to offer her children.
“We spent a lot of time outdoors as children and it’s something I’m very passionate about. I think it’s great for physical and mental well-being and for laying the groundwork (development),” said Kate.
“It’s a fantastic environment in which to spend time, building quality relationships without the distractions of” I have to cook “and” I have to do it. “And in fact, it’s so simple.”
Fletcher said: “It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have or where you come from – we are all trying to do our best with our children, continually doubting our decisions and wondering if we are getting completely wrong. Talking helps unite us all. “
She said that Kate seemed “passionate” about the topic and it was “extremely wonderful to sit down and talk further about the survey, about her job – for which she has so much knowledge and experiences as a mother.”