Being a parent is never easy, and being a royal parent comes with its own set of unique challenges. Prince William is no exception.
In a recent interview, Prince William opened up about how he handles the sibling rivalry between his two eldest children, George and Charlotte.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are doting parents to three young children, and are doing all they can to make sure they lead as normal lives as possible. The dad-of-three spoke to Olivia Hancock, 14, who was given an accolade for her work promoting equality among the sexes in football, and the conversation turned to his own experiences with his oldest children
She said: “So when I was chatting with Prince William he said to me when he plays football with George and Charlotte when Charlotte’s in goal George says to her that ‘Charlotte I’m better than you’.”
According to Prince William, sibling rivalry is a normal part of growing up, and he and his wife Kate Middleton try to make sure their children understand that it’s okay to have disagreements with each other. He believes it’s important to teach them how to handle those disagreements in a respectful manner.
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She said the Duke told his son: “‘George, Charlotte could be as good as you'”, adding: “It’s great to hear that Prince William is saying that to George.” Both William and Kate enjoy spending as much time with their children as possible. As well as playing football in the garden with their dad, they also enjoy hunting for spiders and making dens with their mum, while arts and crafts, cooking and dancing are also popular pastimes.
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One of the ways the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge handle sibling rivalry is by setting boundaries for their children. Prince William says that they encourage their children to have their own space and respect each other’s privacy. He also says that they encourage their children to talk to each other about their feelings instead of resorting to physical fights.
Another way the royal couple handles sibling rivalry is by making sure their children feel valued as individuals. Prince William says that they try to give each child individual attention and praise them for their accomplishments.
The Duke of Cambridge also shared that he and his wife try to lead by example. They make sure to communicate respectfully with each other in front of their children, and they encourage their children to do the same.
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Prince William admits that it’s not always easy to handle sibling rivalry, but he believes that it’s important to teach his children how to handle conflicts in a healthy way. He hopes that by doing so, he and his wife can raise well-rounded individuals who will go on to lead happy and successful lives.
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