Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge continues to endear herself to the world, this time by sharing her truth about motherhood. Specifically, she opened up about her own experience of being a first-time mom on a podcast with BBC Breakfast.
During the interview she also talked about her own research into early childhood development, detailing what exactly she wished she knew then that she knows now!
Kate is talking about the information she wishes she had as a first-time mom
Kates comments come as she backs the new BBC initiative designed to help new parents and caregivers as they confront the realities of first time parenting. The initiative is called Tiny Happy People, and it provides free tools online that can help preschool-age children learn language and communication skills.
Kate’s involvement goes back several months and as part of her role, she has met thus far with three families.
Of her role, she said, “In the first few months there’s a huge amount of support from midwives and health visitors and things. But from then onwards there’s a massive gap before they then start school.”
She was told from one of the parents she met that one of the skills he has picked up from the program is learning to identify the different types of cries that his infant daughter makes.
She said that she wishes she had this kind of information as a first-time mom, adding that it’s, “gold dust really, for families to be given those tips and tools to use in the first five years.”
Kate Middleton is involved in the BBC initiative Tiny Happy People
According to the BBC, Kate, “visited the Tiny Happy People team last November to take part in development sessions and to learn more about the production process,” and that she, “helped in the character and background development for two animations on parenting,” specifically the importance of eye contact with babies as well as singing to them.
Tiny Happy People is a five-year initiative that provides short films, articles, and quizzes that help explain how a baby’s brain develops.
The BBC Director of Radio and Education, James Purnell, explained that the initiative is, “a major, long term education commitment from the BBC to help close the under-fives language and communication gap and help give kids the best chance in life.”
In a statement that accompanied the project’s debut, Kate said: “Families and carers are at the heart of nurturing the next generation of happy, healthy adults, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to turn to for advice. Tiny Happy People is an invaluable resource that provides parents and carers with support and tips, as well as simple activities to ensure children develop the language skills they need to have the best possible start in life. I am delighted to have been part of its journey and hope families across the UK will enjoy exploring the resources.”
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