Kate Middleton has joked she would like to ask the experts about children’s temper tantrums.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, made the joke as she answered early years questions from members of the public.
Kate, who recently shared her heartbreak after her family dog died, has three children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, with husband Prince William.
As she responded to questions via a video message, she thanked a “huge number” of her social media followers who went in questions “with wonderful emojis attached to them“ before making the joke.
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Kate responded to a question about tantrums in early years children as she said: “Yes, that’s a hard one” before laughing and adding: “I’d also like to ask the experts myself”.
Deputy head of the Early Years programme at Anna Freud Centre, Alice Haynes, then gave her own advice, which she uses on her two year old son.
She said: “When my son has a temper-tantrum, I try to put into words how I think he might be feeling in a slow and calm and gentle way.”
Kate later discussed how her interest in early years if drive by ambitions for “the society we could and can become”.
When asked what sparked her interest in the area, she explained: “I actually get asked this question a lot. I think that people assume that because I am a parent, that’s why I have taken an interest in the early years.
“I think this really is bigger than that. This isn’t just about happy, healthy children. This is about the society we could and can become.”
The Duchess continued: “Right from the early days, meeting lots of people who are suffering with addiction or poor mental health, and hearing time and time again that their troubles now in adulthood stem right back from early childhood experience.”
Kate, who recently shared a touching moment with a 11 year old whose dad died in Afghanistan, was also quizzed on her own childhood and asked what her highlight was.
She said: “I loved spending time outside, and that has stuck with me for my whole life.”
Kate previously opened up on experiencing mum guilt with Giovanna Fletcher on her podcast Happy Mum Happy Baby.
Asked by I’m A Celebrity star Giovanna if she experiences mum guilt, Kate candidly said: “Yes absolutely – and anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying.
“Yep – all the time, yep – and you know even this morning, coming to the nursery visit here – George and Charlotte were like ‘Mummy how could you possibly not be dropping us off at school this morning?’
“But no it’s a constant challenge – you hear it time and time again from mums, even mums who aren’t necessarily working and aren’t pulled in the directions of having to juggle work life and family life.”