Kate Middleton has given a glimpse into her own childhood and on how she raises her three children.
In a rare interview, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed how her grandmother has influenced her parenting style with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
"I had an amazing Granny who devoted a lot of time to us—playing with us, doing arts and crafts, and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us—and I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now," Kate said on the UK podcast “Happy Mum, Happy Baby,” reported Town and Country.
As far as things she’d like to pass on to her royal bundles of joy, Kate stressed the importance of strong family bonds.
“I think there’s a few things that really stand out for me. One is quality of relationships,” the 38-year-old told host Giovanna Fletcher. “ So, those moments that you spend with people that are around you. I remember that from my own childhood.”
While she makes having a “happy home” and “safe environment” a priority, the mother of three also stressed the importance of spending time outdoors.
“As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it’s something I’m really passionate about,” Kate continued. “I think it’s so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying [developmental] foundations. It’s such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of 'I've got to cook' and 'I've got to do this.' And actually, it’s so simple."
Kate opened up in part to promote her Five Big Questions survey, which is focused on early childhood development and comes after eight years of research on children's formative years.
The survey asks people from all across the United Kingdom about their thoughts on “raising the next generation" to "spark a national conversation on the early years that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come," according to Kensington Palace.