Kate Middleton has yet again addressed the struggles she faced after becoming a mum while attending The Royal Foundation’s ‘Mental Health in Education’ conference in London.
The 37-year-old royal opened up about her own experiences since becoming a mum to her three children, Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and nine-month-old Louis.
“I was very naive myself as a parent,” she revealed.
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“The first few years of a child’s life are more pivotal for social, physical and emotional development, and for future health and happiness than any single moment in our lifetime.” – Duchess of Cambridge, speaking at the 100 Women in Finance’s Gala Dinner at the V&A Museum London in aid of @heads_together legacy programme ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’. Launched by The Duchess at the beginning of 2018, #MentallyHealthySchools is one of the legacy programmes from the Heads Together campaign, which aims to help people of all ages start conversations about their mental health. The landmark project, run by The Royal Foundation, helps teachers and school leaders better support children’s mental wellbeing, by offering school staff reliable and practical resources through a website developed by the youth-focussed charity partners of Heads Together; @afnccf , @_place2be and @youngmindsuk
Kate Middleton opens up about her parenting struggles again: ‘I was very naive myself as a parent’
The conference took place to highlight the importance of teacher training programs incorporating mental health modules to ensure the wellbeing of pupils in schools in the U.K.
Launched by The Duchess at the beginning of 2018, #MentallyHealthySchools is one of the programs from the Heads Together campaign, which aims to help people of all ages start conversations about their mental health.
“When I first started out and I’ve learnt a lot in a short period of time working with organisations, I was very naive myself as a parent, of really just how important particularly the early years are for children’s futures,” Kate admitted at the event.
“And how critical it is, everyone looking after children at a critical time, teachers, parents, and everyone who’s caring for them, how important it is that we get it right.”
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“It is vital that we support teachers with their own wellbeing so that they can find the best level of care for all children, in their schools and communities in which they work.” — A key barrier to teachers feeling sufficiently knowledgeable and equipped to support the mental health of their pupils, and themselves, is the lack of formal training for teachers at any stage of their careers. Today The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Royal Foundation’s ‘Mental Health in Education’ conference to discuss the importance of consistent mental health teacher training, as well as the challenges facing its implementation. #MentalHealth #MentalHealthinSchools #MHinEducation 📷📽 The Royal Foundation / PA / Kensington Palace
The project, run by The Royal Foundation, helps teachers and school leaders better support children’s mental wellbeing, by offering school staff reliable and practical resources through a website.
Kate and her husband, Prince William, have long supported and promoted initiatives that help raise awareness about the importance of mental health for children and young people.
During a speech at the event, Kate told the crowd: “The scientific and other evidence is clear the first few years of a child’s life are more pivotal for development and for future health and happiness than any other single moment in our lifetime.
“It is also clear that the positive development of our children is directly linked to those who care for them, teachers, carers and parents.
“And as we have heard today, it is, therefore, vital that we support teachers with their own wellbeing so that they can find the best level of care for all children, in their schools and communities in which they work.”
It’s not the first time Kate has addressed her parenting struggles
This comes after the Duchess opened up about the struggles she’s faced since becoming a parent.
While attending a charity event for Family Action, a support line to help parents and caregivers in the U.K., the royal revealed she finds motherhood just as challenging as anyone else – even with a nanny to help her.
“It’s so hard,” she admitted.
“You get a lot of support with the baby as a mother particularly in the early days, but after the age of one it falls away,” she added.
“After that, there isn’t a huge amount — lots of books to read. Everybody experiences the same struggle.”
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