Kate Middleton is the wife of Prince William, who is second in line to the throne. This means Middleton will one day be queen. She also has three amazingly adorable and well-behaved children – Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, just under 1.
The woman who appears to have it all together, however, isn’t the super mom people like to believe a royal mom would be. Kate Middleton has been quite open about her struggles as a mother, and wants to make the world better for parents everywhere. How is she doing that?
One big step on the path to making life better for parents is breaking apart the stigma associated with mental health disorders. This includes postpartum depression and the less common postpartum anxiety. To this end, Kate Middleton and her husband lead an association called Heads Together.
The organization aims to “tackle mental health issues head on” and “change the conversation.” With a better support network, less fear of stigmas, and the proper help, moms (and dads) suffering from mental health issues everywhere can get the help they need … and become better parents.
So many women think being brave means hiding away the truth about the harder parts of parenting – specifically, the struggle to be a mother. Society places such high standards on modern mothers to be strong and resilient in the face of obvious obstacles. Yet Kate Middleton believes that brave means being truthful so that others can understand they aren’t alone.
Middleton is not only honest about her struggles, but she openly supports organizations that will help make it easier. She was recently present at the release of a new service called FamilyLine (by Family Action Charity), which offers over-the-phone support to parents in need. Parents can call to talk about their mental health issues, relationships, physical health, or anything else they might need assistance with.
This service could prove revolutionary in that it takes away the “lonely” factor of parenting to some extent. With someone parents can call at any time, they no longer have to suffer through their issues alone and unsupported. This is a cause that Kate Middleton has been passionate about since even before she had children of her own.
Besides her charity work and honesty, Kate Middleton is making the world better for parents everywhere by providing a great role model people can look up to. Despite her own struggles as a mother, Middleton’s three children are well-behaved and quite obviously loved.
Although many royal mothers rely heavily on their nannies, Middleton makes an effort to be as hands-on as her title allows. Whenever she is not working, Kate Middleton spends her free time with her children – just like any other mother around the world would.
She has also proven herself to be kind, caring, and respectful as a mother. Middleton can often be seen crouching down when speaking to her (or any) children, which is a sign of utmost respect. Why? By crouching down to their level, children know they are being listened to, and as such, their thoughts and questions are important, too.