Prince George is now safely with his parents and extended family and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have undoubted realised that caring for a baby can be rather difficult! Allow me to disclose a few things about myself before continuing this post. I am an American. Born and raised in the great state of Kentucky, home of The Kentucky Derby. I am also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specialising in child and family counselling and have always been a Royal Family Enthusiast! I have counselled hundreds of clients and taught dozens of parenting classes. Last summer my husband (who is a paediatrician) and I welcomed our first child, Cora Elizabeth into the world. Now that we are the parents of a wonderfully independent 1 year old, I feel as though I may have some pearls of wisdom to disseminate to the Duke and Duchess. This advice is from one new parent to another.
Have patience with your spouse, yourself, and your baby
Becoming a family of three can be a huge transition for anyone. Let alone royalty that is thrust into the spotlight and scruntinazed on a daily basis. Sleep depravation coupled with difficulty nursing and not knowing why your baby is crying is a recipe for impatience with the ones that you love. In my personal and professional experience, life-changes such as a birth should be met with grace and mercy. Patience is truly a virtue after a baby is born.
It is ok to have no idea what you are doing!
Yes. I will readily admit that my husband and I had no idea what we were doing after Cora was born. Despite me counseling numerous families on how to discipline and raise children and my husband being a physician specializing in treating children, we did not always know why our little Cora was crying or what could possibly be so fun about being awake at 2:45 am every single night. Undoubtedly, Prince George will have many people looking after him but I am certain that the Duke and Duchess will be the primary caregivers. Parenting is a lot of trial and error. What works for my family may not work for your family. It is okay to look at your spouse during an early morning feed and vent frustration. Keep communication lines open. Be honest and ask for help when it is needed.
I am sure that I am not the only one that smiled broadly while watching the Duke of Cambridge carry his son in his carseat out of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. It is obvious that this is a modern family and that the Duke is poised to take on much of the responsibly in caring for the infant Prince. I wholeheartedly believe that sharing the duties of child-rearing will make for a very happy marriage and family in the future.
The world waited patiently (or in my case NOT so patiently) for the arrival of the the Royal Baby. I look forward to watching the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge blossom as parents and become confident in their abilities to raise and nurture a future King of England.