In Christmas card and official visits, we often see Prince George with his father and Princess Charlotte with her mother. One might assume this might be a negative aspect of tradition, however, according to parenting experts, there is a reason behind the pairing.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, parenting expert Jasmine Peters said one of the reasons behind the pairing is to prepare George for his future role as King.
“Fathers are typically responsible for the disciplinary actions, redirection, protection and provision of the family,” she explained.
“It is not uncommon to see a father with his son to set the foundation of what his role and responsibilities will be in life with a family. It is often believed that it takes a man to raise a boy to be a man. If you look at the pictures, it clearly reflects this common belief.”
While some might view the pairing as archaic and damaging, she instead suggests that having George with the Duke and Charlotte with the Duchess is actually a sign the parents are loving.
This is because, she suggests, children equate their worth to the parent that looks most like them. Further to that, the pairing also reflects the pairing between father and son and mother and daughter.
Lucy Shrimpton, an expert at The Baby Show also suggests that George may naturally feel more attached to his father. This is due to the birth of Charlotte.
“The children are close in age, and when the new baby depends heavily on Mum, it is natural for the toddler to gravitate towards dad who can provide more attention when mum is busy with the baby.”
She added that the same would have happened if they had a girl first and then a boy. “I imagine you would still see the older sibling with dad more than the young with mum at this sort of age.”