Kate Middleton: “Parenting is tough”

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Kate Middleton made her first public appearance for the new year on a visit at the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families. While learning about how the organization has helped those with young children, she admitted, “Parenting is tough.”

Kate praised the mothers at the center saying: “With the history and all the things and the experiences you’ve all witnessed, to do that on top of your own anxieties, and the lack of support you also received as mothers… I find it extraordinary how you’ve managed actually. So really well done.”

With three-year-old Prince George and one-year-old Princess Charlotte at home, Kate is well-practiced at entertaining toddlers. When asked if she was prepared to spend the morning with a group of children under the age of five, she responded, “I did just leave a room of six under threes.”

Kate’s visit also highlighted her work to raise awareness of child mental health issues and the importance of early intervention. A video posted by Kensington Palace showed her joining in a “theraplay session,” which explores the relationship between parent and child.

This was Kate’s second visit to the centre, as a patron of the charity and according to the organization’s chief executive, the royal’s support makes a real difference.

“We are very happy that Her Royal Highness is meeting parents from two of our flagship early intervention services,” Peter Fonagy said in a statement. “Her visit is an inspiration to the staff and reinforces the commitment of the families to work to increase their babies’ chances of a resilient future.”

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