Rais­ing a royal

Friday - - News - Karen Pasquali Jones Edi­tor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

When I had my first baby I had no idea how to look af­ter him. I went to par­ent­ing lessons be­fore he was born but they just told me I should es­chew dis­pos­able di­a­pers for fab­ric re­us­able nap­pies, noth­ing prac­ti­cal. So it took me an hour to wrig­gle him into a sleep­suit (I could never get those but­tons to do up prop­erly) then an­other hour to take him straight back out be­cause his di­a­per needed chang­ing. That took an­other 30 min­utes (and at least seven dis­pos­able nap­pies be­cause the tabs wouldn’t stick/came off/ or the nappy fell down or leaked) and don’t even get me started on bathing, feed­ing or putting the baby seat into the car. I avoided go­ing out for the first two weeks be­cause it was all too stress­ful.

So I can imag­ine what the new royal par­ents Wil­liam and Kate are go­ing through. Even though they could have an army of helpers they’ve de­cided to be very hands-on with Prince Ge­orge. That’s why we’ve come up with a royal guide to bring­ing up Bri­tain’s third in line to the throne on page 24. While Wills will lit­er­ally be a he­li­copter dad, I don’t see him or Kate potty whis­per­ing or do­ing baby yoga (es­pe­cially the sort we’re talk­ing about where the teacher spins the new­born over her head!). But what­ever par­ent­ing style they adopt they’ll be fan­tas­tic, mod­ern par­ents who will al­ways want the best for their child.

That’s what the par­ents of Son­ali Mukher­jee hoped for too, be­fore they awoke on a muggy sum­mer’s night to the sound of her screams. A man she spurned and his friends threw acid over her while she slept, leav­ing her blind and hor­rif­i­cally in­jured. She bat­tled through 22 op­er­a­tions and de­pres­sion to be­come the ‘face’ of acid at­tack vic­tims. She’s still fight­ing – for other vic­tims and the chance of a nor­mal life. Read her in­cred­i­bly mov­ing story on page 18 and let me know what you think. Un­til next week,

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.