MORE PARENTING TRENDS
BABY BLOGGING Will Kate, like us, acquire over-sharing tendencies and start posting privacy-invading, dignity-robbing photos of her child alongside mind-numbingly boring and benign commentary of their teethlosing, Santa-meeting experiences? No need. The media will do that for her.
DOUBLE-UP GIRDLE With so much pressure on women to get their pre-baby bodies back, more and more are doubling, and even tripling, their bounce-back efforts. Actress Jessica Alba admitted to wearing two Spanx girdles atop each other, while model Molly Sims recently confessed to tripling up on her Spanx. We think Kate would approve, but see her needing only one.
PLAY AS EDUCATION Say goodbye to Mandarin lessons and harp-playing for two-year-olds because it turns out all that substitution of playtime with dictionary reading and flash-card cramming has ended up making our kids fat, bored and scared of taking risks. It’s time to reclaim playtime and we reckon Wills and Kate would agree.
STAY-AT-HOME DADS According to census data, the number of men leaving the workforce to raise children in the US more than doubled last year. And while we suspect William will be very much a ‘hands-on’ dad (beginning with his two-week paternity leave) he won’t be staying home anytime soon… if he quits his RAF job, he will have to take up full-time royal duties.
FREE-RANGE PARENTING A reaction to years of helicopter parenting (parents who hover over kids, smothering them), this is about giving your sprogs space, so they learn to be responsible for their own decisions. While Wills and Kate will probably be more informal than previous generations of royals (Diana excluded), the pressures of royal protection will no doubt fire up a little helicopter action in them.