MORE PAR­ENT­ING TRENDS

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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.

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