Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, believes in joint parenting

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, 48, and Andrew Edward, Duke of York, 47, have proved that divorce doesn’t have to come in the way of raising their daughters Princesses Beatrice, 19, and Eugenie, 17. The pair made a decision to put their daughters first and they stand by that today.

Beatrice and Eugenie and the whole family are growing up beautifully well. Andrew and I believe in joint parenting. I’m a mum, I’m a good mum, and that’s the best thing I’ve done. Seeing your children grow into really good examples of good manners, smiling, kindness and compassion is huge.

Raising children in this day and time isn’t easy and Sarah credits being strict with her daughters for her success.

The most important thing is to be the best role model you can be. One of the things my children know is when I say no, I mean it. They always say, ‘You’ve made mistakes yourself, haven’t you, mom?’ But the real truth is that my girls have been brought up with really strong boundaries from me. I believe very strongly in manners, kindness and in listening.

Nobody listens anymore. What I do with my girls is I go in, shut the door, turn the telephone off, turn the TV off and say, ‘Let’s talk.’ They go, ‘Nah, nah, nah.’ Then I say, ‘I’m listening, you talk.’ It’s about listening.

Source: OK! Magazine

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