How Kate Middleton and Prince William's Parenting Style Influenced Anne Hathaway
"They get down on the child's level and speak to them eye to eye to make their child feel empowered," the Oscar winner said of the royal couple
Even movie stars are open to adopting some royal parenting moves!
Anne Hathaway – who is mom to 2½-year-old son Jonathan Rosebanks with husband Adam Shulman – recently opened up to The Sunday Times about raising her first child, revealing that she took a cue from Prince William and Kate Middleton after reading about their parenting style.
“They get down on the child’s level and speak to them eye to eye to make their child feel empowered,” the Oscar winner, 36, said. “I thought that was really cool. I started doing that with Jonathan.”
“Active listening is one of the most important ways you can send the message, ‘You’re important to me.’ Get down on the child’s level, lean in and make eye contact,” child development expert Gill Connell writes in A Moving Child Is a Learning Child.
“Hang on his every word. React with positive verbal and nonverbal cues such as nodding, smiling and hugging. And show broad emotions as he speaks so he knows what it feels like to be understood,” Connell explains. “These simple messages foster self-esteem in powerful ways while encouraging him to communicate even more.”
William, 36, isn’t the only royal family member who practices this move either! Princess Kate, 37, is often seen getting down to her children’s level.
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Hathaway recently made headlines after revealing that she gave up drinking completely to focus on motherhood.
“For 18 years,” the actress told Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on her show. “I’m gonna stop drinking while my son is living in my house.”
Hathaway admitted she doesn’t “totally love the way” she drinks, explaining that Jonathan is “getting to an age where he really does need me all the time, in the mornings.”
“I did one school run one day where I dropped him off at school — I wasn’t driving, but I was hungover,” the Oscar winner recalled. “That was enough for me. I didn’t love that [experience].”