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Inside the signature move that helps William connect with his royal son

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July 21, 2016 02:20 PM

Prince William doesn’t need to spend a ton of time in the gym these days, judging by how many squats he does when Prince George is around!

And it’s this signature move that has helped him connect with the birthday boy, who turns 3 on Friday.

William is often seen getting down on eye level with little George, which helps the toddler feel safer and more in control, according to experts.

“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.

Prince William and Prince George at the christening of Princess Charlotte in July 2015
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“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. These simple messages foster self-esteem in powerful ways while encouraging him to communicate even more.”

Princess Kate, Prince William and Prince George during a visit to Taronga Zoo on April 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
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William isn’t the only royal family member who practices this move either! Princess Kate is often seen getting down to her little prince’s level.

Prince William, President Barack Obama and Prince George
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Even President Barack Obama couldn’t resist making eye-to-eye contact with the future king during his memorable visit to Kensington Palace in April.

But William’s parenting style doesn’t come without risks! He was hilariously scolded by grandmother Queen Elizabeth when he crouched down to talk to George while the royal family appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour in June.

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