If you spend a lot of time looking at photos of Prince William and his nearly 4-year-old son, Prince George (as we most definitely do), you might have noticed that the Duke of Cambridge often kneels down while talking to his son.
When the Royal Family touched down in Poland for their royal tour in July 2017, William did it:
Maybe Prince William bent down because Prince George was acting a bit pouty...
But even so, this is an excellent parenting trick William has done multiple times. He did it at Princess Charlotte's christening...
...at a polo match for charity...
...and with President Obama during a presidential visit to Kensington Palace.
He was even scolded by the Queen for doing it at the Trooping the Colour!
Come for the queen scolding William, stay for the George facepalm. pic.twitter.com/etvmofiU5m— Brandon McGinley (@brandonmcg) June 15, 2016
The Queen might not have appreciated Prince William using this parenting technique in such a formal setting, but according to the experts, the Duke of Cambridge's squatting trick is one all parents could stand to steal.
When the Duke of Cambridge crouches down to Prince George's level, he's able to look into the toddler's eyes. Experts consider this to be an "active listening" technique, People reports, and it can help children feel like what they're saying really matters to their parents. Child development expert Gill Connel writes in A Moving Child Is a Learning Child that the Duke of Cambridge's gesture can "foster self-esteem in powerful ways while encouraging his children to communicate even more." And isn't that sweet?
Of course, listening to and talking with your child involves more than just squatting down to eye level. The Center For Parenting Education recommends that parents stop what they're doing and give a child their full attention when they're talking, Parent Herald reports. After all, positioning yourself to actively listen only does so much good if you aren't actually, you know, listening.
So next time your child wants your attention, try crouching down and looking them in the eye while they talk to you. It's easy, it'll boost their self-esteem — and it's Royal Family-approved. (Thanks, William!)
From: Good Housekeeping
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