Kate Middleton’s son Prince Louis had a very public tantrum

Kate Middleton’s son Prince Louis had a very public tantrum

Can we all take a moment and give Kate Middleton a parental round of applause? Raising multiple children is already a difficult feat, but doing it publicly is a whole new level of challenge. We cannot just lock our children inside our homes and expect them to come out knowing just how to behave in public. Children need to be brought into spaces that require certain behaviors so they can learn societal norms. That makes some pretty spicy armpits from nervous parents.

We might want our children to behave like mini-adults in formal or boring situations, but that’s not realistic. We must be prepared for the collapses that are bound to occur. The Duchess of Cambridge remembered it recently during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Her youngest, Prince Louis, acted like a typical preschooler, but on the world stage. Preschoolers weren’t designed to sit for long periods of time. They need to move and make noise. I swear, it’s science. That doesn’t stop parents from trying to teach them to sit still and not make noise at fancy events.

Prince Louis behaved exactly as any preschooler would behave at a long event that was not designed for toddlers. He threw a tantrum and tried to punch his mother in the face, and Middleton handled it like a pro. There were no screams from her, just a mother doing her best to keep her cool. She calmly redirected him several times and firmly but gently withdrew her hand from the vicinity of his face.

By now, Middleton has figured out this parenting trick as Prince Louis is her third child, but parenting child number three can be like trying to sound cats in a swimming pool. You know you’ve done it before, but for some reason the latest one has you questioning your sanity.

I can only imagine the frustration she felt at the time, but it was a quick reminder that Duchess or not, she’s still just a mum. Being a mother on the world stage is an experience that I personally would never want. Every move is monitored and broadcast across the world for people to judge, while sitting on their couch, because their own kids are probably going crazy. So let’s give Middleton some slack. In the end, she’s just a mother doing her best and Prince Louis is just a child doing what children do.

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