The Duke of Cambridge expressed concerns over fathers ‘just don’t know what to do’ in a conversation with men whose parenting skills have been supported by a charity in a video call from the living room from Kensington Palace.
Prince William, 38, said he feared some fathers ‘don’t know where to go’ for help, as he and his wife Kate Middleton, also 38, spoke to the group who attended paternity courses run by Future Men, a London-based company. charity providing advice to men and boys.
The Duchess of Cambridge has made the promotion of early childhood development one of the main pillars of her public work and the results of her historic national inquiry into the matter are expected in the coming days.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to fathers from the living room of Apartment 1A at Kensinton Palace. William expressed his concerns about fathers who “just don’t know what to do”
During a video call, William asked the Fathers, “How does Future Men find some of these other guys out there who haven’t had the realization, or the means if you want to, to go. look for services like Future Men and be able to build on a happy future as a father?
“Because I worry a lot, a lot of dads who just don’t know what to do and don’t know where to go. And they might not have such a good level – whether it’s bases, foundations, or support around them for what to do.
Future Men offers a range of courses that help with different aspects of fatherhood, from improving father-child relationships to teaching practical and emotional approaches to empower men to take care of themselves, their children. partner and their baby.
The men described their experiences of fatherhood, from managing their child’s sleep patterns to being a positive role model when Kate asked them about the challenges of family life, especially during lockdown.
Future Men offers a range of courses that help with different aspects of fatherhood, from improving father-child relationships to teaching practical and emotional approaches to empower men to take care of themselves, their children. partner and their baby. Pictured: (L to R): Graeme Mackenzie and his son Liam; Darren Smith; Owen Thomas (Future Men’s Head of Father Programs) and below (left to right): Sarit Chaturvedi; The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; Peter Sen and his son Elliot
Sarit Chaturvedi said: “Parenthood is probably the only type of work if you can call it (a job) – it’s very, very hard work – that we have no practical approach to.
“You know, any other job you get in, you’re shown the ropes. At the time, it’s completely new to you, it’s very scary to be a first-time parent.
Earlier in the year, William and Kate joked about their experiences with home schooling their three young children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, with the Duchess saying she found it “difficult “.
Earlier in the year, William and Kate joked about their experiences with home schooling their three young children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, with the Duchess saying she found it “difficult “. The family are pictured applauding for the NHS
When one of the fathers said he knew a lot of men who didn’t know about Future Men’s paternity classes but were interested, Kate said it was “a shame” that similar services weren’t more widely available.
The Duchess added: “Dads play such an important role that asking for help and advice shouldn’t be a bad thing. “
In a lighter moment, Graeme Mackenzie, who towards the end of the video chat was joined by his eight month old son, Liam, said, “The best thing I love about being a daddy is sniff it and have that new baby smell. ‘
Speaking on the call, Kate said: “Dads play such an important role that it shouldn’t be a bad thing to ask for help and advice.” Pictured, William with children George (top), Charlotte (middle) and Louis (bottom)
Peter Sen, who also introduced his first child, son Elliott, to the group, said: “I think being home on lockdown has been a blessing and a curse.
“A blessing I have to see every part of his development and it is a real joy, and even if he sleeps badly or badly, he always wakes up with a big smile on his face.
When the fathers brought their sons out, William and Kate couldn’t hide their parenting instincts and smiled. Mr Mackenzie said: “His hobbies are drooling and he’s a pretty vocal little guy too, isn’t he?” “
Kate waved and said “Hi Liam” then asked “Is this her first Zoom call?” and the duke and duchess laughed when it was said.
Mr Sen said he had failed to interact with other families and the Duchess sympathized and replied: ‘It must be so hard to have a newborn baby locked out. “
The appearance comes after the Duke surprised young Diana Award ambassadors – set up in his mother’s name – by making an unannounced appearance on a video call to show his admiration for their work.
When William asked men if being a father was valued by their communities and society in general, Darren Smith, who is married and father to a son called Messiah, said, “I firmly believe that, above all, for me being a younger dad, i think i have a strong impact on you know, the community, the society around me …
“We are superheroes for these children, we are their models. You know, they look at us like ‘OK I wanna be like daddy’.
“My son tells me every day ‘daddy, I want to be like you’.
The couple were surrounded by snapshots of George, Charlotte and Louis as they took the call. : A touching photo of Kate and her youngest son Louis is also on display during a family visit to the Duchess of Cambridge’s Back To Nature Garden at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show last summer. In the photo (right), Kate crouches down to cuddle her little one as he explores the garden.
The couple were surrounded by snapshots of George, Charlotte and Louis as they took the call.
The appearance comes after the Duke surprised the young Diana Award ambassadors – set up on his mother’s behalf – by making an unannounced appearance on a video call to show his admiration for their work and which could be seen talk about what appears to be a livelihood. bedroom in Apartment 1A, the four-story property he shares with his wife Kate Middleton and their children George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two at Kensington Palace.
While some rooms have been photographed, including the living room where William and Kate hosted the Obamas in 2016, it is still unusual to get a glimpse of where the Cambridges live.
A closer look at the photos, which were previously featured on a video call made by Kate, reveals how the Cambridges have taken a traditional approach to decorating and, like many parents, are keeping their children’s photos at home. honor.