Kate Middleton Made This Surprisingly Relatable Parenting Confession

Kate Middleton at Mental Health and Education conference.
Kate Middleton | Karwai Tang/WireImage)

New parents are prone to have some missteps — it comes with the territory as you’re learning the ropes. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, recently admitted that she didn’t have parenting figured out at all, making a surprisingly relatable parenting confession during a recent conference in London.

Kate Middleton’s parenting confession is pretty common

Middleton spoke during a visit to The Royal Foundation’s ‘Mental Health in Education’ conference last week, discussing a common mistake she made early on with her children.

She explained that she “was very naive as a parent” when discussing the importance of a child’s early years. The Mental Health in Education conference included professionals and academics discussing the value of mental health training for teachers in Britain’s schools.

Middleton shared her experiences as a new mum

During the round table discussion, Middleton admitted: “When I first started out and I’ve learnt a lot in a short period of time working with organizations, I was very naive myself as a parent, of really just how important particularly the early years are for children’s futures.”

She continued, explaining: “And how critical it is, everyone looking after children at a critical time, teachers, parents, and everyone who’s caring for them, how important it is that we get it right.”

Further, Middleton shared: “I didn’t know what some of the issues that perhaps we take for granted here as experts know about, but it’s being able to translate it to those who don’t have the training in a way that the points come across clearly.”

Middleton supports the importance of emotional development

The Duchess also discussed how she felt the panel was a valuable discussion, explaining, “It’s really so exciting to hear everyone here speaking with your wealth of experience about the importance of mental health and particularly the emotional development of our children and teachers.”

Middleton touched more upon how the discussion “brings to light the vital role teachers are playing in supporting our youngest children’s mental health.”

The Duchess is an advocate for mental health awareness

During her speech, Middleton thanked those in attendance who have played a role in mental health awareness, explaining, “Over the last eight years working with charities I’ve met some of our leading experts in mental health, addiction, family breakdown, homelessness and education. They have taught me over and over again that the root cause of so many of today’s social problems can be traced right back to the very earliest years of a person’s life and often over generations.”

The Duchess also pointed to “scientific and other evidence” that supports how “the first few years of a child’s life are more pivotal for development and for future health and happiness than any other single moment in our life time.”

She further discussed the “positive development of our children” being “directly linked to those who care for them, teachers, carers and parents.”

Middleton is passionate about the subject

In closing, Middleton noted, “I feel so passionately about working together and being here today has affirmed to me just how much already is being done, so thank you. To all of you who are prioritizing the importance of mental health and the importance of childhood development as a whole. I look forward to hearing how your discussions will lead to proactive steps and to an evermore resounding commitment to mentally healthy schools, teachers and children. Thank you.”