Prince William Says Every Parent Loses This After Having Children

Prince William and Kate Middleton know a thing or two, or three, about parenting as they are bringing up a trio of young royals. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have always said that they prefer being very hands-on with their kids and have been open about what they struggle with as parents to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

While raising a child is different for everyone, Prince Wiliam believes most can agree that there is one thing every parent loses right after their children are born. Here’s more on that, plus some of the rules the duke and duchess have in place for their little ones.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Louis, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Louis, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s parenting rules for their children

Like most households, William and Middleton have a few rules in place that their kiddos are expected to follow.

For one, their children cannot use iPads at home. The royals would much rather their children play outside or do arts and crafts while they’re young.

“They’re very much seen as Mommy and Daddy’s toys, not for children,” a source told Us Weekly. “As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play, and encouraging an active imagination.”

Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Prince George and Princess Charlotte | Samir Hussein/WireImage

The Cambridge children can watch some TV though as long as they watch programs together as a family.

William told Radio 1 that when watching a show with his oldest son, Prince George, “You have to pretend you’re really interested in it because George gets very upset if you’re not showing due diligence to the characters.”

But the most important thing they want their children to do is be open about what their feeling and always communicate that to them.

William says all parents lose this

So what does the prince believe every single parent loses once their child is born? Well, he has said that is sleep.

Back in February 2019, the royal spoke about that at an event in London called “Future Dads,” which aims to help men prepare for fatherhood. He talked to the group about how he felt a few years back when he became a first-time dad.

Prince George and Prince William
Prince George and Prince William | Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images

“Once the lack of sleep starts setting in, the stress levels go up,” William explained. “From a young age, you’re taught to have a vision, have a plan, have a career and all of a sudden babies come along and you have to start thinking about a lot more.”

And when his sibling, Prince Harry, had his first child in May, the Duke of Cambridge told reporters that upon hearing the news he wanted to be the first to welcome Harry to the “sleep deprivation society.”

“I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my brother to the sleep deprivation society that is parenting,” William said.

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