Parents, you understand how it is… Your children are out with you on a special day, but they are acting badly and showing you up.
When Prince Louis stuck his tongue out at the Princess of Wales during the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, she was forced to consider that. However, it appears that the royal mother has a special method for raising her offspring, which we believe she employed at that precise time.
Author Tom Quinn, who spoke to former members of the royal family, wrote in Guilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family about the “secret code” Princess Catherine uses with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Tom stated: “Teams of professional commentators praised Catherine’s response when Prince Louis misbehaved at the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by pointing his tongue at his mother, for instance.
“She reportedly employed a code to calm the kids, as she occasionally does, by simply saying, “Let’s take a break.”
But as a former employee explained, the kids understand that these few words have a lot more weight than we might think, Tom continued.
The phrase “Let’s take a break” is actually Catherine’s signal to the kids to behave and stop misbehaving, with consequences to follow at home if they don’t listen, according to a former member of the royal staff who is quoted in the book.
The Princess is well known for her interest in young children’s development, and in February 2019, while attending The Royal Foundation’s conference on “Mental Health in Education,” she gave a speech about motherhood.
Using her own experience as a basis, Catherine shared: “I was a very naive parent when I first started out and I’ve learned a lot in a short time working with organizations about how crucially important the early years are for children’s futures. And how crucial it is that we get it right for everyone caring for children at a crucial time, including parents, teachers, and other caregivers.”
We’re curious how many parents will start using the “Let’s take a break” rule with their kids going forward.