Prince Louis’s brash behavior at the Queen’s Jubilee has sparked much debate. Is it typical four-year behavior or a sign of something deeper?
Four-year-old Prince Louis and his many faces continued to steal the show at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this weekend.
On Sunday during the Jubilee Pageant Parade in the Buckingham Palace Mall, he was… caught making provocative expressions with his mother in a now-viral moment. When she appeared to be punishing him, he defiantly covered her mouth and stuck out his tongue, tugging at another woman’s hair and thumbing his nose at his mother.
The latest episode of the little royal’s brutality sparked a debate: is he just a normal jittery kid or walking proof that the Cambridges are in charge of a runaway household with an ineffective, riotous millennial parenting philosophy?
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Kaitlin Soulé, a licensed family and marriage therapist based in California and the author of A Little Less of a Hot Mess: The Modern Mother’s Guide to Growth and Evolution, said it’s the first. Little Louis’s behavior, she told the… Afterwas “perfectly normal and developmentally suitable”.
Soulé continued, “With kids around his age, it’s part of their developmental job to push boundaries and figure out how to be in the world.
“And they can’t do that without pushing boundaries.
“They really learn from us and they mimic our behavior, and I’m sure he’s been silenced many times. They really learn from our behavior.”
But some Twitter commentators mocked Middleton and her lack of control over her son. One user wrote: “True, but a well-behaved child would never try to shut a parent down like that. The adults are to blame, the child does what they allow them to do.”
The couple have reportedly taken a more modern, hands-on approach to parenting, one that favors the traditional, more disciplined child-rearing style used by many royals. Instead of hiring a team of babysitters, they have: only one babysitter†
In 2020, sources told The sun that Kate and William have a “chat bank” for their children if they misbehave. They don’t yell at the kids, but rather take them out of the situation – something that could have been difficult in this scenario dictated by pomp and circumstance.
Soulé, who has three children under the age of eight, said the short clip made the family more endearing and approachable.
“It’s so recognizable, especially if you come from a family where everything is always so buttoned up,” she said. “I think it fits with what we already know.
“As much as we plan and think things will go a certain way, children’s behavior is unpredictable. They react to the environment around them.
“It’s been a long week. Of course he won’t be perfect,” Soulé said, adding that most parents would have just given their unruly kids an iPad to keep them occupied, which would have set off an even bigger firestorm.
Sunday’s video was the culmination of events celebrating the Queen’s 70th anniversary and an exclamation point on the scene-stealing faces of Louis taking a stream of memes† But Soulé said it’s not an indictment of the Cambridges’ parenting.
“Parenting a (child) is a rollercoaster. Every mom has been there with their kids who had a meltdown at Target,” she said. “But this is hard, especially now that Kate knows the whole world is watching her and judging her in the moment.”
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