ELLE’s parenting advice for Kate Middleton

Raising children, the ELLE way

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It's been a week since Kate was in labour and while, clearly, she doesn’t need any advice in the hair department (with a hairdresser on hand to to create that blow dry) now that she’s back at home with little George Alexander Louis, Kate Middleton could well be feeling like a lot of first-time mothers: a tiny bit lost.

The Duchess doesn’t need to worry though, as a little digging around the ELLE office uncovered a goldmine of parenting advice, from those who have children and those who just remember being one, which is qualification enough in our eyes.

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Read on for parenting pearls of wisdom from team ELLE (note: some are more useful than others):

Advice from the ELLE mums:

‘Eat everything everyone offers you. Especially muffins and hobnobs’
Lorraine Candy, mum of four aged two to ten
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‘Tell him what you are doing as you do it. 'Hello baby, I am going to lie you on your back, lift your legs, remove your nappy, wipe your bottom' etc. It’s only polite'
Annabel Brog,Editor at large
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‘If I had a child, I would advise you. I have a cat: 'feed it just to shut it up'*
Fern Ross, Chief Sub Editor
*Please don't tell the RSPCA
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‘Forbid anyone from visiting unless they bring food’
Emma Sells, Fashion Writer

Advice from the team who don’t have babies:

‘Things my mom did that I think were good:
Never locked me out (though she'd always wait up to yell at me for being so late).
Let me climb trees/play in the creek/throw rocks with the boys.
Accepted that I was never going to listen to anything she had to say, until I was an adult, when I now listen to everything she has to say.
Let me lick the spoon/beaters when we were making cake’
Miette L.Johnson, Art Director
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My mum taught me how to make cheap dinners. Stovies were her classic Edinburgh Uni staple (potato and onion stew with any kind of leftover meat), made popular during the war. This could remind Kate and Wills of their Scottish relationship roots and help boost the trust fund when times are tight’
Sophie Beresiner, Beauty Director‘

If the baby is crying it probably wants something. If you give it everything you have and it's still crying, it's probably evil’
Jamie Spence, Picture Assistant‘

Put your shoulders back, your boobs won't grow in the shade’
Lara Ferros, Picture Editor‘

I’m childless so I have no advice but from watching my friends who are mums I would say that 1) you can’t worry about getting your baby into routine, they’ll dictate that. 2) Sleep/rest when they are sleeping. 3) Make time for yourself and your partner/husband, it can’t all be about the baby even if you might want it to be’
Amy Lawrenson, Senior Beauty Writer

‘Don’t feel like you have to be some kind of supermum who hand-knits organic woollen booties, never lets him watch cartoons past his bedtime or succumbs to his demands for tooth-rotting sweets. Everyone does it. Seriously, it’s fine
Fiona McKim, Beauty Intern

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