Kate ‘exhausted’ by homeschooling – and says children were horrified when she cut their hair
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 29/01/2021
The Duchess of Cambridge says homeschooling has left her “exhausted” during lockdown – and joked that her children were horrified when she became their hairdresser.
Kate revealed she is experiencing many of the same challenges as the millions of parents currently teaching their kids – and even rated her maths skills as “minus five”.
She was speaking on Tuesday during a “show and tell” video chat with a headteacher and three parents whose children go to a school in northwest London.
Kate held up the word “exhausting” when asked what described parenting during the pandemic, while others came up with “challenging”, “patience” and “hectic”.
She said: “I think as parents you’ve the day-to-day elements of being a parent, but I suppose during lockdown we have had to take on additional roles that perhaps others in our communities, or in our lives, would have perhaps supported us and helped us with.”
The future queen added with a laugh: “I’ve become a hairdresser this lockdown, much to my children’s horror, seeing mum cutting hair.
“We’ve had to become a teacher – and I think, personally, I feel pulled in so many different directions and you try your best with everything, but at the end of the day I do feel exhausted.”
Kate held up the word “William” when the group was asked who had been their biggest support.
The couple have a full house as they homeschool seven-year-old Prince George, five-year-old Princess Charlotte, and two-year-old Prince Louis.
Last month, the Cambridges shared the latest official photo of their family.
The duchess also told the other parents that she didn’t rate herself as a whizz when it came to maths lessons.
Asked to rate her ability, she self-deprecatingly scored herself minus five.
The other parents said they had managed to improve in recent months, and all awarded themselves an eight.
“That’s pretty good! I am obviously right at the bottom of the class,” Kate laughed.
The duchess visited the London school – Roe Green Junior – in 2018 when she launched her Mentally Healthy Schools programme.
The chat with the parents also covered topics raised by her survey on Early Years development, such as loneliness and parental wellbeing.
She asked what the group had been doing to maintain good mental health, with one parent mentioning speaking with close friends and another exercise.
Kate said: “Being able to share your own experience with others who are going through the same thing makes it feel less daunting and makes you feel less isolated, so it’s really important to reach out to loved ones and friends.”
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