Kate Middleton & Prince William Have a Strict No iPad Rule With the Kids
Royal sources recently dished the details on how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge handle screen time with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Whether you're in a restaurant, on an airplane, or at home trying to get some work done, you may find there's nothing more effective than letting your L.O. indulge in a bit of screen time. But how much or how little kids should be allowed is often a matter of passionate debate. Some parents are fairly opposed to allowing their kids to use iPads altogether -- and, as it turns out, Kate Middleton and Prince William fall into that camp. A new report in Us notes that the royals have a strict "no iPad" policy with Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2.
“Neither like the idea of putting an iPad on in front of the kids,” the source tells the site. “As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment, they’re firm believers in toys, outdoor play and encouraging an active imagination."
So, on the weekends, the royal kiddos head to the petting zoo or an adventure playground. They also spend a lot of time with maternal grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton. “Kate’s parents often visit them or stay for the full weekend,” the source notes. “William enjoys a close relationship with both.”
A Middleton family insider previously told Us that the kids have the same interests as any other 4- and 2-year-olds. For instance, George spends hours riding bikes, and Charlotte plays Disney princesses (which is of course, a bit ironic, as she is one herself!).
Keeping screen time out of the playroom seems to be part of giving the kids a normal, active childhood out in the real world -- a desire that Prince William expressed in his interview with British GQ earlier this year. "I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world and that is so important to both of us as parents," he explained. "I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don't want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. The media make it harder, but I will fight for them to have a normal life."
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Cheers to that! But of course, every household is different, and every parent needs to make rules around playtime or entertainment that suits their family's needs. What works for the royals may very well work for some -- but not at all for others!