This morning I was on the Nick Ferrari show on LBC radio to discuss this article which appeared in the Daily Mail and whether it is right to holiday without your kids. Kate and William have gone on holiday leaving Baby George with Kate’s parents. I was very surprised to read how many people were dead set against it! You can’t tell me that if you were in that position you would refuse a holiday to the Maldives?! I wouldn’t!
I understand that many people may be querying this because George is only 7 months old. Of course, at that age many women are still exclusively breastfeeding but what about the hoards of women who have to be back at work by then and are leaving their babies in Nursery? I was very nearly in that situation. You are then put into a position where you need to make a decision on how you feed. So the point is that we don’t actually know how Kate is feeding George.
At that age, babies only really know their parents as the care providers (further to Liska’s comment below, I must point out that what I mean here is that babies usually only know their parents as the ones who look after them and rarely anyone else) but again, we don’t know Kate and William’s standing on this. They are carrying out royal engagements and working regularly so, who does George stay with when they are not there? Very possibly Kate’s parents. I know my Mum would be ecstatic about the chance to have exclusive time with my daughter. And I trust her implicitly. She has had 7 children and is a qualified Nanny. And, if you can’t trust your own parents then who can you trust?
As a child I have very fond memories of staying with both sets of Grandparents. I think as George gets older he will make the same memories – and if he starts this at a young age then he will get used to this very quickly. Kate and William will continue to have engagements which will increase one day when William becomes King.
My daughter goes away with her father. Bear in mind here that she has not lived in the same house with him since she was 3 months old and therefore she doesn’t really know him. She does feel sad when she goes away with him because she misses me. I miss her too. But when she comes back we both appreciate each other that much more.
I think, as a couple, it is important to have time away together from the children. My parents used to do it. It gives you the time you need to ensure that you still have a healthy relationship. That you are not just parents but are a loving couple too.
Nobody has the right to pass judgement on Kate and William’s parenting decisions. George is in safe hands and, because of the added security brief, is safer than most.