The Duchess of Cambridge has turned into a part time crimper by cutting her children’s hair during lockdown and echoed the feelings of thousands of parents across the country by describing homeschooling as “exhausting”
Kate Middleton spoke to parents, whose children attend Roe Green Junior School in Brent, about their experiences of homeschooling and parenting during the pandemic.
The group spoke about the challenges that many families are continuing to face during the third lockdown in the UK.
In a video call exercise, the headteacher asked Kate and the parents to hold up a piece of paper with “one word that describes parenting during this pandemic”.
The future queen held aloft the word ‘exhausting’ while others wrote ‘hectic’, ‘patience’ ‘challenging’.
After being asked to explain her decision Kate said: “I think as parents you have the day to day elements of being a parent but I suppose during lockdown we have had to take on additional roles that I suppose others in our communities of in our lives would have perhaps supported us with.
“I’ve become a hairdresser this lockdown much to my children’s horror sitting up cutting hair.
“We’ve had to become a teacher – and I personally 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 also told parents to prioritise self care which is “definitely needed now more than ever” to get them and their families through the challenges of lockdown.
The Mirror revealed earlier this week how Kate has been secretly planning to launch the next stage of her Early Years work, building on work raised in her landmark research last year , such as parental wellbeing and loneliness.
The research, which was released last November, revealed that parents struggle to prioritise their own wellbeing, in spite of the fact that 90% see parental mental health and wellbeing as being critical to a child’s development.
The mums talked about the importance of exercise to mental wellbeing and the value of having extra support for one another to combat loneliness during this tricky time.
Roe Green Junior School, which is where The Duchess launched her Mentally Healthy Schools programme in 2018, is currently open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, and are providing remote learning for all its pupils at home.