Duchess Kate of Cambridge made her podcast debut Saturday, appearing with Giovanna Fletcher, the host of “Happy Mum, Happy Baby,” to discuss the importance of the early years of childhood.
Kate is promoting her landmark national survey of early childhood questions that aims to create conversation around early childhood and build a healthy generation of children. The two women were at the LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery in London to talk about the work around the survey, 5 Big Questions.
On the podcast, Kate shared a bit about her own parenting and revealed that she has “mom guilt,” like many other mothers do, “all the time.”
“It’s a constant challenge, you hear it time and time again from mums,” Kate said. “You’re always sort of questioning your own decisions and your own judgment.”
Over the years, Kate said she has learned a great deal and that there are certain things she would have done differently, even while she was pregnant, “knowing the importance of the early years.”
The well-being of the mother, for example, is so important. Not just physically but also mentally. She said she has been much more aware of mental health in her second and third pregnancies.
Kate said she has focused on a piece of advice she received to help deal with the pressures of motherhood and feeling torn in different directions: It’s not totally her responsibility and everyone has good days and bad days.
The more positive, safe people around your children, the better, she told Fletcher.
“We are more like animals than we think we are,” she said. “We need people around us — the more people around us around your children, who are safe and caring, the better.”
Reflecting on her own happy childhood, Kate pointed out that the simple things resonated most, and that’s what she tries to focus on with her own kids. “Life now is so busy, so distracting and sometimes the simple things like watching the fire on a really rainy day provides such enjoyment.”
“The strength of family, the simple acts of kindness — that actually make the biggest amounts of difference for everybody,” she said.