by Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com
Within literally seconds of landing on Canadian soil, the discovery was made. His unassuming way, his down-to-earth manner, his heartfelt words and authentically-delivered speech, his thoughtful decision to speak in both official languages, his desire to reach out to and connect with many among the throng that gathered. Most of these also apply to his wife.
Prince William has been dubbed “the people's prince”, just as his late mother was affectionately known as “the people's princess.” What a tribute.
The apple truly doesn't fall far from the tree, does it?
Even though he was likely much too young to remember his mother's adoring public, the way she conducted herself as a mother, a concerned citizen and a member of the monarchy, her ways, her legacy has left an indelible mark on her son. Hooray for strong genes and good DNA!!
Of course, the Duke of Cambridge had a litany of people help shape him, but I would argue that his mother was probably first on that list and most influential, even though her life was cut so tragically short.
Score one for good parenting. Score another for modelling good parenting behaviour.
Even when we think that our kids aren't listening, paying attention, following our cues, watching, understanding, observing, getting it — they likely are. Which is what makes the behaviour of their mother and father — that much more important. And yes, of course this is a huge responsibility for any parent. And yes, that should be our goal as parents: to model good behaviour, that our children will hopefully replicate.
If only it were that easy.
The key, I've discovered over the years, is to stay the course, don't deviate. And there will be plenty of reasons to give in as a parent: a lack of maturity, rebellion, independence issues, peer pressure — there will more than enough reasons to throw in the towel. But don't. Consistency and staying with the program will rule in the end.
If we think of it as being mentors for our children, the rest should fall into place.
The Duke of Cambridge, aka Prince William, clearly wears the imprint of his late mother's gentle hand in his heart — evidenced in his deeds, in the way he carries himself, connects with people and his genuine, authentic ways. What a wonderful legacy. One that any parent can marvel at!