Raising kids is not an easy task no matter who you are, but one might assume that there are also added challenges to parents like Kate Middleton and Prince William that need to raise three kids to be two princes and one princess. With added tension like Paparazzi that follow them around, a demanding grandmother, and a strict set of rules to follow as part of the royal family one can imagine it’s not the easiest parenting situation a couple can find itself in.
That is why it was quite surprising to learn that what the couple considers to be its greatest challenge as parents in one that all parents have to deal nowadays.
During an engagement at the BBC to mark Anti-Bullying Week The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said that “We still haven’t worked out what the right balance is for online time, It’s quite difficult, it’s still a very fluid dynamic. ”
It seems that their biggest problem is raising kids in the technology-infused 21st century:
“How on earth are we going to police and have family time when the phones are all put down and you’re offline? Because we’re all so connected now that we’ve got to say for instance, ‘we’re eating now,’” William said, adding, “This generation is going to be the first generation to grow up fully immersed in mobile phones, social media, lots of stuff. And yet our generation, the older generation, the parent generation, we’re completely left at, ‘how do we deal with this? Where do we go to? Where do you learn about how to look after your children’s digital world?’”
While the Duke of Cambridge did acknowledge the benefits of social media, he said he is “worried that our technology companies still have a great deal to learn about the responsibilities that come with their significant power.”
Some may take comfort knowing that even the Royals have a hard time getting the kids off the screens. It’s without a doubt a big issue for parents worldwide and it is something we will need to figure out how to solve in the future.