Anne Hathaway has taken parenting advice from Kate Middleton

Anne Hathaway
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Being a first time mum is no easy task, and so it always helps to get advice from other parents. Anne Hathaway found herself in just that situation, and she borrowed a very useful parenting tip... from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The actor shares a two-year-old son, Jonathan, with husband Adam Shulman, and revealed she had adopted a 'very cool' technique after seeing them do it.

Speaking to The Sunday Times Style magazine, she said: 'They get down on the child's level and speak to them eye to eye to make their child feel empowered. I thought that was really cool. I started doing that with Jonathan.'

The technique is apparently called 'active listening', which involves parents crouching down to make eye contact with their children to make them feel important and respected, and William and Kate do it a lot withe Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

In the interview, Anne also opened up about being a mother to her son, saying, 'He's so beautiful. I'm not perfect, but if I'm frustrated or distracted, I'm good at making sure he's sage and walking away, calming down and then coming back to him. I fall short every day, but i'm not going to beat myself up about it, I'm going to learn from it.'


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