Kate’s children could face ‘great deal of stress’ without nanny
Relationship expert and global director at Berkeley International, Mairead Molloy, commented: “Do you really believe Kate and William won’t have a nanny? They will. They may not have a live-in nanny but they will have plenty of help from professionals.”
Mairead explained that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, like anyone with kids, “will need the extra support, be it a crèche, nanny or an occasional babysitter”.
She commented: “Some people are more blessed financially than others and can afford the luxury of a nanny, but you have to ask yourself – is it worth it for the child? The answer is probably yes if the balance is well worked out and fine tuned.”
The Cambridges have decided to keep Maria Borrallo on as the children’s caretaker in their new Windsor home, “but she is expected to live at another property, as will other staff, such as a housekeeper”.
The expert claimed “this will be a major change for the children”, who have had Borrallo living alongside them for eight years.
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Some advantages of living without a nanny include “spending more quality time together as a family and not missing out on important milestones”.
Kate and William “will save money, they can be themselves and will feel as though they have their house and privacy back,” Mairead said.
The expert explained, however, that when transitioning your child from one caregiver to another, you should take time to do so gradually.
“An abrupt switch can cause your child a great deal of stress, especially when there is a strong bond between the initial caregiver and the child,” she said.
Mairead explained: “A bonding process does occur when a child is left in the care of a nanny, albeit somewhat more slowly than a parent and usually on a more of a superficial level.”
Maria spends a good portion, if not all, of the day with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, “so it’s natural that they will form a strong alliance”.
Mairead added: “Although some babies may traditionally have formed a bond with only one person (often the mother), it’s possible for babies to bond with multiple people, including the nanny.
“In fact, some researchers believe that babies who form strong attachments to more than one person may benefit in terms of social development later in life.”
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The expert explained secure attachments in early childhood, like the one Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have now, can support the children’s future brain development.
She explained: “The secure attachment style is the most common type of attachment in western society.
“People who have developed this type of attachment are self-contented, social, warm, and easy to connect to.”
According to psychologist John Bowlby, the attachment theory proves humans are born with a need to form a close emotional bond with a caregiver.
That bond will develop during the first six months of a child’s life if the caregiver is appropriately responsive.
Mairead concluded by saying that “it seems quite acceptable that there isn’t a live-in nanny at the Cambridges’ new home, but there will, of course, be an entire team working in the background”.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis seem happy with the quality time they spend with their parents every day, and it is believed Kate and William fully trust Maria Borrallo and love to see the special bond she has created with their children.
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