Throughout the ages there have been thousands of royal families. While they are unique in many ways, they all took their parenting very seriously. After all, one of their children would sit on the throne some day, and would be responsible the well-being of an entire nation of people.
And, while the royal families did vary in their parenting approaches, there are three things that all royal families believed set them apart from other families.
3 Things Royal Families Can Teach Us About Parenting
When your enemies are plotting against you, no matter what you hear, it’s better to be loyal. Royal families were used to gossip and slander. Family members who believed the gossip about other family members and sided with outsiders against their kin, always brought heartache, like with Absalom and King David or Edward the II of England.
Loyalty is what holds families together. The minute you break it, vulnerability and weakness creep in and it is almost impossible to repair. How can we use this lesson to be a better parent? We can cultivate a strong bond between siblings, support our spouse in discipline and always be weary of saying negative things to outsiders about our family.
Instead of being something that changes with the culture, tradition is foundational to Royal families. Tradition connects the past and the future. They set families apart from the rest. They create memories that last.
These aren’t just fun things you do during the holidays. This is something useful that your family does to preserve itself and show respect. For example, in British tradition, when the Queen stands, everyone stands. What kinds of traditions have you created in your family?
3. What Royal Families Can Teach Us About Parenting: Etiquette
Royal families don’t just practice good etiquette; in many cases, their families created the rules. They understand, that Manners set you apart because they are meant to convey respect for others and yourself.
Teach your child etiquette so that they know how to conduct themselves in a way that shows both empathy and confidence, so that they don’t feel awkward and out of place in social situations. The rules of etiquette will help them know the right thing to do and say in public, so they stand out for the right reasons.
Have you learned any parenting tips from a royal family? We’d love to hear about it!