The Royal family may seem out of reach, but let’s not forget that they have to do many of the same things we do—like drop our kids off to school, for instance. Princess Charlotte went to her first day of nursery school yesterday at the Willocks Nursery School in London, England. And, just like us, her proud mama couldn’t resist taking a few photos to remember the sweet moment.

Kensington Royal, the official Instagram account that shares photos and videos about The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry, posted two adorable photos of the youngest family member.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning,” the royal spokesperson says in the captions for the pictures. “The images were taken by The Duchess shortly before Princess Charlotte left for her first day of nursery at the WIlcokcs Nursery School.”

Her first day outfit is perfect, too. Princess Charlotte is wearing a red peacoat (and matching shoes!) with a pastel pink scarf to keep warm—and, no we won’t judge if you’re tempted to recreate this look with your little one on their first day of school. ?

Last year, Kate Middleton shared just how hard it was to send Prince George off to school when he started kindergarten at Thomas’s Battersea School—but it did teach her the importance of community.

“As a mother, just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child,” she said during the opening of the School Leaders Forum.

Charlotte’s first day of school won’t be the only milestone for the family this year. Kate and William are set to have baby number three in April and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed soon after on May 19. We simply can’t wait to see more royal babies in the future.

Good luck in school, Charlotte. And for mama Kate, remember: You’ve got this.

Having a newborn is challenging at the best of times, but during forced isolation and in a climate of fear and uncertainty, it can become overwhelming.

The coronavirus pandemic is setting up our communities for genuine mental health concerns. This may be especially true for new parents. When will 'normal' life return? How will I pay for diapers and baby food? Will my mom be able to help us now? What if my baby or my family get COVID-19? Unfortunately, no one knows the long-term impact or answers just yet.

Most families have built a network of social support by the time they have their first child—if they don't already have a support system, they develop one through various baby classes and groups set up for parents. The creation of the village can be instrumental to the mental health of new parents. Social distancing, the lockdown of cities, and isolation will inadvertently affect the type of support available.

Keep reading Show less
Our Partners

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength won't make your child immune to hardship—but it also won't cause him to suppress his emotions.

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

Keep reading Show less
Learn + Play