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With each new baby, you have ideas about how you might change certain things about the way you parent. And it’s no different for royal mom and dad, Prince William and Kate Middleton. Baby number three is on the way for the couple and after a recent trip to Scandinavia, they’ve decided to incorporate Swedish parenting and the outdoors into their repertoire.

During a recent trip to Sweden, the duke and duchess were inspired by the outdoor habits of Swedes, especially when it comes to kids and parenting. “One lesson that we will take home with us is that children are actively encouraged to spend time outdoors, whatever the weather,” Prince William said in a speech. Sweden is notoriously cold in the winter, with just a few short hours of daylight, and yet kids are encouraged to go outside as much as possible to play.

British winters —and the paparazzi— might dissuade the royal family from heading outside as much as they would like, but it sounds like they plan to make a bigger effort to get the kids outdoors after this vacation. “The Swedish love of the outdoors — the way you embrace your climate and environment and are committed to ensuring future generations can do the same; the fact that you do so when it is so cold is really inspiring,” Prince William explained.

Do you send the kids out to play even when the weather is bad? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin

 

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