Earlier this week, Kate Middleton revealed that being a new mother wasn't as easy as some people may think. During a visit to the Ely and Careau Children's Centre in Cardiff, Wales, on Wednesday, the Duchess of Cambridge discussed her personal struggles of feeling isolated following the birth of her first child, Prince George, back in 2013. At the time, Middleton and Prince William lived in Wales while William worked in the Royal Air Force.
"It was the first year and I'd just had George — William was still working with search and rescue — and we came up here and I had a tiny, tiny baby in the middle of Anglesey. It was so isolated, so cut off," she said, according to Entertainment Tonight. "I didn't have any family around and [Prince William] was doing night shifts. So... if only I had had a center like this."
Middleton spent time at the Ely and Careau Children's Centre as part of her tour to promote a new mental health initiative called "5 Big Questions." The initiative is an online survey of five questions on raising children under the age of 5. It includes questions on mental health and happiness, what parents believe to be the most formative years in the child's life, as well as nature versus nurture.
“Parents, carers and families are at the heart of caring for children in the formative years, so that is why I want to listen to them," Middleton said of the initiative in a statement on Instagram. "As a parent I know how much we cherish the future health and happiness of our children. I want to hear the key issues affecting our families and communities so I can focus my work on where it is needed most. My ambition is to provide a lasting change for generations to come.”
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