Kate Middleton urges parents to ‘look after’ their mental health after admitting homeschooling leaves her ‘exhausted’

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Kate Middleton has sent a reminder to parents and guardians of schoolchildren to "look after themselves" during the ongoing pandemic.

The 39 year old is, herself, homeschooling three children – Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.

But, speaking ahead of Children's Mental Health Week, the Duchess of Cambridge has encouraged those looking after children to make sure they are coping as well.

Prince William's wife is a royal patron of children's mental healthy charity Place2Be, who organise the annual week to make sure young people speak out on their headspace.

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In the video, posted to Place2Be's 24,000 Instagram followers, Kate says: "This year's Children's Mental Health Week is all about expressing yourself.

"That's finding creative ways in which to share your thoughts, ideas and feelings.

"So whether that's through photography, through art, through drama, through music or poetry, it's finding those things that make you feel good about yourself."

She continued to reach out to parents and guardians, adding: "And whilst this is Children's Mental Health Week, there has never been a more important time to talk about parental wellbeing and mental health too.

"Last year, you told me just how important this was, but many of us find it hard to prioritise.

"This is a hugely challenging time for us all so please look after yourself too.

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"Find those ways in which to share your thoughts and your feelings, or find someone to talk to, because we really do need to be the very best versions of ourselves for the children in our care."

Kate admitted last week that she has found parenting "exhausting" during lockdown.

Taking part in a video chat with mums, dads and teachers, she hailed William for being her "biggest support" during the restrictions.

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But Kate scored herself a minus five for her maths teaching and the children don't seem to rate her scissor skills, either.

The Duchess revealed: "You have the day-to-day elements of being a parent but in lockdown we have had to take on additional roles that others in our communities would have supported us with.

"I feel pulled in so many directions. You try your best with everything but I do feel exhausted.

"I've become a hairdresser this lockdown, much to my children's horror, seeing mum cutting hair."

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