Zara and Mike Tindall’s competitiveness helps their children ‘have better self esteem’
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Zara Tindall, 40 and Mike Tindall, 42 have three children together and it is no surprise that the British equestrian and former English rugby player have passed on their competitive nature to them. Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to Parent Experience Manager Jo Pandolfi at Abacus Ark nursery about the royals parenting style.
Zara is the daughter of Princess Anne, 71, and the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, 95.
Despite being close to her family, Zara does not have a title and is not a working royal.
Instead, she has a successful career as an Olympian and equestrian.
The royal met fellow athlete and former rugby union player Mike in 2003.
Following seven years of dating, they announced their engagement and in 2011, they married in Edinburgh, Scotland with 400 guests in attendance.
Together, they have gone onto have three children; Mia Grace Tindall, seven, Lena Elizabeth Tindall, three and Lucas Philip Tindall, five months old.
And while the couple like to keep a low profile, they sometimes make appearances as a family.
With a shared love of sport, it is no surprise that Parent Experience Manager Jo Pandolfi at Abacus Ark nursery believes Zara and Mike’s competitiveness has influenced their parenting style.
She said: “Mike Tindall wants his daughters to be very competitive and apparently beat his six year old when teaching her to surf.
“At Abacus Ark we encourage competitiveness in a healthy way…. but give the children a level playing field.
“I think that where a child is being set up to fail then that only promotes a lack of confidence and the child will probably not bother trying,” Jo continued.
“Children who are given tasks that challenge but do not set them up to fail, who do sometimes succeed and enjoy the feeling of amusement…. are far more likely to embrace new challenges as they grow and develop and will have better self esteem.”
It comes after Mike spoke about Lucas’ birth earlier this year.
Revealing on his rugby podcast, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, which he hosts with James Haskell and Alex Payne, Mike said Zara had a home birth.
“Sunday got even better because a little baby boy arrived at my house,” he said.
Mike explained how the couple had intended for the birth to take place at hospital.
But were unable to make the journey because of the quick contractions Zara was experiences.
He said the baby “arrived very quickly” and Zara had to deliver her son on the bathroom floor.
“I was running to the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get the mat on the floor, towels down, brace, brace, brace,” Mike explained.
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