Kate Middleton reveals how Prince Louis expresses his feelings at school, and it's a simple technique your kids could try

The Princess of Wales speaks about the clever way her youngest son can express his feelings

Kate Middleton and Prince Louis
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Kate Middleton has opened up on the way her son, Prince Louis, can express how he is feeling at school using this simple mental health technique, and it's great for kids to try.

Not many parents know how to start a conversation about mental health with their children and while some parents might know how to spot the signs of bullying, a whole host of other factors can affect childhood mental health.

The Princess of Wales has been championing the importance of the early years through her Shaping Us campaign, and she has spoken out for the first time about the techniques her youngest son is using to express his own feelings.

Unveiling the results of a study on early childhood, in her speech at a symposium organised by her Royal Foundation's Centre for Early Childhood, Kate said, "Louis’s class, they came back with a feelings wheel. It’s really good, they go to the classroom - these are five or six-year-olds - and go in with names or pictures of a colour that represents how they feel that day.”

Feelings wheel / wheel of emotions Plutchik's Color wheel of Emotions

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And if you're wondering how an emotions wheel works, psychologist Robert Plutchik, Ph.D. created a circular graph that depicts the range of human emotions and how they relate to one another. Most modern versions of the emotion wheel have eight core emotions at the centre. These are joy, fear, surprise, anger, trust, sadness, disgust, and anticipation.

Using colours to represent feelings is a great way for children to signal how they feel when they perhaps cannot find the right words.

There are many emotion expression toys to choose from online, including this emotion wheel with self-regulation zones from Etsy  or these rainbow emotions fidget poppers on Amazon. And there's a great Pineapple emotional toy on Amazon that kids can use to express their feelings through play.

Plutchik's wheel of emotions colours and their meanings

  • Yellow (dark to lighter shades) - ecstasy, joy, serenity
  • Light green - admiration, trust, acceptance
  • Dark green - terror, fear, apprehension
  • Light blue - amazement, surprise, distraction
  • Dark blue - grief, sadness, pensiveness
  • Purple - loathing, disgust, boredom
  • Red - rage, anger, annoyance
  • Orange - vigilance, anticipation, interest

Prince George, Kate Middleton, Prince Louis, Prince William and Princess Charlotte

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Prince Louis, five, attends Lambrook School along with his siblings Prince George, 10, and Princess Charlotte, eight.

And Kate has revealed that there is a "real keenness" for schools to get involved in conversations about mental health, which she said was "very important".

And Kensington Palace said the study marked the first time the Princess had used her global position internationally.

"This is the next level,” a spokesman said. “This is the blueprint for how she will think about the future of her work."

“We are not here to lobby policy but to set out a global framework that the early childhood sector can use. We know there are levers we can pull but policy isn’t one of them.”

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Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)