Zara Tindall gives children ‘freedom rather than restriction’ – ‘spontaneous & fun’ parent

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Zara, 40, and Mike Tindall, 43, married on July 30, 2011 at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh. The ceremony was extremely private with no cameras allowed inside the ceremony. The couple began dating in 2003 after meeting in Australia during the Rugby World Cup, as Mike is a former professional rugby player.

The couple welcomed their eldest child, Mia Grace Tindall on January 17, 2014 in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital near where the family lives on the Gatcombe Park estate.

Mia is celebrating her eighth birthday today as the Queen’s fourth-eldest great-grandchild.

In terms of age, Mia comes after her cousins’ Savannah Phillips, 11 and Isla Phillips, nine.

Prince George, heir to the throne and Mia’s second cousin, also recently turned eight like Mia in July 2021.

Zara and Mike later welcomed two more children to their family – Lena Elizabeth on June 18, 2018 and Lucas Philip Tindall on March 21, 2021.

Lena is currently three and Lucas will turn one in two months’ time.

What does Zara’s body language reveal about her parenting skills?

Body language expert Judi James spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Zara’s parenting skills.

She said: “Zara’s body language always defines her as a spontaneous, fun and openly affectionate wife and mother and her rather happy and relaxed-looking approach to parenting seems to have built what looks like high levels of adventurousness and self-confidence in her small children.

“She seems to manage to use some very strong sharing or team techniques, with the children always looking like members of a small and very like-minded team that embraces the same values and the same love of affectionate PDAs.

“Like any parent, Zara is clearly keen to keep her children safe and secure but her body language rarely if ever suggests any signs of anxious hovering or over-protecting.

“Even when she has her arm around her daughter as they both sit on the ground the gesture will suggest a sense of freedom rather than restriction, allowing Mia to face front and walk ahead rather than keeping her in the background.

“The family PDAs are evenly shared,” Judi said.

She continued: “Mike and Zara tend to hold their children so that their heads are almost at the same level and the kisses are distributed lovingly and happily between the parents as well as their children.

“Zara and Mike look as playful as their children and this sense of shared, same-level fun could easily be what contributes to the children’s signals of confidence,” Judi added.

Princess Anne, 71, is Mia, Lena, and Lucas’ grandmother.

Judi expanded on Anne’s role as a grandmother in the Tindall family dynamic.

She said: “Princess Anne clearly had to adopt a more formal approach to parenting with Zara and her brother when she was in the public eye.

“But her behaviour with her grandchildren looks almost as relaxed and fun-loving as her daughter’s.

“Her facial expressions might sometimes suggest she can be a rather stern granny but it’s also clear her playful side is triggered with the young children and she looks doting and delighted to spend time in their company.”

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