Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau shares a cause close to Kate's heart

By Sarah Walker

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has taken a cue from the Duchess of Cambridge and is openly discussing how she is shaping her children's minds. In an interview with The Huffington Post Quebec, the 40-year-old spoke candidly about what it's like for her and her husband to have "difficult" conversations with their three kids: Xavier, 8, Ella-Grace, 7, and two-year-old Hadrien.

"We have to open ourselves to others to understand their pain, their weaknesses. I think to a small extent they are experiencing this openness through the adventure they are now part of, in spite of themselves," she told the publication.


The Trudeau family (minus Xavier) on tour in Europe. Photo: © Adrian Wyld/CP

"What I try and do most with my kids is instil in them the idea of respect towards themselves. They're young, but they're already developing the idea that if they work hard enough, if they have courage, if they take care of themselves, if they are aware of their limits, they're able to accomplish what they want."

The Duchess of Cambridge also spent some time working with The Huffington Post UK as guest editor on Feb. 17, launching her Young Minds Matter campaign and drawing attention to the inspiring work being done by parents, teachers, young people and researchers working for mental health around the country.

Kate hopes her children will be candid about their feelings. Photo: © PA

"Like most parents today, William and I would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it," Kate wrote. "We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older."

Sophie and Justin share similar hopes for their little ones, and have been helping their children cope with being in the spotlight.

Read more: Guest editor Kate shares her wishes for George and Charlotte

"I try and protect them as much as possible. But at the same time, I don't want to be overprotective. I am trying to find some balance with the whole situation."

Sophie is aware of the challenges of living in the spotlight. Photo: © Reuters

Like Kate, the 40-year-old has spent years as an activist for mental health issues, especially eating disorders, and she actively takes an optimistic and compassionate stance on such issues. It's no secret that the former TV personality battled bulimia in the '90s.

“[Eating disorders] undermine the great spirits in our society and the amazing hearts that can contribute to our society," she told a crowd of 230 people in Toronto in 2013. “I am proof and there are others who can tell you it is possible to recover.”

Wrapping up her interview with The Huffington Post Quebec, Sophie added, "Whether as a mother or as a woman, I just can't handle the thought that a child is suffering. If I could, I would save them all!"

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