Tuesday 17 October 2017

Sarah Breen: 'We could all learn a thing or two about parenting from Kim Kardashian'

Kim Kardashian attempts to calm her daughter, North, while sitting next to Sean Combs, Jay-Z), Beyonce and Anna Wintour as they watch a presentation of Kanye West's Fall/Winter 2015 partnership with Adidas at New York Fashion Week
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Kim Kardashian attempts to calm her daughter, North, while sitting next to Sean Combs, Jay-Z), Beyonce and Anna Wintour as they watch a presentation of Kanye West's Fall/Winter 2015 partnership with Adidas at New York Fashion Week REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Kim Kardashian attempts to calm her daughter, North, while sitting next to Sean Combs, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Anna Wintour as they watch a presentation of Kanye West's Fall/Winter 2015 partnership with Adidas at New York Fashion Week February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Sarah Breen

Was anyone really surprised at North West's tour de toddler tantrums at Fashion Week?

As a parent to a two year old daughter, I completely empathised with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's attempts to soothe their daughter on Saturday.

Kim Kardashian attempts to calm her daughter, North, while sitting next to Sean Combs, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Anna Wintour as they watch a presentation of Kanye West's Fall/Winter 2015 partnership with Adidas at New York Fashion Week February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Kim Kardashian attempts to calm her daughter, North, while sitting next to Sean Combs, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Anna Wintour as they watch a presentation of Kanye West's Fall/Winter 2015 partnership with Adidas at New York Fashion Week February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Like most parents, I almost pulled a muscle cringing at those pictures of North West melting down during New York Fashion Week. Yeah, we’ve all been there. Toddlers are, by nature, unpredictable beasts. Even more so when you’re really counting on them being  picture perfect as the world's media watches, waiting for a slip up.

Read more: Anna Wintour looks away as North West looks like she doesn't want to FROW with mum Kim Kardashian at Kanye West's fashion show

My daughter is two months older than North and she is no stranger to throwing a tantrum. Right now she’s learning that, while I’d prefer it, she doesn’t really have to do as I say, unless she feels like it. I hear the word “no” about 5,000 times a day. And it’s fine, because this is how she exerts what little independence she has.

North is no stranger to a front row seat, but this was the first time we’ve seen her pulling a typical toddler move - her image, at just 21 months old, is as carefully constructed as that of her superstar parents. Of course the Kardashian-West naysayers were quick to come out and criticise Kim for having her there in the first place.

As a mother, I call foul on that.

If we don’t bring small children to formal places like restaurants and fashion shows (if that’s where your life takes you), how are they ever supposed to learn how to behave appropriately? A typical show only lasts about 10 minutes anyway; it’s not like she was expected to sit there quietly for an hour. Remember that the next time you admire a well-behaved child in mass. They don’t come out knowing the rules; they have to be taught.

Kim Kardashian attempts to calm her daughter, North, while sitting next to Sean Combs, Jay-Z), Beyonce and Anna Wintour as they watch a presentation of Kanye West's Fall/Winter 2015 partnership with Adidas at New York Fashion Week
REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Kim Kardashian attempts to calm her daughter, North, while sitting next to Sean Combs, Jay-Z), Beyonce and Anna Wintour as they watch a presentation of Kanye West's Fall/Winter 2015 partnership with Adidas at New York Fashion Week REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Saturday’s show, during which Kanye presented a collection for Adidas, was huge for the Kardashian-Wests as a family. Beyonce and Jay-Z were there to lend their support, as was Rihanna and Anna Wintour too. So of course Kanye wanted his family to be part of it.

Read more: David and kids line out in matching outfits for Victoria Beckham’s NYFW show

Kim Kardashian attempts to calm her daughter, North, while sitting next to Sean Combs, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Anna Wintour as they watch a presentation of Kanye West's Fall/Winter 2015 partnership with Adidas at New York Fashion Week February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Kim Kardashian attempts to calm her daughter, North, while sitting next to Sean Combs, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Anna Wintour as they watch a presentation of Kanye West's Fall/Winter 2015 partnership with Adidas at New York Fashion Week February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

As for the second episode at Alexander Wang, there wasn't the same motive to support Kanye's much anticipated collaboration. In fact, the only obvious reason for bringing the little lady back to the FROW was for another photo op. And the flashing bulbs of countless photographers at one of the most photographed events in the world did little to soothe the already tense toddler.

But Kimye clearly don’t care what you or I think about their choices - a feat we've known for some time, in particular the day they chose to name their kid North West. So instead of throwing shade, maybe we could all learn a thing or two from them.

Beyonce, Kim Kardashian with daughter North and Anna Wintour attend the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for adidas
Beyonce, Kim Kardashian with daughter North and Anna Wintour attend the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for adidas

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