Tom Brady Takes A Flying Leap

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Tom Brady inspires strong feelings in people, either as a super-model canoodler and the most blinged-out quarterback in NFL history, or as a “known cheater” and “diet pseudoscientist.” Given this polarized backdrop, it fits that his recent Instagram video launched the online parent-sphere into a bubble-wrapped uproar.

The clip features Brady and his 6-year-old daughter Vivi holding hands as they jumped off a rocky outcropping into a Costa Rican watering hole. Apparently, some felt that Vivi’s slight hesitation and subsequent awkward landing were too dangerous for their liking. It even made The Rock anxious.

The Internet loves its loud opinions, whether or not they’re justified. (It’s funny, for example, how many reports refer to “cliff-diving,” even though there’s no cliff, and they didn’t dive.) What’s the calculus here? Why assume Brady hadn’t done his due diligence in confirming their safety? And what happened next? It would help to know whether Vivi emerged enthralled or in tears.

The passionate reaction highlights a larger issue when we encourage our kids to take risks: How risky is too risky? Our first instinct is to protect, but “risk perception is like a muscle that needs to be developed and flexed.” And when Dad holds a child’s hand when she takes her first big leap, she’s far more equipped to calculate the risk when she leaps off on her own.

That’s a trust exercise with someone kids trust most, and the benefits of facing one’s fears generally offset any need for helicoptering. And we really won’t have any idea of this jump’s long-term effect until Vivi is an adult, and either running from creditors or running for Senate.


The list of paid leave benefits is as long as your arm, and getting longer. But since employers aren’t always accommodating to dads, the reluctance lingers.

Ironically enough, the “Mad Men” model found in much of America’s collective workplace, only makes men mad.

Lackluster family leave policies often force middle-aged adults to choose between maximizing their earning potential or caring for an aging parent.

“The best flex policies are reason-blind, which allows anyone with a caregiving need of any kind at any age to get their job done in the most productive way possible.” – Jessica Grose

“It’s a cliché that parenting is hard, but what is even harder is the judgment from other members of society—parents and nonparents alike.” – Olga Mecking

“Perhaps we need to look at educating families in gender equality, rather than taking choices away from them.” – Madelaine Gnewski

Theresa May, the now-former PM, wants dads to receive 12 weeks off, four of them paid at 90% of their usual salary. Will new PM Boris Johnson follow through?

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