And while the money he has makes many things in his life easy (he’s made over $300 million during his time in the NFL, which will only go up after he retires and begins his lucrative broadcasting career), he recently said that it makes one thing slightly more complicated: parenting.
Brady recently appeared on the podcast “DRIVE,” hosted by Ford CEO Jim Farley, and discussed his worries about raising children among so much wealth.
“It’s probably the hardest thing for us as parents,” Brady said. He then went on to describe the kind of life his family has, and how he wants to teach his kids that their life is not normal.
“We have people that clean for us. We have people that make our food. We have people that drive us to the airport if we need that. We get off a plane and there’s people waiting there for us and we get ushered in. That’s my kids’ reality, which is the hard part to say, ‘Guys, this is not the way reality really is,’ and what can we do about that?”
Creating ‘regular’ experiences
Brady said the he and Bundchen try to find ways for their kids to do the regular things that most kids do, but it’s difficult to create those opportunities.
“I think we can try to create experiences that are more along the lines of what most kids go through, even though they’ll still have experiences that a lot of kids never do have,” Brady said. “It’s hard to make those things up too. I can’t say ‘Hey, we’re gonna go back and live on Portola Drive in San Mateo,’ because it’s pretty hard thing to do just for privacy purposes and so forth.”
“There’s a lot of things I’m still learning as a parent,” Brady continued. “I know that I’ve screwed up a lot of things, that’s the reality of being a parent. But you just hope you can show them enough things to realize that when they are doing things that are selected for Mom and Dad to make our lives more convenient, that that is a treat, that is something that is not what every kid goes through.”
Considering that there are a large number of reality shows that revolve around the rich children of celebrities, executives and musicians being bratty, privileged and unfamiliar with the world of “regular” people, Brady’s not wrong to be concerned. He doesn’t want to raise kids that are sheltered and out-of-touch with the real world — i.e. kids that would one day appear on one of those shows.
In the end, Brady is worried about screwing up his kids, which is something every parent frets about. He clearly knows how privileged he is, and that’s why he wants to raise grounded kids who understand that the vast majority of people don’t have what they have.