Sports | July 27, 2022 11:42 am

Tom Brady Says His “Biggest Challenge” as a Parent Is Overcoming His Wealth

Brady and his wife Gisele Bündchen have two children together and also co-parent his son with Bridget Moynahan

Tom Brady celebrates with two of his kids after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.
Tom Brady is dealing with a problem most parents don't face.
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According to Tom Brady, the “biggest challenge” he has to overcome as a parent is tackling the number of zeros in his bank account.

That’s said somewhat facetiously, but it is based on what Brady had to say when talking about the difficulties of being a multimillionaire and a father at the same time during an appearance on the Drive with Jim Farley podcast.

Likely trying to be relatable but failing fairly miserably, the soon-to-be-45-year-old quarterback discussed the difficulties of raising the two children he shares with his wife Gisele Bündchen and the son that they co-parent with his former girlfriend Bridget Moynahan. Per Brady, the “hardest thing” about parenting is teaching his children about humility and trying to make them realize they are growing up privileged.

Bemoaning that his family has “people that clean for us” and “people that make our food” and “people that drive us to the airport,” Brady acknowledged “that is not what every kid goes through” and said “it’s the biggest challenge that we have as parents.”

“I think the hardest thing for us as parents, myself and my wife…My wife grew up in rural Brazil…very small kind of farming town, very simple girl,” Brady said. “There are two bedrooms in their house — one for their parents and one for her and her five sisters. I grew up in a middle-class family in California. My dad worked his ass off for our family. My mom stayed at home [and] took care of us kids, and I saw my mom work every day to make food for us at night and wash our clothes.”

The reality that Bündchen and Brady grew up in is not the one in which their children currently find themselves and, sure, dealing with that could certainly have its challenges. Try explaining to your kid that you can’t pick them up from polo practice because you don’t know where the cleaning crew put the keys to the Aston Martin and see how you like it. When you show up in the back of a limo to get them instead, that is going to be a very quiet private car ride home.

In all seriousness, Brady may have been trying to offer some insight into his world and shed some light on a unique issue that his success and fame have created for his family. But, as is the norm these days, he came off as an unrelatable weirdo.

“I don’t know the right answer as a parent,” he told Farley. “There’s a lot of things I’m still learning. I know I’ve screwed up a lot of things. That’s the reality of being a parent.” At least he got that part right.