“we must develop resilience”
Tom Brady wants his children to be prepared for real life and that means they will face setbacks.
“I don’t want it to be good for my kids all the time,” Brady, 45, said on Monday’s (January 24, 2023) episode of Let’s go! Podcast, via Page 6. “I told them that this morning. I said, ‘I want you to fail because I want to see what you’re made of if you fail and when you fail.’
He added: “Life will not be just a smooth ride. So we have to develop resilience.
The NFL star shares son Jack, 15, with ex-partner Bridget Moynahan and Vivian, 10, and Benjamin, 13, with ex-wife Gisele Bündchen.
“In life, you try a lot of things and you fail. It’s part of life. We’re trying things, really trying hard to try…something new, and it’s not going the way we want it to,” he said.
“So what do you do? Do you care less? Do you care more? Or do you take this experience for what it was and try to learn from it and grow and find resilience what do we all want to teach our children?”
When asked if he thinks his kids are afraid to fail, Brady said, “I think it’s probably hard for everyone in our society to feel capable of failing or saying the bad thing,” he said. “There are heavy repercussions to even admitting that you fail.”
He added that at the end of the day, life isn’t about winning a game or a Super Bowl: it’s about relationships.
“Life is about people,” Brady said. “…My life is so rich because of the amazing people I’ve had in my life who have supported me to help me achieve my dreams in so many ways over and over again.”
He added: “Now I have these great kids I learn from and I just try to be a good parent and be there for them and be a good example and a role model.”
Brady said he tells his kids they just have to do their best.
“I don’t care if you win or lose. Do your best and you will be proud. We’re all okay with that if you did your best,” he said.
Brady and Bündchen, 42, share joint custody of their two children after finalizing their divorce in October 2022, after 13 years of marriage.