New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is catching some heat over a kiss he shared with his son. The moment was shown as part of a Facebook docu-series, “Tom vs. Time” and now some are questioning this type of affection between parents and their kids. Judge for yourself:
The scene shows the five-time Super Bowl winner getting a massage, CBS2’s Elise Finch reports (below.) Afterward, his 11-year-old son comes into the room and asks him if he can check his fantasy football standings.
Some people are uncomfortable with the kiss between father and son. Some people think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this.
Lifestyle and parenting expert Lyss Stern says she does not see anything wrong:
“If you kiss your kids too much, it’s the wrong thing. If you kiss your kids too little, it’s the wrong thing. If you hug too much — people need to back off and stop parent shaming,” said Stern, chief executive officer of DivaMoms.com.
Of the people who spoke to CBS2, no one questioned Brady’s intentions toward his child. But they did seem to question the message he’s sending with his actions.
“I don’t think affection should ever be tied in with a favor,” said social worker and parenting expert Carolyn Meyer-Wartels, a licensed clinical social worker and parenting expert. She said when it comes to physical touch, the message we send our children should be clear. “You don’t do anything with your body because someone else is insisting that you do it in order for you to get what you want,” she said.
She said that applies even if that person is mom or dad. Experts say people are getting a glimpse of one moment in a lifetime between father and son, perhaps out of context, so judgment isn’t warranted.
Brady has not commented on the issue.
After watching the video, what do you think? Is it a double-standard to how fathers parenting their children VS mothers? What if a mom kissed their son like this?