Gisele puts herself first in family life.
Gisele Bündchen is one of the most renowned supermodels in the world, a mother of two and stepmother of one with NFL husband Tom Brady. Bündchen recently spoke on behalf of motherhood, expressing the importance of mom’s putting themselves first… first as in, before their children.
The 34-year-old Brazilian model married NFL royalty in February 2009. Their marriage was soon followed by the birth of their son Benjamin Rein and three years later, the couple welcomed their second child Vivian Lake in 2012. Bündchen is also stepmother to Brady’s son John, his child with Bridget Moynahan.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Bündchen made the comparison, "You know how they say on the plane that you have to put the oxygen mask on first and then put it on your child? So, I think it is the same, as a mum, to take care of myself."
Bündchen’s take on raising children has raised some red flags to other moms who might say it’s easy to put yourself first when you’re making millions and have a team of help including chauffeurs, chefs, and nannies.
"You can feel a bit guilty - you feel guilty if you do and if you don’t," Bündchen said. " But if I put my oxygen mask on first, if I’m feeling fulfilled and present and good about myself, then I’m going to be a much more patient, loving, understanding mother and wife. You have to fill your glass so that everyone can drink from it. That’s how I feel."
Bündchen lives an organic and natural lifestyle while being a strong advocate for women providing their children with the same. Although Bündchen remains a significant voice in celebrity motherhood, her statements are not always taken the way she probably planned.
In 2006, she told Harper’s Bazaar," I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."
Then there was the viral Instagram pic of her breastfeeding while getting glammed up, where she wrote "What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready"
Backlash on Bündchen's comments have most notably been that women do not have the time or means to take care of themselves, which has us wondering is that really OK? For a mother to not be able to take care of herself or feel guilty if she does?
A recent article titled "How American Parenting is Killing the American Marriage" calls out how parenting has become almost akin to a religion in the U.S. and that mothers feel as if they must be a martyr, putting everyone else's needs and wants ahead of theirs.
Though it is understandable for most mothers to get upset over parenting advice from a woman who makes over $100k a day, it does get us wondering if there are some cracks in modern parenting.