Carlos Tevez scores one for parenting!
Will the great footballer make a bold statement about the importance of fatherhood by moving to be closer to his kids?
(Jade Photography)
So there you are, comfortably pulling down a salary in the region of £200 000 a week (yes, I said week) playing for probably the wealthiest club in world club football, and what do you do?

You ask for a transfer to a lesser club back in your home country of Argentina, where you’re probably going to take a drop in salary and be out of the European limelight for the foreseeable future. And why do you do this? Because you want to be closer to your two little girls who live with their mother in Argentina!

We live in a material world where money rules most things, and while there is nothing wrong with making an honest buck, some celebs live truly fantastic lives which are funded by insane amounts of money which they earn for providing entertainment to millions by kicking around a football, in Tevez’s case.

It would not have raised an eyebrow for example had Tevez said to Manchester City that he wanted a private jet to fly his girls to him every weekend, or that he wanted a computer company to create a new virtual program so that he can interact with his girls, or something equally bizarre. The rich and famous are known for their quirks and extravagances.

The English Premier League’s joint top goal scorer earned my respect for choosing to be with his girls, presumably to be closer to them and to be a good father and parent. It’s not too surprising though, given that Tevez once celebrated scoring a goal for Manchester United by sucking on a baby’s dummy (in celebration of the birth of one of his daughters).
Fathers who choose to matter

It sends out a good message. Parenting is not the sole domain of women anymore! We (men) have become more and more involved as parents. And when rich and pampered role models like Tevez, Beckham (who continues to increase his brood) and Cristiano Ronaldo (who took custody of his baby from an unnamed American woman) make moves to enhance parenting as a strong enough reason to alter a man’s lifestyle; it is indeed an indication that men no longer want to or have to take a back seat in the parenting game.

Look, the rich and famous are different, let’s face it! Cristiano’s mom and sis are looking after his baba, Beck’s has got Posh and probably a babysitter or two, while I’m sure Tevez has limitless resources at his disposal to assist in the rearing of his littlees. But think about the significant change their actions represent today.

About 20 years ago, it was considered fashionable for sports stars and celebs to have kids left right and centre without giving a toss about them. These days more stories are being leaked about guy like Arnie and Prince Albie, having kids outside of marriage, but actually taking responsibility for them by providing them with a means to education and a roof over their heads.

I personally don’t think this a mere coincidence, we need more and more responsible father figure role models to come to the fore, because the days of planting your seed and moving on is long gone. Your kids need you as much as you need them.

Which public figures do you think are good examples of parenting?

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