For many people, David Beckham is an icon. He’s an international soccer star, he’s one of the most fashionable men on the planet, and he’s an A-list celebrity that everyone wants to get close to. He’s also a dedicated husband to his wife Victoria Beckham and their four children: Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper.
While there’s no doubt that David has plenty of different talents, if there’s one that he’s perhaps the best at, it’s being a father. In fact, David has said time and time again that being a father is the most important role in his life. Here’s what we can learn from him.
10 Family Always Comes First
It doesn’t matter what they are doing, where they are going or who they are with, the Beckhams have made one thing pretty clear: family always comes first. That’s why whenever David is at one of his charity games, Victoria and the kids are there cheering him on. Or when Victoria has a major runway show, David and their four kids are sitting front row and center to help support their mom.
They do everything as a team with David and Victoria supporting one another, both as partners and as working parents. Now that’s what you call teamwork, right?
9 There’s Nothing Wrong With Affection
If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from David and Victoria Beckham over the years is that while image is everything, they certainly don’t care what people think about the way they parent or their lifestyles for that matter. Both David and Victoria are very affectionate with their children and on occasion even like to post photos of them kissing their kids on the lips. And while a lot of people might see this as a controversial move, the Beckhams don’t see anything wrong with it. In fact, it’s just their way of showing their kids how much they love them.
8 Being Present Is Important
While there sure are a lot of things that can be said about a man like David Beckham, one thing is for certain: he is always there for his family. He loves to be a hands-on dad with all three of his sons and, of course, his daughter Harper.
For David, being present is important, no matter how much work he has or what he’s got on his plate. And while a lot of people can’t afford to spend the same amount of time that David currently has, many are applauding him for making the most of his time with their kids during their childhood years.
7 Quality Over Quantity
For David, it’s all about quality over quantity, both personally and professionally speaking. He is always in tune with his children’s needs, listens to them, talks to them and most importantly, shows them affection. He told Men’s Health in an interview, “I knew that spending as much quality time with my kids as I could, especially when they were young, was the most important thing in the world. There are never enough hours in the day to do all the things we want to do with our kids so as long as we make whatever the time available to us quality time, where we are present, as dads we’re winning.”
6 The First 1,000 Days Are Key
David believes that the first 1000 days of a child’s life is very important, especially when it comes to their development. And yes, many health and early childhood experts agree. While a lot of people can’t wait to bond with their kids when they are older, it’s the baby years that parents need to pay attention to.
According to Men’s Health, David said, “The first 1,000 days of life are the most critical time for a baby’s brain development, and their experiences during this time can have lifelong consequences – good and bad. We as parents all have an incredible opportunity to shape how our children’s brains develop.”
5 Late Nights Are Special
David and Victoria Beckham center everything they do in their lives around family time. Being together is what matters most. He also enjoys all of the one-on-one time that he gets to spend with each one of his kids.
According to Huff Post, he has said, “My favorite time when I look back from day one with my sons and with, obviously, my daughter, each parent talks about the waking up during the night and the feeding during the night but, for me that was the most special time. It doesn’t matter what time of the night it is or how tired you are, they make you smile, they make you happy.”
4 Lead By Example
David knows that he’s an international celebrity, athlete and even a television personality with millions of people looking up to him every day. But for David, it’s most important that he becomes a good role model for his kids. David said (via The Huffington Post): “We have always led by example, in terms of the way we treat our children, with the way we look after our children, the way we love our children." He continued saying "But we are very strict parents. We want to bring them up as closely as possible to how we were brought [up] because you have to give them manners, you have to give them boundaries and our children definitely have that.”
3 Being A Young Parent
While it’s no doubt that being a young parent does have its pros and cons, David says that for him and Victoria, it helped them mature at a faster pace. Not only did they get married at a very early age, but they also started their families pretty early, too.
But David says that he doesn’t have any regrets. Everything that he has done in the past has helped him become the man that he is today. While there have been plenty of learning curves throughout his journey, they’ve helped make him a better person. We all learn from our experiences and mistakes, right?
2 Discipline Is Important
While David agrees that love is the most important formula when it comes to raising a family, he makes it no secret that it’s very important to raise your children with discipline, too. In other words, you have to set boundaries with your children.
The Beckham kids have everything in the world, but they also have rules, too. David said (via Huffington Post): “No more than an hour [of TV time]. I know that sounds pretty harsh, but I want my boys to be outside playing. It’s so important to me that they’re involved in sports ― for discipline and health.”
1 One-On-One Time
For a lot of fans, whenever they see David Beckham spending one-on-one time with his daughter Harper Beckham, their hearts melt. There’s nothing more attractive in this world than seeing a man that is totally dedicated to his wife and his children.
And that’s exactly what David Beckham does. Seriously, the man gives us all dad goals, regardless if you are a mother or a father. And that’s just one of the many reasons why we continue to follow his life and root for him. Victoria and all four children are very lucky to have a role model like him in their lives.