Totally cool dad or totally irresponsible parent?
That’s the debate flying around online over this photo skateboarding legend Tony Hawk tweeted the other day. The girl who’s flying high is his 4-year-old daughter, Kadence.
He captioned, “Updated frontside fling photo courtesy of @msk8blake. She is learning to skate on her own, so we might not be doing this much longer.”
Lots of his fans were quick to tell him he shouldn’t do it at all. Doing skateboard stunts while holding onto a young child? Without helmets or pads?
Then again, this is Tony freakin’ Hawk we’re talking about. The guy is the stuff legends are made of, with heaps of awards and championships to his name. If there’s one person whom you could trust to give a child a skateboard ride safely, he’d be the one. Heck, this was taken at his own personal skate park…in his backyard.
In response to his critics, Tony posted another pic of himself and Kadence with the message: “For those who say I endanger my child, it’s more likely you will fall while walking on the sidewalk than I will while skating with my daughter.”
He also added another picture of his son Riley doing a pretty cool move of his own while filming a father-son commercial – complete with helmet and full padding.
It’s a tough call. The odds are that Kadence is perfectly fine when she joins Dad on his wheels – and this week in particular, it’s kind of nice to see a fun and carefree father-child moment.
Then again, having her get into the helmet habit early could help avoid the “Do I gotta?” arguments later on. It’s no less than we’d expect of parents with other skills. Would a pilot let his kids fly without seat belts? Do chefs let their 4-year-olds handle sharp knives?
What do you think?
[Photo: via Instagram]
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