We can assume that super model Gisele Bundchen loves her children. We also know that she cares very much for their well-being, health, and safety. We’ve seen photos of her doing yoga with her daughter, exercising with her daughter, and she is all for extended-breastfeeding, which is known to have great benefits for babies. But as it turns out, Gisele isn’t cautious in all aspects of raising her children.
Although she is protecting her children’s bodies through diet and fitness, she engages in other risky behaviors which can be far more dangerous that letting her kids eat fast food or sitting on the couch playing video games.
This week Gisele, who is all for sharing her lifestyle with the world, was photographed taking her one-year-old daughter on a ride on an All-Terrain Vehicle (an ATV) while on vacation in Costa Rica. Now that may not sound newsworthy, but Gisele was driving the ATV one-handed while holding Vivian with the other. And neither mother or daughter were wearing a helmet. In Costa Rica the law says that one must wear a helmet while riding an ATV, but the beach Gisele was spotted on may have been private, making her risky move legal. But legal or not, it still doesn’t make it safe.
A recent study reports on the dangers of ATV’s stating that: “From 2007 to 2011, the most recent year for which government data is available, 1,701 ATV riders died in crashes on public roads in the USA — about 340 a year, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.” And this danger is one that the medical industry is warning parents about: “In light of statistics that show an inordinate number of injuries and deaths resulting from the use of ATVs, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons considers ATVs to be a significant public health risk.”
I understand the freedom that parents have in raising their children and transporting their children the way that they want. But there is a disconnect in the safety that Gisele uses in keeping her children healthy in terms of diet and exercise and keeping her children healthy in terms of physical safety. There are some things we don’t know about the story, like how fast she was going or how long of a ride it was, but ATVs can roll over easily and an accident can happen in a split second. My concern would be that she wouldn’t be able to protect her daughter if that would have happened. The photo of her with Vivian on that ATV makes my motherly instinct cringe in fear.
The other thing that is bothersome is that Gisele is very well aware of her public image and how many see her as a lifestyle inspiration. The yoga, the exercise, the healthy eating are all great messages, however riding around with your one-year-old on an ATV without a helmet is not. Let’s hope no mom out there jumps on their ATV with their helmet-less infant thinking, “Oh, if Gisele can do it, so can I!” Hopefully we all know better. And if you think I’m just picking on Gisele because she is rich, famous and incredibly attractive, I would question any parent who would take their one-year-old on an ATV.
What do you think? Do you think this was a mom FAIL or just a mom going for a harmless ride with her daughter?
Photo Source: Gisele Bundchen/ Instagram