Parenting as part of a blended family can be as rewarding as it is challenging. Supermodel Gisele Bündchen recently opened up in an Instagram story about her blended family with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Bündchen answered some candid questions about parenting their children, 10-year-old Benjamin Rein, 7-year-old Vivian Lake, and stepson 12-year-old John “Jack” Edward Thomas, whom Brady shares custody with his ex, actress Bridge Moynahan.
During the Q&A, a fan asked Bünchen how she feels about being a stepmom. The model began her answer by admitting she doesn’t like the world stepmom.
Gisele Bündchen Would Rather Be Called a ‘Bonus Mom’ Rather Than a ‘Step Mom’
“I don’t like the word ‘stepmom. I like the word ‘bonus mom’ because I feel like it’s a blessing in my life. I feel so lucky that I got to have an extra wonderful little angel in my life.”
Another fan then asked her how she and Brady manage family time given both of their very busy schedules. As Bünchen explained, regardless of how busy they are as professionals, they make family time a priority.
“I think we just try our best to be present with the kids when we are with the kids,” she said. She then noted that she and Brady do their best to be “fully there with them” and “really listening to them.”
“I think it’s not so much [about] the amount of time,” she continued. “I think it’s the quality [of the] time.” Bündchen also noted that she and Brady are focused on creating a “loving and safe” family environment.
“I think what’s really important as well, is the energy that is around the children,” she said. “I think they really see how much we love each other and how much we support each other.”
Brady and Bündchen just recently celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary. “I can’t believe it’s been 11 years since we devoured this delicious cake after we came home from our wedding. Happy anniversary love of my lifey!!! Thank you for making life so sweet!,” the star wrote on Instagram.
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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