David Beckham has his hands pretty full with his sporting career, his hugely successful personal brand and his four kids with wife Victoria.
So that things run smoothly at home, some rules are required, and one of those is: sport is mandatory.
“It’s so important to me that they’re involved in sports—for discipline and health,” he says.
His three sons, aged 15, 11 and 9, each have different strengths: Brooklyn “is pretty skilful. My middle one, Romeo, is the quick one; he’s super fast. The small one is the tough one, of course—being the smallest boy.”
Back in February, Adrian Weale, who lived a few doors away from the famous family in London, spilled about their home life: “The Beckhams bought a mobile basketball hoop and a small skateboard ramp; combined with our spring-loaded cricket stumps and a parking barrier that doubled as a tennis net, this left most sporting bases covered,” he said.
“As word spread, increasing numbers of small children turned up in their Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United shirts to take part, and some of the games got quite big.”
When they’re not outside kicking, running and skating, the Beckham kids are allowed to play video games, but David, 39, and Victoria, 40, are careful to limit their screen time.
“We put a time limit on it. You have to,” says David. “No more than an hour. I know that sounds pretty harsh, but I want my boys to be outside playing.”
There’s also movie-watching, of course, and two of their favourites are Madagascar and Planes. That’s for the big boys, of course. Their youngest one, daughter Harper, 3, is obsessed with … naturally … Frozen.
“She just had her third birthday party [on July 10] and it was Frozen-themed,” he said. “My little girl is the biggest Frozen fan ever.”
Would your own little Frozen fan argue with that? And what is your rule about kids’ outdoor time vs screen time?