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Parent Fail or Parent Win?

Recently pro skater Tony Hawk has caused some controversy by posting photos of him and his daughter out skateboarding, on the same skateboard, and she’s not wearing a helmet. Normally this would be cause for concern, but Hawk defends his actions with a quick statement of “You’re more likely to fall down while walking than I am on a skateboard”. We’re not denying Mr. Hawk’s amazing abilities on a skateboard, however.. would it really be that hard to throw a helmet on her? Accidents happen, maybe not when you’re there but potentially when you’re not. So what do you guys think: is this a parent fail or a parent win? Vote in the poll below!

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15 Comments to Parent Fail or Parent Win?

  1. You’re also more likely to hurt yourself walking than jumping off a roof because most people don’t jump off roofs.

  2. Speedo Man on December 22nd, 2012
  3. Anyone who thinks this was a parent win needs to be bitch slapped into the next county. This is not cute nor funny. All this says is he is not a good father and is willing to risk injury to his kid for publicity. A judgment call like this says that you shouldn’t be breeding.

  4. angela on December 22nd, 2012
  5. Fail … it only takes one spill to seriously injure her. Also if he even starts to fall, he’s likely to let go of her.

  6. netjnke on December 22nd, 2012
  7. I am with the parent fail cause it take only once to do serious injure. I can say that it is more likely that my kids get hurt my walking than being shot at by me, that doesn’t mean IU am going to shoot at them.

  8. tazz on December 23rd, 2012
  9. Survival of the fittest. If you do stupid things, and f**k up badly your do not live to propagate the species. Helmets are the downfall of our society. People are quick to judge because of photos like this. I am the mom of 2 skateboarders. I know that my son and daughter have both slipped in the tub, fell down steps and tripped over their own feet more than they have fallen off their skateboard. And they don’t where helmets in the house….

  10. Amber on December 23rd, 2012
  11. reminds me of my neighbor who liked to speed down our street with the kids out playing. when i asked him nicely to slow down he said
    it was ok because he had “really good reflexes”.
    not good enough to duck the left hand that bloodied his nose though.

  12. nosmo king on December 23rd, 2012
  13. WIN!

  14. Puckfreak on December 23rd, 2012
  15. while i agree that this is a foolish move, it’s not even the worst thing for him to do. of course, when i say this, you should also know that i’m old enough to remember far worse things.

    i grew up when cribs still used lead paint. kids frequently refused to wear pads or helmets when riding bikes or skateboarding. if a kid got hurt in a playground accident, nobody chastised the parents for not taking better precautions. in fact, my generation had playground equipment that would be deemed “unsafe” by current standards.

    i can’t possibly count the number of injuries we took as kids, way back when. things like this, back then, wouldn’t have been given nearly that much thought.

    is this safe? no. is this responsible parenting? i call it a fail. is this the worst parenting ever? hardly.

  16. JD Storm on December 24th, 2012
  17. OH NOEZ! A child who isn’t bubble wrapped and insulated from the world for a few moments. How did we ever survive as a species for tens of thousands of years without helmets? Get a grip people. Even if you think the kid needs a helmet, that doesn’t mean “he is not a good father.” It takes a little more for a man whose made millions on his skateboard to take his daughter on one without a helmet to be a “bad father.”

    We have raised and are continuing to raise a wimpy, risk adverse, blame everyone else generation and it will be the downfall of our country. Its a good thing the true grit of the (helmetless) greatest generation won’t be around to see what they sacrificed so much to save.

  18. Joe Anderson on December 24th, 2012
  19. That’s Tony Hawk, he’s not going to fall and hurt his baby girl.

  20. wtf on December 24th, 2012
  21. reminds me of the Aussie tosser Steve Irwin when he dangled his baby son over the top of a crocdiles mouth, he also claimed he was a professional who knew what he was doing and had quick reflexes…yer right the bloody croc could move faster then he would have, only takes a second for something to grow wrong, for instance no one can predict a sneeze and if you do that your instinct would be to let go of anything your holding and bingo DEAD CHILD …..TOSSER IDIOTS

  22. Jeannine on December 25th, 2012
  23. also pilots are experts but plane crashes still happen, police are expert drivers but accidents do happen…anyone claiming to be an expert is a moron…

  24. Jeannine on December 25th, 2012
  25. It’s Tony Hawk damnit!!! Shut your faces!!!!

  26. Hammered on December 28th, 2012
  27. I think she should be in a helmet not because he’s going to fall because of lack of skill, but because children are unpredictable and she could get scared and jerk or lean in a way he isn’t expecting and they could crash.

  28. Scout on December 29th, 2012
  29. I voted for win. I only think it’s a win because it looks like it was successful. But then again, Michael Jackson successfully held Blanket out of a window, and we all know that turned out to be a huge fail.

  30. Pavel K. on December 31st, 2012

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