The lighter side of life with Kate Mason: Becks had every right to spit the dummy out

David Beckham holding his daughter Harper Seven Beckham
David Beckham holding his daughter Harper Seven Beckham

David Beckham . . . footballing great, fashion icon and oh so easy on the eye.

Becks has got it all (they don’t call him Golden Balls for nothing you know) but he still comes across as a genuinely nice down to earth guy.

He’s the type of man women want to be with and the type of bloke men want to go for a beer with.

But the best thing about him, apart from his underwear advert for H&M of course, is that he seems to be a great dad.

When Posh and Becks chose to name their first born Brooklyn, I did question what kind of parents the pair would be.

But over the years it’s fair to say the duo have shown themselves be the cream of the crop when it comes to parenting.

David Beckham is forever flooding his Instagram account with pictures of him and his four children and seems like such a hands on, proud dad.

So I was shocked when I saw an article criticising him for his parenting skills.

Becks came under fire after his four-year-old daughter Harper was pictured using a dummy – cue an all out tabloid war and a day that will forever be etched in history as “dummygate”

The mild-mannered celeb is not usually one for losing his temper - barring that red card incident in the 1998 World Cup game – but this time he has well and truly spat the dummy out and I for one can’t blame him.

Posting on Instagram responding to critics he wrote: “Why do people feel they have the right to criticise a parent about their own children without having any facts?

“Everybody who has children knows that when they aren’t feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best and most of the time it’s a pacifier so those who criticize think twice about what you say about other people’s children because actually you have no right to criticise me as a parent …”

There were claims that the dummy would cause Harper to have dental issues and speech impediments and everyone seemed to have an opinion on the issue.

When it comes to parenting the goalposts seem to change constantly. One minute we’re told babies should be place on their front to sleep, a few years later it’s the back.

I get the need for health warnings and advice but every child is different and surely the person best placed to make a call is the parent.