There's been a growing trend among parents choosing to adopt a gender neutral approach to raising their children.
These parents are trying to avoid limiting their kid's potential by imposing socially-constructed gender stereotypes on them. They eliminate the use of labels, gender-specific pronouns, and clothing to ensure that their child isn't being restricted to a predetermined identity.
Pop star and mom of two Pink has chosen to raise her children with this parenting method, and in a recent interview with Mirror, she opened up about why she made that decision.
The singer explained that wants her six-year-old daughter, Willow, to be be able to "make free choices," and to not be defined or limited by traditional gender roles.
"We are a very label-less household," Pink said.
The Just Give Me A Reason singer then proceeded to share a cute conversation that transpired between her and Willow to give us an idea of how she is raising her daughter.
Pink told Mirror about the time when her daughter told her she wanted to marry an African woman when she grows up.
"Last week Willow told me she is going to marry an African woman. I was like: ‘Great, can you teach me how to make African food?'" Pink recalled.
"And she’s like: ‘Sure mama, and we are going to live with you while our house is getting ready. "I was like ‘what the f***, who are you? Who is paying for this by the way?’" she jokingly added.
Pink also praised the effort Willow's school has put in to ensure that gender neutral children are comfortable.
"The bathroom outside the kindergarten said, 'Gender Neutral, Anybody,' and it was a drawing of many different shapes," she said. "I took a picture of it and I wrote: 'Progress.' I thought that was awesome. I love that kids are having this conversation."
The singer then opened up about her experience with being a mom to Willow and her 11-month-old son Jameson.
"I’m much more mum than I am anything else. Absolutely 100%. They are my everything. It’s the two best decisions I ever made," she said. "Every decision I make is a choice because it affects my family. I do bake sales and lemonade stands. I take my kid to school and try to get there on time."
However, she admits that despite feeling like a "f***ing grown up now, it's so weird," adding, "I'm still a 12-year-old boy."
This isn't the first time that Pink and Willow have made headlines together. In August, while accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards, the singer delivered an empowering speech about self-acceptance dedicated to her daughter.
Pink told the VMAs audience about a time when her daughter told her that "I am the ugliest girl I know."
She continued, "Instead I went home, and I made a PowerPoint presentation for her. And in that presentation were androgynous rock stars and artists that live their truth, are probably made fun of every day of their lives, and carry on and wave their flag, and inspire the rest of us."
Pink then asked her daughter why she was feeling that way about herself, to which Willow replied that people make fun of her by saying she looks like a boy, she's too masculine, has too many opinions and her "body is too strong."
"And I said to her, ‘Do you see me growing my hair?’ She said, ‘No, Mama.’ I said, ‘Do you see me changing my body?’ ‘No, Mama.’ ‘Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?’ ‘No, Mama.’ ‘Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?’ ‘Yes, Mama.’ That’s right. So, baby girl, we don’t change, we take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl. We help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty. … And you, my darling girl, are beautiful. And I love you."
Pink has never been one to conform to society, and it looks like she's raising her children to do the same and not be afraid to be themselves.
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