Lots of parents these days are focused on being much more intentional when raising their kids, especially when it comes to how they talk to them about gender roles, expectations, and societal norms. The conversations are evolving, and, for many of us, they feel new because our parents didn’t do the same for us back in the 80s or 90s.
If you’re fumbling around in the proverbial dark, you might be interested in what singer and entertainer P!nk has to say about the decisions she’s made regarding her own children, how she came by them, and what sort of results she and husband Carey Hart are seeing in their daughter, Willow:
“We are a very label-less household. 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?’ 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?”
They’ve also chosen a school that aligns with their beliefs and parenting style – they only have gender-neutral bathrooms.
“I was in a school and the bathroom outside the kindergarten said: ‘Gender Neutral – anybody’, and it was a drawing of many different shapes. I took a picture of it and I wrote: ‘Progress’. I thought that was awesome. I love that kids are having this conversation.”
Some people may agree with her tactics and some may not (duh), but the truth is that it’s a conversation we should be having with our children before someone else does. And if you want my two cents, acceptance and tolerance never go out of style.
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