She’s the daughter to one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and actress Kate Hudson has her own rules when it comes to raising her children.
In a recent interview with AOL, the actress revealed that she’s decided to take a genderless approach when it comes to parenting her newborn daughter.
The 39-year-old, who is also a mother to sons Ryder, 15, and Bingham, 7, gave birth to her first daughter, Rani Rose, in October with partner Danny Fujikawa.
“[Having a daughter] doesn’t really change my approach, but there’s definitely a difference,” she told AOL. “I think you just raise your kids individually regardless — like a genderless [approach]. We still don’t know what she’s going to identify as.”
The actress added: “I will say that, right now, she is incredibly feminine in her energy, her sounds and her way. It’s very different from the boys, and it’s really fun to actually want to buy kids’ clothes.”
There are different degrees to raising a child without a gender, but the common theme is that a child is not raised as either a boy or a girl. For some, it’s as simple as letting a child play with both “boy” and “girl” toys, while others allow children to wear clothes that reflect their identity. Others may refrain from using pronouns such as “she” or “he”.
However, despite remaining gender neutral, Kate announced her pregnancy with daughter Rani by releasing a dozen of pink balloons into the air.
Kate first announced she was pregnant again last April when she took to her social media page to reveal she was having a daughter. Stood in her garden in a pretty white dress, she was seen piercing a balloon to reveal dozens of smaller pink balloons inside.
SURPRISE!!! 🤱 If you’ve wondered why I’ve been so absent on my social channels it’s because I have never been more sick! It was the most sick first trimester of all my children. Boomerangs have made me nauseous, Superzoom is an easy way to have my head in the toilet, food instagrams make me queezy and thinking too much about insta stories made me even more exhausted than I already had been. If you’ve seen me out and about smiling and pretending like everything is amazing…I was lying! BUT! I have broken through on the other end of that and rediscovering the joys of insta/snap. We have been trying to keep this pregnancy under the radar for as long as possible but I’m a poppin now! And it’s too darn challenging to hide, and frankly hiding is more exhausting then just coming out with it! My kids, Danny, myself and the entire family are crazy excited! A little girl on the way 💕
The actress isn’t the only one introducing her children to this new way of thinking. More parents across the globe are encouraging their children to break away from gender norms and to do what makes them feel most comfortable.
In 2017, singing sensation Pink revealed she wasn’t putting any gender labels on her kids. She has a daughter, Willow Sage, and a son, Jameson moon, but said that she doesn’t believe in restricting her kids with their genetic gender.
“We are a very label-less household,” news.com.au reported the singer telling People.
“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’.”
The ‘What About Us’ singer also encouraged more gender-neutral bathrooms at schools and explained: “I was in a school and the bathroom outside the kindergarten said: ‘Gender Neutral – anybody’, and it was a drawing of many different shapes.”
In the same year, Target came under fire for selling two very similar products for men with two very different meanings. One play set was pink and labelled “My First Carry Along Beauty Studio”, while the blue set was labelled “My First Carry Along Medical Centre”.
Many on social media branded the toys sexist and called for them to be removed from sale.