Pink Shares Her Biggest "Worries and Fears" as a Parent, and Yup, We Hear You Mama
Of all the celebrity parents out there, Pink is definitely one of the most vocal and honest about all things related to raising kids, so it's no surprise that the Grammy winner shared some candid comments in the cover story of PEOPLE's 2018 "Beautiful Issue." Although the mom of two — who appears on the cover of the issue with her 6-year-old daughter Willow and 1-year-old son Jameson — is known for her seemingly effortless badass confidence and no f*cks attitude, she made it more clear than ever that she's just winging it like every other parent.
"The thing about parenting is you never know if anything you're doing is working," she told PEOPLE. "That's been the most humbling thing for me. In my head, I sound amazing and then I turn around and [Willow's] eyes are completely glazed over. I have no idea. We'll see."
The Beautiful Trauma singer, who is currently on tour, elaborated, sharing that she's actually more concerned with the state of the world we live in than her own parenting style when it comes to her kids' future.
"I have so many worries and fears as a parent. I'm such a worrier. They're going to be fine. They chose this family. They know what they're doing," she said. "But the world, I don't know if the world's going to be fine, and so I pray a lot. I cry a lot. I talk to them a lot. I hope a lot. I curse a lot. . . We laugh a lot. It's all about our family unit and time spent together, and much less about external stuff."
However, the amount of time she and her husband, Carey Hart, spend with their kids as hands-on, attached parents is quite the opposite of what her and her brother Jason had as kids.
"[My upbringing was] free range, I guess. My mom worked full time and went to school full time. My dad was an insurance salesman. My brother and I rode bikes to school and played in the woods all day. Lots of rescuing animals, tree climbing, sports, gymnastics. I had a good childhood," she said.
She added, of her relationship with Willow and Jameson: "I believe in affection. I believe in needs being met and faith being implemented, and I believe in letting your kids know they can count on you, and that you'll be there. My parents obviously did not believe in that and I worked out okay. I always tell Willow, 'I'm going to teach you the rules so that you'll know how and when to break them.'"
And Pink's already teaching her kids one of those "rules" that, in her opinion, is meant to be broken: typical gender constructs.
I feel like gender-neutral is in itself a label and I'm label-less. I don't like labels at all so I believe that a woman and a girl can do anything. . . [I believe in] fairness and justice. And I believe that a boy can do anything. So I have boys that flip dirt bags and I have boy friends that wear dresses. It's all okay to me. It's whatever floats your boat. So that's the kind of house that we live in.
So, um . . . when can we move in?