“The thing about parenting is you never know if anything you’re doing is working,” says Pink, renowned singer and mum-of-two. We can't help but relate.
In a recent interview with People, the Grammy Award winner opened up about life as a mum and her insecurities raising her six-year-old daughter Willow and one-year-old son Jameson.
“That’s been the most humbling thing for me," the 38-year-old admitted, "In my head, I sound amazing and then I turn around and her eyes are completely glazed over. I have no idea. We’ll see.”
“I have so many worries and fears as a parent. I’m such a worrier," the performer revealed. However, Pink says she is sure her children will be okay going into a future that can, at times, feel uncertain.
"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.”
Her own upbringing was slightly different from that of her kids', with the 'Raise Your Glass' singer labelling it as 'free-range, I guess'.
“My mom worked full time and went to school full time," she recalled, "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.”
As for raising her own children, Pink and her husband Carey Hart have departed from her parents' style. They are all about fostering a sense of closeness:
“Yeah, 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.’ ”
Speaking of rules, the American songwriter believes in breaking them when it comes to the boundaries related to gender.
“Absolutely," she said, "[But] 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.”
The mum later added, "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.”
Most importantly, the family of four enjoys being together, and that's what matters.
“We laugh a lot," Pink said, "It’s all about our family unit and time spent together, and much less about external stuff.”