Raising boys vs. girls doesn’t have to be so black and white, according to countless non-binary people, and most recently, actress Kate Hudson. 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. But how, exactly? Turns out it’s not that complicated.
Hudson, who has sons Ryder, 15, and Bingham, 7, gave birth to her first daughter, Rani Rose, in October with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa.
When asked how having a girl compares to having boys, the 39-year-old told AOL, “It doesn’t really change my approach, but there’s definitely a difference. I think you just raise your kids individually regardless – like a genderless [approach].”
And while Hudson said that Rani is currently “incredibly feminine in her energy, her sounds, and her way,” she and Fujikawa still aren’t sure what “[Rani is] going to identify as” and want to give her the space to explore that.
A genderless approach to parenting is becoming increasingly common. More and more parents are raising their kids to be more gender-neutral by encouraging girls to play with toys traditionally meant for boys, for example, or letting their kids pick their own clothes.
“A major pro to raising a gender-neutral baby is that you will be allowing your child to develop without the artificially created limitations that society has placed around gender,” Israel Martinez, a licensed clinical social worker, told Parents.com.
Despite remaining gender-neutral with Rani, the Fabletics founder (who says she was a tomboy herself growing up with two brothers) admitted in the interview that having a daughter does have some perks. “It’s very different from the boys, and it’s really fun to actually want to buy kids’ clothes. With the boys, it was just like onesies… But with [Rani] it’s a whole other ball game.”