Parenting is hard. Parenting a kid to grow up in a world infatuated with gender norms is exceptionally harder. Especially if you have some traits that are traditionally considered aligned with the “other gender.” Pink’s son, Jameson Moon, age 6, ran into this problem when some not-so-considerate peers called him a girl, she recently shared in The Los Angeles Times interview. 

“’Mom, everyone calls me a girl,’ and I’m like, ‘That’s because you have long hair, buddy, and people are still hung up on these really old-fashioned societal norms.'” Then she pulled one of the oldest and most effective parenting tricks from the book — commiserating through a personal anecdote of her own. Kids are always fascinated by those.

“I told him people call me ‘sir’ all the time, especially from behind and especially at airports. And he looked at me and was like, ‘Really?’ I said, ‘Yeah. I don’t care. Call me ‘sir,’ call me whatever, just stay out of my way.’ He liked that.” Pink is well-known for her choppy pixie cut, and her son has longer hair, contributing to society’s out-of-touch confusion about what’s what. 

It worked, she says. “And now he gets called a girl and he just looks at me and winks.”

The irony is Pink the Boss Mom and Artist was scared to be a mom at first, and never thought it would be in the cards for her. In 2006 she told PEOPLE “It’s shocking how responsible I’ve become,” after being terrified she be a “terrible” mother. Now, she’s mom (and hair) goals for us all.