Like many parents, Pink has laid down the law when it comes to whether or not her kids can have a phone.
The Grammy-winning superstar says she won’t let her daughter Willow, 10, have one.
“There’s a light side and a shadow side to technology in general for adults, as well,” she told TODAY’s Carson Daly. “For kids, I’m not there yet. I have a 10-year-old who does not have a phone, although she pointed out to me yesterday, ‘You know most of the kids in my class, fifth grade, have a phone.’ That doesn’t move my needle. I don’t care.”
Pink, who is also mom to son Jameson, 5, says she’s not entirely against technology when it comes to her kids.
“We can’t be dinosaurs ourselves as parents, we have to sort of embrace it and go with it,” she said.
Nowhere is that clearer than in her collaboration with the meditation and wellness app Calm, for which she has recorded a trio of bedtime stories, available Wednesday.
While Pink has carved out a career as a rock star who seemingly never runs out of energy, it’s a different story at home when she’s trying to get her kids to wind down.
“There’s this whole other side of me that people don’t see, Carson,” she said. “No, our bedtime routine is sumo wrestling, so I totally understand why you would feel that way about me.”
Pink says working with Calm was a natural fit.
“I’ve been using Calm for years and that’s how I fall asleep, so when I heard they were doing a Calm Kids, I was like, ‘I want to do that. I want to read stories to kids,’” she said. “And so I tested out my stories on Jameson and he requests them now.”
Carson certainly can appreciate the effort it takes to get a child into bed. He says his son Jackson, 12, is often wired from being on his phone.
“Jackson’s on TikTok and I’m like, ‘Bro, please. It’s getting late. Your brain’s firing right now. I need your brain to go the other way.’ I sort of love this Calm for kids idea because it’s just so realistic, and hopefully they’re winding down and listening and getting lost in these imaginative stories that’s read by you,” he said.
Pink says this use of technology serves a necessary function for kids.
"If you want to listen to a story at night that fires your imagination gets you in your body and helps you drift off to sleep while not being afraid of the dark, well, not feeling alone, great," she said. "One hundred percent, I’m all about it."
Pink is used to jumping into the recording studio to churn out hit albums, while her new venture marks a departure from that.
“The whole thing was just about slowing down,” she said. “But it does start to feel pretty ridiculous at the end because you get to a certain part of the story, and they’re like, ‘OK, now imagine the child is asleep.’ So nothing can be too inflected or too exciting.”
While she may be moonlighting with Calm at night, Pink is anxious to resume her day job by performing in concert. She hasn’t toured in three years due to the pandemic.
“I’m going on tour. I gotta get out of my house. I gotta get out of here,” she said. “I miss my family, my tour family. I miss people. I’m ready to go.”