By peoplestaff225
Updated September 17, 2008 06:30 PM

When she was a child, Kate Hudson says mom Goldie Hawn dissuaded her from pursuing a career in acting. Although she’s been successful, winning a Golden Globe for her role in Almost Famous, Kate says she intends to pass along similar advice to her own son Ryder Russell, 4 ½ — at least while he is young. "I wouldn’t want Ryder to be a child actor," the 29-year-old actress said Monday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. "He might be interested in the arts, but for me personally, I don’t think it’s a good thing to … put your children into [acting] at too young of an age."

That’s not to say that she won’t change her mind, for Kate admitted to Jay that she couldn’t have been more wrong about her parenting style. While pregnant with Ryder, Kate described herself as an earth mama in the making — but motherhood in reality has proven to be far different than motherhood in the abstract.

Ryder is the only child for Kate and ex-husband Chris Robinson.