In their cover story for PEOPLE’s Beautiful Issue, the mother-daughter duo (who were shot alongside Hudson’s 18-month-old daughter Rani Rose, before the coronavirus lockdown went into effect) discuss what they’ve learned from each other along their respective parenting journeys.
“I’m more lenient, like way more lenient,” says Hawn, 74, while Hudson chimes in, “I’m so strict.”
“She’s Attila the Hun,” jokes Hawn, laughing.
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She also agrees with her daughter that Hudson is the “more structured” parent and jokingly compared Hudson’s parenting style to her approach to shoes: “You draw your roadmaps very firmly.”
“Listen, our children are our greatest teachers. And you should be, as a parent, available to learn, because you don’t know everything,” Hawn adds, telling her daughter that her kids are “not you. And you’re not me. And that is the one thing that we have to remember.”
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“The best advice” about motherhood that Hawn ever gave her daughter, Hudson recalls, is when the Almost Famous actress was pregnant with Ryder and wondered why she felt “so sad.”
“Mom’s like, ‘Because the second they leave your body, they don’t belong to you anymore.’ I think that was the most powerful thing you’ve ever said to me,” she tells Hawn.
“It’s learning to let go. I think a lot of mothers, particularly with their girls, feel helpless when you don’t think you’re needed anymore. … It’s just a phase,” Hawn adds. “There’s an individuation and then there’s a period of time when we come back together again.”
For more from Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.