Emily Ratajkowski Is Enjoying Life as a Single Mom and Raising Her Son, Sly, Without Gender Stereotypes

Famous model Emily Ratajkowski is successfully balancing her career with raising a child. Now, after her divorce, she’s a single mother and she’s doing great. Emily has a special approach to raising her baby, and she shares the details of her son growing up on social media.

Emily married Sebastian Bear-McClard in 2018, a few weeks after the start of their relationship. Two years later, the couple announced that they were having a baby. When Sly was born, Emily was very happy, but she filed for divorce in March 2022 due to conflicting interests with her husband.

When Emily was pregnant, someone asked her whether she wanted a boy or a girl. Her answer was that she preferred not to know until the child was 18 years old since then they will know and tell the parents their gender. Despite these progressive views, Emily was relieved when she found out that she was having a boy.

The model believes that men have it much easier in this world. They have a certain amount of power and they actively use it. So when Sylvester “Sly” Apollo was born, Emily decided that she would make every effort to ensure that he learns compassion and a responsible attitude toward life. The boy will have to learn to recognize and feel gratitude for all the benefits and privileges he was given at birth.

Women have a much harder time because we’re taught that the way that we look is currency.

Motherhood has changed Ratajkowski’s priorities forever. According to her, there’s only one priority now, and that’s Sly. When she found out she was expecting, she felt helpless, but then, instead of fear, came peace and confidence that she could handle everything. Emily worked very hard to spend plenty of time with her son, breastfeeding him every 2-3 hours, combining parenting with her career. Sylvester brought her so much joy and magic that she had never even dreamed of before.

Emily believes that some genderlessness is inherent in every child, which is why she’s raising Sly outside of gender stereotypes. That’s all because, according to her observations, people tend to be rougher with boys — bouncing them up high in the air, for example. And Ratajkowski, as a mother, doesn’t want to see that kind of behavior aimed at her child. She once even said that her son will not play football, as she’s afraid of the injuries he might suffer in training.

Sly loves playing with toy cars, but Emily wants to make sure her son grows up in gender harmony, so she buys him dolls and tea sets. All so that Sylvester can develop the correct understanding of women. She points out that, of course, at one year old, a boy can go crazy about everything that has wheels. But Ratajkowski needs to make sure that this is not his only passion so that he has a well-rounded development.

Emily periodically discusses with her friends what it means to be a single mom. The model speaks candidly about all her thoughts about Sly and how she tries to do everything she can to make sure he grows up to be a decent person. Her friend, Julia Fox, who is also raising a son, was able to sum up in one sentence what it’s like to be raising a man.

It’s hard as a single mom raising a son, you just don’t want them to end up like every single guy you’ve ever met, you know.

Emily pays no attention to what others think of her and does everything for her little family. She’s decided that Sly needs an example of a happy woman in front of him — his mom. And even if that seems selfish to some, Ratajkowski doesn’t care. She’s growing as a model and has written a book — a collection of essays about what it’s like to be a woman and a mother.

Emily makes no secret of the fact that she wants more children in the future, but for now, it’s important for her to bring up Sly in the best way possible. Emily has thoughts of having a daughter but realizes that she has many important issues to deal with, as well as having to learn to raise children without instilling in them toxic attitudes about male authority and female beauty.

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We can only be happy for Emily and her boy Sly. It’s still hard to say how much a person’s behavior depends on whether they’ve been playing with boys’ or girls’ toys. But there’s no doubt that the mom will do her best to make sure her son grows up to be a wonderful person.

What do you think about raising children outside of gender stereotypes?

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