How Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling’s children are encouraged to defy…

How Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling’s children are encouraged to defy “gender-specific” stereotypes

Traditional gender roles, be gone! When it comes to cooking and cleaning around the house, Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling want to teach their children that it takes a “team effort.”

Eva Mendes’ aim to teach her children to challenge gender stereotypes is going swimmingly!

The Other Guys actor, 48, told Forbes on June 2 that she and longtime boyfriend Ryan Gosling, 41, both put in effort around their house to demonstrate to their two daughters—Esmeralda, 7, and Amada, 6—that housework does not belong to Mommy or Daddy only because of preconceptions.

When it comes to duties, Eva noted that she enjoys ensuring that the busy family’s home is kept clean and neat.

“I’m not a neat freak by any means,” she explained, “but I do enjoy having a clean house, especially a clean kitchen and sink.” “I consider it to be a component of my mental health.”

Her kitchen experience, however, comes to a stop there. “I leave it to Ryan,” the actress said, adding that she’s “not a fantastic cook.”

Eva hopes that the family’s inclusive attitude demonstrates to her daughters that “in life, there are no gender-specific responsibilities that we must take on.”

“Not just Ryan and I, but also our children, are partners in this,” she stated. “Every day is a team effort, so if they see him and I swap off doing some tasks that aren’t stereotypically gendered, I believe that just develops balance and harmony.”

While Eva usually keeps quiet about her personal life, this isn’t the first time she’s praised her family’s collaborative ethic.

She told People this month that Ryan, whom she began dating in 2011, was an “amazing cook.”

“I think ‘you cook, I clean’ is a pretty wonderful balance,” she told the site. “And it’s perfect for us.”