Monday, April 22, 2013

Parenting 101: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Don't Punish Their Kids

While doing press for his and son Jaden Smith's upcoming film After Earth Will Smith gave us another dose of how he and Jada Pinkett Smith let their kids do whatever they want parent their children. This go around the topic is punishment which he and Jada "don't do".

"We don’t do punishment. The way that we deal with our kids is, they are responsible for their lives. Our concept is, as young as possible, give them as much control over their lives as possible and the concept of punishment, our experience has been — it has a little too much of a negative quality. So when they do things — and you know, Jaden, he’s done things — you can do anything you want as long as you can explain to me why that was the right thing to do for your life."

I believe that people should never tell other people how to raise their kids and with that said I'm going to keep my thoughts and speculations to myself on this one...but y'all feel free to express yours.

Anywho, the interview with Metro Newspaper was pretty good. Check out some other topics of choice.

On Jada's Facebook rants:

W: Oh, Mommy be going in!
J: My mom goes in on Facebook! She goes in!
Is she aware other people can read what she writes?
[Both laugh loudly]
J: She’ll be like—
W: She’ll call a family meeting.
Will + Jaden: [Doing Jada impression] “I’m posting this on Facebook!”
J: [continuing impression] “I don’t care what people say. If we get hit for this, this is what the truth of the world is.’”Uh, okkkkay mom. She’ll be on the phone with a manager, “I don’t care what they said, I’m posting this on Facebook.” I think she should write a book.
W: Jada is very serious and opinionated and she loves Facebook because it’s the only place she’s ever had where she’s felt like all of her can be received. She’s struggled her whole life where only a part of her is OK.

 But Will wasn't so quick to address the rumors of their having an open marriage.

In her posts, she can take a generality and break it down into a truth. She posted recently about you having a “grown relationship.”
W: A “grown relationship.” [Looks down]
Anything to add?
W: She put some serious, hardcore truth out there. [Pauses] And I think, the five minutes we have left, aren’t gonna be enough to cover it. [Laughs]


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