Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith strive to treat their children like independent adults, according to a new interview.
The Smith's have found themselves in the news more often recently due to their more relaxed nature of parenting. The Hollywood couple wants to keep their kids grounded but also raise them to have respect and confidence for themselves, Will told Haute Living.
The pair parent 14-year-old Jaden and 12-year-old Willow.
"My style of parenting is very similar to that of my parents, minus the concept of ownership. I think that, specifically in African American households, the idea coming out of slavery, there's a concept of your children being property and that was a major part that Jada and I released with our kids," Smith said. "We respect our children the way we would respect any other person. Things like cleaning up their room. You would never tell a full-grown adult to clean their room, so we don't tell our kids to clean their rooms."
Instead the After Earth star and his wife tell their children that their room is a space they are borrowing from their parents. Just like you would clean a car you borrow from a friend, they should clean their rooms.
Smith also reiterates the fact that his son Jaden, who costars with his father in After Earth, is not looking to be emancipated. The rumor started from a joke he made in an interview, but the father of two assures fans that it is untrue.
"He is definitely not going anywhere; he is so scared of being out on his own," Smith states.
However, with the way the Smiths are raising their children, it sounds like Jaden will be more than capable of taking care of himself when the time comes.
Culled from ENSTARZ
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