Will Smith says his kids aren’t his slaves

By Drum Digital
23 May 2013

Will Smith says he and his wife treat their children as adults.

Actor Will Smith (44) has revealed his and wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s unique parenting style in a recent magazine interview.

The After Earth star has kids Jaden (14) and Willow (12) with wife Jada Pinkett Smith (41) and a son, Trey (20), from a previous relationship. Will insists they never tell their children what to do.

He explained to Haute Living magazine, “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 comes out of slavery – there’s a concept of your children being property and that was a major part Jada and I released with our kids.

“We respect our children the way we would respect any other person. Things like cleaning up their room. You’d never tell a full-grown adult to clean their room, so we don’t tell our kids to clean their rooms.

“We tell our kids, ‘You don’t have a room; that’s our room and we’re letting you borrow it.’

“It’s the same way you’d say to an adult if you let them use your car. You’d say, ‘Yo, man, clean my car! Don’t drive around all filthy like that!’ And it’s perfectly reasonable for you to want an adult to clean your car so we feel it’s perfectly reasonable to ask our kids to clean the rooms we’re letting them use.”

It was recently reported Jaden plans to seek legal emancipation from his parents, but Will insists the statement was misunderstood.

“That was a joke! I made a joke. He’s definitely not going anywhere. He’s so scared of being out on his own. Willow is probably going to be emancipated before Jaden!

“I think I was in Tokyo, Japan, when I joked that if he has a day on which his movie is bigger than one of mine, then there’s no reason for him to live in my house. His 15th birthday is coming up so he can probably be emancipated.”

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