Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have a way kewl and modern approach to parenting Willow & Jaden: treat them like adults! They may end up with a completely warped view of reality and might even want to emancipate themselves prior to reaching legal age, but, by golly, won’t you be smiled upon in the parenting community!
From Haute Living (what is this? I can’t):
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. Actually, we tell our kids ‘you don’t have a room, that’s our room and we are letting you borrow it.’ So the same way you would say to an adult if you let them use car, you 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 that we are letting them use.
Alright, that I can get down with. However, there are going to be times your 14-year-old gives you shit because they don’t feel like doing what you’ve asked them to do and they don’t give you the same respect you give them, and that’s when you have to lay down the law. But Will’s laying it down in a different way: by totally embarrassing Jaden over those emancipation rumours.
Yeah, that was a joke! I made a joke. He is definitely not going anywhere; he is so scared of being out on his own. Willow is probably going to be emancipated before Jaden! I think I was in Tokyo where I made a joke that if he has a day where 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.
I don’t really get the joke, but whatevs. This whole family is meant to come off as so likeable and together, but there’s something just bizarre of them. You know, besides their massively inflated egos and the weird marriage shit.
May 23, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Jaden Smith is at that age when he’s ready to lay it on a Kardashian, but his dad Will Smith is trying to get him to hit the breaks on his teen romance because having a girlfriend can be the pits. Will should know – he married Jada and now they’re stuck together by the sheer force of their own denial at what a sham their relationship is. Break free from the chains, young Jaden! Emancipate yourself before it’s too late!
From E Online:
“Probably the best advice he’s ever given me is, ‘Don’t have a girlfriend,’” Jaden revealed. “The stress is real.”
A laughing Will clarified that his advice against being in a relationship is “for now.”
“At this point, I just want him to establish his dreams, establish his desires,” the actor said. “Find out who he is. And blending with another person is very difficult, and a lot of times you can lose yourself in that process. So my encouragement to him is to be honest with anybody that he interacts with. Don’t make commitments that a 14-year-old can’t live up to.”
I have to agree with Will on this one. Jaden’s 14 – why in the hell does he need a girlfriend? I know times have changed since I was 14 and he’s also in Hollywood, which is a whole other kettle of fish, but seriously, I was still playing with dolls at 14, I think. Just doing their hair and outfits, of course. WHATEVER, don’t judge me!!
May 22, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Will Smith and Jada have an approach to parenting that is different from most. In that they don’t really parent. I say this because parenting requires setting boundaries with your children and punishing them when necessary. Unless you’re Will Smith’s kids in which, WHEEEEE! Here’s his parenting philosophy (via Radaronline):
We generally don’t believe in punishment. From the time Jaden was five or six, we would sit him down, and all he has to do is be able to explain why what he did was the right thing for his life. I think it’s a much more difficult question to ask someone —’Why was that right?’ — than to try to show them why it was wrong. Nobody wants to be wrong, all parts of yourself fight like crazy to not be wrong. So I’ll say to Jaden, ‘Why was that the right thing to do for your life?’ and if he can explain why kicking his sister in the chest was the right thing to do, we can see to it that he understands that it wasn’t so smart.
LOL 5 YEAR-OLDS DO NOT HAVE THAT KIND OF RATIONAL THOUGHT, THAT’S WHY THEY’RE 5 AND THAT’S WHY YOU’RE AN ADULT. Oh my God. No wonder his kid, Jaden, thinks he can handle life on his own at the upcoming age of 15:
He says, ‘Dad, I want to be emancipated.’ I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place, like ‘Ooh.’ That’s the backlash. On the other side, if kids just want to have command of their lives, I understand.
What? What are you even talking about?
God I can’t stand this family. Their kids were given everything on a silver platter. They didn’t have to do a damn thing to get careers and major acting roles and record deals. They did zero things but exist. Jaden sat down and chatted with the mother effing President of the United States. Do you think he even realizes that this is not a normal childhood experience? I hope they know how lucky they are.
Go ahead, come at me. I’m not budging on this one.
May 14, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Jaden Smith is a 14-year-old child star equipped with a molester mustache and a Jenner (NOT Kardashian, thankyouverymuch) girlfriend, so we can’t expect much sense to come out of his mouth. If you keep your expectations reasonably low, then his new interview with Wonderland won’t let you down. You see, Jaden’s worn his DVD of Men In Black out and has convinced himself that aliens are real – and that Obama is in on the cover up.
“I like aliens!” he says. “I think aliens are really cool, because they exist.” He’s got proof. On a trip to the White House with his dad (Men In Black superstar) Will, mother Jada and sister Willow, he found himself in the President’s Situation Room.
“I talked to President Obama about extraterrestrials. He said he could neither confirm nor deny the existence of aliens, which means they’re real. If people think we’re the only people that live in this universe, then something is wrong with them.”
Uh, okay. Jaden also blew a load of hot air up his own ass by talking about his upcoming mixtape which will apparently change hip hop, and of course his fashion line, which he’s sure is going to revolutionise the fashion world and comfort misfits – which he is, according to… himself – around the world.
Before saving the world, he’s got a spring line to launch. MSFtS (pronounced Misfits) is the label Jaden set up with Moises and Mateo Arias, with the designs inspired by their skating.
“It’s kind of just black on black. We all really like black, so almost everything in the line is black. Some would call it street goth. I would say it’s a fashion-forward street brand.
“I want it to be as big as possible, an all over the world thing. Because everybody can be a misfit. It’s not just a clique. People ask me if they can be misfits all the time. But everybody is a misfit.” Why’s everybody a misfit? I ask.
“I mean, they’re a misfit because they’re different. You’d have to ask them.” Do you ever feel like a misfit?
There’s a long silence.
“Every. Single. Second of my existence,” he sighs.
In what ways are you a misfit? “I’m always not following the rules, breaking stuff, running all over the place, trying to kickflip, like, just crazy things. You’d have to hang out with me for a day to see.”
Oh man, someone shut this kid up. I guess I can’t expect much else from Justin Bieber‘s best friend (why is a 19-year-old hanging out with a 14-year-old?) but he needs to step off his high horse, and quickly.
April 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Kylie Jenner is only 14 – an age at which I was still playing with dolls (I liked doing their hair and I was a late bloomer, OKAY?) – but she’s apparently in a relationship with Will Smith‘s son, Jaden Smith. The pair were spotted going to lunch in London over the weekend, making me wonder if they were two of the underage kids turned away from Justin Bieber‘s circus party.
From US Weekly:
Jaden Smith has been keeping up with Kylie Jenner! The 14-year-old Karate Kid actor recently began romancing the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal. “They’re dating,” says a source. “It’s new, but they’ve been friends forever.”
The young stars were most recently spotted together on a lunch date at Caffe Nero in London’s famous Piccadilly Square on Sunday, March 3. Jaden — who next appears in the movie After Earth, opposite his famous dad Will Smith — was in town to celebrate his pal Justin Bieber’s 19th birthday.
I don’t have any commentary on this. It’s just… whatever.
March 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Oh snap, you guys. If this is true, fuck … I’ll be so disappointed in the Fresh Prince that I won’t be able to watch reruns at 2 AM anymore when I’m having fits of insomnia and the desire for shitty takeout Chinese food and that? Is bad.
According to author Terry McMillan, Will and wife Jada are pushing their kids to succeed in the entertainment field in order to capitalize off of their fame, because apparently they don’t have enough money or something. McMillan took to her Twitter earlier in the week saying: