Will Smith refuses to punish out-of-control kids

Will Smith refuses to punish his kids. The actor’s two youngest children – Willow, 12, and Jaden, 14 – with his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, followed in his footsteps to stardom and Will says they have complete control over their own lives despite their young age. Last year Willow posted a photo of herself with a tongue piercing as well as a picture of herself dancing with a Vegas stripper pole, while Jaden has publicly admitted he routinely brings girls into his bedroom and locks the door, despite his mother’s disapproval. He also tried to get into a nightclub with Justin Bieber but was turned away. Will told Britain’s Metro, “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.” ~Sarah Dos Santos

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  1. Tack • April 26, 2013 @ 10:52 AM

    Ok Grandpa Willy, lets see how you react when several pregnant girls show up at your door. My money says you will put the blame soley on them and claim they are all after your money. BAD BAD parent!

  2. Culver • April 26, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

    translation: we are rich and successful, we don’t care about your rules, we know better than you poor folks.

    Geez he almost sounds proud that his son ‘has done things’

    I’m glad I don’t spend money on Will Smith movies anymore. Just my small contribution to reclaiming sanity in this f-ed up world.

  3. Lou • April 27, 2013 @ 3:37 PM

    I find it amusing and chilling that the worst thing Americans fear is pregnancy. Not drugs (I am not talking about marijuana which should be legalized), not drinking and driving, not violence, but pregnancy.
    That is as sad a commentary on the sex-negative prudish part of American society as it is on the Smiths’ decisions. I am not a huge fan of theirs (or of kids, truth be told), but if the WORST thing that happens to your son is he gets a girl pregnant out of an act of consensual sex, not rape, coercion or deception, then you should get down on your knees and thank whatever god you believe in that this is all that happened. Abortions are legal in your country (for now, unless sex-negative Rethuglicans take power), and so is adoption, and even (horrors!) legal abandonment of babies (by mothers only; that is their free pass whereas men do not get that option—this is what feminists call “equality”), so again, if no life-threatening disease is spread, and nobody dies or gets beaten, etc etc., then I say let kids make up their own minds.
    I feel they are being too lax, but they’re not MY kids and as long as they stay peaceful (note I did not say “law abiding” because your country has some ridiculous “laws”), then more power to them.
    As to the open marriage? All Jada has said is “divorce is not an option”, so she HAS to “standby her man”. Do I believe either has been “unfaithful” or has had the occasional sexual dalliance? I honestly don’t know. Again, not my business, but theirs. Monogamy is not natural and to acknowledge that take guts and courage rarely displayed in your country.
    So whereas I may not agree with everything they are doing, as long as nobody gets hurt, leave them alone and let them raise their children how they see fit.

  4. Debbie Magnin • April 28, 2013 @ 6:27 PM

    will this is such a disappointing attitude no wonder kids are such monsters these days. it is parenting like this, that makes hoodlums out of the kids.

  5. Scoobydoo • May 2, 2013 @ 3:19 PM

    What’s that saying? “Spare the rod, spoil the child?” With this much freedom and lack of discipline, things are bound to go south quickly.

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