No Punishments
For Jaden & Willow

Will Smith isn't the only member of his famous household who can do whatever he wants. His kids can, too — as long as they are able to explain their choices.

Smith Family

Jada Pinkett Smith lets her husband Will Smith do whatever he wants as long as he can look at himself in the mirror — and that attitude extends toward the couple's two kids, Willow and Jaden.

In an interview with Metro to promote their new joint project After Earth, Will and Jaden talked about the family's discipline plan for the kids — or the lack thereof. Basically, there is no punishment in the Smith household!

"We don't do punishment," Will explained.

"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."

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"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."

Sounds like a teen's dream and a parent's nightmare. So how's that working out for them? Pretty good, surprisingly.

Jaden noted "it works pretty well" and said it has so far helped the 14-year-old avoid the pitfalls of growing up in Hollywood.

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"Other teenagers go to parties and sometimes I be like, 'Why am I here right now?' And most of the time, I just leave right then and there," Jaden said. "Some things I don't like to do, that other teenagers do. Everyone thinks that since you make movies, you go to parties, and I like to party, but not normal teenage parties."

Regardless, he's not getting anything past dear ol' dad. "This is what I’ve realized: No matter what I do or how I do it, he knows 100 percent of what’s going on," Jaden said.

"There’s no point in hiding anything because he knows. Whether he acts on it or not, he knows. I just know that he knows."

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Comments on "Will Smith's no discipline plan for raising kids"

Bonnie May 14, 2013 | 4:37 PM

I was very surprised to read this because I didn't know that Will did this type of parenting. I also don't use punishments on my children and I can't tell you how many people that know them tell me they are the nicest kids. It's refreshing to hear that someone else believes the way I do and also seem to have great kids. Punishments are unnecessary. The child may stop the behavior because of the punishment but that is all, not because it is the right thing to do. Kudos to the Smiths.

hmorrow April 26, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Have to say when I read the entire article it kind of made me say hmm. Sounds to me like their way of parenting has taught the children to stop and think for themselves. I wish to some degree I had had the courage to do it that way with my 2 girls. After all we are suppose to be raising our children to become independent adults. Sounds like Jaden is very thoughtful of his choices. I really do wish both children well.

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