Those who follow the Smith family know that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have some unusual parenting philosophies. And they are also extremely frank with fans about how they raised their kids, Willow and Jaden Smith.
In 2016, Will told a funny story during his visit The Tonight Show – and it was about how Jaden completely fooled him when it came to drinking at just 18. Here’s what happened.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have relaxed rules for their children
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Will and Jada are not typical parents. While it’s common for parents to have some sort of punishment in place for when their kids misbehave, the Smiths never had it. Will and Jada also tried to create an equal environment full of mutual respect between them and their two children.
“We don’t punish,” Will explained to E! News. “The way we treat our children is that they are responsible for their lives. Our concept is, as young as possible, to give them as much control over their lives as possible and the concept of punishment, our experience was – it has a bit too negative quality. “
Not only that, but Will and Jada also allow Willow and Jaden to express themselves freely. They have always allowed their children to make their own choices in terms of style, hair and art.
However, this all comes at a cost. Many have criticized the way Will and Jada are parents, as they believe it leads to feelings of entitlement.
Will explained when his son, Jaden Smith, tricked him
Despite the lax rules in the Smith household, it seems Jaden is still doing some tricks. Will continued The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in 2016, and talked about the time Jaden wanted to go to London to celebrate her 18th birthday. Initially, Will was on board.
“So he said, ‘Guys, it’s before my birthday, I’m going to do promotion in London. Everyone should come to London, and we’ll celebrate my birthday there,'” Will explained to Fallon. “And I thought, wow, that’s great.… He’s really good. He wanted his family with him, and Calvin Harris was performing, we went to the show.”
Will then explained that everything took a turn when we got to a restaurant. “And then we go to a restaurant and Jaden is particularly excited,” he continues. “We sit in the restaurant and he looks at the waiter and says, ‘I’ll have a tequila.’ And I said, woah, woah, man. Support. What are you doing? And he says,” The drinking age is 18 in England, dad. “”
Will and Jada don’t seem like big drinkers
Will was shocked that Jaden apparently plotted to get himself a drink when he was under 21. And it might be even more surprising given her and Jada’s relationship with alcohol. When Will was gaining notoriety as a movie star, he stopped drinking completely.
“I haven’t been drinking in over a decade. You know, during my rise as a movie star I was, like, wildly disciplined,” explained Will.
Jada also said the addiction is in her family. “Alcoholism and drug addiction run through my family and I had my addiction that I had to overcome,” she said. Red Table Talk, according to Fox News. “It just made me realize that really great people get carried away.”
Jaden is now 22, so he can certainly drink alcohol if he wishes. And given the philosophy of Jada and Will’s parents, we doubt they have many rules on consumption in their family. But we get the feeling that Jaden doesn’t like the idea of drinking as much as he was at 18, as he has a lot of artistic collaborations and projects to work on.
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