Jada Pinkett Smith has a relaxed attitude when it comes to parenting. The 39-year-old actress – who has two children with hubby Will Smith – believes that giving her kids the freedom to express themselves creatively and to make their own decisions will be beneficial as they grow up.
“I see my children as little people, not necessarily people to control,” she explains. “You’ve got to help them develop and become individuals. You have to find out who they are but enforce boundaries to keep them safe.”
“She’s simply being creative,” says Jada of her 10-year-old songstress daughter, Willow, whose first ever music video went viral within hours of its release. “I’m not worried about her growing up to soon.”
Jada is also mom to 12-year-old Jaden, who starred alongside Jackie Chan 2010’s The Karate Kid remake.
The HawthoRNe star confesses that as she gets older, it’s much easier to put her family before her career: “I’m very clear about what my priority is and that’s my family.”
I used to struggle juggling work and family at the beginning. It’s hard when you change from being single to being married to being a mother. But now I’m turning 40, I’ve found a peaceful compromise. I feel very content.
Recently, Jada opened up about how she and Will run their rule-free household: “We don’t have rules. We come up with agreements. Kids are little people, and we’re in life to guide them. Trying to rule someone is always an illusion, and it’s no different with children.”