How Jada Pinkett Smith Keeps Kids On Right Path

08/28/2008 at 02:00 PM ET
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With her children starring in box office hits and growing up with two famous parents, Jada Pinkett Smith is determined to not let the Hollywood scene lead her kids down the wrong path. Admitting she probably would not have survived as a young celebrity herself, Jada claims that "it would blow your mind" to know "the things I have to talk to my children about at such a young age."

As the hip-hop industry becomes more influential and movie roles continue to stereotype women, Jada wants to ensure families aren’t swayed by these messages — especially young boys. She explains, "I think as mothers, with the music and the media out there, we really have to sit our boys down and tell them, ‘That is not okay.’" When it comes to 7-year-old Willow Camille Reign, the 36-year-old mom admits to having "to constantly reassure my daughter that she is beautiful." As for her boys — Jaden Christopher Syre, 10, and Trey, 15 (whose mom is Will’s ex-wife Sheree) — they too need to be aware of the right way to treat women as Jada spends time "to teach my sons a different thought process when it comes to how they view women." Luckily for Jada, her husband Will Smith — who she calls a definite feminist — supports her completely with Jada saying, "Will really values the feminine."

Common as it is these days to see two parents working in the household, Jada thinks that it is important for kids to realize that their parents share responsibilities outside the home — a message that her children have already learned. Says Jada,

It’s funny because I remember telling my kids, ‘Mommy isn’t going to be doing any more movies this year.’ You know what they said? ‘But how are we going to pay the bills?’ It was cute, but more important, they see a household where both parents contribute.

Jada’s new movie The Women is set for release on September 12th.

Source: Capitol File Magazine

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Heather on

Jada Pinkett rocks!

hanna on

Jada is amazing. I’ll read or watch an interview with her any time. Will is a lucky guy.

Sasha, USA on

rock on Jada!

Amanda on

What a lovely family. 🙂

dsmom on

I LOVE Jada! What an amazing woman! Will is a lucky man!



Stephany on

This is such a great interview! Jada is such a well-spoken and beautiful lady. I love her!

Sabina on

I take it Jada doesn’t let the kids watch reruns of Fresh Prince then! Bless Will Smith, I love him, and this bears no reflection on his family at all, but in Fresh Prince women were outrageously stereotyped and Will was sexist towards 90% of them.

Rebecca on

I agree with everything that Jada said except the comment about “where both parents contribute.” I’m sorry, but unless one is sitting on their butts, playing video games while the kids are in day care, both parents contribute. Stay at home parents are very important, I really wish that people would stop devaluing them.

SJ on

Trey isn’t he son. She acts like he doesn’t have a mom whose right there raising him teaching him those things about women & it’s all her.

Meaghan on

For some people it’s financially irresponsible for both parents to work. I don’t even want to think about how much money I would end up bringing home at the end of day after I paid for my 4 kids to be in day care for ten hours a day. I respect both the stay at home and working mother. I have been both and maybe I’ll go back when they’re all in school but maybe I won’t. I’m happy right now. I don’t think it’s worth it for my own personal situation. I certainly do my fair share.

jen on

And it’s not like I didn’t already admire her.

jennsuzhoy on

@Rebecca + Meaghan – I don’t think anything in this article devalues the stay-at-home mom. She is simply using her life as an example of how both parents need to contribute to make a family function. In their case, she works outside the home. In your case, you work inside the home. The point was more that she recognized her kids see her responsibilities have equal weight to her husband’s.

Jay on

Love reading about this family. Off topic…I hope Jada divulges her secret for staying fit. Her body is sick!!

Meaghan on

@jennsuzhoy – I don’t believe the article is against stay at home mom’s either. I just get a little picky about her statement both parents contributing because the context before was of a financial aspect. I do everything I can do with 4 under 5. I’m sure that’s a universal feeling. Whether you work, stay at home, or a combination of both.

tanya on

I love will smith i wish he was my man and those were my kids Rock on will smith

Pia Hughes on

Excellent exhibit of what a strong family should be or aspire to be regardless of race or financial class. This family has withstood the Hollywood lifestyle and managed to keep their “brood” humble. They set a prime example on how to make a blended family work (in terms of making Tre (Will’s eldest son) feel comfortable and having a solid relationship with his mother). It takes a village to raise kids in this world we live in. Kudos to the Smith’s

patricia on

I enjoy Jada, she made the first movie she did a hit!
She’s a positive person and mom. I’m happy for her.I only
wish them all (the Smith’s)
the best and God Bless Them!

i think on

Sabina: I think watching FP is okay so long as she talks w the kids afterwards. Plus Will didnt control the types of ladies he dated.

Rebecaa: Jada didnt devalue non workin parents. Perhaps your sensitive on the topic but that isnt what Jada meant.

Jay: Jada is naturally thin. Even when she was pregnant she only gained weight in her belly(think Nic Kidman), her breasts, her arms, her legs didnt swell.

Love Jada!

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