Will Smith’s progeny benefit from a raising that most kids don’t get to see. Sure, there is the money. But there is also an approach to parenting that is borne from the freedom to explore.
“We don’t do punishment,” Will Smith told Metro last year. “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.”
When Willow Smith caught flak in gossip pages for a photo posted on social media that some interpreted as risqué, her parents told everyone to step off.
“Just don’t pollute something that’s not dirty,” mom Jada Pinkett Smith said.
“I’m not a conventional parent, which I take a lot of pride in,” Jada told Us Magazine.
Now Willow and brother Jaden are speaking for themselves in a joint interview with the New York Times blog. Some of their views and thoughts are certainly unique.
“I can make [time] go slow or fast, however I please,” said Willow, “and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist.”
“It’s proven that how time moves for you depends on where you are in the universe,” adds Jaden. “It’s relative to beings and other places. But on the level of being here on earth, if you are aware in a moment, one second can last a year. And if you are unaware, your whole childhood, your whole life can pass by in six seconds. But it’s also such a thing that you can get lost in.”
Jaden’s existentialist ideas pop up in his creative endeavors, too.
“[Y]our mind has a duality to it. So when one thought goes into your mind, it’s not just one thought, it has to bounce off both hemispheres of the brain. When you’re thinking about something happy, you’re thinking about something sad. When you think about an apple, you also think about the opposite of an apple.”
Willow is unimpressed with writing that is not her own.
“There’re no novels that I like to read,” she said, “so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it’s the best thing.”
There was further talk about prana energy in babies, chemicals, teenage angst, and the inauthenticity of school. You really should go read the whole interview.