For the past two years, Willow and Jaden Smith have been on a roll. Not only has 12-year-old Jaden starred in critically films like The Karate Kid and The Pursuit of Happiness, but he’s also been seen rocking the stage, performing with Justin Bieber and Usher at the Grammys.
While Jaden’s been blowing up Hollywood, his little sister has been staging a take-over of the music biz. Last year Willow burst onto the scene with her infectious hit, “Whip My Hair,” and she’s poised to reign over the music and film world, with a rumored Annie remake in the works.
But for all of their successes many have had a lot to say about Willow and Jaden’s manners. Some have called them arrogant and questioned whether or not they should be in the spotlight, while others feel they are just too grown for their own good.
Despite what side of the debate you fall on, their famous mama, Jada Pinket Smith, isn’t worried one bit.
In an interview with Closer Magazine, Jada dished about her parenting style and why she allows her children to embrace what their mama (and daddy) gave them.
“I see my children as little people, not necessarily people to control. 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.”
When asked whether or not Willow was a bit too manish, Jada countered, “She’s simply being creative. I’m not worried about her growing up too soon.”
I wonder how many Black children are given the space and room to thrive creatively. Perhaps if more were allowed to express their individuality in a loving and supportive environment—like Willow and Jaden—we wouldn’t see so many get caught up in the system.
In any case, If Jada isn’t worried about her kids being too grown, then neither am I.