Will Smith: My kids aren’t maids

Will Smith doesn’t tell his children Willow, 12, and Jaden, 14, to clean their bedroom because he doesn’t want them to feel like servants.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith don’t tell their children to clean their bedrooms.

The 44-year-old has daughter Willow, 12, and son Jaden, 14, with his 41-year-old actress spouse.

The famous parents admit to having a unique attitude towards bringing up their celebrity kids.

Will confessed he gives his youngsters more freedom because he doesn’t want them to feel like slaves.

“My style of parenting is very similar to that of my parents, minus the concept of ownership,” he told Haute Living magazine. “I think that, specifically in African American households, the idea coming out of slavery, there’s a concept of your children being property and that was a major part that Jada and I released with our kids. We respect our children the way we would respect any other person. Things like cleaning up their room. You would never tell a full-grown adult to clean their room, so we don’t tell our kids to clean their rooms.”

Will does not allow his children to get off scot-free.

He has learned to teach Willow and Jaden they are taking care of their parents’ property, which they do not own.

“We tell our kids ‘you don’t have a room, that’s our room and we are letting you borrow it,’” he explained. "So the same way you would say to an adult if you let them use your car, you say, ‘Yo man, clean my car! Don’t drive around all filthy like that!’

“And it’s perfectly reasonable for you to want an adult to clean your car, so we feel it’s perfectly reasonable to ask our kids to clean the rooms that we are letting them use."

Will also has adult son Trey, 20, from a previous relationship.
Copyright: Cover Media 2013

Wednesday, 22. May 2013