Jada Pinkett-Smith on “Exploiting Her Children”

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“Our children are allowed to stay in the paradigm of being a child, they don’t have to take care of their families, they don’t have to become the breadwinners or become the complete emotional and physical focus that happens to many child stars. Our family structure is a little different and it’s quite hard to comprehend because it is so outside what usually happens in a family, but the paradigm is the same. The jewels you leave behind are the memories of how you love. And for me, that love is tangible through our children.”

She also added:

“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. [Willow] is simply being creative. I’m not worried about her growing up too soon.

You have Mother. You have Father. Father is protective. Mother is the teacher. Most of the time with child stars, the child has all the responsibilities and the mother and father don’t understand what’s actually happening to them, so the child can trust no one.

They feel: “I have to do this all by myself.” And start to connect to people around them who might not be that trustworthy. But with us, the paradigm stays the same because the child can still be the child with an extraordinary gift.

I would say we’re giving her the freedom to express herself through her dress — with boundaries. She can’t wear tight leather pants or a corset. There’s certain areas we just have to ease up on as far as our children are concerned. It’s not about a certain pair of trousers or a certain jacket or if a child wants to shave her head. I mean, hair grows back. There’s a cycle of mine in Hollywood that’s ending now and the birth of another cycle — my daughter’s cycle. I have to be the best I can be for her.”

And there you have it, folks.

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