When I have kids, please remind me not to buy any parenting books that the Smith family may have published, because according to Jada Pinkett Smith, you shouldn't discipline your children ... you should create agreements. Oh right, easy for her to say. She's not the one who deals with the pre-teen temper tantrums -- the nanny is.
Boy, I feel bad for that nanny. Smith tells Style magazine:
We don’t have rules. We come up with agreements. Kids are little people, and we’re in life to guide them. Trying to rule someone is always an illusion, and it’s no different with children.
Actually, there is a big difference ...
Children need discipline, especially at that age. Responsibility and overall appropriate behavior don't just come to someone naturally. If you don't enforce rules, you wind up with a bunch of spoiled heathens running around (and seriously, Willow and Jayden are too friggin' adorable -- I really don't want to believe they are like that).
But sure, when you have an unlimited amount of money, you probably don't often have to say, No you can't have that bracelet. Because I said so and when you have a huge mansion, I'm sure you rarely have to scream, No running in the house!
The Smiths have always had an untraditional view of things (she and hubby Will have an open relationship), which isn't always a bad thing if that suits your household. But by not enforcing rules upon your children, that means they probably act like brats in public, and suddenly, your untraditional way of doing things is pissing off affecting others from the kids' tutor to the other customers in the store.
Every parent has the right to discipline their children the way they see fit. And hey, maybe negotiating with a 10-year-old works for her (if that's the case, she's one helluva mature 10-year-old). But I couldn't see that flying anywhere else other than Hollywood.
What do you think of Jada Pinkett's way of parenting?
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