Jada Pinkett Smith's Son Wants to Give His Parents the Heave-Ho -- Like, for Real

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jaden smithWill and Jada Pinkett Smith have gone out of their way to raise two kids who feel confident expressing themselves. But are they prepared to hear everything their kids have to express? Their son just announced what he wants for his 15th birthday: Jaden wants to be emancipated from his parents.

Will Smith describes it as the backlash. "I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really want to have his own place, like ooh," Will told The Sun. He understands how kids want "command" of their lives. But ... at 15? Isn't that so very young for a kid to be living on their own?

Of course you want to raise your kids to be independent young people. And it's to Will and Jada's credit that Jaden feels ready to strike out on his own at such a young age. There's a difference between thinking you're ready to live on your own and actually being ready to live on your own. Most teens are constantly pushing for more and more independence. But when they're not pushing for that, they're actually crying out for more security and guidance in some subtle and not-too-subtle ways.

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Will thinks this may be about father-son rivalry. "It's very similar for Jaden and me -- your father's the biggest movie star in the world, and you're struggling for your little piece of dignity in this extreme shadow." But aren't there other ways to support your kids in carving out their own identities besides letting them move out?

Only Will and Jada and Jaden can decide if he's truly ready to strike out on his own. But if I were them, I wouldn't take Jaden's request at face value.

Do you think 15 is too young for any teen to live on their own, or are some kids just more mature?


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Serab... Serabelle

A court would have to declare him emancipated, which is not easy to do. He'd have to show that he is capable of financially supporting himself while finishing his basic education. And usually there has to be some sort of mistreatment by the parents. Either abuse, neglect, or they are helping themselves to his Monet a la micoley caulken... Legal emancipation is no joke. They may chose to let him move into his own place, but that's not the same. They are still legally responsible for him. Emancipation means all legal ties are separated, they are basically a legal adult that can't vote or buy cigarettes or porn.

nonmember avatar Dawn

The biggest movie star in the world? Competition between a father and son? The people are idiots.

Rachelle Miller

This is when you take the cost of a place that Jaden picks out, the cost of utilities, food and other essenitals and take that amount of money from him each month to show him the cost of living on his own, then you make him prepare his own food, clean the house (in this case probably not the whole house) then on top of the essential costs, he will see his bank account drained and then he will realize he can't take care of himself yet.

Most kids get to that age where they think they can take care of themselves but thats because they don't understand the real stress and cost and responsibility it takes to take care of yourself.


cassi... cassie_kellison

What 15 year old DOESNT want to live away from their parents?

Pat Craden Brown

He's a teenager and thinks he can live on his own, Don't give in!!!!!

kisse... kisses5050

I was emancipated at 15. Not because of any abuse or mistreatment. My parents and family were awesome. I went to university young.It was easier for my parents to emancipate me so that I could sign leases and take care of legal business half way around the world in the days before email ,computer banking and such. It didn't hurt our relationship or the respect I had for my parents.

p31lady p31lady

"Will thinks this may be about father-son rivalry. "It's very similar for Jaden and me -- your father's the biggest movie star in the world, and you're struggling for your little piece of dignity in this extreme shadow." "

Maybe he wants to get away from the person that says stuff like that.  I get that Will is really famous and has been in huge movies but I mean really you put your pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us nonfamous people.  Get over yourself, Fresh Prince of who cares.

tuffy... tuffymama

Uh, doesn't he have a good home life? I mean, they are always talking about how great their family life is. Why does he want to be emancipated and why is it being considered?

nonmember avatar jen

uhmmmmm YES! Way too young.

clear... clearlyme

aw I liked Will Smith, but I'm having a problem with the little ego trip he is displaying here. 

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