Jaden and Willow Smith, seen above looking like two vintage store-dwelling elves who are about to trick you into trading your soul for a velvet choker and a pair of Fluevog Munsters, are pretty much the unofficial prince and princess of DWTFYW (doing whatever the fuck you want). But unlike other rich kids who got their freedom to do whatever dumb shit they desired by threatening to run away to their summer home in Europe, Jaden and Willow were given full permission from their famous parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Will and Jada don’t have a name for their parenting technique, but if we had to call it anything, let’s go with The Shrug Method (in association with Scientology). Jaden and Willow never really went to school and they never had rules. Instead, they chose to fill their spare time by hanging out with shirtless 20-year-olds, attempted modeling, Kardashian weddings, and crackpot philosophy. You’d think that would make Will and Jada smile every time they sip their coffee out of their “Worlds Most Meh Parent” mugs, but maybe not.
During an interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra (via People) yesterday, Will jokingly admitted that maybe he and Jada should have checked more than one parenting book out of the library besides How To Raise Two Intergalactic Space Millionaires. Will’s confession happens at the 3:08 mark.
I bet Will made the same nervous laughter when the greasy ghost of L. Ron Hubbard cornered him in the basement of the Celebrity Centre the next day and asked him to explain why he spent the whole night rolling over in his grave.
Will also recently talked about parenting with News.com.au (via Daily Mail), except this time it was about how hard he is on his kids. According to Will, he’s a real Original Aunt Viv (who he tried to kiss and make up with, btw) , aka he’s preparing Jaden and Willow for the cold hard real world by constantly reminding his bonkers stoner teens that they aren’t as ~cool~ and ~unique~ as they think they are. Uh huh, sure.
“I want them to experience as much trauma as they can without them getting broken. The world is hard so I want them to be able to hear people’s opinions and take what people say and what people think and grant people their own views without that breaking their self-confidence.”
Will doesn’t get into specifics about the trauma his kids have experienced, but I’m going to assume it involves seeing how long they can watch Wild Wild West or listen to a Wicked Wisdom album before they start screaming: “Stop! Please make it stop!”