Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Was Mom-Shamed For Allowing Willow To Shave Her Head
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith haven't shied away from admitting that they use unusual parenting tactics to raise their children, Jaden and Willow Smith.
While most parents tend to restrict their children's behavior, making them adhere to certain rules and regulations while growing up, the Smiths fancied having a more free-flowing environment, wherein their children had the freedom to express themselves creatively as well as emotionally without any sort of boundaries.
It is hardly surprising that the Smith family has garnered more criticism than praises for their alternate parenting views. During a recently aired episode of Red Table Talk, Pinkett Smith opened up about being horribly mom-shamed for multiple reasons.
Both Jaden and Willow are now grown-ups and capable of making their own choices, but Pinkett Smith said she was mom-shamed for having a different parenting approach. During the Red Table Talk episode, she spoke candidly about facing strong criticism when willow shaved her head at age 12.
Aside from that, she was criticized for homeschooling her kids, as well as when she let Jaden wear a skirt. Noting that she got shamed a lot for her daughter, Pinkett Smith said she faced hardcore criticism for Jaden, who became the new face of Louis Vuitton womenswear and donned a skirt.
Moreover, people felt he wasn't a typical Black man and were angry and confused at the same time. All that mattered to the actress was how something affected her children, so when people were shocked that she shaved Willow's head, she only saw it as the child's expression of freedom, and no one should be telling her that it was wrong, Pinkett Smith said during the episode.
Aside from creative expression, she and Will Smith did not believe in disciplining their children. “We don’t do punishment,” the Bright actor revealed on Red Table Talk. They instead deal with their kids by teaching them that they are responsible for their lives. The approach involves giving their kids as much freedom to control their own lives as possible because they think the idea of punishment has a lot of negative quality.
Their way of dealing with their kids, including not prying into their lives when they prefer to remain mum about something, and treating Willow and Jaden as equals. In an interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Pinkett Smith gave the host a few advice on parenting his daughter.