Jada Pinkett Smith: Raise Our Daughters to Be the Women They Want to Be

The actress says people hate on girls who possess the freedoms they don't possess themselves.

Posted: 05/10/2013 02:30 PM EDT
Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith

You've got to admire Jada Pinkett Smith. Her parenting tactics might seem radical to some, but she's standing her ground and not afraid to speak her mind. In her latest interview with Hello Beautiful, the actress talks about raising Willow to be the woman she wants to be and acknowledging that she is her own "free" person. She also explained that by allowing her children certain freedoms early in life, they'll be better prepared to handle adulthood.

"I just think of parenting as this: I don't believe until waiting until a child is 18 to throw them to the world," Pinkett Smith said. "I'd rather have kids in my house with me, building out certain freedoms as you go, and being there with them in my house while they are exercising these certain freedoms so that we can be in the process of these freedoms together. When my children are 18, they will be fine. I don't have to worry about them. Life starts when you pop out of the womb, and that’s what I believe!"

Pinkett Smith criticized those who hate on young girls with the freedoms and self-confidence they don't possess themselves, saying women need to start being the women they want to be and raising their daughters to do the same.

"When people see little people free, it pisses them off because they don't have it for themselves and they use the excuse that she's too young! No, no! What's too young is Willow going out driving a car, or staying out till 12 o'clock at night — that's what she's too young for! But hair? Cut it off! It was really a beautiful thing for her; it was the best decision I made. Because [for her] it was like, 'my mother trusts me enough to give me the room to trust that I know what I need for myself at this time;' she totally blossomed from that minute on. That's when I saw her become herself, and she's been on that path ever since. I think as women, we have to stop being scared to be the women we want to be and we have to raise our daughters to be the women they want to be — not the women we think they should be. Willow is not me.
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