Jaden Smith Thinking About Becoming An Emancipated Minor With His Parent’s Permission

April 23, 2013  |  

If your panties are still in a bunch over the way Will and Jada Smith live in holy open matrimony, you might as well sit tight, because this latest detail about their approach to parenting is likely to get you riled up all over again. By now we’ve heard umpteenth explanations for why Willow can change her hair color every other day and Jaden can jet set out of the country with one of the Kardashians, but it seems the Smiths may be thinking about giving their eldest even more freedom than he already has. Essentially, at 14 years old he may become his own “man” and head of household.

In an interview with Metro New York, the father and son pair discuss their new film together “After Earth” and inevitably the conversation turned to Will’s parenting style, which seems to be much more hands off from the character he plays in the new flick. Here’s a bit of the Q&A:

When was the last time you were punished, Jaden?

W: We don’t do punishment. The way that we deal with our kids is, they are responsible for their lives. Our concept is, as young as possible, give them as much control over their lives as possible and the concept of punishment, our experience has been — it has a little too much of a negative quality. So when they do things — and you know, Jaden, he’s done things — you can do anything you want as long as you can explain to me why that was the right thing to do for your life.

J: It works pretty well.

But most teenagers aren’t naturally introspective. Jaden, do you find yourself asking yourself deep questions about your behavior and acting accordingly?

J: Yeah. Other teenagers go to parties and sometimes I be like, “Why am I here right now?” And most of the time, I just leave right then and there. Some things I don’t like to do, that other teenagers do. Everyone thinks that since you make movies, you go to parties, and I like to party, but not normal teenage parties.

Jaden, what happens when you’re 18 and Will kicks you out of the house.

J: We’ll probably work together ‘till he retires and he probably won’t retire.

W: [Laughs] No we’ve been talking about, he’s been thinking about becoming an emancipated minor.

J: Just thoughts that pop into my head.

They made a movie about that — a girl divorced her parents.

J: Really!

Rent that, get some tips.

W: [Laughs] No, it’s not like that. More the idea that, I want him to have as much command and freedom if he is willing to accept responsibility. Those are two concepts that are inexorably bound. So he’s a very responsible young man so he’s entitled to the maximum freedom. [To Jaden] I said “inexorably.” You heard that? Someone Google that for Jaden.

So, it’s not like Jaden will be out on the streets under a viaduct with a sign begging for food if he’s emancipated, but at 14, there’s still so much time for him to be an adult. Why the rush? As a matter of fact, he’ll legally be one in a little over three years after he turns 15 this July. While I absolutely think children should be rewarded with freedom when they are responsible, the responsibility that comes along with being an adult isn’t always rewarding. Jaden should enjoy the last few years left of being a carefree child.

What do you think about allowing a 14-year-old to emancipate himself from you if he’s responsible?

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