Actress Jada Pinkett Smith shares her six golden rules for parenting in the upcoming issue of lifestyle magazine Cookie.
First and foremost, “dinner together is sacred,” says the wife of Hollywood superstar Will Smith.
Next is to give children their personal space to grow. It “can teach them to be responsible for their own decisions and mistakes,” says the mother of two and step-mother of one. “Is it their room, or are they borrowing the space while they’re living in your house? If it’s theirs, then they should be able to do whatever they want with it. If it’s their clothes, they have the right to do whatever they want with those clothes. We have to give them some freedom to be who they are.”
Smith also stresses the importance of her kids getting enough H2O in their daily diet. “I tell them, ‘You have three bottles of water a day, then drink what you want,'” she says. “I’m always like, ‘Listen, we’ve got to keep our bodies strong – we got too much stuff to do!'”
The actress also urges other parents to teach their children about all religions: “We go to church as a family on Sunday, but we study world religion during the week as well. We read excerpts from the Bible, from Hindu texts, Kabbalah, Judaism.”
Will and Jada have two children together; Jaden, 10, and seven-year-old Willow, as well as Will’s son Willard, 15, from a previous marriage.