Pinkett Smith Offers Up Parenting Tips In New Magazine
JADA PINKETT SMITH has six golden rules for parenting and they include making time for family meals, getting help when needed and insisting your kids drink plenty of water.
The actress and husband Will Smith have long been considered one of Hollywood's top parents, and she's offering tips to other mothers in the upcoming issues of lifestyle magazine Cookie.
Pinkett Smith insists "dinner together is sacred" and parents must learn to give their children their space: "(That) can teach them to be responsible for their own decisions and mistakes. 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."
And she's very particular about what her kids drink: "I tell them, 'You have three bottles of water a day, then drink what you want. 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."
The couple have two children together; Jaden, 10, and seven-year-old Willow, as well as Will's son Willard, 15, from a previous marriage.