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10 Of Will Smith’s Best Quotes On Fatherhood

The proud dad has shared his fatherly wisdom over the years.

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With nearly three decades of parenting experience, Will Smith has long been candid about raising his kids — 29-year-old Trey, 23-year-old Jaden, and 21-year-old Willow — and what they’ve taught him.

From the time I was 6 years old, I wanted to be a father. I loved how my family was, but there were massive critical deficiencies in my father's parenting that I wanted to correct.

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[Willow] introduced me to feelings… I would say that 'Whip My Hair' thing put a pause button on my overt parenting. I stopped, and I just started watching my kids.

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I think that was my first moment of the real weight of parenting...I remember we put him in the bassinet and Sheree went to sleep and it was like stark terror... it was like I'm totally responsible for this life.

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We don't do punishment. The way that we deal with our kids is, they are responsible for their lives.

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They're allowed to tell us everything that they did [in the circle of safety], and they can't get in trouble. The rule is, if we find out after the circle of safety ... there was hell to pay.

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We respect our children the way we would respect any other person.

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The greatest gift that I can give my children is the freedom to be who they are. Jada and I are very serious about finding what they are and encouraging them to be what they are.

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My job [as a parent] is to water and nourish and nurture that seed to become what it already is and to align with that seed versus the pushing and prodding.

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Jaden is 100% fearless, he will do anything. So as a parent it’s scary, it’s really terrifying — but he is completely willing to live and die by his own artistic decisions and he just doesn’t concern himself with what people think

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There are no rules [to parenting]. It’s more art than there is science, and, you know, I love what we’re painting.

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