Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Parenting Willow and Jaden, Marriage, and “Sisterhood” With Angelina Jolie

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The multi-hyphenate speaks! Jada Pinkett Smith opened up to Health magazine in its October 2014 issue about her talked-about marriage to Will Smith and their life with teenage kids Jaden and Willow.

“We’re a sporty crew,” the Gotham actress, 43, said of her family. “We like to do stand-up paddling, a lot of surfing. Jaden is probably the most active because he’s gotten into cycling, like, eight miles a day. And he now eats like a madman, which I’m very happy about.”

 

Pinkett Smith and her husband came under public scrutiny for their parenting skills this past May, after a photo of their 13-year-old daughter Willow reclining in bed with 20-year-old shirtless actor, Moises Arias, made its way online. “I think we have to have more trust in our children,” Pinkett reflected. “People have always gotten on us about not punishing the kids, and let me just talk to you about that for a minute. We raised three kids before Willow and Jaden, and especially on my goddaughter, I put so many boundaries on her—’No, you can’t do that, you can’t do this.’ And everything I tried to control, every freakin’ thing I was trying to avoid, happened.”

The actress called it a learning curve. “While Willow and Jaden are still with me and have a safety net, I want to give them the opportunity to make mistakes and learn how to put boundaries on themselves,” she explained. “So by the time they’re out of the house, they fly.”jada-pinkett-smith-at-magic-mike-xxl-premiere-in-london_9

With the kids still living under their roof, Pinkett Smith said she and her megastar husband, 45, try to enjoy date nights at home. “A lot of times, we’ll do it at the house because when we go out it can be a little hectic,” she told the mag. “So we have different places around our yard where we like to set up a little Arabian tent, pillows, wine and cheese, candlelight. Will likes really thought-out productions.

Ben Affleck Congratulates George Clooney on Wedding Day, Explains His Absence

 

“Yeah. Some people have to work and everybody else gets to be in Venice,” the 42-year-old teased. “But [George] found a great girl and I’m happy for them. I wish them the best.”

Affleck has been in NYC promoting his upcoming thriller Gone Girl, and attended its premiere at Lincoln Center on Friday.

Sorry, George! Ben Affleck congratulated his longtime friend George Clooney on his big wedding day — but not in person. The actor joked about not attending the Venice, Italy nuptials during an interview with ET Canada on Saturday, Sept. 27

 

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