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Why Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Are Good Parents

Here is the photo that has tongues wagging...

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Bethany Mandel

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May 8, 2014 - 7:00 am
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This is Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s young daughter, a mere 13-year old Willow, in bed with a 20-year-old shirtless man (Moises Arias, of Hannah Montana “fame”). The couple have told TMZ through their back channels that they’re okay with the image, trusting that their teenage daughter is mature enough to not cross any lines. The photo seems much more scandalous than it appears to be. Apparently Willow was in a room with several friends, including Arias, a longtime family friend of the Smiths. Arias happened to be shirtless, but it doesn’t appear there was any funny business taking place before or after the photo was taken. It was merely an “expression of art,” so she claims.

I’m a conservative woman and an Orthodox Jew, yet despite that, I am surprisingly in disagreement with FishWrapper‘s take on the scene:

Apparently, Willow and Moises here go way back: they’ve been close friends for a long time. So they probably hung out when Moises was 19 and Willow was 12, and when Moises was 18 and Willow was 11. … you get the creepy picture. And this has always been fine with Willow’s parents because they feel like Willow is totally mature enough to do basically whatever she wants. And that obviously includes inviting, for whatever reason, a 20-year-old shirtless adult man to lie with her in a bed, and that is awful.

Why is it so hard to just take care of your children? In what universe should any 13-year-old be granted the ability to make all of her own decisions? Maturity varies from child to child, of course, but that’s the whole point: she’s still, regardless of anything, a child. And this is simply unacceptable.

So, hey, Will and Jada, do you think you could do your children a favor and actually parent them? Maybe just a little. At least enough so that they won’t be subjected to atrocities like this.

Are they they worst parents in the world? Maybe, maybe not. However, it takes an incredible amount of self-restraint for the Smiths to react in public as they have. No matter how the Smiths may have felt about the image, they would have had the best publicity response by responding how most Americans have, with abject horror. Willow’s parents, being savvy media personalities, are well aware of how they could have best recovered their reputations as parents.

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18 weeks ago
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would this laissez faire attitude to 'parenting' have anything to do with the tenets of Scientology? I seem to recall that children are seen as old souls. I definitely could be wrong there.
19 weeks ago
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The Smiths do NOT have a history of devoted or intelligent parenting. What they have is enough money to control their image even after something as inappropriate as this.
19 weeks ago
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I don't know. Anything weird that comes out of Hollywood concerning kids is automatically suspect for me. There are an awful lot of kids who come out of that scene damaged.
19 weeks ago
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I'd suggest it's odd that a twenty-year-old male would want to have anything to do with a thirteen-year-old girl. I mean, even as friends.
19 weeks ago
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"We [Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith] don't do punishment," the celeb said in response to when he punished Jaden last.
"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—...—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." http://www.eonline.com/news/410981/will-smith-talks-parenting-we-don-t-do-punishment

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19 weeks ago
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Oh but if a 13 year old wants to be transgender the media would celebrate her "bold and brave decision" at such a young age.
19 weeks ago
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And people wonder why men aren't school teachers anymore.
19 weeks ago
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Please, no pre-crime. Thank you.
19 weeks ago
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This is one of those cases where context matters. A 13 year old can spend time with a 20 year old in the company of others without me having a huge problem with it. And in this context a bed may be just as scandalous as a couch. In the picture itself they aren't touching, or even interacting in any way. A picture of a kiss, touch, or other inappropriate contact deserves swift condemnation, but I don't see any of that here.
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