Will is opening up about his journey to fatherhood – from the lessons they’ve learned as parents, the failures they’ve had to overcome and through it all, what their children have taught them. Jada asked Will when he thought his fatherhood instincts kicked in during their candid conversation.
Will responded that he wanted to be a father from the time he was six years old, and by the time he was ten, he recalled thinking he could do better than his father for there were massive critical deficiencies in his parenting that he wanted to correct.
He went on sharing that his father had a little bit of a temper and that he was a gentle kid – he wasn’t the type that you had to hurt. He recalled that it really chaffed his hide – growing up in a household where physical aggression was approved of.
Becoming a father for the first time was a transformative experience for The Pursuit of Happyness. When reflecting on being a first-time father at the age of 24 to his first-born Trey Smith, he got emotional.
When Jada asked him what it was like becoming a father, Will answered that he thinks that that was his first moment of the real weight of parenting and just recalling those times makes him teary-eyed.
Will reflected on parenthood further, when Jaden Smith and Willow Smith arrived, whom he shares with his wife Jada.
Will, talking about his 19-year-old-daughter, expressed that Willow “destroyed all of his belief systems” and “introduced him to feelings.”- Advertisement -
The father of three explains that he sure wouldn’t care how anyone feels if he doesn’t care about how he feels in the first place.
Will shared that he would say that the “Whip My Hair” thing put a pause button on his overt parenting – he stopped, and he just started watching his kids, and with Willow, he began to see that there was actually a higher value in talking to her about how she felt about the situation versus how to fix the situation, and for him, it became the new thought process.