How Will Smith Commented on His Own Parenting Abilities While Greeting Son Jaden on His Birthday

Tichafa Chidzonga
Jul 09, 2020
10:56 A.M.
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Will Smith celebrated his youngest son, Jaden Smith's 22nd birthday with a hilarious picture in which the actor joked about Jaden questioning his father's parenting abilities.

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Only weeks ago, Will Smith sat down with his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, for a special Father's Day episode on "Red Table Talk."

The episode turned emotional as Will reflected on his journey to becoming a father. He shared how his parenting style with his children Willow, Trey, and Jaden changed over the years as they taught him valuable lessons about himself.

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Recently, Will found himself reflecting on his parenting again when he paid tribute to Jaden on his 22nd birthday. The proud dad posted a photo engaging in a conversation with his son. In his caption, he joked:

"You were clearly questioning my parenting abilities in this pic. Whatever I was trying to get you to do must’ve turned out okay."

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"I love this picture! You were all about it, and he wasn't having it," wrote one commenter. Some fans were surprised that Will referred to Jaden with the nickname "J- Diggy."

Many fans praised Will for being a great father. One commenter shared a story about a similar experience and said, "my kids also make this face at me. It must be a language that's evolved with the younger generation."

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Jaden followed in his father's footsteps from a young age when he appeared in movies such as "After Earth" and "The Pursuit of Happyness." Although in recent years he has focused on his music career.

The young star made a name for himself with his bold fashion choices that sometimes included wearing women's clothing.

Trey Smith, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith arrive at the Environmental Media Association awards on October 22, 2016, in Burbank, California | Source: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Environmental Media Association

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During Will's appearance on "Red Table Talk," the actor revealed that he had to let go of the old style of parenting that he learned from his father because it was "hurting Jaden," and Willow was rejecting the approach.

The father of three noted that he had to learn to give his children the room to express themselves and make their own decisions. 

Only days ago, Will spoke with Angela Rye about the changes he had been witnessing in the country. He expressed his excitement in seeing the protests against racial injustice spreading around the world.

The "Bad Boys" star shared his own experiences in dealing with racism and shared his hope that the future generation would be the catalyst to change the narrative around race.

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