Jada Pinkett-Smith tightened up loose ends on the subject of Willow Smith and her adventurous hairstyles. The actress recently took to her Facebook page to address criticism over her daughter’s decision to cut her hair saying:
“This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete. The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women/girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination on. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. It’s also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes and desires. Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be. More to come. Another day.”
Jada and Will Smith take on the modern approach when parenting that makes the child more of a friend to the parent. Whereas traditional rearing methods places the parent at the center of all major decisions, such as a child cutting his or her hair, modern parenting would allow the child to be in complete control of life choices that seriously impact them. What do you think? Is the modern approach a better way of parenting?