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Should Will and Jada Pinkett Smith allow Jaden to be emancipated at 15?

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Jaden Smith believes that he can handle adult responsibilities once he turns 15. According to an interview conducted by The Sun with Will Smith, Jaden wants to become emancipated for his 15th birthday in July.

When speaking of Jaden, Will Smith said, “He says, ‘Dad, I want to be emancipated.’ I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place, like ooh … That’s the backlash. On the other side, if kids just want to have command of their lives, I understand.”

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith do not punish their kids; they allow them to make decisions for themselves and learn from their mistakes.

“The rule in our house is you can do anything that you want and we don’t pull the parent card until danger is involved. So we are not going to let you do something that injures yourself or will have long-term repercussions,” Will Smith said.

But does a 15 year-old have the wherewithal to live on his own and make the correct decisions? Maturity does come after given proper guidance and learning through a bit of trial and error.  Although 18 is the age where adulthood is legally recognized, some young adults struggle with immaturity until the age of 30.

Jaden may be a special kid who matures faster than the average teenager. He has worked since the age of 8 and will co-star with his father in the new film, After Earth. His experiences in the film industry may have forced him to mature faster than others.

On the other hand, it could be a sign of receiving too much, too soon. Jaden comes from a wealthy family and usually gets what he wants, when he wants it. The emancipation plea could be an outlandish request from a teen spoiled by the notion of always having things his way.

Share your thoughts.  Should Will and Jada Smith allow Jaden to be emancipated at 15, or is that too young for a teen to live as an adult?



  1. UncleChuck2 on May 15, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I think there are VERY few 15 year old’s who are able to handle adult responsibilities but the REAL question is, why does he want to?

  2. cee jay on May 15, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Hellno! That child will be eaten alive and broke in record time! What are Will and Jada thinking or not thinking!

  3. Sherri Wesley-Burks on May 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Whoa, another push for the new age era-ites… Not only is publicly sharing your spouse cool, but apparently freely releasing your minors into the world to survive on their own is cool too? GTFOH! Hide ya kids, hide ya wife people. Its about to be a free for all any minute now! LMAO!

    Parents be like, look baby, I know you’re only 6, but you’re a mature 6 year-old. I know seeing over the steering wheel and dash might be difficult at first, but you’ve been frying chicken and working 3 jobs since you was 1 so driving is gonna be real easy fa ya. Now on your way to vote, stop and get yo mama some cigarettes. And brang me back a case of beer while you at it! Oh, and don’t forget yo driver’s license, you gon’ need some id at the polls!

    LOL! SMDH!

  4. slow17motion on May 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Djaden Unchained.

    I hope somebody abducts him then murders him.

  5. Elnora Graham Bowden on May 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Jada &Will why don’t you two step up to the plate and be parents.and stop tryin to be their friends. Don’t have children if you don’t want to raise them. You’re supposed to raise a child in the way they should go.not let them go the way they want.spare the rod spoil the child

  6. regrets on June 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Wait a minute, why push a child out when you know yourself its not a good decision to make please tell your child it will come a time when you are ready to go but at 15 its not I dont care how mature you think he is its not time to let him go. I left home early and I have many many regrets the world has nothing to offer to a 15 year old but trouble teach him more he hasnt reach his potenial yet. Children learn what they live. Just because he makes a living by working because of you. Let hime stay little while longer. College is knowledge.